Dosing & Delivery

Consult your doctor for the best delivery method applicable to your treatment, Herba offers delivery methods which are simple and easy to use and do not require smoking or vaping cannabis.

Cannabis has a wide margin of safety and is easy to consume, the risk of overdose is very minimal, and to date, nobody has ever overdosed on cannabis. It would take roughly 800 joints to overdose, and the user would die of carbon monoxide poison before an overdose ever occurred!

There are over 100 cannabinoids present in our medical cannabis with CBD being the main active component. THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) is also present, but at shallow levels (below 1%) in each of our products, so patients do not feel any different taking our medical cannabis. Dosage can vary significantly between patients, even when treating the same condition.

Cannabis has a wide margin of safety and is easy to consume, the risk of overdose is very minimal, and to date, nobody has ever overdosed on cannabis. It would take roughly 800 joints to overdose, and the user would die of carbon monoxide poison before an overdose ever occurred!

There are over 100 cannabinoids present in our medical cannabis with CBD being the main active component. THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid) is also present, but at shallow levels (below 1%) in each of our products, so patients do not feel any different taking our medical cannabis. Dosage can vary significantly between patients, even when treating the same condition.

Delivery methods

Sublingual

Using cannabis as a sublingual involves placing the cannabis product under the tongue, allowing the cannabinoids to immediately enter the bloodstream through the tissues within the sublingual cavity.

Under the tongue and within the mouth there are a large number of blood vessels which can absorb cannabinoids taken this way, the blood supply under your tongue rapidly absorbs the CBD directly into your bloodstream through a process called osmosis. Tinctures, medicated lozenges, dissolvable strips and sublingual sprays are the most common delivery methods.

Sublingual delivery increases the bioavailability of the cannabinoids via rapid absorption directly into your body. Additionally, sublingual delivery provides rapid effects similar to smoking without exposing the lungs to heat, tar, or other unwanted collateral effects, including unpleasant smoke smell, smoky taste, dry mouth, throat irritation all caused by smoke and hot embers that often enter the user’s mouth and lungs during administration.

Herba Healthcare recommends this delivery method for all medical cannabis patients.

Oral Administration

Oral administration reduces the absorption of medical cannabis due to extensive metabolism in the digestive tract. Patients should consider that absorption is slower via this delivery method and assess if this works with their treatment plan.

Taking medical cannabis in a capsule or measured oral dose will successfully deliver a fully potent, targeted dose specifically tailored to the patient’s needs. Orally, capsules have a steady and consistent dose each time, and pills do not smell or leave an unwanted taste in your mouth.

Herba Healthcare offers both capsules and dried powder for oral consumption. Our powder can be bought as a raw material and mixed with other ingredients or added to capsules.

Topical / Transdermal

Cannabinoids get absorbed through the skin via topical patches, creams or balms. Topical application has a rapid onset of action within minutes locally and the duration of treatments last approximately one to two hours. A transdermal patch is a medicated patch that is applied to your skin to deliver cannabinoids to your system at a controlled release-rate.

The significant benefits of topical delivery methods are that the cannabis does not pass through your digestive tract, so it does not get broken down by your stomach acids; additionally, the cannabis absorbs directly into your bloodstream via the epidermis bypassing the liver functions.

Herba Healthcare has a 5% CBD cream and a transdermal patch in production.

Inhalation (smoking and vaping)

When cannabinoids become exposed to high temperatures, such as smoking, the chemicals produce byproducts or carcinogens.

Cannabis loses much nutritional value once heated, the cannabinoid profile changes by converting THCA into THC and CBDA into CBD.
Inhalation does have it's primary advantages as a delivery method which includes allowing the patient to adjust the dose very quickly and the maximum benefit is the onset of action, which is within 30–60 seconds. Cannabis is instantly transported into the lungs, and it is absorbed rapidly through capillaries into the bloodstream. Effects of inhaling cannabis products are felt within minutes and reach their peak in 10–30 minutes. Typical inhalers experience an effect that tapers off after approximately 2–4 hours and lasts about 4–12 hours.

Many studies have reached contradictory conclusions about whether and to what extent cannabis may cause lung damage, but combustion of any substance makes it harder to breathe.