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You may have heard about the new trend that’s taking the world by storm: microdosing. It’s the practice of ingesting small quantities of cannabis to experience its therapeutic and creative benefits without getting completely baked.
By taking a small, 1-10 milligram dose, users can put to rest the fears of freaking out or turning into a baked potato. When you microdose, you can enjoy the subtle yet profound changes that marijuana causes in our bodies and in our minds.
In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of microdosing cannabis, how to find your right dose, and why less is more when it comes to enjoying this plant.
What Is Microdosing Cannabis?
Microdosing cannabis is the practice of ingesting small, controlled doses of cannabis to achieve a desired effect. Unlike traditional methods of consumption, such as smoking or vaping, microdosing involves taking a small, precise amount of cannabis to avoid getting too high. The idea behind microdosing is to enjoy the therapeutic and creative benefits of cannabis without feeling overwhelmed or incapacitated.
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The Benefits of Microdosing Cannabis – More Than Just Feeling High
We all know that cannabis has a reputation for getting you high. But did you know that it can also provide a variety of other benefits? And with microdosing, you can experience these benefits without worrying about getting too stoned.
One of the main benefits of microdosing cannabis is that it allows you to fully appreciate the subtle yet profound changes that marijuana causes in our bodies and in our minds. With a small dose, you can experience the therapeutic effects of cannabis without feeling overwhelmed or incapacitated. This can be especially beneficial for those who use cannabis to manage medical symptoms, as blasting their system with high amounts of THC can be a redundant form of treatment.
The benefits of microdosing don’t stop there. Microdosing can also help to mitigate the negative side effects of cannabis, such as anxiety and coordination loss. According to All Women Stalk, those who are prone to anxiety attacks or get too high from a normal amount of weed to the point that it is not enjoyable may find that microdosing is the perfect solution for them.
Microdosing cannabis can also improve your focus and creativity. While too much THC can leave you feeling unfocused and disoriented, a small dose can help you feel more alert and energized. In fact, some creative professionals have found that microdosing cannabis can help them access their inner creativity and come up with new and innovative ideas.
Another potential benefit of microdosing cannabis is that it can help to improve your mood. While high doses of THC can leave you feeling euphoric, they can also leave you feeling depressed or anxious when the effects wear off. With microdosing, you can experience the positive effects of cannabis without the negative comedown.
Let’s not forget about the potential physical benefits of microdosing cannabis. THC has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain or inflammation. Microdosing can provide these benefits without leaving you feeling too stoned to function.
So, whether you’re looking to manage medical symptoms, improve your focus and creativity, or just feel better overall, microdosing cannabis may be the solution you’ve been looking for. But how do you get started?
How to Find Your Right Dose
Although there has been little scientific research done on cannabis and microdosing, two important studies on this method yielded striking results. In a 2012 study, a group of cancer patients who were unresponsive to traditional opioid painkillers were given varying amounts of THC. The patients who received the lowest amounts of THC showed the greatest reduction in their pain, while those who received high doses of THC reported more pain.
The second study, published in the 2014 Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, treated PTSD in incarcerated individuals using 4 milligram doses of synthetic cannabis for 20 weeks. After the study, these inmates reported an improvement in PTSD symptoms, including: nightmares, insomnia and chronic pain.
The optimal microdose amount depends on the user since everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different. That is why it is important to always start small, as low as 1 milligram, and record your findings in a journal. Always remember to pay attention to your body before you increase your dose. Don’t expect one session to be the same as the other. A cannabis high has many different variable ranging from your mood, sleep cycles, hormones, diet, and exercise.
The Best Ways to Microdose Cannabis
If your primary THC delivery method is smoking, medical marijuana providers recommend that you take a puff and wait five minutes before taking another, but note that smoking is not the ideal way to manage your intake. A single puff can contain up to 10 milligrams of THC, which is on the high end for one microdose.
Vapes with dials and meters can control your intake, but best microdosing method is through ingestion. Just make sure your edibles and tinctures have pre-portioned dose amounts and a label. The last thing you want is to eat too much weed.
If you’re looking to optimize your cannabis use, microdosing may be right for you. It can make you feel focused, calm, emotionally balanced, and even more spiritually aware. Just be sure to pace yourself and listen to your body.
Microdosing cannabis involves taking small doses of THC to experience the therapeutic effects without getting too high.
- The optimal microdose amount varies from person to person, and it’s important to start with a low dose and monitor your body’s reaction.
- Cannabis affects each person differently based on their body chemistry, so there’s no one-size-fits-all guide to dosing.
- Microdosing can be especially beneficial for those who use cannabis to manage medical symptoms or are prone to anxiety attacks or coordination loss.
- Two important studies on microdosing showed that low doses of THC were more effective in reducing pain in cancer patients and improving PTSD symptoms in incarcerated individuals.
- Microdosing can help mitigate the negative side effects of cannabis, such as anxiety and coordination loss.
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