There is a variety of medical marijuana products used to treat various diseases and conditions in the world today. People can use these products through various modes of delivery such as:
- Ingestion of liquids such as oils, tinctures, and drinks infused with medical marijuana;
- Intake of solids such as capsules or tablets, edibles, and regular foods mixed with medical marijuana oil or powder;
- Topical administration directly on the skin. The products include creams, salves, balms, ointments, and transdermal patches;
- Suppositories such as tablets or capsules;
- Inhalation, which is achieved by smoking dried buds, vaping, or dabbing; and
- Insufflation through the use of nasal sprays.
No method of delivery can be termed as perfect because each of the methods has its pros and cons. For some, the relief may be instant, while others take longer before they can feel the effects of weed, while others react with a specific area of the body.
The ability to prescribe the correct dosage of medical marijuana products to treat a medical condition is a vital element when choosing the mode of delivery. Doctors should also consider the patient’s lifestyle as well as their ability to consume drugs reliably and effectively. For example, a strong THC dosage may be effective in treating illness, but it may end up impairing drivers or people operating heavy machinery. Therefore, doctors should advise patients to take small doses at intervals during the day, which will ensure that they get all the benefits required to treat the condition.
Another factor affecting the delivery of medical marijuana is the ‘first pass effect.’ The first-pass effect is the process where enzymes found in the liver breakdown CBD and THC before they are absorbed in the brain or other body organs. This means the dosage getting to the intended location is a smaller proportion than what was ingested.
Patients should note that CBD and THC are not water soluble and that the cannabinoids mix well with fats and oils. For this reason, it is best to consume them along with a fatty meal. It is also important to note that cannabinoids are sensitive to light and oxygen; that is why weed is stored in dark bottles or shelves.
It is recommended for patients to start with low doses and see how it affects the body before increasing the dosage; this method is referred to as dose titration. It is suitable for taking THC medication.
Patients can also take minute doses of the medicine to get the positive benefits without experiencing the adverse side effects of a large dose. This method is referred to as microdosing. Patients can take a small dosage, such as 1/20 of the total dose. It is ideal for anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Tablets and capsules are an accurate and precise method of dosing. They are easily portable and discreet as you can take them in public. They also have a long-lasting effect.
Due to technological advancements and innovations, in the future, patients will have the opportunity to choose products designed to suit their specific needs as well as advanced methods of delivery such as nasal sprays or transdermal patches capable of increasing or lowering dosages automatically.
Experts believe that marijuana companies such as Grapefruit Boulevard Investments Inc. (OTCQB: IGNG) and IONIC Brands Corp. (CSE: IONC) (OTC: IONKF), are working round the clock to perfect their products and develop novel delivery systems.
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