Microdosing is often associated with psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin, but it’s also an increasingly popular method of consuming cannabis. With microdosing cannabis becoming more mainstream, we talked to Danyal Swan, Digital Content Manager, about what microdosing is, its benefits, and how to try it for yourself.
What is Microdosing?
Microdosing involves taking a tiny dose of a drug so that you can experience some of its therapeutic benefits without impairing your cognitive abilities. As the name implies, this dose is typically a fraction of what you might consider a regular dose.
Why Do People Microdose?
So if you aren’t experiencing the full effects of THC, what’s the point?
The goal isn’t to feel a euphoric high but to induce other therapeutic effects. Strategically timed smaller doses can spread the benefits of cannabis consumption throughout the day. Many people who have tried microdosing have reported reduced levels of pain and anxiety, improvements in mood, and a boost in energy, creativity, focus, and even cognitive function.
Also, microdosing is a great way for people new to cannabis to get comfortable and familiar with what dosage is right for them. “Microdosing is a great way to explore your sensitivity to THC and get a better sense of what cannabis can and should make you feel,” says Danyal.
How to Microdose
If you’re interested in microdosing, you’ll want to start low and go slow. The goal of microdosing is to find your minimum effective dose, AKA the smallest dose possible, that will produce the desired result without any side effects. Microdosing cannabis can be anywhere from 1mg to 5mg of THC. Start with a low, 1mg dose and work your way up until you find your optimal microdose, then repeat throughout the day. Danyal explains, taking small doses “a few times throughout the day is key to successfully microdose. The goal is to have a continuous small dose in your system throughout the day, getting those beneficial cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects.”
You can microdose with edibles that have less than 5mg of THC, like Avexia tablets or Bits edibles. You can also use inhalables, like smoking or vaping, by taking a single, short hit. Or you can use transdermals, like the MÜV cannabis patch, which provides a consistent microdose of just 0.24 mg of cannabinoids per hour over 72 hours.
In short, microdosing is an effective way to experience the benefits of cannabis and THC without it getting in the day of daily life and productivity. If you’re curious, hit up your local bud shop–they’ll be able to answer your questions and hook you up with everything you need to start microdosing.