Your First Steps on the
Path to Pain Relief

When and Where to Start with Medical Cannabis

Like any new medication, it’s important to first try medical cannabis for pain relief when you’re in a safe environment (like your home) in the event that you experience any unwanted side effects. Always be aware of where you are, and whether it is a safe and appropriate setting for cannabis use.

If you are taking a product with higher THC content (greater than 5 mg), it could make you drowsy. When you first try it, take it close to bedtime, or during the day if you are able to take a nap. Do not take Cannabis if you need to drive anywhere.

Depending on your pain symptoms, you may use a different dose during the day vs. at night or when you are at home versus when you are at work. Keep a log of your cannabis dosing so that you can track your use over time.

Start Low, Go Slow 1

If you don’t yet know your limits, start with your Health Care Provider’s advice and always start low and go slow.

“Low and slow” means to always start with a low dose and slowly increase it over time. It can take 2 weeks or more to find the dose that works best for your pain. Your ideal dose will be the amount you take where you experience symptom benefit without unwanted side effects.

Oils and softgel capsules can take 1-2 hours to start having an effect and can last in the body for 6-8 hours. It’s important that you wait until your next scheduled dose before increasing the amount you take.

Titration to Find Your Optimal Dose 1

Titration is the process of determining the amount to take that offers the greatest medicinal benefit and the fewest side effects. Titrating is personal, because the dose that is right for you is based on things like your goals, your type of pain, the underlying reason for your pain, your age, your previous experience with cannabis and your lifestyle.

Based on the most up-to-date, available literature, 1 here is some general guidance to find the right amount to take for you:

Low Dosage THC Oil

Oils: start with 0.1 mL (if using THC) or 0.25 mL (if using CBD) and slowly increase your subsequent doses over days/weeks until you reach an effective dose.

Low Dosage THC Capsules

Softgel Capsules: start with the lowest possible dose (e.g. 3 mg THC) for multiple days. If you do not have any effect, try 2 softgel capsules.

Using Cannabis Safely

Like any medicine, you should know what to expect when you take Medisenol. Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Don’t drive or operate a vehicle after ingesting cannabis.

  • Don’t take cannabis if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • Use with caution if you have a history of unstable cardiac conditions, such as angina.

  • Use with caution if you have a personal or family history of psychosis and/or schizophrenia.

  • Learn what to expect when you combine medical cannabis with other medicines by speaking to your Health Care Provider.

1 - C.A. MacCallum, E.B. Russo (2018) Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing. European Journal of Internal Medicine 49 (2018) 12–19. doi:10.1016/j.ejim.2018.01.004.