What is the average daily dose of medical cannabis?
While many patients require less than one gram per day, it is entirely dependent on each patient, and the number and severity of health challenges they hope to address. Allotments of 2-3 grams a day are not uncommon and some may even receive more.
How do I use medical cannabis? Does it have to be smoked?
- Medical cannabis is generally consumed in two ways inhalation and ingestion. It’s important to know that you do not have to smoke cannabis to enjoy the medicinal benefits. In fact, smoking is the least healthy method of intake and not recommended by Harvest Medicine. .
- Vapourize cannabis at different temperatures using a vapourizer so that you are not burning the cannabis, just heating it.
- You can use oils that are a blend of cannabis oil extracted from the plant and other neutral tasting food-grade oil. It can be placed under your tongue with the dropper, placed on a food item in the same measured way, or mixed with food.
When does medical cannabis expire?
- With proper storage cannabis can last a long time, however, potency may decrease over time.
- If stored properly (cool, dark location, sealed container), it will last until the best before date shown on the LP’s package.
What do I do if I have a reaction to my medical cannabis?
- First, do not panic. It is impossible to overdose on cannabis and no one has died from directly using medical cannabis.
- If you feel your reaction is severe, call 911 or consult a medical professional. You can also have someone take you to the nearest hospital.
- If your reaction is mild or moderate, please contact your doctor and describe your symptoms. Your LP will want to know about this reaction as well, and they can often provide insight
Can I mix two different medical cannabis products together?
- Yes. Please remember to measure the dosage, as the blended amount should not exceed what you and your doctor have determined works best for you. For example, 0.25g of an indica strain plus 0.25g of a sativa strain is still a 0.5g dosage of cannabis.
- Many patients use one strain for their active, wakeful hours, and a relaxing or sedating strain for bedtime.
Why do the THC and CBD levels change even if the strain name is the same?
There are many active ingredients in cannabis. The most commonly referred ones are called cannabinoids and terpenes. The primary ingredients most patients focus on are THC and CBD.
What are the side effects?
- It’s important to note that any side effects you might experience are not dangerous, provided you are not driving or operating machinery. It is important to slowly and carefully measure your dosage, increasing only to the point where you are experiencing benefits, the same as you would with any medication. Many patients micro-dose to avoid taking too much cannabis while enjoying full normal functioning throughout their day.
- Side effects can sometimes be experienced when a patient takes too much cannabis, but the effects will pass with time. They are divided below as THC and CBD side effects.
- CBD: a large amount of CBD can cause slight nausea, but is harmless since CBD is not psychoactive.
- THC: some people experience:
- dry mouth
- a “paranoid” or anxious feeling
- high level of energy, or
- Rare side effects include:
- a “paranoid” or anxious feeling
- faster or slower heartbeat
Is cannabis addictive?
No. Numerous studies have shown that cannabis is not addictive.
Who should avoid cannabis?
- This question is best answered by your doctor, who can help you decide whether you are a good candidate, and would benefit.
- Cannabis with THC is not advised for people under 18 years of age, until the brain is fully developed.
- Some neurologists carefully administer CBD to children with life-threatening seizure disorder, but Harvest Medicine is unable to serve pediatric patients.
- Anyone pregnant or breastfeeding
- Anyone with a history of psychosis or addiction issues