Cannabis Dosing and Effects
Cannabis is a highly versatile and complex plant that has been used for both medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years. The primary psychoactive compound in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is responsible for the plant’s characteristic effects of euphoria, altered perception of time and space, and increased appetite. The effects of THC are determined by the dose and method of administration, as well as the individual’s tolerance and genetics.
For medicinal use, THC is often dosed much lower than for recreational use. In medicinal use, THC is typically dosed to achieve therapeutic effects, such as pain relief, reduction of anxiety, and improvement of sleep. The dosing of THC for medicinal purposes is often titrated, meaning that the dose is gradually increased until the desired therapeutic effect is achieved. This allows patients to avoid the potential side effects of THC, such as anxiety and paranoia, which can occur at higher doses.
In contrast, for recreational use, THC is often dosed much higher, with the goal of achieving intense psychoactive effects. In recreational use, THC is typically consumed for the purpose of experiencing a euphoric high, which can lead to altered perception of time and space, increased appetite, and a general feeling of relaxation. Recreational users often consume THC in higher doses than those used for medicinal purposes, and may do so through smoking, edibles, or dabbing.
In terms of effects, the primary difference between medicinal and recreational use of THC is the purpose for which it is consumed. In medicinal use, THC is consumed for the purpose of achieving therapeutic effects, such as pain relief and reduction of anxiety. In recreational use, THC is consumed for the purpose of achieving intense psychoactive effects, such as euphoria and altered perception of time and space.