We’ve already addressed how micro-dosing medical cannabis might be the wave of the future, and it makes perfect sense. No longer should cannabis be bound by tales of lethargic impairment, uncontrollable munchies and sheer laziness, i.e. the stoner stereotype. These are tales that frighten fact-deficient government officials and regulatory agencies into passing backward laws, no.
How can micro-dosing help?
Utilizing the minimum effective dose of cannabis via micro-dosing to achieve to create perceptible physical effects just prior to hitting that psychoactive threshold is, in fact, the future of medical cannabis.
Think about it. Most agencies gripe over the lack of dosing information when it comes to cannabis and use this as one of many excuses not to prescribe or even experiment with cannabinoids while treating medical conditions.
But through the administration of proper doses of cannabis, the stoner stigma can finally be lifted and patients can receive beneficial treatments, without the psychoactive component. Here’s a short list of common conditions that can be improved via micro-dosing.
1. Pain management/inflammation
Small hits of THC are able to activate one’s endocannabinoid system and provide a range of pain-relieving benefits without the additional mind-altering effects, such as the dilation of blood vessels, the protection of damaged cells, muscle spasticity control and analgesic properties.
2. Mood regulation
It might be assumed that cannabis must work psychoactively in order to produce mood-altering effects, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Think of it like going to a spa, where a massage or soothing rub can help a person to relax without any mind-altering substance.
Low doses of THC used therapeutically can help the body to relax naturally without producing lethargy. When the body feels more relaxed/less anxious, this can improve a person’s mood and allow them to de-stress.
Only a small amount of inhaled cannabis is needed to fight off feelings of nausea. In many studies involving chemotherapy, patients found that low doses of inhaled marijuana immediately quell nausea and are more effective than pills since the THC enters the bloodstream rapidly. A 1999 report by the Institutes of Medicine concluded that,
In patients already experiencing severe nausea of vomiting, pills are generally ineffective, because of the difficulty in swallowing or keeping a pill down and slow onset of the drug effect. Thus an inhalation cannabinoid drug delivery system would be advantageous for treating chemotherapy-induced nausea.
5mg Edibles (which are much easier to dose than via smoking), not only can induce sleep but can provide a nice, long restful sleep as well. Inhaling cannabis works faster, but will wear off within a couple of hours, especially in small doses. Microdosing with edibles is a great way to relax the body and minimize anxiety sans couchlock.
5. Energetic/creative boost
Cannabis is mainly known for its calming properties, but sativa strains in small doses can yield great results. Susannah Grossman, the founder of a full-service communications firm in Denver, takes ‘several small doses through the day.” She told Rolling Stone,
It lifts my spirits, relieves the stress and tension that build up, and allows me to approach my work with more keen interest.