CBD and Cannabis, How Much Should You Take?
In “What is CBD exactly?“, we discussed what CBD does. Today, we’ll look at how much CBD and cannabis you should be taking based on your personal needs. It’s pretty easy to experience medical benefits from cannabis. A puff or two of THC-rich flower should do the trick for most people.
However, smoking marijuana isn’t the “be-all and end-all” of cannabis therapeutics. You can experience the benefits of cannabis in many ways, and lots of them aren’t even intoxicating. Unfortunately, not all physicians know enough about cannabis to be comfortable prescribing it. In fact, many doctors never learn about cannabis in medical school!
According to a 2017 survey. Few of them feel qualified to counsel their patients on cannabis use. Not even dosage, CBD to THC ratios, which mode of administration to use, or even side effects. You’re looking at a wide range of products that have yet to be standardized. That’s even in states where cannabis is legal.
One Common Myth About Cannabis
So what’s the best way to proceed when recommended dosage seems to be “all over the map?” One common myth about cannabis is that you have to get “high” to feel any therapeutic results. This just isn’t so. Ultra-low doses can be extremely effective for symptom relief. A 2005 report in Nature. Reported that a low dose of oral THC (1 milligram per day) resulted in “significant inhibition of disease progression”. In an animal study of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
Of course, we need more human studies to see which doses are effective. And for which conditions. But the practice of micro-dosing is becoming more popular. For those who want the medical benefits of cannabis without the “high.” You can obtain cannabis in the form of concentrated oil extracts, sublingual sprays, tinctures, edibles, gel capsules, or topical creams. It’s pretty easy to find a low dose that still relieves your symptoms.
There are basically three types of resin-rich cannabis products.
- Type 1. (THC-dominant), which has high THC and low CBD and is used for recreation.
- Type 2. (THC & CBD), which has mixed amounts of each. It’s intoxicating but not as “edgy” as Type 1.
- Type 3. (CBD-dominant), which has high CBD and low THC and gives you a non-euphoric relief of symptoms.
Thus, you can see, a greater ratio of CBD to THC means less “high” and tighter control of your symptoms.
Healing Without the “High”
Today’s cannabis patients have the option of healing without the “high.” So what’s the appropriate dosage for these types? The adage “start low and go slow” is appropriate here. In general (and with THC titration in particular), you want to start out with the lowest possible dose and work your way up until you attain symptom relief.
As a general rule, Type 3 (CBD-dominant) cannabis won’t make you feel “stoned,” but full-spectrum CBD-rich cannabis oil is effective at much lower doses than a CBD isolate. Also remember that with high doses of CBD isolate, drug interactions are more common.
Next, we’ll look at Cannabis vs. hemp oil.
See you then,