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October 10th, 2018

Forms Of Dose And Administration Of Medical Cannabis

Guest post submitted by Natalie Gray, Biochemical Engineer & Recreational Marijuana Supporter

Same with medicines, medicinal cannabis is prepared in different dose forms to fit various patient conditions. How medicinal cannabis is applied depends on its dose form.
Forms of a dose are very significant, and it can affect patient response in different ways, including:

  • If patients really take their medication and adhere to their regular regimen.
  • When they take it.
  • How often they take it.
  • How much they have to take.
  • The side effects and how these are tolerated.
New powerful cannabis oil concentrates, non-psychotropic CBD alternatives, and vape technologies have changed the national discussion about cannabis.



Conclusively, smoking medicinal cannabis is harmful to patients’ wellness and is therefore not recommended. Noxious pyrolytic composites are generated when the plant material is smoked or combusted. Typically, cannabis buds are rolled into a joint cigarette, and cannabinoids are inhaled as smoke into the lungs. The medicine enters into the bloodstream from the lungs. Smoking cannabis issues in a speedy onset of response. The effect is seen within seconds. While smoking results in greater blood levels of cannabinoids, their impacts compared to oral administration is shorter in a term. Furthermore, unless it is fully regulated, the amount of THC and CBD in cannabis like Purplewave can vary considerably among quantities. The volume of THC produced also depends on the extent of inhalation, puff mass and duration, and breath hold.


Topical or Transdermal

Transdermal actually means across the skin. The typical dose forms include creams and ointments which are administered to the skin surface or a mucous membrane applied directly on the skin. A particular dose is then applied gradually over a set time.



Inhalation has proven to be an efficient administration route. The inhaled vapor is quickly absorbed by the lungs. The immediate onset of action means it is the preferred choice for many patients. The vapor contains cannabinoids and terpenes inconsistent, measurable quantities. The speed of onset simplifies the ability to achieve the correct dose without side effects and achieve fast relief from symptoms. The volume of cannabinoids delivered depends on the extent of inhalation and breathing. While inhalation effects in higher blood levels of cannabinoids, their effects compared to oral intake is shorter in terms.


Using a vaporizer, cannabinoids are inhaled as a vapor which then enters the bloodstream from the lungs. Given the hazards from smoking, patients nowadays look for affordable, portable and reliable vaporizers or inhalation devices. Research devoted to advancing vaporizer and inhalation technology has observed major improvements in device quality.

Medical vaporizers for the administration of cannabis in the form of vape juice or oil like Tahoe OG produce vapor does not carry liquid propylene glycol, nicotine, and glycerol. There is also no extended, socially intrusive, toxic vapor mist. These vaporizers extend patients a safe, effective, and easy to use distribution method.


For vaporization, to deliver a steady therapeutic level of cannabinoids, the product requires a pharmaceutical quality of medicine. This medical cannabis is genetically and chemically systematized according to pharmaceutical models. From a patient protection aspect, it is free of pesticides, microbial contaminants, impurities, and heavy metals. These are conditions that make the vapor safer for inhalation into the lungs.

Capsules are the alternative oral form of dose. Typically, it contains precise concentrations of particular cannabinoids dissolved in a carrier oil.


Oral ingestions are common dose forms. They are related to other medicines patients previously take and are simple to administer. As a result, concentrated cannabis concentrates and extracts are becoming more popular.



Capsules are the alternative oral form of dose. Typically, it contains precise concentrations of particular cannabinoids dissolved in a carrier oil. The capsule is taken orally, breaks and open then the drug is released and eventually digested in the stomach and intestines. The time of absorption can be unpredictable and alters depending on patient’s metabolism. Oral administration effects in the delayed onset of effect, lower total blood concentration, and a longer term of effects compared to inhalation. Total cannabinoid content is transformed by liver metabolism and stomach contents. This implies oral dosing can be less unstable and inconstant.



Sprays are also delivered under the tongue just as oils. An oromucosal, a regulated dose form of a pharmaceutical product, made from two strains of cannabis. One strain produces mainly THC like Nirvana seeds the Hindu Kush and the other mainly CBD. Precise proportions of the active composites THC and CBD are diffused in an alcohol solution. This is placed in a metered-dose bottle which is diffused under the tongue sublingualy.

Comparable to oral dosing, the total cannabinoid content is influenced by liver metabolism and stomach contents. This indicates dosing by tea may be unreliable and inconstant.


Patients consume medicinal cannabis as a tea infused in hot water. Teas are drunk and the cannabinoids are digested in the stomach and small intestine. Comparable to oral dosing, the total cannabinoid content is influenced by liver metabolism and stomach contents. This indicates dosing by tea may be unreliable and inconstant. Furthermore, tea typically has a weak compression of cannabinoids, the tea structure is affected by boiling time, the amount of tea prepared, and the storing period. This indicates dosing by tea can contribute a less positive therapeutic effect.



Another full plant dose forms include edibles such as brownies and cookies. It is hard to obtain a constant cannabinoid structure in edibles. Patients can simply overdose, especially as the time to affect maybe two to three hours and patients may ingest a second dose if they are anticipating effects.


Guest Post by Natalie Gray

Natalie Gray is a Biochemical Engineer. She works in the Research and Development team that focuses on the design and construction of unit processes. She is a recreational marijuana supporter and her love for organic chemistry brought her to medical cannabis. She grows her own flowers, working on different projects and study anything above and under cannabis roots.

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