Marijuana Dosing: The Rise of the Ratio

Renee SmaldinoCBD Marijuana Blog, THC Marijuana Blog


The medical marijuana industry has gained a substantial amount of recognition in the media, recently, for the successful treatment of certain types of cancer, as well as, other illnesses and disorders. We are currently experiencing a time that marijuana is being used as an acceptable, alternative medicine to pharmaceuticals by doctors. It is even becoming socially acceptable to use marijuana, as an innumerable host of cannabis dispensaries are opening in towns across the United States.

Our knowledge of medical marijuana, though, is still very limited and usually vague therefore it is not uncommon for us to fall susceptible to inaccuracies in dosing. These inconsistencies we experience are due to the lack of regulation within the industry, as well as our lack of knowledge when dosing.

So how do we achieve the perfect dose of medical marijuana? Is there such thing? New medical research and clinical studies suggest that titration doses are the best way to achieve the most effective results with medical marijuana. Due to the gradual nature of titration doses, you are more likely to achieve a dose that works well for you.

A titration dose is the monitoring and “the continual adjustment of a dose based on patient response.” The patient will gradually increase or decrease the doses, until their “perfect dose is achieved.” You are able to, also, adjust  your dosing, if you notice you are gaining a tolerance or experiencing unwanted side-effects. Titration doses are also based on your “height, weight, and symptoms.” This is important because our human biology is unique to only us.

Side-effects will vary for each person and someone else’s experiences should not influence your own. The ideal approach to using the titration method is to find a dose that you will experience the fewest side effects while still receiving the full medicinal properties. The right balance is not always easy to find, but don’t get discouraged!

Clinical research is now suggesting a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD will be the most effective dose, universally, and provide “the most therapeutic relief across all categories.” A 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD would be an equal miligram dose of each. An example would be a dose of 5mg THC and 5mg CBD. It could be any miligram dose, so long as it is the same miligram amount of each.

It is important to recognize that inaccuracies in dosing are not always your fault. The medical marijuana industry is not regulated, and lab tests are not always provided or accurate. With the overwhelming amount of flawed and inaccurate lab tests, it is no surprise if you have had difficulty dosing yourself.

Lab tests are necessary because they will indicate the amount of THC and CBD in a product. If these results are not provided, it is more than likely that the milligram dose is wrong and should not be consumed. Even worse, some companies will lie about the amount of THC and CBD, due to the nonexistent regulation, for personal and capital gain.

The inconsistencies of lab testing in the cannabis industry lead to mislabeling on storefront and delivery products being sold as medicine. This is not only unethical, it also creates confusion among patients and prevents them from accurately dosing themselves. The most beneficial medicinal marijuana is lab-tested with results and proper labeling readily available for you. This should be a personal requirement for anyone using cannabis, since mislabeling can lead to undesired, adverse, and, at times, traumatizing experiences among users.

Titration dosing can be difficult, at first, since we are just not familiar with the concept. Also, the inhalation and consumption of THC and CBD have dissimilar effects on the body. (This is why it is important that your medicine is properly labeled)! The titration method should allow you to ease the pain without a major disruption to your daily life.

According to Dr. Jeffery Hergenrather, President of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, “[…] It is highly likely that terpenes may very well alter the properties of cannabinoids. Standardized testing is essential to the advancement of our understanding of this issue.”

Medical marijuana dosing is vague and often misleading. The titration method allows less room for error, because it is a constant-monitoring process and you are able to feel what works best for you and make changes as needed. Your body becomes the greatest indicator of wellness and by conducting your own research you will reap the intended benefits of medical marijuana.