Microdosing | PotSaver
Since I am a regular cannabis user and have been for several years, I know what does and does not work for me. I’m able to consume fairly high levels of THC and remain completely unbothered. Because of this, I often catch myself turning my head in confusion at those who say, “I can’t smoke right now. I have to go to work in an hour.” Those times, I must remind myself that everyone’s body responds differently to cannabis, and what may work for me, may not work for someone else.
With all of that being said… What would you say if I told you that you don’t have to consume large amounts of THC at once to reap the medicinal benefits?
What is Microdosing?
When I originally heard the term “microdosing” in reference to cannabis, I was, again, confused. Generally when I hear that term, I automatically associate it with hard psychedelics, such as LSD… But this is much different.
Microdosing with cannabis is when you take the lowest possible dosage of the herb that creates a perceptible effect. Because of the dosage size, it is considered a sub-perceptual effect that’s very subtle and does not affect mindset or mood. Keep in mind, since this is not a “regular dose”, you more than likely will not feel the “high”… But that is the point. Microdosing does not allow the THC to completely overtake your thought process. For those who already partake in this method, they often refer to microdosing as being on the brink of a high. Each experience is different, though, because everyone has their own unique response to cannabis.
It is repeatedly stated that 5mg is the recommended starting point for microdosing as a beginner. The novice dosage is considered 10mg. There was an additional investigation done by an edibles company that reported women only needing 2-3mg regarding sex. There are many factors that can affect the dosage you’re aiming for, though. Other things to consider are the day, body type, mood at the time, tolerance, sleep habits, and appetite. To decipher through these, a trial-and-error process is needed.
Just remember – Slow and steady wins the race. You can always take more, but you can’t take less.
The Positive’s to Microdosing
More and more people are turning to cannabis to treat mental health issues. These can range from anxiety to depression to insomnia. The States are taking a bit to collectively jump on the legal cannabis train; therefore, research has only just begun in the past couple decades. So far, the trend is showing that “less is usually more” when it comes to THC.
A study conducted by a small group of patients suffering from cancer was published in The Journal of Pain. All of the patients included were no longer responding to traditional pain medications; thus, introduced to a THC/CBD medication known as Nabiximols. Each participant was given a different dosage and the proof was in the results. Those who had a low dose experienced the least amount of pain. Those who had a high dose experienced the most amount of pain.
Who’s Doing It?
Professionals are microdosing throughout the work day to aid in creativity and focus. Those suffering from conditions, such as anxiety, ADHD, chronic pain, inflammation, stress, and indigestion, are not only receiving relief… but they are also noting they recognize emotional and mood improvements. There is even a more recent study with mice conducted by Nature Medicine. It has found that frequent microdosing has the ability to reverse age-related memory loss for older mice. While the results for a study like this still must be determine for humans, this information suggests that microdosing can keep memory loss at bay.
If that information does not put into perspective the positive effects of microdosing, maybe this will… Employment lawyers are even currently in the process of re-working workplace policies regarding cannabis. Why? Because more and more business professionals are recognizing the increased functionality, decrease of anxiety, increase in focus and even a spike in productivity.
Keep in mind, each individual experience will be different because no two people are exactly the same. The amount of time the effects will last and the amount of doses recommended for a day must be determined through a personal trial-and-error method. In case of an accidental over-indulgence, keep some CBD nearby to counteract the psychoactive effect.
Other Illnesses Proven to be Relieved by Cannabis:
- Chronic Pain
- Severe Weight loss
- Sleeping Disorders
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
Different Consumption Methods for Microdosing
There are so many ways to consume cannabis these days, so how do you figure out where to start? I recommend first trying it out with you preferred consumption method. Keep in mind, 5 milligrams is generally the recommended amount for microdosing. For those with a higher tolerance (like me), 10 milligrams is considered a microdose for you!
This method actually gives you the least amount of control over your intake. Smoking cannabis also can manipulate the psychoactive elements of THC.
This method is fairly new, but considered extremely safe. Vaporizing allows you to know what you are inhaling and the size of your dose.
This method is ideal for the non-smoker. Edibles are now portioned and the packaging lists the milligrams, per lab test results. It is important to understand the high from an edible is different than when smoking it. There is more of a gradual build up as it works its way through your system, as opposed to the instant response when ingested in other ways.
While we must accept that some people’s objective with cannabis is to veg out on the couch in front of their favorite “guilty pleasure” show, we also must accept the other side of the spectrum. Not everyone is looking to get hit with the infamous “couch-lock” side effect. Some stoner’s are just looking to slightly alter the mind and advance themselves through it.
As an over-achieving business professional and a stoner in the cannabis industry, I can safely say that the “average stoner” has evolved. The more people begin to realize that this plant isn’t only good for the high, the more benefit they will receive from it. Microdosing may be the key to showing that cannabis isn’t what the naysayers may believe it to be.
Do you microdose with cannabis? Share you experience below!