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The Benefits of Microdosing Cannabis

Microdosing cannabis is the perfect way to achieve a relaxed, yet focused high. Consuming cannabis in smaller doses will help you avoid certain side effects like paranoia, anxiety or intense psychological changes. Plus, small doses of cannabis can provide a subtle, but profound form of relief.

The practice of microdosing is very personal. There is no magic rule for all patients – what dosage works best is unique to each one. Microdosing marijuana may not be ideal for everyone, but more and more people are finding that lower doses of THC paired with a richer cannabinoid profile are most effective.

WHY DO PEOPLE MICRODOSE CANNABIS?

People microdose cannabis for a variety of reasons. It is an ideal approach for first-time patients. You’re less likely to experience negative side effects with a product containing 2.5 milligrams of THC. As a new patient, it’s better to ease into cannabis to get used to the effects. Microdosing can also be especially beneficial for daytime use. Very low doses typically result in a barely perceptible psychoactive high, yet can still provide relief from certain symptoms.

Microdosing is becoming more popular in medical marijuana treatment, but it certainly isn’t for everyone. Some conditions and symptoms can benefit from a more potent cannabis product. Additionally, a patient’s unique endocannabinoid system may require a higher cannabinoid content than others.

WHAT MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE BEST SUITED TO MICRODOSING?

Cannabis is used to treat a wide range of symptoms, but not all medical conditions can be treated with the same dosage or type of cannabis. The frequency of use and approach to dosing can be completely different. For instance, you wouldn’t use the same exact treatment for pain as you would for gastrointestinal disorders.

There isn’t extensive research on what conditions lend themselves to microdosing, but some clinical research has found that a smaller amount of cannabis can result in increased therapeutic effects. A 2014 study found that patients who were given 4 milligrams of Nabilone, an oral medicine made from synthetic THC, experienced noted improvements in their PTSD-related symptoms.

In 2012, a group of cancer patients who were unable to control pain with traditional painkillers was treated with low, medium and high doses of nabiximols, a form of THC and CBD. Patients who had the lowest dose experienced the greatest reduction in pain, while those consuming higher doses actually had unfavorable results compared to the placebo.

HOW DO YOU MICRODOSE CANNABIS CORRECTLY?

As with other forms of medicine, you want to treat yourself with the lowest effective dose. When you increase a dose, you can get diminished effects. In some cases, this may result in the opposite of the relief you are looking for. For instance, low doses of cannabis can reduce anxious feelings, but a higher amount of THC can exacerbate and even create it. A typical microdose ranges from 2.5 milligrams up to 10 milligrams.

Always start with low doses and build up from there. This is called titration. In general, start titrating with a microdose of 2.5 to 5 milligrams of THC. Certain consumption methods will allow you to control your intake more accurately. Tinctures and capsules are reliable form factors for achieving a consistent dose. If you do not want an intoxicating effect, look for products that have a higher CBD to THC ratio or, at least, a balanced one. Remember that CBD often mitigates the psychoactive effect of THC — a more even ratio provides a less intense psychoactive experience. Every patient’s response will be different which is why one needs to start slowly, particularly if you are new to cannabis.

Cannabis is a medicine that should be tailored to each consumer’s individual endocannabinoid system. Cultivate an understanding of your body’s response to cannabis by keeping a journal to track your cannabis strain type, consumption methods, dosages, and side effects. Take your time and be patient when figuring out what dosae and consumption method work best for you. Be mindful of other elements that may impact the outcome of your high when microdosing marijuana. Your environment, state of mind, hydration and nutrition can all affect your experience.

WHAT CANNABIS PRODUCTS ARE BEST FOR MICRODOSING?

Today, there are many options available for microdosing cannabis, but certain consumption methods will allow you to control your intake more accurately. Smoking cannabis or vaping flower is an option, but it is not as precise as other form factors. When choosing this route, take a single puff then wait five or so minutes to gauge its effects. If necessary, take another puff and see how you feel. While smoking or vaping flower has a quick onset, it can be hard to judge how much THC or CBD you consumed, making it challenging to reproduce the dose.

Many experts recommend edibles, tablets, and tinctures for microdosing. Tinctures are well-suited for achieving a consistent dose. They also have a quick onset because you consume them under your tongue. The cannabinoids are absorbed faster through the mucosal surfaces of your mouth.

Edibles can typically offer a precise dose, but the onset is much longer than other methods. They also metabolize differently in your body. The effects and onset can be altered by what you’ve eaten, how hydrated you are, etc. This method isn’t the most reliable for uniform, precision dosing. Lower dose edibles are becoming more common, but some retailers may only have options with 5 milligrams of THC or more available. You don’t want to rely on dividing the edible yourself to achieve a smaller dose.

HOW DO YOU RESET YOUR CANNABIS TOLERANCE?

When consuming cannabis, the human body slowly builds up a tolerance to the effects of certain cannabinoids. As you consume increased amounts of THC, the number of CB1 receptors in the brain slowly decreases. You will need a higher THC content to feel the psychoactive effects and eventually may not even be able to achieve a strong high. How quickly the human body builds up a tolerance varies from person to person. Regardless of how much of a tolerance you develop, once you stop, the brain will return to normal, typically within a few weeks.

Microdosing cannabis will help you identify your sweet spot, but you may need to reset your tolerance to the effects of cannabis products. The length of a tolerance break depends on your consumption patterns. Since cannabis is such an individualistic experience, a tolerance break may range from a few days to a few weeks.

In general, patients should notice more pronounced effects after abstaining from cannabis for a few days. Start again with a very low dose of 1 to 2 milligrams of THC. If that isn’t effective, increase the dosage to 5 milligrams of THC and then onwards. The art of microdosing cannabis requires patience and mindfulness. If you do it right, you’ll be well on your way to achieving harmony between your mind and body.

IN SUMMARY

Microdosing cannabis is becoming an increasingly popular practice among medical cannabis patients. In many cases, consuming small amounts of cannabis may enhance the therapeutic effects of the plant. Experimenting with low doses of THC and CBD can help you identify your optimal dosage. Trial and error will allow you to discover the benefits of microdosing.

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