How Often Should You Use Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana is still early in West Virginia and patients are registering for medical marijuana cards faster than ever in the Mountain State.
For many patients, approaching cannabis for the first time can be a little overwhelming, and there aren’t always clear-cut answers to simple questions like how much cannabis should I use?
How often should I use cannabis?
Is there such a thing as using “too much” cannabis?
In this article, we'll cover how medical marijuana patients use cannabis throughout their day, week, or month, and how a regulated treatment schedule can help you stay on track with medical marijuana!
How Frequently Do Medical Marijuana Patients Use Cannabis?
How Often You Use Cannabis Depends on Several Factors
Medical cannabis is available in West Virginia for patients diagnosed with any one of 14 different conditions approved for medical marijuana.
And that’s just West Virginia.
Across the Nation, there’s nearly an unlimited number of conditions or symptoms that qualify for access to medical cannabis depending on where you live, and in many place recreational cannabis is even available.
With so many different symptoms or conditions that could potentially benefit from using medical marijuana, there’s no set rule for how each person should approach cannabis, though there are definitely some ways to find the right balance for you personally.
Heavier Symptoms Require Larger, More Frequent Doses
There’s essentially no way to overdose from cannabis, there are no lethal dosage limits that any human could manage to consume.
And while it’s certainly true that aspirin, crossing the road, and peanuts have killed more people than cannabis, that doesn’t mean you can’t over consume it.
Over consuming cannabis can lead to a host of negative side effects such as nervousness, paranoia, and an increased heart rate, and the effects can last for several hours depending on the product you choose.
Finding the right balance with cannabis is important, and it’s the best way to ensure you get the maximum medical benefit with the fewest negative side effects.
For some patients, symptoms like chronic pain, cancer, or HIV/AIDS can have debilitating symptoms causing extreme pain, and for significant relief, a significant dose will be required. For other patients who are experiencing less intense symptoms, a smaller, lighter dosage might be the best approach, offering temporary relief while keeping side effects to a minimum.
How to Find the Right Balance With Cannabis
Find Your Dose & Know Your Limits
Many medical marijuana patients choose to medicate first thing in the morning, throughout the day, and before bedtime.
Other patients may need to structure their cannabis use around daily life activities such as work, driving, or tasks that require precise attention.
The best answer to how often you should use cannabis can be found with your tolerance.
With a higher tolerance, you’ll likely need to use more cannabis to perceive effects at the same level as when your tolerance was lower. If you have a low tolerance, only a small amount of cannabis is usually required to produce significant effects.
Most patients are looking for the fastest and most effective relief while offering the most pleasant experience, and this will be highly relative to each individual.
It’s common for medical marijuana patients to judge the amount they’re using based on a variety of factors such as tolerance, budget, frequency and severity of symptoms, and convenience.
Can You Use Too Much Cannabis?
Although you won’t be overdosing on cannabis and can’t take any lethal doses, you can find yourself using too much cannabis, but maybe not for the reasons you’d think.
Patients who use cannabis on a very frequent basis (once per hour – 5+ times per day) are typically treating fairly severe symptoms, and the amount of cannabis they use only matters from the perspective of how much it takes to get relief.
Other patients will find that they’re using too much cannabis when it becomes cost prohibitive, and you’ll need to look for alternative cannabis products like concentrates to stay within a reasonable budget.
Some patients will find that too much cannabis may cause them to feel drowsy too often, which can lead to a reduction in the frequency of doses.
The best way to determine how to find the right amount of cannabis for you is by sticking to a consistent medical marijuana treatment schedule that keeps track of how much cannabis you use and how often.
You’ll be able to look back through your schedule and review your results based on how often you’ve been using cannabis and increase or reduce the amount you’re using.
While there’s no universal answer to how much cannabis you should use or how often you should be using it, with a solid medical marijuana treatment plan, you can find the perfect balance with cannabis to get the relief you need!
Get Your Medical Marijuana Certification in
The West Virginia medical marijuana program offers comprehensive access to cannabis as a medicine. To qualify for a medical marijuana card in West Virginia, consult with one of our qualified physicians who can walk you through the process of getting your medical cannabis certification today!
Take the steps to schedule your medical marijuana evaluation appointment today and get access to legal marijuana products available at dispensaries!
Being a West Virginia medical marijuana patient allows you the freedom to take your medication the right way for you. We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way! Feel free to give us a call at 877-303-8424 and we can answer your questions about getting a medical marijuana card in West Virginia.
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