Cannabis 101: Titration

Cannabis 101: Titration

What is titration and what does it matter if you can’t overdose? Titration is the amount of cannabis you may consume in a specific period and how that effects your individual body. There are medical patients and consumers who consume over 1000mg of cannabis products every day and they are also high functioning members of their communities. There are also those consumers who can’t function after a 5mg edible, but are comfortable with micro-dose inhalation all day; as well as the opposite.

Titration is “a method or process of determining the concentration of a dissolved substance in terms of the smallest amount of reagent of known concentration required to bring about a given effect in reaction with a known volume of the test solution” as per Meriam-Webster. In other words, how little do you need to consume to get as high as you want to get? Commonly you will find people using the term “low-and-slow” to help consumers and patients understand this trial and success method.

Many medical doctors who recommend medical marijuana will want the patient to start with the smallest possible quantity and wait 6-8 hours to understand the total affect on the body from that small amount. Cannabis inhaled will have some effect within a minute or so, with full affect after approximately 15 minutes, they effects from inhalation may last 2-4 hours. Whereas cannabis infused products that are eaten and digested will take approximately 30-45 minutes to take full affect and may linger for 6-8 hours. Sublingual or oral absorption methods will have a quick onset but a slightly longer duration of effect than inhalation, and any cannabis products used through dermal absorption will not result in any high or mental effects.

Titration instructs the new user to consume one inhalation or half the recommended dose of the cannabis or cannabis product and journal that experience. DepCannabis 101 | Cannabis leaf cannabis product titrationending on the desired effect they will try two puffs the next time they try the cannabis product, and journal that experience. They should follow this pattern until either they find the exact amount of cannabis they need to achieve the desired effect or until they get to a point where they feel they have consumed too much and then they will know what their comfortable limit is. Fortunately for cannabis there is no achievable overdose amount.

When determining your personal perfect dosage understand what cannabinoids and terpenes you are consuming is crucial to fully understanding what your body prefers. Some consumers prefer to use specific cannabinoids or avoid certain terpenes, cannabis and the endocannabinoid system are incredibly personal and though there is very little research that we can lean on as consumers, there is still so much to learn about how our consumers and industry will continue to use the plant.