Understanding Cannabis Oil Labels: Equivalency Factors & Dosing
f you’re new to using cannabis oils, you may be wondering how to read the medical information on your labels. Before we explain labels, a bit of background about our process: We perfected our oil products based on the concept of whole-plant medicine. Through our ethanol extraction process, we aim to capture the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds that cannabis offers. This extraction process allows more of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids to be present for a wide range of health benefits. All six of our oils use the same extraction process, but the AXISTM line is specifically diluted for ease of administration by healthcare professionals, for example in nursing homes where accounting for volumes and quantities is a regulated requirement.
Both oils are available in three offerings: High THC oil; Hybrid – equal concentrations of THC and CBD oil; and high CBD oil. ENTOURAGETM oils are more concentrated than the AXIS oils, therefore carry more active ingredients. All of our oils are decarboxylated (ready to use) and do not require heating to release the medicinal compounds.
WeedMD’s oils are diluted with medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil. MCT is a pharmaceutical grade natural oil used widely in food and is known for being flavourless and odourless. To select this oil WeedMD staff were subjected to blind taste tests. We found MCT to be the oil with the least residual taste.
The ENTOURAGE line is specially formulated for our clients under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) program who want high dosage. It is named after the “Entourage Effect”, a term used to describe oil with the full spectrum of compounds that cannabis offers. Note that under the ACMPR rules, cannabis oil cannot have more than 30 mg/ml of THC. Our laboratory team dilutes our THC oil generally to around 25 mg/ml.
The AXIS line is specially formulated to meet the needs of healthcare providers to displace synthetic cannabinoids with AXIS oil. The AXIS line allows healthcare professionals to dispense the oils using 1ml syringes for ease of administration, which facilitates accurate and consistent dosing.
- Lighter dosage
- Consistent concentration
- Easy to dose & prescribe
- Stronger dosage
- Higher concentrations
- Stronger effect & therefore less consumption required
- Increased cannabinoid content
ABOUT EQUIVALENCY FACTORS
Per ACMPR adherence, equivalency factors must be posted on the label. The equivalency factor is the amount of cannabis oil that is required to make up one gram of dry cannabis.
The equivalency factor serves two purposes:
Firstly it permits medical practitioners to provide guidance about how much oil to take. If your prescription is 1 gram per day and the equivalency factor is 5 ml of oil = 1 gram, then you should be using 5 ml per day of cannabis oil.
Secondly, the equivalency factor permits us (and you) to determine what amount of oil you are permitted to order under the ACMPR.
Equivalency Factor (EF) is the volume of oil (in mL) that is equal to 1g of dried cannabis.
Example: Equivalency Factor (EF) of 1:10. This means that 10ml of oil has the same amount of medicinal ingredients as 1g of dried cannabis.
- Prices are based on total cannabinoid content and therefore the pricing is consistent for each batch based on the medicinal content.
- Bottle prices vary for each batch because of the varying total cannabinoid content. This could be because of a different volume, or higher concentrated oils.
Example 1: AXIS CBD 100ml bottle @ 10mg/ml CBD (total cannabinoid 1000mg) = $100
AXIS Hybrid 100ml bottle @ 10mg/ml CBD and 10mg/ml THC (total cannabinoid 2000mg) = $200
Both are 100ml bottles, but the Hybrid is twice as expensive because it has twice as many cannabinoids.
Example 2: ENTOURAGE CBD 50ml bottle @ 25mg/ml CBD (total cannabinoid 1250mg) = $125
AXIS CBD 100ml bottle @ 10mg/ml CBD (total cannabinoid 1000mg) = $100
ENTOURAGE has a lower volume than the AXIS, but the total cannabinoid content is higher, therefore, it’s more expensive.
- The effects have a much more delayed onset, but effects last much longer.
- Your healthcare practitioner will help to determine what is the appropriate amount of cannabinoids for you to consume.
- A 3g/day prescription for dried cannabis does not necessarily means that you should consume the equivalent of 3g of oil in one day.
Example: EF is 1:10, so for 3g dried cannabis this would equal 30mL of oil (3×10=30ml) this could be a high dose for some.
Always start with a small dose and wait at least 2-3 hours before re-dosing.
Effects can take up to 2-3 hours and last 6-8 hours.
For more information about our oils, check out the store or contact our Client Services Team at 1-844-WEEDMD-6 (1-844-933-3636).