Microdosing Cannabis: What Is It And How Does It Work?
Microdosing cannabis is a lifestyle trend that is becoming more popular around the world and seems to be gaining momentum as an increasing number of states legalize marijuana. The term has been associated with the consumption of drugs like LSD, Magic Mushrooms, and DMT. These substances can produce psychoactive effects that can lead to hallucinations and even long-term flashbacks. Many people who are fans of psychedelics, experience a new sense of being, an opening of their creativity and some talk about spiritual awakening. Microdosing is an alternative approach that some recreational drug users partake in to receive the health benefits of using small amounts of powerful psychedelic medicine while also preventing the adverse effects of overdosing. Microdosing cannabis can be beneficial for people who don't necessarily want to feel the effects of a 'high' but rather take advantages of the health benefits marijuana has to offer.
THC can have psychoactive effects
The cannabinoid known as THC is responsible for the “high” users get when consuming marijuana. Each cannabis strain has different amounts of THC, which can have a powerful effect on people who may not be used to consuming pot on a regular basis. Consuming cannabis in any amount can have varying effects on different users depending on factors like metabolism and potency. Certain cannabinoids, like CBD, have been known to help people cope with anxiety whereas THC, the main psychoactive compound in the marijuana plant, can actually be the cause of a user having more anxiety and overall feelings of unease.
Cannabis is more potent than ever before
Some marijuana strains today have been testing at over 30% THC content but most smokers have been smoking bud that may be less than 10% THC. The advocacy website, hallucinogens.com explains that “with enhanced growing methods and improved technologies, the THC content in some marijuana sources is exponentially higher than several years ago. This increases the potential to develop tolerance and dependency as well as a higher risk of adverse psychoactive effects including hallucinations or other psychosis.” This is why it is more important than ever to always start with low doses of cannabis when trying a new product or strain.
What is the recommended amount for safe cannabis consumption?
When purchasing weed in a retail setting, it has become the standard to know exactly how many grams or milligrams of cannabinoids each product contains. At recreational dispensaries in Colorado, each adult can purchase up to an ounce of “flower”, 8 grams of concentrate or 800 milligrams of edibles per day. Most of the edible options come in 100-milligram sizes that are usually broken up into 10-milligram pieces, which is the recommended dosage for your average edible consumer. If you smoke a bowl between you and a friend, you should each get from 5 to 10 mg of THC if the bud is testing between 10 to 20 % THC content. If you are smoking a dab of concentrate testing up to 70% THC content, it’s possible for users to consume over 50mg of THC in one hit!
Some “budtenders” who work at marijuana dispensaries are recommending that patients start with 5 mg doses of THC and only increase after 2 to 3 hours if needed. Cannabis companies like Still Water in Colorado have a tea bag product that only contains 2.5 mg of THC which would be a better dose for beginners.
The best way to microdose with cannabis
When it comes to microdosing with a substance like LSD, it has been recommended by professionals to only consume a 10th of the normal dosage. If we used this ratio with cannabis consumption, a micro-dose of weed would only be about 1 mg THC. The best way to actually get this precise amount of THC would probably be to use a tincture with a milligram dropper.
Professionals also recommend that people should only microdose every 4 days with psychedelics but when it comes to cannabis, it should be fine to consume small amounts as part of your daily routine. The dose should be low enough, so the effects are not noticed, but over time, “microdosers” should experience better sleep, less anxiety, less depression, less pain and overall better health.
Who may benefit from microdosing?
The only major study conducted specifically on microdosing cannabis found that older adult mice benefited the most from microdosing. The adult mice were found to have better overall cognitive health than the control group and even performed better than the young mice who were also given low doses of cannabis. As we age, our endocannabinoid system doesn't function as well, which is why consuming cannabinoids will help your body deal with stress better. This initial study could open up more research to document the effects of marijuana use on young children and teenagers as well as children with medical conditions.
Microdosing cannabis can serve as a healthier alternative to various over the counter medications. Remember to consult with a budtender you trust about the best way to microdose for you.