One of cannabis’ greatest benefits is its flexibility. Countless strain varieties and multiple methods of ingestion offer infinite possible experiences, and that’s even before you enter the expanding universe of microdosing.
To microdose is to take small amounts of cannabis throughout the day in order to enjoy its benefits while also being able to function. Low-dose tinctures, candies and vapes have less THC in them than more traditional flower, edibles and concentrates, making them great alternatives for people who wish to feel cannabis’ effects without being overwhelmed by them.
So what’s the big deal about microdosing?
Microdosing offers a low-key way to manage whatever ails you for a longer period of time without the high taking over. If you’re nursing a back injury or migraine, feeling stressed or anxious, or could use a little uplift or creative boost, low dose cannabis products can help address your needs continually during the day. And a lower dose means none of the side effects common with higher doses of THC, like paranoia and sleepiness.
Microdosing is an easy way to experiment with cannabis products to see how they impact you. Instead of trying to navigate cutting apart and dosing a cookie or brownie containing 25mg THC, some low dose products have as little as 1-3mg THC, so trying one or breaking it in half to test its effects feels less risky or unpredictable.
“All you need is to find the ‘minimum effective dose’ and stay in your zone once you find it,” explains Elisabeth Mack, RN, MBA, Founder and CEO of www.HolisticCaring.com.” While microdosing does enable you to take cannabis all day long, the point is to be able to take just enough as often as you need – not to pile it on. “You don’t want to overwhelm the system with too much or too little,” Elizabeth says, “and dripping in just a bit at a time over a longer period is ideal. Frequent and low keeps it tuned up.”
How to Microdose
Microdosing can take many forms depending upon the person and products taken. As Elizabeth explains, in order to really benefit from microdosing throughout the day, the best approach is to take cannabis using multiple products and ingestion methods.
“High CBD tinctures in the morning (10-25mg), 2-5mg of a 1:1 edible for pain management once or twice a day, and a couple of vape puffs in the evening to wind down and disengage from all of the mental chatter,” she says. “CBD in the day, more THC in the evening, and a baseline high CBD systemically.”
And remember, the point of microdosing is to reap the benefits of cannabis in a way that’s accessible and convenient. “There never really needs to be a high,” Elizabeth reminds us.