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Cannabis Education

Dosing and Titration

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Due to lack of any established dosing guidelines for cannabis, individualization of dosing is the preferred option and depends mostly on titration (i.e. finding the right dose where potential therapeutic effects are maximized while adverse effects are minimized).1 Before you start using cannabis, it is critical to understand and identify the correct dosage of the cannabinoid(s) in consultation with your healthcare practitioner. Your healthcare practitioner will help you determine the most appropriate cannabinoid, type of cannabis product (capsule, oil, dried) and dosage most suitable for your condition.1

Patients with no prior experience with cannabis and initiating therapy with cannabis-based therapeutics for the first time are advised to commence at a very low dose and gradually increase the dose to achieve the optimal therapeutic outcome and reduce possible adverse effects. Patients should immediately discontinue the treatment upon undesirable side effects. Patients are advised – start low and go slow – and wait for a minimum of 30 minutes between puffs or inhalation and 30–90 minutes between the ingestion of cannabis-based oral products to gauge for strength of effects or for possible overdosing.1,2 Results from various studies suggests that most individuals use less than 3 grams daily of dried cannabis, whether that amount is taken orally, inhaled, or a combination of both.1,2

We strongly suggest that you consult your healthcare practitioner for any queries related to dosing or identifying the most appropriate cannabinoid for your condition

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a healthcare professional nor a recommendation of any particular treatment regimen. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner for professional advice pertaining to your particular condition.

References

  1. Health Canada, “Consumer Information - Cannabis (Marihuana, marijuana)”, 2018. Available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/laws-regulations/regulations-support-cannabis-act/consumer-information.html
  2. Health Canada, "Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the cannabinoids, 2018" Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/information-medical-practitioners/information-health-care-professionals-cannabis-cannabinoids.html

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