How do I dose dried medical cannabis?

Unlike conventional pharmaceutical products, cannabis is available in multiple varieties that differ in potency and composition. Determining a therapeutic dose and THC level for each patient is highly individualized.

  • MedReleaf, along with Health Canada, suggests starting “low and slow”
  • A typical starting dose falls between 1-3 grams per day
  • THC levels range by product; like with other medications, individual response rates to THC will vary

Depending on one’s previous experience with cannabis, general guidelines for vaporizing are:  inhale 1-2 times (each inhalation should be brief and followed by a deep breath in and out of the lungs). Wait 10-15 minutes for the cannabis to take effect. If the effect is sufficient, this is your dose. If the effect is insufficient, inhale 1-2 additional times and wait another 10-15 minutes. Repeat as necessary until reaching the desired effect.

How do I dose cannabis extracts?

Oil:
When first trying MedReleaf THC-rich cannabis oil we highly recommend starting with a dose no greater than 0.2 ml. This 0.2 ml will deliver approximately 5 mg of THC. Be sure to increase dose amounts in small increments.

We recommend a starting dose of 1 ml for CBD-rich Avidekel oil, which will deliver approximately 25 mg of CBD.

A recommended starting dose for Midnight THC/CBD balanced oil is 0.5 ml, which will deliver approximately 5 mg of THC and 6 mg of CBD.

Softgels
A good starting dose for cannabis oil softgels is one softgel. Be sure to wait at least 2-3 hours after ingesting before assessing the effects of the medication.

It will likely take 45 – 90 minutes before you begin to feel the effects*
The peak effects of ingested cannabis are often not achieved for up to 2 hours
Effects can last for up to 6 – 8 hours

It is recommended that extract users keep a Dosing Journal to record the amounts and effects of each dose. Sample Journal pages are found at the back of this manual.

*effects vary on an individual basis