October 24, 2018 | DOSING
By, Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC
One concept that has become a norm in this regard is that of micro dosing. Micro dosing basically means taking small doses of Medical Marijuana during the day to get maximum therapeutic benefits. Many people consuming marijuana for medical reasons believe that the less medical marijuana you consume, the greater are the benefits you will experience out of it. Moreover, people and medics also believe this method to deliver maximum therapeutic benefits, without suffering the ‘high’ that can get in the way of your daily activities.
There is sufficient evidence to back the notion of micro dosing and how it can be the best way of taking marijuana for you.
A study published in the Journal of Pain during 2012 found out the amazing benefits of lower doses in pain relief. The researchers gave multiple patients who were suffering advanced stages of cancer different doses of marijuana to manage the response that their bodies gave. All of these patients were first tested with opioids, but there were no significant results.
Once the patients were given diversified amounts of CBD and THC, they showed significant improvement. However, the patients who had been given lower doses of around one to four sprays of cannabis daily saw greater pain relief and recovery than the others who were given significantly higher doses of 11 to 16 sprays daily.
Another study recently published in the same journal also found out that lower administered doses of Medical Marijuana had a better impact on patients of nerve pain. Patients administered four puffs of vaporized cannabis had almost the same pain-relief as others who were given more.
When it comes to expert opinion, experts have validated the authenticity of lower doses, but they have questioned the term ‘micro dose’ itself. Dr. Allen Frankel, who is a renowned expert on the topic of Medical Marijuana, says that micro dose doesn’t really have any meaning to it, and that the term is vague.
Talking about the dosage routine that is best for the body, Dr. Frankel said, “I will say that from the beginning we’ve always been low-dose users because we found that was effective. My definition of a correct dose of cannabis is the lowest dose that works for that patient in that moment in time. Sometimes it will be two milligrams; sometimes it will be 30.”
Based on this description the best dose for you is the one you’re most comfortable with. Every person’s body reacts differently to cannabis, so the modus operandi should be to practice different doses and see which one makes you feel the best.
You can get a Medical Marijuana Certification in New York State by getting in touch with Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC and her team at Medical Marijuana Recs NY. We provide MMJ certifications via video chat or telemedicine to all interested individuals.