Are there any strategies in which patients with chronic non-cancer pain can find their optimal dosing regimen without consuming high doses of THC?
As stated by the authors of “Brief Commentary: Cannabinoid Dosing for Chronic Pain Management” in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “We advocate a “start-low, go-slow” dosing philosophy, applied to both quantity and adverse effect profiles. We recommend starting with CBD extract, 5 to 10 mg twice daily, to be increased weekly over 1 to 2 months until pain relief is achieved. If CBD extract alone provides insufficient relief, we suggest adding THC, 1.0 to 2.5 mg, and slowly titrating up as needed.” “We do not regard cannabinoids as first-line treatments but as adjuvant therapies to be used before opioids if other options fail to control chronic non-cancer pain. As with any pain medication, cannabinoids should be used as part of an integrated, patient-centric management program, with particular emphasis on appropriate non-pharmacologic treatment options (for example, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness). We recommend selecting products verified for safety and potency by third-party testing. We propose that patients use oral formulations (such as capsules) for long-term relief, with tinctures for breakthrough pain. We suggest vaping for patients who prefer to inhale cannabinoids, because this method probably has fewer adverse effects than smoking.”