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Answer: Using cannabis is completely relative to each person’s unique biology and life circumstances. When embarking on the journey of supplementing with RSO each person must have dedication to personal experimentation. Dosage is dependant on each individual person and their needs at the time. There are many variables that will affect your experience.
First, all people have a naturally occuring cannabinoid system within our bodies called our Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS). To learn more about the ECS, see the Endocannabinoid Blog series. The needs of each person’s ECS will be different at different times.
Second, tolerance is an issue to consider. If you are not already a cannabis user, you will want to start with the absolute lowest suggested dose. Then as your body becomes adjusted to the cannabinoid intake, you can increase your dosage and frequency to meet your own individual needs.
Third, take into consideration the set of symptoms or condition(s) are you treating with RSO. From recreational use to cancer management: each person’s needs will vary. We always suggest that everyone begin with a low dose, perhaps even lower than you might think appropriate, and work your way up to find the desired effect.
All RSO is going to have a different potency. Anecdotal suggestions for beginner’s dose of RSO being taken out of the oral syringe are as follows:
In my blog Consuming RSO:101 I go over the process to turn your RSO into an oil based tincture. There are many reasons I find this to be the most effective way to consume RSO. First and foremost, you take control of your dosage. Consuming RSO directly out of an oral syringe does not permit you to know how many milligrams of cannabinoids you are intaking. When you dilute your entire gram of RSO into one ounce of oil, as I suggest in the Consuming RSO:101, you will be able to measure how many milligrams of cannabinoids you are intaking. This allows for a much more specific dosing protocol. In the state of Oregon one recreational dose is considered 5 mg of THC. There is no state standard for one dose of CBD. Certainly, one dose of THC can be both much higher and much lower for a person depending on their own unique biology and situation at the time. I suggest using a journal to log how many milligrams of each cannabinoid you are ingesting at what time of day to track your results.
Answer: Frequency of RSO dosage is subjective and depends on your individual needs. When using RSO therapeutically, you need to know if your goal is to keep your Endocannabinoid System consistently stimulated or if you only want to supplement at certain times of the day. Depending on the set of circumstances you are treating, your answer will be different. For example, people using RSO to actually combat cancer will usually want to keep their cannabinoid levels consistently elevated. On the opposite side of the spectrum, someone who is having trouble with sleep will usually want to take only one dose of RSO before bed. Below are some ways in which patients and customers at the Portland dispensary Urban Farmacy have reported using RSO:
Insomnia or trouble sleeping: Take once daily, 1 hour before desired time for sleep.
Cancer: Can be used in small – moderate doses for maintenance or symptom management. Additionally, Rick Simpson’s suggested protocol of slowly increasing daily dosages up to 1 gram daily for 90 days to actually treat the cancer itself. Here is a link to Rick Simpson’s information on Dosage: http://phoenixtears.ca/dosage-information/
Chronic Pain: 1-4 times daily – dose and frequency depends on each person’s unique set of variables.
Digestive Distress: take a small dose with your meal.
If you have more questions, you are always welcome to stop by Urban Farmacy and speak with our team. We believe knowledge is power, and we want to empower you to craft your cannabis experience.