What Is Titration and Why Is It Important When Using Cannabis?
Whether you’ve been using CBD (cannabidiol) for a while or are just getting started, you might be unsure how much you need.
What is the most effective dose for relieving anxiety? Or to alleviate the pain of arthritis? And do the doses differ depending on the type of CBD used?
Titration is a term for determining how much is best for you.
What exactly is titration?
Titration is a scientific term for determining the smallest amount of an active ingredient in medicine that will produce the desired results.
If that sounds like a bunch of nonsense to you, you’re not alone! Let’s keep it simple. Titration is a method of limiting potential side effects by observing how your body reacts to a drug.
The process begins with the lowest possible dose, then gradually increases it (also known as “up-titrated”) until the maximum effective dose is reached—or until you begin to experience side effects.
This procedure is used by doctors on patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, for example. They gradually introduce a medication that may help lower the patient’s blood pressure or manage their heart rate without causing harmful side effects.
We know that any substance, including water, can be beneficial in small amounts but harmful in large quantities. What is too high for you may be too low for someone else, simply due to the inherent differences between one person’s body and another’s.
When It Comes to CBD, What Is Titration?
What exactly is titration in cannabis consumption?
When it comes to CBD or any type of cannabis, titration simply means finding the right amount that works for you.
The process began with medical cannabis. Titration would be used by patients who needed it to manage medical conditions such as seizures and cancer-related pain to determine the best dose for those conditions. They would gradually increase their consumption under the supervision of a doctor in order to find a dose that would relieve their symptoms without causing too many side effects.
When beginning to “titrate,” the best approach is always to begin with the lowest dose. It is especially important for patients who have never tried cannabis to exercise caution in the beginning until you know how your body and mind will react. Keeping track of the dosages and taking daily notes on how they affect you, what benefits you experience, and how long they last is critical when deciding whether to continue increasing the dose or stop where you are.
Cannabis Isn’t a One-Size-Fits-All Treatment
The majority of medications have recommended dosages. Over the course of many studies, scientists have determined what amount works best for the majority of people with a specific type of condition. If you want to take aspirin, for example, you can look on the back of the bottle for the recommended dose for an adult and use that information to determine how much you should take.
However, cannabis is not the same for a couple of reasons. For one thing, there hasn’t been as much research done on it. Because it was illegal for so long, scientists were unable to conduct as extensive research on it as they have on other medications. With the restrictions lifted, there is more freedom to research the plant and its potential for treatment.
Cannabis is also a plant with a high level of complexity. Aspirin is aspirin, and no matter which brand you buy, you’ll get the same basic active ingredient. However, there is no such standardisation with cannabis.
The plant contains over 100 cannabinoids and 200 terpenes. Furthermore, different types of cannabis plants produce varying levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, all of which have different effects on the body. Manufacturers create a variety of products that contain varying combinations and levels of active components.
That means you could eat one CBD cookie (or other consumable CBD product) with 5 mg of isolated CBD and another with 25 mg and some of the original terpenes. Because these two products differ, you cannot assume that eating one will have the same effect as eating the other.
Then there’s the difference between your physiology and that of another person. While the 25 mg CBD cookie may provide you with a pleasant anxiety relief, it may make someone else sleepy.
Do I Need to Titrate with Different Cannabis Strains?
Because of all of these potential variations, it is prudent to “titrate” with any cannabis product you have not previously tried. Begin with the lowest possible dose and gradually increase it until you achieve the desired effect.
To be safe, always spread your experiments out over several days. If you decide that one dose wasn’t enough and take another within a few hours, you may experience unpleasant side effects that you’d rather avoid. Give it time, keep a journal of your reactions, and you’ll eventually come up with the best solution.