These days, everyone needs some help relaxing, and for many, cannabinoids like THC and CBD are just the ticket. However, cannabinoids can be tricky. Too little, and you won’t feel any effects of the drug, but too much could easily land you in the hospital — or worse.
It doesn’t matter how strong you believe your tolerance to be. You need to be careful with cannabinoid dosing to ensure that you have the best possible time on the drug. To that end, here’s a helpful dosing guide for THC and CBD oils.
Start Low and Go Slow
With most legal drugs, it is wise to talk to your doctor about dosage and timing — but with cannabinoids, your doctor might not be much help.
First, doctors do not thoroughly study cannabinoid therapy in medical school. Instead, many pharmacology classes skip marijuana lessons altogether, so many doctors do not have the slightest clue what cannabinoids might treat.
Secondly, doctors cannot prescribe marijuana or cannabinoids; they can only recommend them.
Doctors are generally prevented from prescribing cannabinoids directly because there is currently little understanding of how THC and CBD interact with the body. As a result, there is no recommended daily allowance or universal dose for all people.
Unlike drugs like acetaminophen or Benadryl, which have well-understood effects and known daily maximums, different users experience THC and CBD differently. As a result, users must use their own discretion to use cannabinoids safely. You simply can’t trust any dosing tables or calculators on the web. Rather, you need to carefully test your dosages on your own.
Any time you are starting to experiment with a drug, it is best to start with a small dose and advance only after you understand the drug’s effects. You would do well to begin with a 2.5 milligram THC oil or CBD oil, administered under the tongue.
Absorption into the bloodstream should be quite fast, but you should wait at least 30 minutes before administering another dose. You might take notes of any symptoms you experience with each increase in dose, so you can better understand how your body processes the drug.
Common Dosing Treatments
Again, everyone has a different level of tolerance to cannabinoids — we cannot stress that enough. Even so, if you are seeking cannabinoid treatment for a specific condition or symptom, you might look into the Mayo Clinic’s recommendations for dosing CBD and THC. Here are some guidelines for a handful of illnesses:
· Chronic pain: 2.5-20 milligrams of THC and CBD, as needed
· Epilepsy: 200-300 milligrams of CBD, daily
· Multiple sclerosis: 2.5 -130 milligrams of THC and CBD, separated into 48 uses daily
· Glaucoma: 20-40 milligrams of CBD, daily
· Loss of appetite: 2.5 milligrams of THC, as needed
It’s important to remember that these are loose recommendations. Even if you suffer from a condition that might demand a higher dose, you should start on the lower side and build your tolerance slowly and systematically. If you jump to a high dose of THC too quickly, you could suffer serious ramifications. You should also check our article on how long CBD take to feel the effects so you don’t have to deal with unforeseen consequences.
Signs of Overdosing
Allegedly, you can’t overdose on marijuana — but that’s not exactly true. Overdosing on marijuana is actually quite common, and numbers of hospitalizations due to weed consumption are on the rise because so many THC newbies start with too high a dose. Generally, the symptoms of an overdose are like the symptoms of feeling high, but unpleasantly intense. You might have taken too high a dose if you experience:
· Extreme confusion
· Hallucinations or delusions
· Severe nausea or vomiting
· Rapid heart rate
· Increased blood pressure
Admittedly, death due to marijuana overdose is relatively rare; there is only one confirmed death due strictly to THC overdose,. Additionally, other marijuana-related deaths tend to occur because being high prevented people from realizing the dangers of a certain situation.
For instance, someone who has consumed too much THC might drown in a swimming pool or fall down a flight of stairs. As yet, little is known about the hazards of overdosing on CBD, but it is always best to be cautious when using any supplement.
There is an unending list of reasons you might want to dabble in THC or CBD oils, and there are myriad benefits of cannabinoids, as well.
As long as you use restraint in the beginning and gradually increase your dose, you should only enjoy the upsides to cannabinoids and never the dangers.