What Is Cannabis Microdosing (And How Is It Done)?
If you find that weed benefits you for the most part, but hurts your productivity, microdosing cannabis could give you the herbal boost you need. You won’t get too high (in fact, you might not get high at all), but you’ll be able to take advantage of everything else the plant has to offer, all while staying responsible and lucid.
Smoking or ingesting cannabis doesn’t have to involve hitting bongs and munching edibles until you can’t keep your eyes open. Although smoking a lot at once is fun, small and frequent doses could keep you elevated without hurting your productivity. Known as microdosing, this process of taking small yet effective doses isn’t exclusive to cannabis, but stoners can certainly benefit.
WHY MICRODOSE CANNABIS?
Microdosing cannabis involves finding your own unique minimum effective dose. But why would you want to do that in the first place? Well, microdosing offers the best parts of smoking weed while removing some of the inconvenient parts.
Ideally, after a microdose, you’ll still feel emotional and mental elevation. Your surroundings will seem brighter; you’ll get creative inspiration, and you might be more talkative and friendly than usual. However, you won’t feel paranoid, overwhelmed, or too blazed to function.
Overall, when done right, microdosing will allow you to experience the benefits of smoking or ingesting weed with minimal intoxication. In turn, it’s a great strategy to boost your workflow and enhance your mindset while going through your regular life.
HOW DOES MICRODOSING CANNABIS WORK?
Many cannabis lovers are used to smoking large amounts of weed over a shorter period of time. Perhaps you wait for the day to wind down before rolling up a few grams. Maybe you wait to go hard on the weekend with your smoking buddies.
- Microdosing cannabis involves the polar opposite strategy: smoking little, but often. It’s all about hitting your vape pen or a small joint every now and then. Just enough to feel minor effects, but not enough to get high.
Although some cannabis users might scoff, teetering on the edge of high and sober comes with a myriad of benefits. Your satisfaction for life could increase, and you could be more motivated to get things done during the day.
HOW MUCH CANNABIS TO MICRODOSE
Not shackled by a strict definition, a microdose will vary from person to person. In other words, it’s entirely subjective. A single hit from a dab pen might serve as a microdose to one person. For someone else, an entire joint of low-THC weed might do the trick. It depends on individual experience and tolerance.
The way you take it will also play a role in how much you need to achieve a successful microdose. For example, you could try hitting a joint once per minute until you find your sweet spot. However, edibles are a different story. They take longer to set in, and do so with more intensity. Take a few nibbles and wait at least an hour, if not two, before indulging further.
- A good general rule to follow: start low and slow. If you’re experimenting with microdosing during the work week, take things easy so you don’t bump into your boss while red-eyed. Start trying to discover your sweet spot at home in the evenings. Once you’re confident you’ve perfected it, you can start introducing microdoses into your daily routine.
HOW TO MICRODOSE CANNABIS
As any experienced cannabis user knows, there are many ways to introduce cannabinoids into the body. You can microdose using all of these different methods. Just make sure you take much less than you usually do. The following are, in our opinion, the easiest ways to microdose.
Smoking provides an easy and ritualistic way to microdose. You can roll a fat joint that’ll last you several days, only taking one or two tokes at a time. The weed might get stale that way, though, so you could try little cones that equal one microdose instead. The choice is yours either way.
Yes, smoking exposes the lungs to higher levels of carcinogens. Many smokers, though, adore the ritual of sitting down, rolling a joint, sparking the tip, and taking that first hit. Even then, you can make things a little easier on your body by using organic hemp rolling papers.
First off, cannabis users can vape on the go in a quick and discreet manner. They’ll also be able to choose between extracts, concentrates, and regular bud. Plus, lower temperatures and lack of combustion keep volatile terpenes intact and are less harmful to the lungs. Overall, it’s one of the most efficient ways to microdose.
You can use ingredients like cannabutter to infuse almost any dish or snack with cannabinoids. You’ll need to be accurate with your dosing, though, to ensure the butter doesn’t make your microdose a standard dose. You can also make individual chocolates and candies with specific amounts of extract to ensure you’re getting a specific dose. Alternatively, place a few drops of pre-made oil onto your meals and salads for a microdose during your lunch break.
OILS AND TINCTURES
Well-crafted oils and tinctures help users dose cannabinoids with extreme accuracy. Many products come with a data sheet that will tell you exactly how many milligrams are in each drop. You’ll also have the choice of changing up the way they enter your system. Swallow your drops for a similar effect to edibles, or place them under your tongue for quicker absorption.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MICRODOSING?
Microdosing offers a host of benefits that can make a normal day a great one. These advantages include an enhanced mood, strengthened creative drive, and a notably positive affect. With this new mindset and drive, you might also find that you have a better workflow than when you’re sober. Then, when you take time to meditate or do yoga, you might also find these sessions feeling better than usual.
MICRODOSING THC VS CBD
Cannabis contains over 100 unique cannabinoids besides THC. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be a shame to limit your herbal experience to THC alone? Sure, the psychoactive effects are fun, but cannabis offers so much more. Users can also microdose other cannabinoids, such as CBD, to improve their mental state and infuse their day with positive vibes.
Certain extracts and cannabis strains also contain high levels of CBD and varying levels of THC. 1:1 strains offer both in equal parts, whereas high-CBD varieties offer lots of cannabidiol with only a little THC.
SHOULD YOU TRY MICRODOSING CANNABIS?
Yes! We mean, at least give it a go. If you find that you’re very sensitive to THC, microdosing might unlock a new world for you. There’s a risk of overdoing things when trying to find your sweet spot, but take things slow and you’ll be fine!
Microdosing won’t be for everyone, and there will always be smokers that love to go hard with every session. However, it could change the game for others. Will you be one of them?If you want to incorporate weed into your everyday life without hurting productivity, cannabis microdosing can help! Find out how to do it inside!
Micro-dosing with Cannabis for Lasting Emotional Stability
We’ve recently been talking about many of the different ways that cannabis can benefit your emotional health. While you can find some research detailing the ways cannabis is good for our bodies, our mental health (distinct from emotional health), and a long history of spiritual applications. But if you go looking for research about this wondrous plant’s upsides for our emotional health, there are very few sources with anything to say.
We think this is surprising, because cannabis bears many positives for our emotions souls.
Recently, we published an article about using cannabis concentrates for quick emotional relief. The thinking is that sometimes we need an instant shift in perspective – a deep breath, if you will, to help us regain our composure. Concentrated forms of cannabis are highly potent, so they may be especially beneficial when combined with the efficient absorption mechanism that inhaling active cannabinoids allows. But like anything, they’re not right for everyone.
Some people find concentrates to be too strong. Others even find flower to be too much. For them, even a puff or two can be overwhelming, making it difficult to find and maintain emotional balance.
The question is – how can people with a lower tolerance to cannabinoids enjoy the benefits of cannabis without feeling like they’re stuck in a daze all day? You can certainly try CBD products. For those who aren’t yet familiar – CBD is a non-psychotropic component of cannabis with a wide range of healing, therapeutic benefits, yet without the distinct mind-altering effects of THC.
But there is another alternative emerging – microdosing.
What Is Micro-dosing?
Microdosing is, well, exactly what it sounds like – taking very small doses of cannabinoids. This is often done by consuming things like edibles or tinctures that allow for precise dosing. It’s perfect for those who want the reap the rewards of cannabis, while avoiding the distraction of high psychoactivity. This strategy simply involves ingest miniscule quantities of cannabinoids to dial in your minimum effective dose (the same as with any other medicine or supplement) so that you can maintain the uplifted, positive mindset you love, without worrying about overdoing it.
Among most people microdose with little to no psychoactivity can range from 1 milligram of THC, to approximately 10mg. This guideline is far from a one-size-fits-all prescription, but rather an estimate to help you get in the ballpark of finding your unique ideal dose. The dose that’s right for you can depend on factors like your:
- Prior experience with cannabis
- Cannabinoid receptors
- Liver function
- Activity levels
- Typical diet
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Sex/gender (Anecdotally, it appears that women may often respond to smaller dosages than men.)
A “low” dose can mean very different things to different people. For some, it’s 2 or 3 milligrams. For others, who perhaps have higher tolerance levels or a slower metabolism, it could be 5 or 10mg. Some people recommend starting even lower – with 1mg doses – and working your way up 1mg at a time.
We recommend keeping a detailed journal to record the date and time of each dose of cannabis, which medicine you’ve taken (method of administration and strain, if known), the amount you’ve taken (whether in milligrams or in “puffs”), and a description of the positives and negatives that each dose made you feel. Before very long, you’ll have enough of your cannabis history detailed that you’ll be able to zero in on your go-to microdose!
The Benefits of Micro-dosing
In an era that often focuses on higher THC content, it can be a little strange to think that consuming smaller quantities of THC might actually be more beneficial. But there’s a lot of information out there to substantiate the idea that “less is more.”
Several studies show positive results when using low doses of cannabinoids to treat chronic physical and mental illnesses. And countless consumers attest to the fact that microdosing makes them happier, more productiveindividuals, without negatively affecting their ability to function in their daily lives, careers, or studies. That’s precisely what most people need – just a little natural mood stabilizer to keep them healthy and happy all day long.
It can be a fine line between being in a good mood and busting out with a case of the giggles. With so many high-potency strains of flower and concentrates available today, that line can be easy to inadvertently cross. And let’s face it; most employers still frown on people coming to work in a daze, even in recreational states. Knowing your limits is a responsible way to ensure that the improvements in your well-being that cannabis brings you don’t come at the expense of your livelihood.
Speaking of your livelihood, don’t forget to consider the cost savings that will come from breaking your regular cannabis purchase into much smaller doses to last you a longer period of time!
Give Micro-dosing a Try
Whether cannabis is part of your health and wellness program or you’re a recreational consumer, microdosing is worth considering. You too, may find that you get better and more enjoyable results from using less.
There are some great products on that market, and on Harvest dispensary shelves, that are worth trying. Kiva Confections Terra Bites and Queen Bee Cannabis-Infused Sugars are just a couple of our favorites. You can also find mints, honeys, gummies, tinctures and more that are perfect for your foray into microdosing. With such a great selection, it’s hard to resist giving it a shot.
So, grab your medical card, head down to your local Harvest, and see what’s on special this week. We’d love to hear about your microdosing experience!
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