Many medical marijuana users overmedicate. Factors that influence how medical marijuana affects you include the strain you’re using, how the marijuana was grown, when and how it was harvested and cured, how long the marijuana has been in storage and what type of storage methods are used, your personal body chemistry (especially neurochemistry), how often you medicate, how much you consume, and how you ingest medical marijuana.
The most fundamental titration you can engage in is to regulate the amount of medical marijuana you take in over a specific time period. If you’re serious about measuring how a particular sample of marijuana affects you, you need a clean brain. Go a day or two, longer if possible, without using medical cannabis. Then do this test…
Let’s imagine a situation in which you desire to inhale burned marijuana through a bubbler pipe. Your titration method starts with measuring out a very small amount of medical marijuana, perhaps a quarter gram.
Carefully place the quarter gram in the bowl. Light the medical marijuana and inhale as much as you comfortably can. If you want to further standardize this titration procedure, set a specific amount of time for your inhalation, perhaps 7-9 seconds total. If you’re using a pipe that has a carburetor, make sure to use it so you get a standardized amount of smoke that you can replicate every time you dose.
Now hold the smoke in for 15 seconds before exhaling. Studies show that 15 seconds is the ideal time that delivers the most cannabinoids into your blood without giving smoke particulates time to coat your lungs.
After exhaling the smoke, wait 15 minutes before inhaling any more marijuana smoke. During that 15 minutes, carefully monitor yourself. What if any changes are you experiencing in levels of pain, in mood, in appetite, in perception, in body awareness? These changes are part of how you gauge the marijuana’s strength and efficacy for you.
With careful self-observation, you can determine if you want to ingest more medical marijuana right away or wait a while. You also have a baseline for manipulating medical marijuana dosage for that particular batch of medicine.
The tricky thing is that marijuana medicine changes over time no matter how well you store it; THC degrades to less psychoactive cannabinoids, for example.
This degradation process usually takes several months, so if you have a half ounce of medical marijuana and you smoke a couple of grams per day, you will have consumed the marijuana fast enough to be sure that the titration experiment you did will still be relevant.
Remember also that some medical marijuana users tend to build up tolerance so that they need higher doses of cannabis to get the same effects as they used to get from lower doses.
There’s a lot more we’ll say about titration and all the factors that affect it, but you now have a basic strategy for gauging the strength of a particular batch of cannabis. Getting familiar with the Medical Marijuana and your reaction to it is a bedrock foundation for adjusting medical marijuana dosage so you get optimum results.