While most cannabis consumers go by the traditional dosing methods, microdosing has taken the world by storm. This phenomenon is widely spread in all substance consumption, from fungi to flower, and acid to pills. Those that know about recreational and medicinal benefits stick to microdosing, and we’re about to see why.
The most important thing to consider when microdosing is the commitment it takes. When microdosing, you want to be as precise and timely as ever, never missing or altering a dose so as to get the best results. This takes time, but most importantly, willpower.
The microdoser is a fanatic of sorts. Not only do you want to consume and experience, but you also want to do it in a very specific and tailored way; some would say that is the most conscious of them all. The microdoser is organized, tidy, and worries about the quality of the product.
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The most important question of all is ‘’what is microdosing?’’ The answer to this question is what drives us forward and allows us to customize the experience and make it our own.
To microdose is to effectively take a dosage that falls slightly below or on the threshold of said substance in the body. Let’s look at it from another perspective. Imagine that when you take a substance there is a meter that shows how deep you’ve gone. We want to stay within a threshold where that substance spikes and all hell breaks loose. Just kidding.
Microdosing is staying within your personal boundaries and limits, allowing you to enjoy the benefits and effects. This is exquisite, far better than getting more of the side effects which come after you’ve overdone it.
The point to take, however, is how personal these limits are. This is important because to fully experience microdosing, you want to overcome a personal process that will let you further understand how these substances work with your body.
When talking about microdosing we should always take the time to understand why we want to do it. The thing is, there is no definitive answer. Some may do it to better themselves. Others simply want a little push or to speed up some personal processes. Others just love the rush!
While there may be better reasons than others, microdosing should tailor to what you are looking for. Do you want to prepare your body? Or do you want to dose in order to unwind your mind? Depending on the answers to these questions, and so many others is the amount and frequency you will be consuming.
For some, microdosing is the answer to most of life’s problems, if not all. That being said, it is always important to give your body a break and continue doing programmed tolerance breaks in order to reset and reassemble.
So to answer your question. Why should you microdose? In my humble opinion: because you want to microdose. You will microdose because you want to experience the cannabinoids in optimum dosage and a steady input. You will microdose because you have shit to deal with.
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Microdosing has experiential and subjective evidence to back it up. Like many other cannabis-related ‘’dogma’’, much is about the person rather than the plant. Most of the research and studies point to benefits that are deeply tied to how the person is built and how the person is at the present moment.
With that being said, we can list out some of the benefits and effects that come from microdosing THC. You will see these are very similar to the benefits of consuming these substances. The difference is how you will feel them.
Microdosing can be used to treat many of the same diseases as traditional consumption. These are some examples:
The short answer: to microdose THC, you should take consistent doses of 2 to 5 mg of THC every couple of hours. The real answer is longer.
We’re more interested in the pragmatic and experiential approach. To fully experience microdosing, it is necessary to grab a journal, and a pen, set some alarms, and use a precisely measurable source of cannabinoids. You want to understand how the substance works within your body and where the threshold lies so as to effectively microdose.
The first thing you will want to do is abstain from consuming marihuana for 2 to 5 days. The longer, the better. After this period, you will begin to consume an amount of THC and increase it daily until you find your threshold. You will record each dosage and answer three questions in order to understand what point you are in.
Questions to answer on a scale of 1 to 10:
For your first dosage, you want to answer the questions and then take 1 mg of THC. You can replicate this process with whichever substance you feel you want to experiment with. After 45 minutes, you should answer the questions again. If the answers are not altered in any significant way, you should increase the next dosage by a milligram and repeat.
The most impressive thing is that this process works for heavy users too. The 48-hour minimum abstention process will allow the body to reset and for you to find your minimal effective dose. When you’ve found the minimum effective dose, where you know you have perceivable alterations, you want to stay there for a bit and log your findings.
Botany Farms makes these D9 Microdose Gummies with an intent in mind. They recommend these for those looking for an easy way to track your microdosing process. Each of these gummies packs 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD, which can be easily split into further doses.
Botany Farms makes these microdose gummies in four different flavors, plus the mixed option. You can enjoy mango, pineapple, blue raspberry, and watermelon, or the assorted mixed pack that brings some of each.
The recommended starting dose is half a gummy, but you can also try out the recommended steps above. These babies are made clean and with high-quality ingredients that will satisfy most dietary restrictions out there. The gummies are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and contain no high fructose corn syrup.
We’ve seen the effects and benefits you can perceive in both mind and body, but what about the other underlying benefits that come from microdosing?
To begin, microdosing allows the user to understand and balance how much is being consumed fully. This is better than idly and mindlessly consuming til going numb. Without much to argue, some may even consider this the ‘’right’’ way of consuming.
As you’re going to be far more mindful and conscious about how much and when you consume it, your pocket will also see a reward. Your material, edibles, tinctures, or vape will last far longer if you learn to appropriately appreciate and dose.
Last, but certainly not least, you will gain a considerable level of control over the cannabis-fueled experience. You will learn to feel and acknowledge the effects more gratefully and openly, while respecting the tradition much better than when just socially smoking.