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Dosing 3

February 15, 2021

Dosing medical marijuana is one of the chief complaints from those that have no background in cannabis.  It is very important to become familiar with the measurements as well as the acronyms that can be found throughout any packaging that accompanies the purchases made at a dispensary.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) content are measured in milligrams.  Because THC content in cannabis varies so wildly, making accurate calculations about how many milligrams a recipe contains is impossible without independent testing.  Most commonly, THC calculations are based on cannabis with ten percent THC content, the grudgingly accepted industry standard in the absence of standardization.  Calculating rough THC content based on the average can help when comparing products, but should always be taken with caution.  Calculating dosage at ten percent is similar to the way taxes are calculated.  A gram of dried cannabis weighs 1,000 milligrams .  Ten percent of 1,000 is 100 milligrams, meaning that a gram of dried cannabis has at least 100 milligrams of THC.  The THC content of an infusion can be calculated by dividing the total number of milligrams by how the expected final yield.

The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division’s standard dose per serving is ten milligrams, which many have compared to the effect of one twelve ounce glass of beer, or one four ounce glass of wine, or one ounce of liquor.  Be mindful that this is not a blanket recommendation of that being any type of serving guideline, as the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation believes that only five milligrams should be the typical dose for neophytes to cannabis.  So much so, that the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation created a campaign known as the First Time 5 campaign which suggests that new cannabis consumers eat just five milligrams to begin.  The campaign states, “For some people, ten milligrams of THC is a comfortable amount; for others, especially novice users, it can be a bit too much.”  Also, they write, “If you are the type of person for whom over-intoxication is discomforting, why take that chance?”  Wise words to always keep in mind.

Besides keeping dosages to a manageable level, there are several other ideas worth considering as a patient begins using their medical marijauana.  First, keep in mind that harsh lighting may cause more discomfort while under the influence of medical marijuana so if possible, try using softer lighting.  Music can be very comforting for patients as they try medical marijauana for the first time, however like lighting, softer music tends to help relax an individual more than harder, louder music.  While alcohol on its own may offer a patient the ability to relax it is important to remember that alcohol and cannabis are not necessarily complementary to one another and alcohol may exacerbate the more challenging aspects of cannabis.  Finally, remember that driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and should never be attempted.  Just as with alcohol and prescription medication, driving while under the influence of cannabis is dangerous and illegal.

The following information is presented for educational purposes only. Summit Releaf distributes this information to provide an understanding of the potential benefits of medical marijuana for patients living with one of the approved Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program qualifying conditions for an Ohio marijuana card. Links to third party websites do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by Summit Releaf and none should be inferred.

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