Whether or not you partake in cannabis or the use of psychedelic substances like LSD or
The practice is often referenced in relation to psychedelics, as an emerging wellness trend helping a wide variety of folks — from
Regarding the efficacy of psychedelic microdosing, research is still catching up, but anecdotal evidence is promising. A study in
But the microdosing conversation doesn’t stop with psychedelics. Unlike psilocybin, cannabis is legal for
With the many potential benefits of THC, there’s still plenty to embrace even if you aren’t looking for the usual effects that come with standard dosing.
So, what exactly does cannabis microdosing entail? What are the potential benefits, and what does the research say? Take a closer look with High There and find out!
What Does Cannabis Microdosing Look Like?
As with psychedelic microdosing, microdosing cannabis involves taking small amounts of THC to benefit from its effects without it necessarily impacting your day-to-day life — i.e., not experiencing a psychoactive high.
One easy way to approach cannabis and THC microdosing is through milligram dosages. For
So, when we think of microdosing, we might look at a dosage between 1 and 5mg, depending on the person.
Ultimately, the dosage for cannabis microdosing is highly dependent on the individual, since the amount of THC it takes to result in a “high” feeling differs person to person, depending upon metabolism, age, weight, genetics of
Experts Weigh in on Beginning Cannabis Microdosing
Michelle Ross, founder of IMPACT network, which uses empirical medical research to find new cannabis-related treatments for patients, told
“Microdosing is something that is very personal,” Ross said. “There is no magic bullet for all patients; it is different for each one. So keep experimenting until you find the dose that works for you.”
Dustin Sulak, a Maine-based osteopathic physician who treats many of his patients with low-dose cannabis, recommends an initial 48-hour period of abstinence for regular smokers. While this may seem like a quick turnaround, a
Sulak argues that microdosers should introduce or reintroduce cannabis to their systems starting with just 1mg. After taking 1mg, wait at least one to two hours and see how you feel. If you don’t notice any change, you can take another 1mg until you notice a difference in how you feel.
“The goal is to use the dose that gives the most minimal noticeable effect,” Sulak said. “You are not trying to get stoned, you are not trying to get total relief from symptoms — you are just trying to get a little something.”
That feeling could be a feeling of slight elation or wellbeing, experiencing increased creativity or slight pain relief. The effect depends on your personal reaction to
After achieving that feeling, congratulations, you’ve found your own minimal THC dosage for microdosing! Sulak recommends staying at the same dose for a few days and gradually increasing if needed, adding that it generally falls somewhere between one and three milligrams per dose.
What are the Benefits of Microdosing Cannabis?
As mentioned, many seek out cannabis microdosing as a means of embracing the benefits of THC without it affecting their normal routine or creating the same high feeling that standard dosing provides.
Therefore, many consumers seek out microdosing for similar reasons they might use cannabis for wellness in general. Sulak told Leafly that many patients are looking toward microdosing as a way to treat conditions like depression, stress, anxiety and pain, along with improving focus and promoting sleep.
As with cannabis and microdosing as a whole, research is still catching up, but some studies have shown that using less cannabis could prove to be more beneficial for medicinal use.
Another 2014 study published in the
Sulak also told Leafly that cannabis can help to control chronic conditions. A person with multiple sclerosis, for example, might use higher doses of cannabis when dealing with a flare-up, but once they get well and heal, that person can lower their daily dose until microdosing “becomes a maintenance plan.”
What is the Best Way to Microdose?
If you decide to take the plunge, it’s going to help to prepare ahead of time for your continued cannabis microdosing journey, meaning it might be time to go shopping. For beginners, it’s often advised to start cannabis microdosing with edibles, since it’s easier to dose than an inhalable option, like
Low-dose edibles are also becoming more and more common, so you won’t necessarily have to worry about cutting a
There are all kinds of edibles available today, including pills and capsules that are even easier to incorporate into a daily morning routine. Beverages could also be a good option, as they metabolize in a different way than ingestible edibles and typically hit the system a bit quicker. It’s also common to find full-size, 12- or 16-ounce beverages available as a 10mg dose of THC, making microdosing even easier.
Sublinguals, which are made of cannabis suspended in alcohol or other liquids to increase concentration, are also a good option. These go right under your tongue and, like beverages, kick in quicker than ingestible edibles. Sublinguals and tinctures usually use a dropper or pipette, so it’s also easy to start with a drop or two and slowly work up as needed to perfect your dose.
Since measuring the dose can be such a challenge with flower, especially given the amount of smoke and waste, we’d generally suggest steering away from it when microdosing. However, single-use pipes and one-hitters — while still pretty challenging to microdose cannabis with — can be useful tools.
It’s also still important to consider the strains and types of cannabis you are consuming. It might be a good idea to keep a log of the products you consume, the amount you consumed and how they affected you, as a general guide to what you like and what works best when microdosing cannabis and THC.
In the cannabis world, we still have a lot of catching up and learning to do. While we are still uncovering all the answers around cannabis microdosing, there is a collection of different ways to embrace and benefit from the plant. Microdosing can be a great way to enjoy some of the same benefits THC and cannabis provides without the psychoactive effects and quantity of products that comes with standard, or heavy, dosing.
While many cannabis consumers surely enjoy taking major