Short Story: There are many ways to use cannabis. Your child’s medical needs, your beliefs, and your access will determine the best method. There is no right or wrong way to administer medication, simply what makes the most sense.
Long Story: Here are common delivery methods of cannabis. Examples of what they can be used for are mentioned but look at the condition you are trying to help and think about what makes the most sense.
Salve/balm/lotion: External-use for tremors, aches, pain, sore muscles, headaches, lung infections, sinus ailments, psoriasis, eczema, acne, melanomas, skin cancer, cuts, scrapes, bruises, a general sense of calm, and any other symptom that may make sense.
Oil/tincture : Sublingual/OralG-tube-use for seizures, tremors, neurological development, cancers of any kind, ADHD, autism, Alzheimers, Crohn’s, syndromes, disease, lack of appetite, pain, fibromyalgia, and any other symptom that makes sense.
Capsules: Oral/Rectal/Vaginal- See above
Transdermal Patch: External-See above This is a medical device that dispenses the medicine in a regulated manner to the bloodstream. Same device used for nicotine and birth control patch.
Edibles (made with cannabis tincture, oil, or butter): Oral-See above
Pipe/vaporizer: Clearly not for children . However, I do mention it in case you have a family member with COPD or emphysema. Inhaling smoke is recommended as an expectorant for these very specific conditions.
There is no right or wrong. For Ruby, a sublingual oil is the solution. She cannot process drugs in her liver well due to her genetic mutations. In addition, medication is difficult to dose in an extremely small amount through the stomach as there are many variables in its absorption. This works best for us.
A friend’s daughter has a g-tube. So mixing her cannabis butter with her food works best for them. If your child has a physical ailment in addition to a neurological diagnosis it may make sense to use a lotion and a tincture. If you are on the Facebook pages, other parents advice may be useful if you search for your child’s diagnosis.
Longer Stories: See Dosing-Methods Part 2 , Dosing Where to Begin