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.
Start Low. Go Slow.
Vireo Health cares about the experience and sensitivities of our patients who are not yet familiar with cannabis-derived medicine. The first few times cannabis-derived medicine is utilized can be less than ideal without good coaching. Vireo Health supports the “Start Slow. Go Slow.” philosophy to minimize these risks. This means that patients should 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.
Initial Dosing Protocols
Vireo Health has developed extensive, initial and subsequent dosing protocols, based upon guidelines in mainstream medicine and current scientific literature. These systems will help our pharmacist to best instruct you and guide you through the use of your medicine.
Vireo Health is also committed to responding to patient and caregiver questions and concerns. Educational materials will be available online to be accessed from home, along with answers to common questions. A 24-hour patient hotline will also be available for emergent needs of patients, parents and the caregivers of patients.
There are several administration methods Vireo Health supports from our medical perspective.
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.
These types of medicine, like the 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.
Be Safe & Sensible
When using any sort of medicine that could have effects on your mental clarity, it is best to take great caution before driving or performing other complex tasks that could be dangerous.
“Start Low. Go Slow.” when it comes to how much medicine you take to evaluate how the medicine affects you. Especially at first, dose your medications in a safe place with responsible adults present. Talk to your doctor and your dispensary pharmacist about questions.