While potent and high THC products are popular in the cannabis market, a growing number in the community are advocating for less as opposed to more. This tactic, known as “microdosing,” involves taking smaller doses of cannabis. THC concentration in cannabis has been steadily increasing over the past few decades, going from an average of 8.9% in 2008 to 17.1% in 2017. The growing trend of microdosing points towards the benefits of taking a smaller dose—harnessing the therapeutic properties of the plant while also avoiding some of the downsides of taking too much. For newcomers looking to ease into cannabis or give lower doses a try, here’s a comprehensive microdosing guide.
While there isn’t much clinical research on the practice of microdosing, many experts believe that the threshold for receiving benefits from THC is far lower than many initially believed. This means it’s possible to use cannabis for its many health benefits without experiencing the psychoactive effects.
Those who microdose cannabis have reported relief from anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, migraines, and more. Other benefits include a boost in creativity, higher energy levels, increased focus, and even enhanced senses or awareness. Due to the low dose, some find that it enhances creative and mental focus without the distraction of psychoactive effects.
How to Start Microdosing
The best dose for microdosing may not be the same for everyone. Depending on your weight, age, and metabolism, microdosing can start anywhere between 2.4 and 10 milligrams.
After starting with the lowest dose, you can slowly increase until you reach the desired effect. Observe your reaction to each dose to decide whether to increase or decrease. When in doubt, consult a doctor about what starting dose is right for you.
While smoking can technically be used for microdosing, it’s almost impossible to measure the amount of THC consumed. Even one hit can be enough to go past your microdosing limit.
Vaping is another option that some use for microdosing. Like smoking, it’s not always possible to precisely measure the amount of THC consumption. However, low dose vape cartridges make it easier to ensure you’re hitting a low concentration.
Tinctures are a popular method for microdosing cannabis. These come in liquid form and have a small dropper that allows you to control the dose. Low potency tinctures can distribute doses even as low as 1 to 2 milligrams.
Edibles are also known for their effectiveness when microdosing. Bulk edibles like baked goods may be less effective, as they tend to have higher doses and would need to be cut into smaller ones, which can be imprecise. Instead, smaller pre-portioned doses in products like gummies, chocolates, mints, and gum may make it easier to take only a few milligrams.
Microdosing Guide For Success
For easing into cannabis use, enjoying the benefits without the psychoactive effects, or getting relief for various symptoms, microdosing is an effective solution. This low dose strategy is one of many ways to harness the benefits of cannabis—without some of the downsides that come with high THC products.
However, keep in mind that cannabis affects each person differently, regardless of the dose. Consider having a conversation with your doctor about the benefits of microdosing and the appropriate dose to start with.