Reply To: Medicinal Marijuana and CBD Treatments

January 25, 2019 at 4:13 pm

This topic was first discussed a few years ago here:

Medical Marijuana disaster

Most marijuana-based products do not have approval from the FDA and more evidence is necessary to confirm their safety and effectiveness. There is limited research available on the use of specific marijuana strains for pain and other symptoms. As a result, strain-specific recommendations are not medically proven.

Nonetheless, “Indica” is a THC-dominate (TetraHydroCannabinol) strain considered by many as the best choice for medical use. These strains are selected by patients treating pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. A typical Indica flower will have between 12%-28% THC and 1%-5% CBD. This works out to 120mg-280mg of THC and 10mg-40mg of CBD. If you tend to feel anxious with THC-dominant strains, or dislike other side effects associated with THC, try a strain with higher levels of CBD.

But dosage varies by delivery method (smoking, vaping, edibles, etc.). Edibles get metabolized by the endocannabinoid system way differently so don’t start out with apples to apples dosage from flower to edibles. When it comes to edibles, I would suggest starting with a very low dose, perhaps 2 or 5 milligrams and slowly increase after 1-2 hours. You will need to wait for some time to experience the effects as THC is processed through the liver before it enters your bloodstream.

Following are some recent educational materials and studies about using medical marijuana to treat neurologic pain:
http://neuropathyjournal.org/medical-cannabis-neuropathic-pain-part-3-3

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-weed-101-thc-calculator