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  • POSTED JUNE 12, 2018
Why is dosing important?
 
Cannabis treatment is a moot therapy option without a firm grasp on how to dose. This very fact has perhaps been best illustrated by the fact that the medical community, until recently, has shied away from throwing full support behind the plant and its potential. However, as new products develop, and fresh ways of dosing have become available to patients, so too have the means of dosing surfaced. As a result, more and more practitioners have started prescribing cannabis- based concentrates.
 
Like many subplots to the medical cannabis story, dosing is one rife with complexities. In addition to the how – as in how much should one consume – patients must also make considerations for the particular product being consumed. It goes without saying, really, that the same effects aren’t likely to take shape when a cannabis-based lotion is applied versus when a large quantity is smoked, say in a joint.
 
Flowers
 
Whole cannabis flowers continue to reign as the most popular means of medicating with cannabis. Dosing has much to do with this. Incredibly versatile in whole flower form, cannabis can be consumed this way using a rolling paper, bong, pipe or vaporizer. Typically, it’s best to start with a very small bit of flower cannabis, low in THC and moderately high in CBD, and use a vaporizer to most effectively medicate. When using a traditional accessory, starting with only a few puffs is usually enough for a beginner. Titrating over time is a sound way to guarantee a healthy treatment.1
 
 
Oils
 
Because cannabis oils come in so some many forms and concentrations, dosing can be a little tricky. Whether consuming an oil without a dosing syringe, or one that doesn’t have a cannabinoid concentration printed on the label, it’s particularly important to employ the practice of dosing low and going slow. The best practice when using cannabis oils now is to purchase pre-loaded cartridges. These devices are portable and typically allow patients to medicate with only one or two puffs of a pre-loaded vape pen.
 
 
Topicals
 
One of the easiest ways to dose with medical cannabis is employing infused topicals. These balms, lotions and oils can be applied topically, almost without abandon. Because the products don’t typically possess psychoactive properties, the use of topicals has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly by patients in recovery, or looking to deal with chronic pain issues.
 

 
Edibles
 
Perhaps for obvious reasons, edibles are easily one of the most popular new means of medicating. The term “medibles” has become popular, with cannabis-infused food products now being a product both medical and recreational patients are gravitating toward in greater numbers. Unless pre-packaged, with the cannabinoid content printed on the product label, edibles can be a challenge to dose. Titrating – beginning with a small amount and increasing only incrementally as symptoms call for it – is of key importance when consuming edibles. With a slow onset time, it is important to remain patient when first medicating with edibles. Again, the safest way to approach edibles is to start very small and increase the dose only slowly over time.
 
 
Capsules
 
A welcome innovation to the medical cannabis space, pre-packed capsules and softgels have revolutionized how patients dose. Made of exact doses of a particular concentration and strain, capsules and softgels take the guessing game out of the dosing equation. These products typically come in very low doses of various types of cannabis oil, allowing patients to microdose throughout the day for chronic conditions, or ingest a number of capsules to treat an acute symptom.
 

References:
1. “Vape CEO: pot concentrate sales will soon outpace cannabis flowers.” https://www.thecannabist.co/2016/04/08/openvape-ceo-concentrates-popular-cannabis-flower/51369/
2. “What is a vape pen, and how do vape pens work?.” https://www.thecannabist.co/2016/03/04/what-is-a-vape-pen-how-do-vape-pens-work/48171/ 
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