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Choosing the right medical cannabis product for your child can be a real daunting experience for some parents and caregivers. In order to ease those unsettling emotions, here are 7 things you should consider when purchasing the right medical cannabis product for your child.
Firstly, when communicating with the dispensary employee or pharmacist be specific about what you want to achieve. Ask questions without hesitation! Have your responses readily available so that your visit and overall experience at the dispensary is as productive as possible. Now, what’s next?
A convenient dispensary location nearby your home would be great, but it all depends on your geological location. There could be 5 dispensaries in a 15 mile radius of your home or 1 dispensary greater than 60 miles away. Regardless, when you walk inside it should not be an intimidating experience. After all, a legal prescription has already been provided to you by a registered certified physician for purposes of obtaining medicine for your sick child.
Not every dispensary offers discounts, but definitely ask if they do! Others may offer a loyalty rewards program to their patients, while some now provide curb-side pick-up! Point being – each dispensary incorporates its own unique experience. If you have the ability to visit multiple dispensaries I suggest you do it.
It’s important that a company has third party testing (also known as independent lab testing) to ensure the safety and quality of the products from an unbiased source. Since the FDA has no oversight or regulation, companies have significant prerogative in manufacturing their product. Every dispensary should have a Certificate of Analysis (COA). The COA is a document issued by an accredited third party testing lab confirming the product has met regulation standards. There are limits that agencies have set for each company to ensure the product they consume is free of unwanted residual solvents, microbiological contaminants, mycotoxins, heavy metals and pesticides that can compromise a person’s immune system.
There are 3 standard types of extracts, but for autism related purposes let’s only refer to full spectrum extracts. Full spectrum means that it contains the plants full benefit of the entourage effect, so it captures all of the therapeutic benefits. You want full spectrum extracts for your child, not distillate, isolate or products labeled “pure” CBD or no THC. Also, look for product labels that include the amount of CBD and THC per serving, not just for the total cannabinoid of an entire bottle. “Extract” amounts may not equate to mg or %. Choose products with higher concentrations as they tend to be most affordable and convenient to administer.
Understand the basics, mainly the following:
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a bodily system made of receptors located throughout the body and it works with all other systems to maintain homeostasis, or optimal function.
Cannabinoids (aka Cannabinoil) are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that have physical and mental effects when they interact with cannabinoids in the body.
Terpenes are aromatic metabolites found in the natural oils of the plant, giving it its distinct flavor and aroma.
The amount of THC is difficult to measure and is often unknown in many edibles. Regulations and quality assurance regarding the determination of THC content and product labeling are generally lacking in that department. As a result, the dosage estimation for many edibles is often inaccurate. Consequently, many products contain significantly more THC than labeled and people who consume these edibles can be caught off-guard by their strength and long lasting effects.Parents and caregivers find oil tinctures to be the safest. The onset is subtle; plus it’s easy to administer.
Probably the most common inquiry; what is an appropriate amount to start with? According to experts, start low and go slow. Micro-dosing is safe and effective.
If you are starting a product for the first time you should:
Remember, it is trial and error. Every individual’s tolerance threshold is different. Most importantly, in the hopes that this connects the dots for you, know you’re not alone in your journey.
Sending positive vibes, always.
Author: Keri Akkawi
April 29, 2020