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Microdosing Cannabis: Here’s Everything You Need To Know
Smaller doses could mean huge results.
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Safety concerns, tact, and stigmatization can prevent many people from catching a buzz at work, and in many cases that’s understandable. Microdosing cannabis can give consumers access to the benefits of THC and CBD, but without the psychoactive effects or feeling “stoned”. More and more cannabis companies are producing options for those interested in microdosing, even huge players like DaVinci, with their new MIQRO vaporizer, are acknowledging the growing interest in microdosing cannabis.
What is Microdosing?
While many people have heard the term microdosing before, the idea of consuming small amounts of cannabis is still foreign to many. Traditionally, microdosing has been associated with hallucinogens, like LSD. Most recently, the practice has rippled through Silicon Valley. Efficiency obsessed tech professionals have been known to use tiny amounts of lysergic acid to boost their focus, alertness, and creativity without the unwelcome side effect of tripping for hours on end.
An increasing number of studies have shown that THC, in particular, is accessible to the endocannabinoid system in smaller amounts. While many medical patients believe that increasing the dosage of their cannabis will lead to better results. In some cases, evidence shows that the opposite may actually be true. Microdosing cannabis can allow you to experience the plant’s bimodal nature.
To understand what we mean by bimodal, we can think about the effects of alcohol. A glass of red wine, for example, can have health benefits, and a couple of drinks can help to alleviate social anxiety. But consume too much, and those positive effects are quickly replaced by negative ones. The same can be said for cannabis, wherein many people can be responsive to smaller doses of THC, but in higher doses, it can increase anxiety and stress.
This evidence is not just anecdotal, however. A 2012 study saw cancer patients experiencing greater pain relief with smaller doses of cannabis than they did with higher concentrations.
What Conditions React Well To Microdosing Cannabis And How Micro Is a Microdose?
Microdosing can be an effective way to treat many of the same ailments that traditional consumption can. These include:
Even those struggling with more chronic ailments, such as Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis, can microdose to help maintain their health once these conditions have been controlled, either through traditional medication or larger doses of cannabis.
The efficacy of microdosing isn’t just limited to medical patients, however. Microdosing cannabis can be an excellent way to improve focus, overcome mental blocks or provide a small boost in energy to get you through your next wave of errands. It might even provide a little boost to your sex life. By nixing the psychoactive effects, microdosing cannabis could be perfect for working professionals, parents or people who either don’t want to or can’t find the time to be high.
Like other cannabis experiences, proper dosage is entirely subjective. It can depend on your typical usage, tolerance, strain of choice and a range of biological factors unique to you. Some studies recommend under 5mg of THC, while others begin at 10mg. The best advice is always to start slowly. Take 30 minutes to an hour after microdosing cannabis to assess how you feel, and then proceed accordingly. This may mean upping your dose slightly, or lowering it if you find the effects are still a little too potent.
How Can You Microdose Cannabis?
For a long time, microdosing cannabis was primarily the domain of edibles and tinctures. That’s understandable – they offer a discreet consumption method for those who need a small dose during the day, at work or after.
The microdosing options left fans of dried herb out in the cold, however. Not to mention those who don’t have legal access to cannabis. For these people, dried herb is typically much easier to acquire than edibles, oils or tinctures. The edibles that can be acquired in these areas are not created under the same strict conditions as those in legal states, which can make controlling dosage difficult. Not really what you’re looking for when microdosing cannabis.
As consumption becomes increasingly mainstream, many products are reacting to a growing interest in microdosing cannabis. Vaporizers, like the new DaVinci MIQRO, are adding features to allow consumers to microdose their desired strains. To do this, the pearl is adjustable, shrinking the chamber size to ensure that the dry herb still vaporizes evenly, producing clean, pure vapor.
Properly microdosing cannabis isn’t just contingent on the size of your chamber, however. Lower temperatures avoid combustion, which can lead to unwanted harsh smoke, and allows you to enjoy the flavors and therapeutic benefits of the terpenes in your dried herb. Go slow and low when you first start microdosing to really savor the effects and flavors.
If you’re typically consuming dried herb, you’re also more likely to understand how a particular strain affects you in higher doses, and understand how much is going to be too much when microdosing cannabis. It also works the other way around: microdosing cannabis may be an excellent way to introduce people new to cannabis to the experience.
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