Medication Dosing

We do not and cannot by law offer any recommendations or prescription regarding dose, method, or type of medical marijuana to be used for a given patient’s medical condition.

The responsibility for dosing with medical marijuana falls entirely to the patient as the effects  of this drug vary depending on the individual, other medications being taken concurrently, the condition being treated, the type of marijuana used, and the method of dosing. Exact dose requirements for medical marijuana patients have not been established.

For your protection, always use caution when self-medicating. DO NOT OVER MEDICATE.

The following may be considered general and information readibly available in the public domain about dosing and their benefits and risks.


The inhalation or smoking of medicinal marijuana is considered the fastest method of dosing. When inhaling the smoke, the effects are not only experienced within moments, but they may also be more adjustable. The smoke, however, produced contains a number of irritants and potentially cancer causing agents.

Onset is normally within a few minutes and may last for up to 4 hours.

The following steps may help to reduce some of the risks involved with the direct inhalation of marijuana smoke:  

  • Use a filter and use a rolling paper that is made from natural ingredients.

  • Inhale deeply and then immediately exhale.  Don’t hold your breath beyond ten seconds. Holding your marijuana smoke in for a long time does not absorb more THC, it simply will only coat your lungs with greater tar.


A recommended method of inhalation is through use of a vaporizer. Vaporizers reduce exposure to any carcinogenic smoke. Cannabis vaporizes and a mist of vapor is created at a lower temperature than with smoking. The higher temperatures of smoking can create harmful carcinogens.

Onset is normally within a few minutes and may last for up to 4 hours.

Vaporizing also may enable a more predictable dosage level.


One common method of taking cannabis is ingestion in baked goods or tea. The active components must first be extracted into fats, oils or alcohol before ingesting. Medical marijuana may be extracted into a butter or oil, which is then used to make edible products such as cookies, cakes, and brownies.

Onset is normally within 1 -2 hours and may last for up to 8 hours.

Please note:

  • Beware of overmedicating.  When used in edible form, the actual dosage of medical marijuana can vary widely. Choose a cannabis medicine with a known content of THC and be sure to wait for the effects to manifest before taking another dose.
  • Oral cannabis feels much different than smoked cannabis.  This is because when cannabis is eaten, some of the THC is destroyed by the liver metabolism and a potent THC metabolite may be formed.
  • Effects take longer and last longer. Use a small dose of cannabis when ingesting, as it takes considerably longer to experience the effects than when smoking.  It can take as long as two hours to feel the effects when ingesting cannabis, and the effects can last much longer than smoked cannabis.
  • Mold There is a risk of mold and other impurities in baked products. Choose baker carefully.



Tinctures are essentially alcohol extractions of whole cannabis (usually the flowers and trim leaves). Tinctures may contain all 80 of the essential cannabinoids. The best way to use tinctures is sublingually (under the tongue). Titration or dose control is easily achieved by the number of drops a patient places under the tongue where the medicine is rapidly absorbed into the arterial system and is quickly transported to the brain and body. All a patient need do with tincture is use a few drops, wait for the desired medical effects, and either use more or stop as the situation indicates. Tinctures can be flavored for better taste. They are best stored in dark bottles in the refrigerator. Cannabis tinctures are an alternative for patients who prefer not to smoke.Tinctures may be used under the tongue. Effects may last for up to 4 hours.

Topical Solutions

Cannabis oil is used in lotions and ointments because of its analgesic anti-inflammatory effects. It can be effective when applied topically. Reported uses for topical marijuana balms and oils include arthritis, muscle soreness and pain.Onset may vary.

For your protection, always use caution when self-medicating. DO NOT OVER MEDICATE.

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