Microdosing THC & Cannabis
03.08.22 - 4 min read
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One of the latest trends to gain popularity among cannabis enthusiasts is the concept of cannabis microdosing. As the name suggests, microdosing marijuana is all about making use of small doses of cannabis and cannabinoids—basically, opting for a “less is more” approach.
So, what are the reasons people choose to microdose cannabis? Does a lower dose really have benefits over a higher dose? And can you, as an individual, benefit from this technique? Read on and we’ll answer all these questions as we take you through everything you need to know about microdosing.
We’ve already defined microdosing as the practice of using or consuming a small dose of a substance. In terms of cannabis use, microdosing refers to using a very small amount of a cannabis product (typically featuring THC or CBD). Often, these small doses are taken throughout the day as opposed to taking a single higher dose once.
Usually, when someone chooses to microdose, they do so because they believe it provides a better option than one larger dose. Now, let’s break that down…
So why are so many people taking an interest in microdosing THC, CBD and microdosing marijuana in general?
These are some of the several potential benefits associated with Microdosing:.
What is the optimal dose for microdosing?
The right dose will vary from person to person. There is no single, simple answer to this question. This varies, depending on a range of factors, such as:
So, when it comes to finding the right dose of cannabis, we recommend you start off with a tiny dose and build up slowly to find your ideal amount.
The aim of the process is to find the dosage that is as low as possible while still providing a notable effect. Even a single milligram of THC can be a good starting point for some people, but of course, this is not universal for everyone.
Microdosing is commonly used with medicinal cannabis that has a high THC percentage. This is because THC is known for being the cannabinoid that creates intoxicating effects. Yet, it is also associated with potential benefits like pain management. [Source]
A smaller dose of THC may allow a person to experience these kinds of possible therapeutic effects or medical benefits without necessarily experiencing other effects of THC.
Cannabidiol generally doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects as THC. Depending on your approach, the benefits of microdosing CBD can either be to enjoy its potential benefits while avoiding the effects of THC or experiencing the “Entourage Effect” (a.k.a. the synergistic interactions of different cannabis compounds, which may impact the overall effects).
The results will depend on the type of CBD product you’re using, among other factors. Some types of CBD do not contain THC. However, full-spectrum CBD still contains small amounts of THC, allowing you to potentially experiment with the Entourage Effect. By microdosing full-spectrum CBD, you can work toward controlling the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol while still enjoying the benefits.
There are many different consumption methods you can consider when it comes to microdosing cannabis. Possible options include cannabis edibles, tinctures, oils and concentrates.
The most ideal methods tend to be those that allow you to easily control and monitor how much cannabinoids you’re consuming at any one time. Oils and tinctures, for example, can give you nearly full control over the precise quantity of THC or CBD you are using, allowing you to be very accurate in your dosing and adjust your dose over time if needed.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
When the dose of marijuana you’re using is important, consumption methods like smoking and topicals won’t offer the precision you might want. In these cases, you might decide to opt for tinctures, edibles and similar products.
● Tinctures: Alcohol or oil-based extracts of cannabis, tinctures tend to be one of the most common products used for microdosing. This is because they’re regarded as very easy to work with, requiring no special equipment or extra accessories; you can simply drop the tincture under the tongue using a dropper and then get on with their day.
● Edibles: Products like CBD gummies and THC pastilles can also be very useful for microdosing, as you can easily learn by reading the cannabis label, exactly how much CBD or THC is contained within each edible. You can then use this as a measure to control how many cannabinoids you are consuming per day.
● Vape cartridges: Vape pens are another option to consider for microdosing marijuana. Consumers can apply the tried-and-true “start low, go slow method,” beginning by inhaling a small amount and gauging the effects before increasing the dosage.
● Beboe products: Beboe specifically doses its edibles and vapes to include low amounts of cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Their products are typically designed to provide specific desired effects, so it may be an ideal brand to consider for those with an interest in microdosing.
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