Microdosing Weed: When Just a Little Goes a Long Way
Have you ever wanted to experience the medical benefits of cannabis but are just a bit intimidated by high dosages that typical consumption methods provide? Trust us, you’re not the only one.
Uninformed people may assume that cannabis is all about getting high, but those of us in the loop are well aware that cannabis has a very special place in the mood enhancement and wellness space.
That’s why microdosing weed has become so popular among many people of all ages, genders, and walks of life.
Microsdosing weed, or taking only just barely enough cannabis (in whichever method you like best) to feel the perceptible effects, is quickly gaining popularity throughout the state. But what’s the science behind microdosing weed? How much should you take for it to work? And how do you know if you take too much?
Microdosing is easy once you know what you’re doing, and the benefits are limitless.
Medical benefits of microdosing weed
Dr. Dustin Sulak, a Medical Director of clinics in New England, remarked, “When I started my practice, I was surprised to see that some patients were using very low dosages (e.g. 1 puff), while other patients require much higher dosages (e.g. 1 joint or a potent edible) to achieve optimal benefits. Over time, I began to notice that most patients using small amounts of cannabis were getting better and more sustainable results than their high-dosage counterparts with similar conditions.”
Medical users are microdosing cannabis for anxiety, depression, neuroprotection, inflammation, and pain. But because they’re not overindulging, they’re still able to function and feel like themselves for their day-to-day.
Cosmopolitan blogger Charlotte Palermino shared that after trying microdosing for a week straight, her back pain never flared up, she slept a lot more, and realized how important self-care actually is.
Recreational benefits of microdosing weed
You may be wondering, what are the recreational benefits of microdosing weed if you’re not really getting high? Think about it. What’s more fun than getting high? Saving tons of money.
When you’re microdosing, you’re taking significantly less cannabis than the average user, which means you’re buying significantly less. Your body, mind, and wallet will thank you.
Also, if you’re microdosing for recreational use, you’re not risking getting “too high”, which can be a little overwhelming for people who aren’t used to the effects of cannabis.
Keeping a low tolerance all while feeling good and alleviating whichever physical or mental ailment you’re treating with cannabis sounds like a dream come true. And it really is!
Mashable commented on the sophistication of microdosing by describing microdosing as a “world away from garage bong passers”.
Charlotte Palermino, our Cosmo blogger from before, noticed that during her week-long microdosing kick, on two different occasions, her friends marveled at her “chill” demeanor. “I’ve been described in many ways,” she commented about her day-to-day life, “chill is not one of them.”
How to start microdosing weed
All cannabis products in any California cannabis dispensary should specify on the label how much THC is in each package. Typically, 5 milligrams of THC is a good place to start if you’re looking to try microdosing. However, this really varies for everyone.
Depending on your weight, tolerance, and even your biological sex, that number can vary. No, really, according to an edible company, biological females only typically need 2-3 mg.
Our best advice would be to start small, and work your way up until you achieve your desired effect. One puff from a joint or a tiny piece of an edible might be a perfect place for you to start.
You can try microdosing with a number of other methods as well. As long as you feel comfortable about being precise with your dosing, feel free to get creative with it.
The best products for microdosing
Edibles in stores now are perfect for microdosing because each “serving size” of edibles in California isn’t more than 10 milligrams each. So, take one, break it in half, eat it, and see how you feel in about an hour. Chances are, if you’re doing it right, you’ll feel the subtle medicinal benefits and recreational effects in your system, but you will still maintain a clear head to continue going about your day. Enjoy all of the benefits without a total change in mood or mindset.
Research has shown that microdosing is the more effective medical treatment for most patients, but so many people don’t know about it yet. They think that the more cannabis they take, the more beneficial it’ll be to their health. But that’s not necessarily true.
Dr. Bonni Goldstein, Medical Director of Canna-Centers throughout California commented, “Many of my patients using low doses for pain, mood, and sleep find that low doses give the effects they are looking for, and over time, due to the enhancement of their endocannabinoid system, they find that they don’t need as much phytocannabinoids to achieve the desired effects.”
To summarize the well-spoken Dr. Goldstein, less really may be more.