There are over 480 natural components found within the Cannabis sativa plant. Sixty-six have been classified as “cannabinoids”, chemicals unique to the plant. The two most well-known and researched are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannibidiol (CBD). CBD, THC and other Cannabis compounds are believed to interact synergistically, creating an “entourage” or “ensemble” effect so that the impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts. Learn more here.
VPAI suggests that every patients use the smallest amount possible to achieve the desired effect. The dosage of clinical cannabis depends upon the individual patient’s need and tolerance toward side effects. It is important to read the label on your medicine to determine the potency of each strain. Proper dosage will also depend on your method of consumption (i.e. oral, smoke, vapor, etc.). Learn more here.
Safety and Efficacy of Cannabis
The safety profile of smoked cannabis, based on the ratio of therapeutic to lethal dose, is excellent. There is no established lethal dose or record in the medical literature of a cannabis induced fatality. In contrast, many commonly prescribed and abused substances such as barbiturates, opiates, and benzodiazepines have a more narrow therapeutic window and can be lethal in overdose. Learn more here.
There are many different ways to consume Cannabis other than smoking. Vaporizers are an increasingly popular alternative to smoking. Many patients prefer oral ingestion or topicals. Concentrates offer a potent medicine for patients with chronic and severe pain. Learn more about consumption methods here.