Sometimes less really is more, especially when it comes to cannabis. Despite only having been in the mainstream for a few years, microdosing has deeply impacted the way that many people use and think about cannabis. Find out why sometimes you may actually be better off smoking less.
What Is Microdosing?
‘Microdosing’ refers to consuming just enough cannabis to enjoy the therapeutic effects of marijuana, without having to experience its intoxicating effects. Or at the very least, without having to experience very much of them. Sure, getting high is fun, but it’s not for everyone. The result of a microdose should be a subtle, sub-perceptible effect that will not significantly alter your mindset or mood.
While this concept has been associated with LSD and magic mushrooms for some time now, many are coming to find that microdosing cannabis has benefits as well. Microdosing is an excellent way to take advantage of marijuana’s therapeutic effects without having to spend any time in an altered state of mind.
What Are the Advantages?
Researchers have come to find that the threshold at which THC produces therapeutic and medicinal effects is actually much lower than most people think. Even a dose as low as 5 mg is enough to trigger certain therapeutic effects without producing almost any kind of mind-altering intoxication. If you have a busy day ahead of you, microdosing may be able to help you take the edge off or alleviate that nagging pain without messing up your head.
Plus, sometimes less really is more. Whereas a small dose of THC may work to alleviate anxiety, a large dose seems to actually trigger it. A similar phenomenon has been noticed in CBD. A small dose of CBD is believed to be stimulating, while larger doses seem to produce relaxing sedative effects.
Why Are People Microdosing?
Depending on which specific effects you are seeking to experience, less cannabis may be just what you need to get you there. If you are consuming cannabis in hopes of experiencing certain effects, sometimes simply blasting your system with as much THC as possible is not the best idea.
People are turning to microdosing as a way to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, pain, and insomnia. However, it is important to remember that not all cannabis is the same. Certain strains will work better for certain conditions. For instance, many people find that indica-dominant strains are ideal for treating stress, anxiety, and insomnia, whereas sativa-dominant strains are better suited for treating depression and promoting focus.
How Much Cannabis Should You Be Microdosing?
Your ideal micro-dose will depend on several factors such as the potency of your product, how you are consuming it, your body type, and your personal tolerance to cannabinoids like THC.
A 5-10 mg dose is considered ideal for beginners just starting out their microdosing journey, although some people find that a lower dose closer to 2-3 mg can also do the trick. If you have a low tolerance for cannabis and weigh less, you may also find that a lower dose may work for you.
If you feel the need to up your dosage, just remember to take it slow and steady. If you start experiencing mind-altering psychoactive effects, you have probably gone too far and should try a lower dose.