Microdosing cannabis: A new era
In the midst of a potency-crazed market where an astronomically high THC marker means everything, there is now a growing community (pun intended) of cannabis advocates that are pushing for less consumption, also referred to as ‘microdosing’. This method involves taking or administering a very small amount of a drug to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable side effects.
Although microdosing is commonly associated with psychedelics, such as Psilocybin and LSD, this is now a growing trend (boom another pun) as cannabis consumption becomes significantly more mainstream.
Why the transition to microdosing?
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.
What are the benefits of microdosing THC?
Patients are now turning to microdosing in order to treat conditions such as depression, stress, anxiety, pain and to help improve their focus and promote sleep.
Recent research has shown the following:
“Patients with advanced cancer who are unresponsive to traditional opioid painkillers were given Nabiximols, a THC/CBD compound, at low, medium and high doses. Patients who received the lowest dosage of cannabinoids showed the greatest reduction in pain, while those receiving higher doses actually experienced more pain.”
“In another study, a group of incarcerated individuals were given low (four milligrams) doses of Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid, to help treat their symptoms. The results showed significant improvements in PTSD-associated insomnia, nightmares, general symptoms and even chronic pain.”
What is an optimal dosage?
The short answer is it varies. There is a significant variance in the amount of the THC that will result in feeling high. Microdosing is very personal, so what works for one person may not work for another and that is why we suggest experimenting until you find a dose that works best for you!
- This can also be affected by individual differences in liver metabolism, genetics of cannabinoid receptors, tolerance and the dose response relationship.
- A low dose is considered 2.5mg, whereas a high dosage is considered to >10mg.
What is the best way to microdose THC?
There are numerous methods available for microdosing cannabis, but some may be more effective than others, such as smoking and vaping.
- If you’re using this approach, just take one puff, wait five minutes to feel any effects, and then take another if necessary. Yet, precisely controlling the amount of THC in your system using this approach can be difficult.
Instead, many experts recommend products such as tinctures, oils, or edibles that allow users to more accurately control the dosage. When it comes to edibles, however, users should exercise caution. Untested edibles are especially unreliable in their ability to deliver a low dose of THC.
Should CBD be used when microdosing?
While microdosing generally refers to THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, it can be beneficial to add an equal ratio of CBD as well. When we add CBD to THC, we tend to get a wider therapeutic window, which means we are less likely to see side effects of THC and more likely to see benefits.