Finding your Dose
Titration (incremental adjustment of dosage) is a crucial concept for users to embrace. For all methods of ingestion we encourage patients to find their M.E.D. (Minimum Effective Dose). Not only is this important for the first time user, it’s important for any patient trying a cannabis method or product they’ve never used before. The spectrum of experiences is vast and particular, and what works for one (or even 100) patients, may not work for you.
Your minimum effective dose may be a couple puffs from a joint, a single drop of tincture, or several inhalations from a vaporizer pen. The best way to discover it is to start with a small amount, wait an appropriate amount of time (see Methods of Consumption for onset times), and then take another small dose. Using this method can help you find your optimal balance of effects.
If you are using medical cannabis regularly and find your tolerance rising, you may want to consider taking a Tolerance Break. Abstaining from cannabis anywhere from a few days to several weeks will reset your relationship with the plant - as well as your endocannabinoid receptors. This will increase your sensitivity to cannabis' effects, so make sure you start with a minimal dose when returning to cannabis use.
Cannabis edible products require a more in-depth discussion of safe use because of the considerable strength and duration of their effects, which we go over in Edibles 101.
Options for Over-consumption
When too much cannabis is consumed, there is a host of uncomfortable physiological effects- including increased pulse and blood pressure, nausea and dizziness. In 19th century Central Africa and Madagascar, authorities actually administered massive doses of cannabis as punishment. Fortunately, cannabis is non-toxic. Though no deaths have ever been attributed to an overdose, it can be a very distressing experience.
Here are some tips to decrease THC's effects, but remember- the best way to avoid an overwhelming experience is to know your limits before you consume.
- Keep calm and drink plenty of water.
- Move to a safe and relaxing location.
- Lay down if you are feeling dizzy.
- Ingest a CBD-rich, low-THC cannabis product. CBD has been shown to reduce THC’s psychoactive effects and can help with feelings of anxiety and paranoia.
- Ask a friend to provide you company.
- Avoid alcohol, which can exacerbate the experience.
- If you are prone to low blood sugar, eat some honey or fruit.
- Breathe and remember that the experience will pass.
- Get some sleep. Time is the best remedy for overconsumption.