Can You Benefit From Microdosing Cannabis?
What does microdose mean?
Microdosing is the act of taking a drug in such a small dose that it doesn’t produce all of the effects associated with the substance. Typically, microdoses aim to produce a cellular response and provide benefits without a full-body effect.
It’s more commonly associated with hallucinogenic drugs like mushrooms, LSD, and other psychedelics. The goal is to reap some of the benefits of the substance, without experiencing a full trip with hallucinations and the like.
Cannabis microdosing is different from the increasingly popular topic of microdosing psychedelics. However, in the same way microdoses of psychedelic substances are suggested to be beneficial, users may benefit from microdoses of cannabis as opposed to consuming higher amounts.
The benefits of microdosing weed
While using cannabis medicinally is a great option for many, not everyone wants to get high. Unsurprisingly, we’ve seen an explosion of CBD products on the market in recent years because CBD provides therapeutic, non-intoxicating effects.
But it’s not just CBD in cannabis that provides therapeutic effects. THC has plenty of promising medical benefits, too. In fact, it’s suggested that CBD and THC work better together because of the synergy between the various cannabinoids. Plenty of people are satisfied with the benefits of CBD, but there are other options for users who may want an extra boost without a strong high.
Microdosing weed is a great way to benefit from the plant’s therapeutic effects without any of the sometimes negative effects associated with cannabis. Everyone has their own experiences and preferences with weed, but we know for certain that many people avoid using THC because it makes them paranoid or anxious. The goal of microdosing is to eliminate side effects like paranoia to allow users to benefit from the plant.
The most common reasons users microdose are to manage depression, pain, and anxiety. Additionally, many users microdose weed to improve their focus or help with their sleep cycles.
Promising research, such as this study about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and cannabinoids, backs up the use of low-dose cannabinoids for therapeutic benefit. In the study, incarcerated participants received low doses of Nabilone (synthetic cannabinoid typically used to reduce nausea in patients receiving cancer treatment) to manage their PTSD and related symptoms.
The results of the study indicated improvements for nightmares, chronic pain, insomnia, and other PTSD-related symptoms. This is promising evidence that low doses of cannabinoids may provide beneficial therapeutic effects.
How to microdose weed with cannabis products
Whether it’s a boost in focus and productivity you’re looking for or a reduction in pain, anxiety, or other symptoms, microdosing may be a good option. Plus, it’s easy to do and will save you money if you are a regular cannabis consumer. Your current tolerance, metabolism, and biological factors can all influence the amount of cannabis you need to maximize the benefits.
Michelle Ross, the founder of the IMPACT network, a non-profit cannabis education group, suggests starting at around 2.5 mg of THC products for your first microdose. This is pretty easy if you have a well-dosed edible or tincture. If you want to stick to a solid routine, it may be easier to use one of these options as opposed to smoking a small amount of cannabis.
As we’ve emphasized before, what works and doesn’t work when it comes to microdosing weed a personal subject. You may need to play around with how much you consume for a few days before you find the sweet spot that allows you to benefit from the therapeutic effects without getting very high or experiencing negative side effects.
Microdosing weed isn’t for everyone. However, many people from all walks of life benefit. Some people only microdose cannabis to regulate their overall health, whereas others may use cannabis recreationally at times but opt for small doses when they have to be productive or need a little boost.