Microdosing With Cannabis: When Less is More
Microdosing has gained popularity with substances like LSD and psilocybin (shrooms), but many people aren’t familiar with microdosing cannabis. It’s starting to gain traction in some cannabis circles, so continue reading to learn more!
When Less is More
Microdosing is gaining popularity, and it may be an effective addition to your lifestyle.
How Does Microdosing Work?
Finding your optimal dosing protocol and therapeutic window is a very personal process, but some people have found value in microdosing cannabis. Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, meaning that excessively high doses may actually be detrimental from a therapeutic perspective. When you oversaturate the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, your body will begin to turn them off or even metabolize them in an effort to maintain homeostasis (physiological equilibrium).
Many people microdose cannabis almost like a vitamin—a way to therapeutically enhance their daily activities without getting noticeably “high.”
Who Should Microdose Cannabis?
Microdosing is ideal for people looking to find therapeutic relief while minimizing potential side effects. Another way to achieve this result is by consuming cannabis that is higher in CBD (around a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio). Microdosing cannabis typically starts with dosing around 3-10mg. While many people may find success with microdosing, some conditions actually do require a higher dosage to be successfully treated with cannabis. Those looking to kill cancer cells with cannabis are often prescribed 50-800mg of cannabinoids per day. Those looking to treat cancer side effects (nausea, bone pain, appetite stimulation) are often prescribed around 20-50mg of cannabinoids.
Build a Cannabis Microdosing Regimen
Test the waters
Before attempting a microdosing regimen, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with different methods of consuming cannabis (i.e. smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, etc…). Start low and slow, there’s no reason to rush.
Choose microdose-friendly products
If you’re consuming flower (whether smoking or vaping) make sure that you know the cannabinoid content and start with a very small amount; maybe only a quarter or half lung capacity. Wait 10-20 minutes and monitor how your body and state-of-mind feel. Better yet, wait a whole day before you increase the dosage.
Besides smoking or vaping, another good way to microdose is with edibles. It’s important to have a reliable source of tested edibles with accurate cannabinoid content measurements. Start with a weak edible so you’re less likely to over-consume if you eat too much (it’s easier to over-consume with a small 500mg edible than with a large 20mg edible). Small gummies or chocolates can be good. The goal is to consume a small enough portion so you’re only getting about 3-5mg of cannabinoids (you could break a 20mg chocolate bar into 5 pieces).
Understand the goals of microdosing
You aren’t microdosing to “get high,” but to instead therapeutically enhance your daily activities. Thus, see point #1 above, it’s important to experiment and test the waters before microdosing before you have something important to do. This leads us to our final tip…
It’s important to recognize that microdosing is still cannabis consumption. It’s up to you to be a responsible adult, avoid operating machinery, and be prepared for any pending work deadlines and responsibilities.