There’s a new marijuana mantra that is taking the world by storm: Less is more.
Microdosing, or ingesting small quantities of cannabis, allows consumers to experience the therapeutic and creative benefits of THC 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.
On of the wonderful things about cannabis is how it effects each and everyone of us completely differently based on our own body chemistry. There really is no one-size-fits-all guide to dosing cannabis, so really the best way to find your right dose is to experiment and start off low.
If you’re prone to anxiety attacks or coordination loss, or you get so high from a normal amount of weed to the point that it is not enjoyable, then according to All Women Stalk micro-dosing may be for you. Those who use marijuana to manage medical symptoms may find that blasting their system with high amounts of THC is a redundant form of treatment.
Microdosing mitigates the pain and social anxiety without sacrificing weed’s soothing effects.
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.
How Your Body Will React To a Low Amount Of THC
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.