Everything You Need to Know About Microdosing
Perhaps you’re someone who really enjoys the benefits of cannabis — whether that’s pain relief, weight loss, alleviation of depression and anxiety, seizure regulation or so many more — but you’re just not after the high. In fact, that high that so many seek actually inhibits your ability to go about your daily life, and that’s precisely the reason you want the relief that cannabis gives you.
Microdosing is a new tactic that may make it possible for you if you’re looking for a strategy to reduce symptoms with relatively limited psychoactive effects. Here’s everything you should know before trying it for yourself.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is the practice of taking small amounts of cannabis (typically 1/20th to 1/10th of a recreational dose) in order to achieve the medical benefits of THC without the high. Previously, the practice of microdosing was utilized with hallucinogens such as LSD. However, in the last couple of years, it’s now come to light that microdosing could play a relatively large role in how you obtain the medical benefits of THC. Thus, people have started using this same tactic with cannabis as well.
How do I start microdosing? What quantity do I use?
Unfortunately, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. Microdosing is highly individualized, so when you start out there’s going to be a trial period. Think about it this way. Just as each person may obtain a different high when smoking or consuming THC based on their metabolism, genetics, and previous usage, the same goes for microdosing. There’s always a bit of a variance from person to person, and there will be a learning curve as you figure out what works best for you, your body, and your medical condition and symptoms.
So, how do you get it right? Start off at 2.5 milligrams and maintain that level for a few days. Increase the dosage if necessary. Go into it with an open mind and be prepared to go through the trial and error process to get it right. If you’re feeling the “high” at all or experience any psychoactive effects, then you’ll want to reduce the dosage. Above all, speak to a trusted medical professional as you go through this process. While it takes a bit of time and experimentation, you’ll eventually hit the sweet spot.
Is microdosing just for medical benefits?
Not necessarily. While individuals who want relief from pain, inflammation, nausea, etc. have found microdosing to be successful for their symptoms, it’s not exclusively for them. Rather, microdosing has been demonstrated to help with mood, which means that anyone who wants a kick start on their day could be looking at this as a potential solution. Forego that extra cup of coffee and try microdosing. You can improve your focus, creativity, happiness, interest in your surroundings, and ability to combat stress.
Microdosing gives you all the benefits of THC without committing you to the high. Once you’ve found symptom relief in cannabis, you’ll never want to go back (except recreationally, of course), which is what makes microdosing so ideal. You can still operate as you would in your everyday life by minimizing your dose.
Microdosing is an easy and practical way to get the treatment that you need. Your dose is so small that you won’t be prepping to “trip” or get “hungover.” You’re not going to have to spend the day at home if you don’t want to. You can go to work, school, hang out with friends, play sports or do anything else that your doctor recommends.