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Personalised medicinal cannabis treatment plans are crucial for patients in New Zealand seeking relief from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and other health issues. Cannabis has shown promising results in treating these ailments, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach to medicinal cannabis treatment. That’s why it’s essential to have a personalised medicinal cannabis treatment plan tailored to your own unique needs.
Discover below how personalised treatment can lead to improved health outcomes and reduced side effects and how ongoing monitoring and adjustments are necessary for a successful outcome.
The Benefits of Personalised Treatment Plans
Personalised treatment plans offer several benefits to our patients, including:
- Improved patient outcomes – Because medicinal cannabis can have varying effects on different people, personalised treatment plans consider individual factors. By tailoring treatment plans to an individual’s unique needs and medical history, our experienced doctors can increase the likelihood of positive treatment outcomes.
- Increased treatment efficacy – our experienced doctors can optimise treatment outcomes by carefully selecting the appropriate product, dose, and delivery method for each patient.
- Reduced side effects – By carefully monitoring each patient’s response to treatment, our experienced doctors can adjust the treatment plan as needed to minimise any negative side effects. This is especially important for patients who may be sensitive to certain strains or delivery methods of cannabis.
- More targeted approach to treatment – Personalised medicinal cannabis treatment plans offer a more targeted approach to treatment, allowing for more precise symptom management and improved treatment outcomes.
What Factors Influence Treatment?
Several factors can influence how medicinal cannabis affects patients, including:
- Demographics – Age, gender, and weight can impact how cannabis affects the body. For example, older patients may be more susceptible to the side effects of cannabis, while heavier patients may require higher doses to achieve the same effects as lighter patients.
- Medical history – Patients with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, or liver disease may need to be more cautious when using cannabis. Patients taking other medications may also need to be aware of potential drug interactions.
- Cannabis strain – Some strains may be better suited for treating certain conditions, while others may have a more balanced effect. Additionally, the ratio of CBD to THC can impact the psychoactive effects of cannabis. CBD-dominant strains may be less likely to cause psychoactive effects than THC-dominant strains.
- Delivery method – Different delivery methods, such as sublingual drops, vaping, edibles, and topicals, can affect the body differently. For example, vaping cannabis can provide more immediate relief, while edibles may take longer to take effect but may provide longer-lasting relief.
Developing Your Personalised Treatment Plan
- Developing a successful medicinal cannabis treatment plan requires ongoing monitoring and adjustments to meet your individual needs. When visiting the Cannabis Clinic, your doctor will evaluate your medical history, symptoms, and any medications you’re currently taking.
- The first treatment step at the Cannabis Clinic is often to introduce low-dose CBD (cannabidiol) products to our patients. This is because CBD is known to have therapeutic benefits without the psychoactive effects associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Starting with low-dose CBD allows the experienced doctor to assess how the patient responds to the treatment and adjust the dosage accordingly.
- If the patient doesn’t achieve the desired relief with low-dose CBD, our doctor may increase the dosage of CBD or introduce a small amount of THC into the treatment plan. THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis. However, when used in the right dosage, it can also have therapeutic benefits.
- It’s important to note that the dosage and combination of CBD and THC required for each patient can vary significantly. That’s why ongoing monitoring and adjustments are necessary to achieve a successful medicinal cannabis treatment plan. Patients should work closely with their doctor to ensure their treatment plan meets their needs and adjust it as necessary.
- Once the treatment plan is developed, ongoing monitoring and adjustments are necessary to achieve a successful outcome. Patients should work closely with their doctor to ensure their treatment plan meets their needs and adjust it as necessary. Our doctors can help patients manage any side effects and adjust the treatment plan as needed to maximise its effectiveness.
In conclusion, personalised medicinal cannabis treatment plans are essential for patients in New Zealand seeking relief from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and other health issues. It’s important to remember that the steps outlined above are rough guidelines only. Each patient’s treatment plan will be unique and tailored to their needs. Working with a experienced doctor specialising in medicinal cannabis treatment is the best way to ensure a successful outcome.
How does a healthcare professional determine the correct dosage and strain of medicinal cannabis?
A healthcare professional specialising in medicinal cannabis treatment will determine the correct dosage and strain of medicinal cannabis based on the patient’s medical condition, medical history, and medications they are taking. The healthcare professional will also consider the patient’s demographics, such as age, weight, and gender, to create a personalised treatment plan. By tailoring treatment plans to an individual’s unique needs and medical history, healthcare professionals can increase the likelihood of positive treatment outcomes while also reducing the risk of side effects.
How do factors such as age, weight, and metabolism impact the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis treatment?
Age, weight, and metabolism can impact the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis treatment as they can affect how the body processes and responds to cannabinoids. For example, older patients may be more susceptible to the side effects of cannabis, while heavier patients may require higher doses to achieve the same effects as lighter patients. A healthcare professional who specialises in medicinal cannabis treatment can help determine the correct dosage and strain of medicinal cannabis based on the individual patient’s needs, including their demographics and medical history.
Disclaimer – medicinal cannabis and CBD oil are unapproved medicines in NZ which means that there is no conclusive evidence for their effect, apart from Sativex. Many doctors do not routinely prescribe cannabis medicines. The above article was written for general educational purposes and does not intend to suggest that medicinal cannabis can be used to treat any health condition. Please consult with your healthcare provider.