The cannabis plant is multifaceted, and we are just touching the surface on its wide range of abilities. What’s unique about cannabis is how each individual has the opportunity to curate their own relationship with the plant. Regardless of the ailment or reason for consuming cannabis, there is most likely some aspect of the plant that can provide healing. As the industry is blooming at a fast speed, the therapeutic landscape is growing too. How does such an unique plant work for so many people? Your tolerance and experience will play a major part in what works for you.
Unlike the past, there are now multiple ways to consume cannabis. There are also new regulations being enforced as the industry unfolds. This is a good thing, as it puts more control into the consumers’ hands. With so many new products coming out weekly, we are truly almost spoiled with options. The most common methods of consumption are flower, vaping, tinctures, and edibles. If you enjoy consuming cannabis with your lungs, vaping and cannabis flower would be ideal. If smoking turns you off, don’t worry, that’s what edibles and tinctures are for. Dosing can also vary from method to method, but nonetheless be dosed.
If you are just beginning your journey with cannabis, micro-dosing is most likely your safest place to start. Edibles tend to have a reputation for being too potent, but oddly enough edibles can be an easy way to gauge the amount you consume. Certain brands make edibles with a THC level as low as 2.5 mg. For new consumers, we recommend starting with 1-5mg of THC. Start slow, and add as you go if necessary. Give it at least an hour to see how it affects you before eating another. With edibles, the liver metabolizes the THC, therefore it will take a bit longer to feel the effects. That goes for tinctures as well; check your labels for a dosage size in the dropper. Remind yourself, you can always consume more, but you can never consume less.
When choosing vaping or smoking cannabis as your method of consumption, beginners may want to start with lower potency products. Ask your local bud tender for a lower dose of THC. When smoked, THC reaches the bloodstream rapidly after being absorbed by the lungs. The on-set tends to affect you quicker than an edible will, so you will be able to gauge if you need more pretty quickly. Depending on how you are smoking the flower, take 1-2 puffs and see how you feel.
It’s important to note that you’ll likely notice your tolerance building if you continue using cannabis. When this happens, you can simply increase your dosage until you find the right amount that works for you. Dosing varies for everyone, as each person’s Endocannabinoid System responds to cannabis differently to some degree. As you become familiar with the plant, you will see what works for you and your body. There is no right or wrong way to connect with cannabis; it’s all about the personal experience you create with the plant. Learn your dose and get it right every time.