Thursday, 9 August 2018

As we have spoken in others posts there are several delivery mechanisms for medical cannabis. We can find creams, wafers, sprays, tinctures and suppositories while there are useful, the truth is the most common delivery methods are OIL and GAS (as in vapour).

Today we are going to show you a little explanation made by Dr. David Hepburn about OIL as delivery mechanism of medical cannabis.


Dr. David Frederick Hepburn explains:

Oils can be obtained in a bottle, capsules or even as a vape (not MD-recommended currently). As a pill-taking society, many would prefer to use a capsule, given that it looks medical and resembles other capsules in the neighbors’ bathroom. The other advantage of an encapsulated oil is that the dosing is much more accurate. 

Canada limits capsules to a maximum of 10mg THC per unit. Ingested cannabis oil has the advantage of lasting longer but the disadvantage of taking forever to kick in. Once the oil has been ingested it must wend it’s way past the waffles, kumquats and possibly some of the neighbors’ capsules, then get absorbed from the gut and zip off to the liver for a little sprucing up before being presented to the bloodstream.

The liver typically wets the side of a Kleenex and dabs away at the oil until it frowns and turns away. Too late. The liver has converted 9 delta THC into 11 delta THC and, while this new form is effective as medicine, it is rather more psychoactive. This whole process, from mouth to membrane, takes 90-120 minutes which can be a good thing… or….sometimes not so much.

As we may learn of Dr. David Hepburn´s text, the use of cannabis oil has some advantages and disadvantages. especially the effectiveness of the dose although with some difficulties to arrive to bloodstream.

An example story told by Dr. David Hepburn:

“-Cyril Bloggins, not an experienced user of cannabis, has taken note how his wife, Daisy, has had her wrist, bowels and crankiness all improved since she started cooking those new BC brownies. 
He decides to try one for his own nasty, gnarly, kneecap, so he cuts one from the herd and braces himself. An hour goes by. Feels nothing. Sneaks back in and grabs another, and another and noting some Reeses Pieces and marshmallows in the mix, decides they taste pretty good and… he still doesn’t feel anything. 

Soon half the plate is in Cyril’s central solar system. Cyril… doesn’t get out of bed for three days. He is so stoned that his head is on lock down and Mabel has morphed into Heather Lock lear (the early years). Cyril’s natural reaction “I must be allergic to cannabis.” No Cyril, the toxicity is always in the dose and you just dosed yourself into a long doze.-“

Finally, it is advisable to follow properly the instructions of your doctor regarding the dose to obtain the correct results. In the following post we will speak about the other common delivery method for medical cannabis. GAS

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