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Cannabis Trivia: Cannabis Titration

What is titration?

Drug Titration (ti·​tra·​tion): Wikipedia defines drug titration as: “the process of adjusting the dose of a medication for the maximum benefit without adverse effects.”

Drug titration is overseen by a medical professional, such as a licensed physician. They will begin drug titration by administering a low dose of a medication and will monitor the effects of the medication. Depending on the effects experienced by the Patient they will adjust the medication to create a sought after effect/ outcome for the Patient/ consumer.

Cannabis (can·​na·​bis):

Merriam-Webster defines cannabis as: “a tall Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that has a tough fiber and is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species (C. indica) : HEMP sense 1a —used especially for cultivated varieties having high levels of THC.

Cannabis has a multitude of uses including, but not limited to: fibre for textiles and construction materials, hemp seeds used for food and the benefits of hemp oil, hemp leaves which can be consumed as a vegetable, for its medicinal benefits, for spiritual purposes, and for recreational adult-use.

Cannabis Titration

Cannabis Titration refers to the consumption, review, and adjustment of a cannabis dose to maximize intended effects for a medicinal cannabis Patient or adult-use Consumer, while minimizing unwanted effects and side effects.

Very few dispensaries have licensed medical professionals on staff that can officially titrate cannabis for Patients/ Customers. As such, cannabis titration is done informally using best practices learned from the licensed medical community.

Cannabis Titration is important for both medicinal cannabis consumers and adult-use recreational consumers. Medicinal cannabis consumers will use cannabis titration to maximize cannabis’ properties to provide health and wellness support. Adult-use cannabis consumers will use cannabis titration to maximize wanted effects.

What one person may see as a negative consumption consequence may be a sought after effect by another. To support meaningful cannabis titration it is important to understand what an individual’s preferences are and what they seek from the consumption of cannabis.

For example, one Patient/ Customer may seek to consume cannabis to help them sleep without dreams. Another may seek to consume cannabis for a sleep-aid but is bothered by the lack of dreams. This is where cannabis titration becomes a delicate balance.

To support the positive titration of cannabis within a dispensary environment it is important to know 1.) what strains and methods of cannabis consumption will likely produce the effects sought after, 2.) what the Patient’s/ Customer’s history with cannabis is (what has worked for them and what hasn’t), 3.) what products are in-stock,  what their properties are, and what effects the products are likely to produce, and 4.) how-to decipher all of the information to make a meaningful recommendation of a product with a dose that will most likely produce the Patient’s/ Customer’s sought after effects.

Never Play Medical Professional

When a Patient/ Customer requests something to alleviate XYZ symptoms or to produce XYZ effects dispensary operators/ Budtenders should never play doctor or licensed medical professional. Dispensary operators/ Budtenders should never make a diagnosis or prescribe anything. A diagnosis or prescription should ONLY be made by a licensed medical professional (as a side note… it’s also our strong opinion that no dispensary titles or cannabis awards should be given with the word ‘Doctor’ in it unless the person is a licensed medical professional…doing so is very dangerous and discredits the industry).

To help support positive cannabis titration a dispensary operator/ Budtender should however know what products on the shelf can produce/ are likely to produce certain effects based on the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoid “recipes”.