A Guide to Microdosing Cannabis

by greenrush
Cannabis flower in a jar on a table

For the cannabis user that wants to use smaller amounts of cannabis on a day to day basis to reduce anxiety, or for someone that wants to try cannabis to enhance your creative thinking, microdosing is a great way to receive the benefits of cannabis with usage of a lower THC percentage. Not sure if that sounds appealing? There are a multitude of benefits to microdosing that most people do not know about, that reap the potential to change your cannabis game.


What is microdosing?

Microdosing involves the intake of smaller amounts of cannabis, giving the user the same benefits of THC without the psychoactive experience that a “high” can deliver. Although the term microdosing can hold a negative connotation with its typical association with other psychoactive drugs, the benefits of cannabis microdosing are actually quite high and are slowly becoming increasingly legal and more mainstream across America. Contenders have highlighted the benefit that microdosing suppresses the craving to constantly use cannabis products to get "high". Often times, a high dose of cannabis is the culprit to feeling lethargic, tired, prone to snacking, and paranoid or anxious. Microdosing can help a user to avoid all of these issues, and is arguably the most efficient way to achieve the maximum benefits associated with cannabis.

Medical professionals such as doctors also support this approach to incorporating cannabis into your lifestyle, as using smaller dosages instead of higher ones allows for more sustainable and long-lasting effects in your body. A study done by a research center at the University of California has provided the evidence that lower doses do provide benefits for medical issues such as neuropathic pain. For consumers looking for an approach to alleviate pain without medical interference or side effects, this study proves that "even at low doses, (cannabis) may present an effective option for patients with treatment-resistant neuropathic pain".

Recommendations to begin:

In microdosing, “the goal is to use the dose that gives the most minimal noticeable effect” (Dustin Sulak, osteopath). Everyone will be different depending on your tolerance to THC, and whether you are attempting to build up your tolerance or decrease it.

For consumers that are just beginning or do not often use cannabis, we recommend using a 1:1 ratio of 1 mg THC to 1 mg CBD. For consumers that frequently use cannabis, begin experimenting with small doses. It will be surprising how much a small dosage will still effect your body, even if your tolerance is built up. While beginning, it is important to stay observant as to how your body reacts. In deciding how much of a product to take, we recommend waiting approximately 20-60 minutes in between doses to determine whether you feel any noticeable effects, depending on the type of strain or product you are consuming. Be patient! Taking more cannabis than you need to may not provide the all of the benefits that you are capable of receiving.

When deciding what time of the day you should microdose, factor in a few things. Some find it most helpful to microdose when they go to busy places where they are surrounded by other people such as work or public, or are in situations that can cause anxiety or stress. It is very helpful to log what times of the day a user experiences the most stress, and to keep track of the times that microdosing can prove to be the most beneficial. Trial and error is very important when choosing the right game plan for you, since every body reacts different to cannabis products.

What products should I use?

Any cannabis products will work to microdose, but some are easier to use than others. greenrush recommends using products in an edible, tincture, or oil form for easier monitoring of how much cannabis you are consuming at a time. In these forms of cannabis, you can measure out a dosage much easier than if you were to smoke your product. As each body reacts differently, it is recommended to test a variety of options to see how you respond to a low dose of cannabis in an edible vs. a tincture form (etc).

Luckily, there are a multitude of products on the market now to assist with microdosing. The assortment of gummies produced by PLUS have been very popular in the edible world, as there are multiple options in product ratio as well as flavors. Dr. Raw formulates a balm with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD that is perfect for microdosing in the form of reducing muscle or nerve pain. Select also creates tinctures such as this one that are popular for their calming and anti-anxiety effects for discreet everyday use.

The popularity of microdosing is increasing each day as people are understanding the ways that discreetly using cannabis can help them in a plethora of ways. Let us know if you will be trying any of these methods soon.

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