Our medical team — comprised of leading physicians, pharmacists, and scientists — has developed a three-step process to help to determine the best medical cannabis products for you.
Step 1 Select a MinnMed Product Line
Each color in theVireo Spectrum™ represents a distinct product line. Depending on your qualifying medical condition, our specially-trained pharmacists will help recommend a product line that matches your unique needs. For instance, patients experiencing chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting often benefit from products associated from our THC-dominant product lines while patients experiencing neurological diseases, like epilepsy, often benefit from products associated with our CBD-dominant product lines.
THC = Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol
This chemical produces the mental effects of cannabis, commonly referredto as “high”. In the past, THC was the most desired chemical within the cannabis plant, and strains have been bred to maximize THC content ranging from 4-35%.
CBD = cannabidiol
This compound produces medicinal effects without psychoactivity. Historically, this less-desired chemical was nearly nonexistent within popular cannabis strains, but more recently its medical potential has brought CBD to the forefront of cannabis research.
Products in these lines contain CBD, which is not psychoactive, so patients can use their medication without fear of mental limitations or other side effects.
Step 2 Select a MinnMed Product Type
We’ll work closely with you to determine which product type is the best match for you based on your condition and personal preference. We’ve developed products for each product line containing a consistent and predictable amount of one, or both, of the two most common active ingredients in cannabis, THC and CBD. Together, these chemicals have greater effect than if administered alone. Moreover, CBD ameliorates many of the side effects commonly experienced by users of THC.
Solutions and tinctures are liquids made of cannabis-derived medicine that can be placed in the mouth and either swallowed or absorbed to some degree in the mouth itself. It can take up to 2-3 hours for these medicines to take full effect, so you should wait three hours before taking another dose. Too often, patients do not believe the first dose is working due to the delay in effect. Be aware that these doses add up over time so please wait the recommended amount so as not to over-dose.
Vaporizers gently heat the oils in the cannabis-derived medicine until they evaporate and can be inhaled. It is important with your first use that you take a very short “puff” from the vaporizer. You should then wait at least 10 minutes to feel the effects. At that point you can again take another slightly longer “puff”. Remember to wait a sufficient time after each inhalation to be certain you do not take too much.
This type of medicine, like liquids, take a long time to enter your system and take effect. They also last for a long time. As a general rule, patients should wait at least 3 hours before taking another dose.
Step 3 Start low. Go Slow.
We deeply care about your experience and are particularly sensitive to those patients who are not yet familiar with cannabis-derived products. To minimize risks, we support the “Start Low. Go Slow” philosophy. This means that we advise to start with a very low dose and wait a long while for the effects to take hold. This is a similar approach to medication safety dosing for many other traditional medications.
Talk to our pharmacist or your doctor about any questions.
When in doubt – ASK.
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