Microdosing is becoming an increasingly popular way to enjoy cannabis, but what’s it all about?
The cannabis market is currently in a race to create the most potent, THC high strains possible, but there is a growing niche market that’s looking for something different. This niche market is pushing the idea that less is more. It’s known as microdosing.
What Is Microdosing?
The main idea behind microdosing with cannabis is to get the maximum medicinal benefit of the cannabis without having to consume excessive amounts and deal with the psychoactive effects of high THC cannabis. Traditionally, microdosing has been associated with hallucinogens such as LSD. Many experts believe that the threshold for the medicinal benefits of THC is much lower than many people originally thought.
The last thing you want is to have too much cannabis. There is a very fine line between too much and not enough. For example, if you use cannabis for mental health conditions such as anxiety, a little could help a lot, but too much THC can actually make your anxiety worse.
What Medical Conditions Are People Microdosing With Cannabis?
Many conditions which people traditionally used cannabis for can be treated with microdosing. Many mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, pain management and sleep disorders are all being treated with microdosing. There has been some clinical study on the effects of microdosing and how it works.
There was a study undertaken in 2012 on patients with advanced cancer that hadn’t responded to traditional opioid painkillers. They were given Nabixmols, a THC/CBD compound. They were given doses at low, medium and high levels. It was the patients who received the lowest dosages that reported back the greatest reduction in pain, while the patients who received high dosages actually reported increased amounts of pain.
What Is the Best Dosage for Microdosing with Cannabis?
This is where microdosing with cannabis can get a little bit tricky. As everyone has different pain thresholds and different thresholds for cannabis, there is no straightforward answer. There a quite a lot of variables which need to be taken into consideration. What one person consumes may not affect them the same as the same amount consumed by a different person. The aim of microdosing is to use the smallest amount possible to get the most minimal effect.
There is a trick to learning what your microdosing level is. It’s important before you start that you give yourself a cooling off period. If you’re already a regular cannabis user, then experts recommend taking 48-72 hours off cannabis. This is to allow your receptors time to bounce back to regular levels. Even for heavy smokers, this is all the time it takes for the receptors to regain their natural balance. Then, start off with the smallest dose possible. You’re trying to get high or relieve your symptoms, just trying to get the slightest feeling from the cannabis.
It may take some time to find your level, and it isn’t always easy, but don’t give up. Give microdosing a chance, and you may just change your life.