Titration in Cannabis Medicine – The Importance of Understanding & Following Dosage

Maximize benefit and minimize risk in using ayurvedic cannabis medicine through titration. The common direction by cannabis doctors is to ‘start low and go slow’.

 

If you or someone you care for have recently been prescribed cannabinoid medicine you’ve likely been introduced to the concept of titration. This might have been done through a dosage chart, or by your doctor providing dosage instructions that are perhaps a little more complicated than usual. 

SIMPLE DOSAGE CHART

Formulation

Indications

Initial Dose

Titration Increment
(Increase Daily By)

Cannabis Oil ‘001’

Pain

Inflammation

15 drops

10 drops


This is because the effects of a specific dose of cannabis medicine can vary from person to person regardless of age, weight, gender, or many of the other factors that are typically relied upon to establish standardized dosages. It is also important to note that cannabinoid medicine is biphasic in nature. Meaning that you can potentially experience the opposite effects from a low dose than you might from a high dose.

MAXIMIZE BENEFIT MINIMIZE RISK

Titration is the process of starting a medication at a low dose and gradually increasing the dosage potency or ‘up-titrating’ until the maximum therapeutic benefit is achieved, while attempting to prevent or minimize the onset of any side effects. By allowing a substance to slowly build up within your system, you can allow your body to acclimate while safely testing your initial reactions. The common rhyme amongst cannabinoid medicine health care providers is to ‘start low and go slow,’ or to borrow from another old cliché, ‘it’s a marathon not a sprint.’

Titration is certainly not exclusive to cannabis and is common among many other medications and over the counter supplements. However, titration is not often associated with cannabis amongst the general public, as the black market has given cannabis the stereotype of being an ‘instant reward’ type of product, and not something typically viewed as being taken gradually over long periods of time.

COMMONLY TITRATED MEDICATIONS

Antibiotics

Anticoagulants

Anticonvulsants

Antidepressants

Antidiabetics

Antipsychotics

Opioids

Sedatives

Stimulants


At the time of your consultation, your doctor and/or educator may have provided you with a straight forward dosage chart similar to the one pictured above in order to maximize your success by not over complicating the process. However, depending on the types of medications you have taken previously and the level of personalization within your treatment plan, you may instead have been provided with a more complex titration schedule outlining the different steps for each day of your initial course of treatment.

TITRATION CHART

Time of Day

Formulation

DAY 1 

DAY 2 

DAY 3 

DAY 4 

DAY 5 

DAY 6 

DAY 7 

Morning

Cannabis Oil ‘001’

8 drops

8 drops

12 drops

12 drops

16 drops

16 drops

20 drops

Afternoon

Cannabis Oil ‘002’

8 drops

8 drops

12 drops

12 drops

16 drops

16 drops

20 drops

Night

Cannabis Oil ‘003’

8 drops

8 drops

12 drops

12 drops

16 drops

16 drops

20 drops


OPTIMIZE YOUR DOSAGE

Dosage is very individualized with cannabis medicine, and when taking the care to increase dosage incrementally, you can both optimize your dosage to achieve maximum therapeutic effect, and reduce any wastage or unnecessary overconsumption. This process can additionally allow you to more accurately predict your refill schedule needs, which will help simplify things when it comes time to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor. 


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