FINDING YOUR OPTIMAL DOSE
Sana Sana is focused on helping patients understand how to find their optimal dose with medicinal cannabis products, making their cannabis regimens individualized, user-friendly, and affordable.
Sana Sana believes a patient should be able to medicate when needed without fear of interruption to daily activities. Research states that our cannabinoid receptors are more receptive to smaller, more frequent doses versus larger, less frequent doses. Also, consistent small doses of cannabis signal the body to make more endocannabinoids and even increase the number of cannabinoid receptors over time. This indicates that the required dose and dose frequency will most likely fluctuate as cannabinoids levels increase to therapeutic levels.
Microdosing is something that is being implemented in other plant-based/derived medicines. Scientists have described taking a fraction of the dose (as little as one-tenth) as still being therapeutic but too small to trigger large or negative effects.
Sana Sana has gravitated toward the same approach when it comes to implementing microdosing with cannabis—to start with taking cannabinoids in very small 1-milligram doses in order to find the optimal dose.
The goal of microdosing is to decrease, if not eliminate, any negative/undesired effects and those far-too-common “I wish I could un-take that” moments.
We suggest patients begin microdosing with the Sana Sana Gold Micro Dose formula by itself before adding anything else because:
It may effectively manage symptoms alone without adding other products or strengths.
Patients starting on more
than one product will not know which is
working for them.
STARTING WITH MICRODOSING HELPS DETERMINE:
The Right Strain
(gauge response to a specific strain)
Best Route(s) of Administration
Certain events or conditions can trigger a need for additional doses. Sana Sana encourages patients to learn their individual triggers and the methods to manage them with mindful microdosing. It is far easier to avoid issues than to recover from one. For example, a microdose is suggested prior to a possible anxiety-producing activity or event rather than waiting for a full-blown anxiety attack. Similarly, a microdose prior to activities that historically cause fatigue or arthritis flares can help prevent those reactions. Regarding sleep, it is common to think, "I have trouble sleeping, therefore I will take something at bedtime" rather than "I'll take something this morning to help me sleep tonight." Inability to sleep is not usually something that is generated at bedtime but rather something that builds up all through the day. Starting the day with a microdose aids in managing the involuntary stress response, providing a better state of balance throughout the day. Rather than the knockout effects of some sleeping remedies, one to two bedtime microdoses may simply allow a healthy, more restful sleep. You might very well require a stronger dose at bedtime, but remember, the goal is finding your lowest effective dose.
The goal in helping patients find their lowest effective dose is so that they are taking only the amount they NEED. In turn, the goal is for you to understand what you are taking and why, when you are taking it, and how to effectively increase dose and dose frequency for symptom management. For most patients, each day is different. We want to set you up with the tools and understanding to effectively manage your day-to-day dosing needs.
Some patients think microdosing won’t work because they are currently taking large doses. The ability to tolerate a large amount of THC or CBD does not mean that is the optimal dose.
A GOOD TIP TO KNOW
SUBLINGUAL DOSING FOR QUICKER DELIVERY
If you are looking for quicker delivery into your system, try sublingual dosing—placing a product under your tongue instead of swallowing it immediately has its benefits. Sublingual dosing allows the product to get into the bloodstream quicker for more immediate results. Absorption through the sublingual route is 3 to 10 times greater than the oral route.
For sublingual delivery, place the dose under your tongue and hold it there for 1 to 2 minutes before swallowing. Capsules will dissolve under the tongue; whatever doesn't dissolve can be chewed up or discarded.
Dosing sublingually is only for quicker delivery, and Sana Sana does not recommend that it is how all products should be taken.
FINDING YOUR LOWEST EFFECTIVE DOSE
Cannabis is not one size fits all—everyone responds differently. The best way to gauge your response to cannabis, your need for additional doses or increasing the dose, and trying different formulas is by keeping a dosing journal. We are used to following dosing directions on a medicine bottle and that is not the most effective way to medicate with cannabis. We want you to find your lowest effective dose and have an understanding of what works best for you.
Here is an easy template to use for tracking your dosing and response.
WHEN DO I SWITCH UP MY DOSE?
You would be a good candidate for switching your dose if you find yourself taking multiple doses to get the desired result.
Switch to a Low Dose product if you find yourself microdosing 5 to 8 times a day, with 1 or 2 of those times consisting of 3 to 4 Micro Doses just to get the desired result.
To supplement the Low Dose, you can continue to microdose in between as needed. One Low Dose is like taking about 4 Micro Doses. For those who think microdosing won’t work because they currently take larger doses, well that simply may not be the case. Just because a patient can tolerate large amounts of THC or CBD does not mean it’s their optimal dose.
WHEN DO I SWITCH UP MY FORMULA?
A GOOD TIP TO KNOW
Consistency is key. Set dosing reminder alarms on your phone when starting a new dosing routine.
If you find that Gold alone is not providing the relief you’re looking for, the next step is to try the Crystal formula. The difference between the CBD-dominant formulas Gold and Crystal is the addition of a THC strain chosen for specific therapeutic benefits based on the strain’s terpene profile. If you find the Gold formula is too stimulating at bedtime, this may be another reason to try a Crystal or Rustic formula.
For more information related to making a dose or formula adjustment, click the formula you are currently taking below:
Our CBD-dominant Gold and Crystal Micro Dose oils and capsules are pet safe too!
Just like humans, pets (eg, dogs and cats) also have endocannabinoid systems and receptors! Most pets can manage with the Gold Micro Dose formula alone, so we suggest starting with Gold Micro before trying the stronger Crystal Micro Dose formula. There are some cases where stronger doses of either formula might be necessary. Please request a consult to discuss further. Please let your veterinarian know that you’re planning to include a cannabis-based product into your pet’s health regimen.
Your pet may lick oil right off your finger; if not, you can add products to food or a treat. When starting microdosing with your pet, we suggest trying to coordinate with meals and/or treat times for consistency.
The medicine you give your pet should have the same standards for anything you would put in your own body. Make sure the product is safe and tested for cannabinoid content and quality and is free from any contaminants or additives. Seek guidance from a veterinarian, when possible. Monitor the effects that cannabis has on their experience because, as George Eliot wrote, “Animals are such agreeable friends ―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”
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