Medical Cannabis Programs: Supply and Dosing per month
· States with medical cannabis laws vary greatly as far as allowable quantity of cannabis a person is able to both possess and purchase. This also varies depending on the amount patients are allowed to grow and the states political climate. Some of the states leave the supply to be determined by the advisory board (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York). For states that specify ounces, the average is 4.94 ounces (138 grams) of dry material. (as of March 2015).
Detail here: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881
· The federal patients receiving cannabis through the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program receive four to nine cured ounces (112 to 252 grams) of dry cannabis material per month.
Detail here: http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000257
· The Mayo Clinic also has dosing recommendations. It ranges from 10mg per day of THC for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to 30mg THC per day for reducing chemotherapy side effects. (Note, this is straight THC, not dry plant material). Dry plant material can range from 3% THC to up to 20% THC.
Detail here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/marijuana/dosing/hrb-20059701
· A cancer study found that “10 mg doses of delta-9-THC produced analgesic effects during a 7-hour observation period that were comparable to 60 mg doses of codeine, and 20 mg doses of delta-9-THC induced effects equivalent to 120 mg doses of codeine. Higher doses of THC were found to be more sedative than codeine.”
Detail here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page5
· Cannabis Oil is a very new phenomenon. Again, quantity also ranges depending upon disease. For a treatment regimen for cancer, “A 2-ounce dry cannabis was used to extract 7.5 ml of oil.” A drop three times per day was given. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3901602/ Another less-tested regimen states to use 60 g oil over a 90 day period. Using that protocol, that would require about 3 ounces dry material per month to produce oil, but a patient might also need inhaled cannabis for chemotherapy and pain. http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/dosage.html
· For epilepsy, the emerging protocol ranges from 100 mg to over 300 mg CBD per day, for THCa ranges, but currently 20 mg per day is typical. THC recommendations is about 2.5 mg - 10 mg per day.