First Time Users
50% of Patients receive relief with less than 15mg THC
What do I do if I am using Cannabis for the first time?
GO SLOWLY, you can always increase the dose, you cannot go backwards. If you find yourself overmedicated, there is not much that can be done other than waiting for the effects to subside. To date, there has not been any deaths caused by Marijuana. Keep in mind that edibles can be very strong in comparison to inhalation (smoke or vape) therapy. In addition, the effect of ingesting medical cannabis can last up to 6 times longer than the effects of smoking or vaping.
We recommend first time users to start with Relax 10 capsules, most patients experience a mild “high” similar to two glasses of wine and receive symptom relief.
Start at Bedtime, patients benefited more from a bedtime dose than any other time of day.
Dosing at bedtime has been shown to:
- Promote higher quality, deeper sleep –The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and even your weight. No other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!
- Allows the patient to consume larger doses of cannabis while sleeping through the psychoactive effects of THC.
Dosing factors to consider:
Severity of Symptoms – Some Patients have such severe symptoms that they must medicate more than once a day at high dose.
THC Tolerance – Some patients need strong relief but do not want to feel the psychoactive (stoned) effects of THC while other patients function better with the THC effects. If you have a good tolerance to THC you will want to experiment with day time dosing until you achieve the desired results. WARNING- high THC products can impair motor and cognitive function and must be used with caution when attention to detail is required.
Driving, operating machinery of any kind, being in situations where a person’s full attention is required should be advised to use extreme caution and/ or refrain from using high THC products during the day. If you do not like feeling the brain effects of THC (being high) you would do best with a strong THC dose at bedtime and enhance your symptom relief during the day by using low THC, high CBD products (pure CBD and a 1:1 ratio is best). In fact this is the case in most patients and patients need to start their treatment regimen slowly to experience what works best for them.
Life Style – Some patients need symptom relief but cannot be impaired by THC because of their job, family commitments or daily tasks. This patient would do best dosing with THC at bedtime and enhance your symptom relief during the day by using products that are low in THC and high in CBD.
Gender – Women can store more cannabinoids in their fat cells than men. Often men will have to dose twice a day to get the same result as a woman dosing once a day.
Weight – Cannabis is the ultimate time released medication. It is stored in the fat cells in the body and released into the blood stream over time, which varies from person to person. Extremely thin persons my need to medicate up to 3 times a day with cannabis edibles to achieve desired medical results while heavier patients will receive symptom relief with a strong cannabis edible dose at bedtime.
An Introduction to Cannabinoids
There are at least 85 known cannabinoids in cannabis. The two most widely studied have been THC and CBD. THC is psychoactive, producing the “head high” by binding to CB1 receptors in the various parts of the brain, while CBD is non-psychoactive. Both compounds have medicinal therapeutic effects; they have a synergistic relationship and work best as a team. The 1:1 CBD:THC products are designed to deliver the medicinal effects of both cannabinoids while keeping the pschoactivity to a minimum. These are powerful compounds so please read the dosing instructions and comply to get the best results. We started using CBD isolate instead of full spectrum hemp oil because many patients were getting the desired symptom relief without the negative effects of other cannabinoids that can cause drowsiness and fatigue.
RAW or Acidic based THC products:
Our raw product line is predominantly acidic cannabinoids using full spectrum cannabis oil with retained terpenoids and flavonoids. The doses are based on total THC but are approximately a 3:2 ratio of THCA:THC. We call this a Raw product because it has not been heated (decarboxolated) converting the mildly psychoactive acidic form THCA into the highly psychoactive THC D9. This ratio is mildly psychoactive and tends to be more of a body high then an overwhelming head high that leads to the negative effect of THC like anxiety and paranoia. While still Euphoric, this product is intended to be very mild and tolerable compared to the fully decarbolated or activated THC D9.
Acidic cannabinoids have different properties than their decarboxylated counterparts, but both types possess medicinal properties.