Microdosing With Cannabis

by Brittney Graham

High THC count seems to be all the rage these days. We see it all the time in our social media feeds and even on marketing for local dispensaries. With all the focus on high percentages and even bigger medicated relief, it is hard to imagine that there is a following for less consumption of THC as opposed to more.

The trend is called “Microdosing” and is taking over the way we view the consumption of medical marijuana. I know what you might be thinking because it was the first thing that popped into my mind! Isn’t Microdosing linked to hallucinogens like LSD or Shrooms?

Let me back it up a minute and go over what Microdosing we are referring to in this instance and what it is exactly, basically, it is the act of taking small amounts of Cannabis in order to gain medical benefits of THC while being able to avoid the mind-numbing (psychoactive) effects that can really mess with the demands of everyday life. It is also a better way for some patients to medicate as effects of high THC makes them feel sick or “off”. For example, THC can be very helpful for treating anxiety however, too much of it can actually cause anxiety to form or even get worse.

Keeping this in mind, patients are now turning to Microdosing to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, pain, and to help improve sleep. When beginning with this method it is important to remember that there is a tremendous variance in the amount of THC that will result in a high feeling. This feeling is affected by individual differences in a number of things that include but are not limited too; liver metabolism, previous usage, and Cannabinoid receptors.

This means that Microdosing Cannabis is different for every single person so keep experimenting until you find the right dose for your body. Starting off low is the best advice that health care professionals are giving when it comes to this method. Beginning with very low dosages like 2.5 milligrams or even lower, maintaining that level for a couple of days, and increasing the dosage if necessary are good guidelines, to begin with, in general.

If you are a daily cannabis user and want to try this method out, it is recommended to obtain from THC for 48 hours before starting. This gives your endocannabinoid system time to reset and get back to baseline before you begin your Microdosing journey. From there, the goal is to give the dose that will give the least noticeable effect. Be aware, for some, that is as low as 1 milligram!  Of course, it is always recommended to consult your health care professional for tailored instructions.

When it comes to actually Mircodosing Cannabis, there are quite a few options to choose from. If smoking or vaping is what you find most appealing, try taking one puff and waiting a few minutes to feel any effect, and then take another if necessary. But, let’s be honest, it can be very hard to measure the percentage or amount of anything gin a puff right? In which case, oils, tinctures, and edibles are the way to go when accuracy is the aim. Of course, it is important to note that testing on the products of your choice is something highly desirable as well since this method relies heavily on correct information. Regardless of the method you choose, Microdosing has proven to be beneficial in the quest for knowledge on Cannabis and its medicinal uses and is a viable option for medicinal benefits.

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