Get more by using less: benefits of cannabis microdosing

Would you like to reap off all the positive experiences marijuana has to offer without getting any of the side effects? Then you might want to consider weed microdosing. By smoking less, you will still feel the cannabis benefits but won’t feel clumsy and slow. Do you now want to try out microdosing cannabis? Read on to find out how.

So what is marijuana microdosing, exactly?

Weed microdosing is a process of consuming cannabis in small amounts at regular intervals. One small dose is about 1/10 to 1/20 of what you would usually use or 10 to 20 micrograms.

By using less, you don’t only save money, you achieve all the benefits without the psychoactive effects that can interfere with your daily life. The ultimate goal of microdosing is to achieve only positive experiences.

So what are the medical benefits of microdosing cannabis?

Do you experience anxiety and depression? Then, microdosing might be the right choice for you. According to a recent study, cannabis reduces negative emotions and stress. The research states that 2 puffs were enough to reduce depression and anxiety, while 10 and more puffs produced significant reductions in stress.

Another study has revealed that tetrahydrocannabinol or THC possesses analgesic properties, which means that cannabis is safe and effective when it comes to pain.

 

How about microdosing for recreational purposes?

If you do not have any conditions to treat, you can still reap off the benefits of microdosing weed. By using small doses of weed, you will experience:

  • Reduced Side Effects: it’s unlikely you’ll get uncomfortable or paranoid.
  • Reduced Stress and Better Concentration: when you’re relaxed, it’s easier to boost concentration and focus.
  • Improved Creativity: you’ll feel how new ideas appear out of thin air.

Microdosing THC and CBD – what is better?

Let’s talk about the difference first. So, THC is the compound in weed that gets us high, and CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that’s believed to have healing properties. CBD’s subtle effects are primarily felt in pain, inflammation, and anxiety relief, while THC provokes euphoria.

Although microdosing generally refers to THC, you can add an equal ratio of CBD. Dustin Sulak, an osteopathic physician from Maine, says that by adding CBD to THC, we won’t see any of the side effects of THC and only see the benefits. If you’re interested in microdosing THC and CBD simultaneously, Sulak recommends sticking to a 1:1 ratio and beginning with just 1 mg of each.

How much cannabis should I use for microdosing?

Dustin Sulak recommends starting off at 1 to 2.5 mg of THC and sticking with that dosage for 3-4 days. After you can increase your dose (by 1 mg) until you begin to feel the effects. In case you have weed tolerance, you should undergo a 2-day marijuana-free period before trying microdosing.

There’s no universal approach or dosage for microdosing. You need to determine it by yourself. Remember that once you feel something, stick to that dosage for 4 or more days.

How do I microdose weed?

The next step is to choose your go-to product. The easiest for measuring dosages are tinctures, edibles, or controlled-dose vape pens. However, tinctures are better suited to microdosing since it is much easier to control your dose.

How many times a day can I microdose marijuana?

It is okay to microdose from 1 to 5 times a day. Just remember to start low and go slow. Begin with 1 mg 1-5 times per day of either THC or THC mixed with CBD and work your way up. Stay with the same dose for 4 days before increasing your dosage.

Track how you feel before and 1 hour after microdosing and write down your general state, rate your pain, anxiety, and energy from 1 to 10. If you don’t feel any difference, you can increase your dose.

When do the effects wear off? How do I microdose weed?

The next step is to choose your go-to product. The easiest for measuring dosages are tinctures, edibles, or controlled-dose vape pens. However, tinctures are better suited to microdosing since it is much easier to control your dose.

A marijuana high can last from 2 to 10 hours, and it depends on a range of different factors:

  • How much you use;
  • How much THC your product contains;
  • Your body weight and body fat;
  • Your metabolism;
  • Whether or not you’ve eaten;
  • Your tolerance.

If you feel that you took a bit too much, don’t panic: it doesn’t last forever. In case you want to sober up, read our little guide.

 

AUTHOR

Carla Gallego

Cannabis enthusiast, researcher and editor of Cannabis Guide Barcelona

 

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