As with all medications, it is important that patients receive proper medical marijuana dosing that fits their medical conditions, requirements, and the anticipated effects of treatment. There are several important aspects of the drug that should be considered when determining which treatment is right for you through medical marijuana dosing guidelines.
Is Medical Marijuana a Safe Treatment for People with Chronic Pain?
The answer to this question is yes, marijuana is a relatively safe drug when compared to other drug treatments for pain. Unlike opioids, medical marijuana has minimal side effects in most people and is usually safe to use as a method of managing other drugs’ side-effects. In addition, it is physically impossible to lethally overdose from medical marijuana. According to the National Cancer Institute, this is due to the fact that cannabinoid receptors are not located in the area of the brainstem that control respiration, hence there is no lethal dose of cannabinoids.
Is Marijuana Processed by the Body Differently when Inhaled or Administered Orally?
Yes. Depending on administration, medical marijuana can have very different effects, the onset of effects, and the overall duration of effects. When orally consumed, the onset of effects is usually delayed producing psychoactive effects lasting around 8 hours. When orally ingested, marijuana is subject to variable bioavailability and metabolization by the liver. Depending on the person’s genetic predisposition, the amount of THC and other cannabinoids in the bloodstream after metabolization can vary widely.
In comparison, when marijuana is inhaled the onset of effect occurs rapidly; in some cases, within minutes. The THC and other cannabinoids that inhaled are not subject to first-pass bioavailability and are not processed by the liver. This translates normally to a fast acting, shorter-lasting effect for acute treatments.
What Method is Best for Me?
As noted above, medical marijuana is really dependent upon the condition and the individual patient. Due to this inherent variability, we at www.MedMarijuanaEdu.com recommend a “Start Slow, Go Low” approach to avoid any unintended adverse effects of medical marijuana treatment. The old adage that “more is better” is not the case in marijuana treatment regimens. Evidence has shown that starting with a low dose of medical marijuana and slowly increasing the dose is better outcomes for patient’s management of symptoms.
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