You may have heard the term “microdosing” when it comes to cannabis. For me, microdosing is about reaping the maximum benefits from taking the minimum amount of cannabis. It takes some experimentation, or “self-titrating”, to figure out what the medical field terms “minimum effective dose.” Microdosing has been really beneficial for my quality of life. Let’s explore this more.
Finding the sweet spot
Microdosing allows me to find the “sweet spot” in my personal consumption. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person, and also with different strains and methods of consumption. Finding this sweet spot takes practice, but for me, the experimentation in finding the perfect dose has allowed me to benefit from cannabis throughout the day, without ever feeling too high, lethargic or paranoid. Having this baseline dosage also allows me to up my dose as needed, for instance, when I’m recovering from a sports injury, having trouble sleeping or experiencing monthly pain. This sweet spot is going to be different for you, based on your body’s tolerance to THC and the other cannabinoids, such as CBD, so starting low and going slow is the key to finding your perfect dosage. I try and aim for 2.5mg of THC as I find it takes the edge off stress and pain while keeping me mentally sharp and focused. I have a low tolerance to THC so this approach works for me.
Consistent results all day long
Looking for more than brief elevation? Microdosing delivers consistent results throughout my day. When I was much younger and trying cannabis for the first time, I overdid it. I was numbing my emotional pain, sometimes evoking paranoia and lack of motivation, and receiving inconsistent results. Because of these negative outcomes, I didn’t experiment regularly with cannabis for another 15 years, and even then, it was a lot of trial and error. Since I started microdosing, I’m seeing more consistent benefits throughout the day – my anxiety control is improving and I can be productive even when I’m experiencing mild pain or recovering from sore muscles from exercising. This consistency is in partnership with making the right strain and product choices for me. I focus on strains and oil extracts that I higher in CBD, limiting my THC intact during the day, and I have become more aware of terpene profiles, the aromatic compounds in cannabis that effect mood.
Less is More
Microdosing allows me to use my cannabis “stash” very sparingly. This means that my supply of cannabis lasts longer, saving me money. I find one pull on my vaporizer every other hour really works well for consistent results. It also is the safest approach when it comes to ingesting cannabis through tinctures, capsules, and edibles. This is especially important in areas where these dosage amounts are not yet regulated. For instance, in many US legal states, there is a maximum dosage per serving of edibles. In Canada, there are no regulations in place yet. So my recommendation is always to start low and go slow. Even the recommended serving size of 10mg THC in Washington State can be too much for me. Edibles are a great way to microdose, but be careful of anything tasting too good or it might be tempting to eat more than a microdose. Make sure to have other snacks around, so you aren’t tempted to eat more than the sweet spot.
Microdosing cannabis is something that is very personal, there is no one sits fits all solution. I encourage you to take the time to understand the different between THC and CBD, the most famous active cannabinoid compounds in cannabis and how they are interacting with your endocannabinoid system. Armed with knowledge you are more likely to receive the positive therapeutical benefits of cannabis.
I am currently micro-dosing cannabis using the following products. Tilray +CBD Drop 1:3 dropped under my tongue for lasting effects through the day and Aurora Tower (Cannatonic) Dried Cannabis vaporized in my Pax 3 portable vaporizer when I’m feeling the onset of a headache or if I am experiencing mild pain.
Please let us know in the comments if you have a personal microdosing experience you would like to share!
Disclosure: The information shared in this post is a personal experience and not to be considered medical or legal advice. Please consult with a health practitioner and seek legal counsel on the cannabis laws in your area.