Less Is More: Cannabis Microdosing

What Is Microdosing?

A new marijuana mantra has been emerging and that is: less is more.

Microdosing, the practice of taking tiny amounts of marijuana for all the benefits and less of the side effects, is being increasingly embraced – and it’s as much by professionals as professional stoners.Practitioners of microdosing are taking small amounts of cannabis in order to reap the medical benefits of THC while avoiding its psychoactive effects that can interfere with the demands of daily life. While microdosing has typically been associated with hallucinogens like LSD, many experts now believe that the threshold for the medical benefits of THC is far lower than many people think.

When imbibing low doses of cannabis, you don’t perceive you’re intoxicated but experience a creative opening that allows you to enjoy the benefits without the side effects. The idea of designing subtle yet profound changes within ourselves using a natural healing plant like cannabis is an alluring aspect for many.

How do you microdose?

Finding your sweet spot will take time, patience, and practice. Learn as much about cannabis as you can, keep a journal outlining your journey, and cultivate self-awareness. Since everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different, what works for you may not work for someone else. In fact, what works for you one day, may not work the following day. Mood, sleep habits, tolerance, and appetite as well as other aspects of your personal chemistry should be taken into consideration since they will have a direct effect on your outcome. Take it slow. The point of microdosing is to avoid amounts which produce pronounced euphoria and unwanted side effects while still reaping the subtle benefits of titrating cannabis into your mind-body-spirit system.

If you’re eating an infused edible, start with a tiny bite, perhaps 1 to 5 milligrams maximum. Many edibles are scored into distinct dosage sections for this reason. If you’re smoking cannabis, take a tiny puff and wait at least 10 minutes before taking another. If you’re vaporizing, pay attention to your temperature settings. Notice when the most subtle effects arise, then gently increase or decrease subsequent doses to find your optimal microdose. Slow and steady is the key to proper microdosing. The most popular delivery methods are smoking, vaping, and ingesting cannabis. All have their own advantages and disadvantages, but oftentimes you can design a regimen that’s right for you by incorporating all three.

Who is doing it?

Patients are now turning to microdosing in order to treat conditions such as depression, stress, anxiety, pain, and to help improve focus and promote sleep. While a substantial amount of empirical evidence is still lacking, there is some clinical research suggesting that less is in fact more when it comes to medicinal cannabis. However, if you are seeking out a treatment, the following illnesses have proven to be relieved in some fashion through weed.

Should CBD Be Used to Microdose?

While microdosing generally refers to THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, it can be beneficial to add an equal ratio of CBD as well. Yet, it’s important to note that doubling the amount of cannabinoids for each dose can be financially crippling, because CBD is very expensive.  While many have already started to benefit from the wonders of THC frugality, many challenges still remain. For many, it may be difficult to cut back as cannabis has become widely available. But for those seeking to remain sharp, calm, and collected, you may want to think twice before taking that extra hit because the new buzz is, in fact, no buzz.

Helpful tips for microdosing

  • Avoid mixing cannabis and alcohol until you have a firm understanding of your relationship with both.
  • Pay attention to the potency of your cannabis and the ratios of CBD and THC.
  • Try strains high in CBD and low in THC to enjoy CBD’s muscle-relaxing benefits while minimizing THC’s strong psychoactivity.
  • Create therapeutic blends by combining cannabis and natural tobacco alternatives.
  • Metabolism and physiology can affect your experience. Be mindful of the ingredients in your edibles by looking for gluten-free, vegan, organic, sugar-free, and low-fat options to maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • Be patient. Finding what works for you may take a little time.