With many states legalizing medical marijuana, people with chronic diseases, chemotherapy side effects, and ongoing pain have an alternative to prescription medications. If you are new to medical marijuana, there are ways to improve your response to treatment.

Start Slow

Finding your proper dose of marijuana is an exercise in patience and trial-and-error. Generally, marijuana dispensaries may have various strains of marijuana with some variation in CBD and THC concentration, which can greatly affect your response. It is best to speak with someone at the dispensary to help you select the right product for your specific condition.

In addition to the problem you are trying to treat, any other health problems and your weight can factor into the appropriate dosage. Ideally, you should start with a small amount of the product and work your way up until you can determine whether it is effective.

Use Different Administration Methods

Most dispensaries have various formulations of medical marijuana products so they can be administered differently. The most common way you find marijuana is smoking the plant or vape juice. This allows the marijuana to be absorbed into your system quickly, which can make it easier to determine if a specific strain is effective. Sublingual administration in the form of a tincture is another way the product can be absorbed quickly, and is a preferred option for people who do not want to smoke or vape their products.

For medical purposes, it is better to have a method that is absorbed quickly and another method that will take longer to be effective, but stays in your system longer. Pills or edible products can take upwards of an hour to be effective, but have a more sustained effect. If you are using medical marijuana to address nausea, suppositories are another option.

Try Different Concentrations Of Ingredients

Although the amount of THC in any product will be strictly regulated by the state, with the goal of having little or no psychoactive effects, products for medicinal use may have some THC. The main ingredient in marijuana that has anti-nausea, seizure reducing, or pain-relief benefits is CBD.

During the daytime, you will want products containing higher concentrations of CBD, with little or no THC, but THC-containing products do have some benefits. If you have problems with sleep, especially if pain makes it harder to fall asleep or maintain sleep, check to see which products are available that have some THC. A higher concentration of THC near bedtime can help you fall asleep.

Medical marijuana has afforded many people with another option over prescription pain medications or other ineffective treatments. Trying different strains and administration methods may be your ticket to improving various medical conditions.

For more information about medical marijuana treatment, talk to your health care provider today.