Microdosing is the practice of taking very small amounts of cannabis to receive the therapeutic benefits of the plant while avoiding the ‘high’ associated with the cannabinoid, THC.
Microdosing edibles has traditionally been associated with hallucinogens such as mushrooms and LSD. However, some experts believe a threshold dose to allow you to appreciate just some of the effects of cannabis is much lower than previously thought.
Why microdose with edibles?
Microdosing successfully relies on measuring out an exact and known dose of cannabis. Some types of edibles offer a simple way to do this, whereas others are more difficult. Baking a loaf of banana bread and expecting to get a reliable dose from each bite is unrealistic, as cannabis doesn’t intersperse into baked goods evenly. However, commercially-available edible products, such as gummies and mints, allow accuracy and full control of dosing.
Other forms of cannabis can be trickier to microdose with. Smoking or dabbing relies on knowing precisely how much THC is in a bud or concentrate of cannabis. Tinctures and sprays are absorbed into your bloodstream, so they tend to peak faster and wear off sooner than edibles. All in all, not many cannabis consumption methods are as subtle as merely popping a small cannabis-infused chocolate into your mouth.
Some people prefer to microdose edibles over other methods because they enter into the digestive system. This causes lengthier effects that peak within two and four hours, and last for potentially more than six hours.
How much edible to microdose with
Anything below 10mg of THC is generally considered a low dose. However, some users, particularly older adults, will still find this much THC gets them high or produces other unwanted side effects. Variables in liver metabolism, genetics of cannabinoid receptors, and previous usage can all affect your tolerance for microdosing. It’s best to start with a low dose and wait until the next occasion before increasing it. The aim is to reach the lowest dose while still receiving the desired effects. Taking more cannabis can also diminish the benefits you experienced at a lower dose, so sometimes ‘less is more’.
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What’s a low dose to start with? For first-time micro-dosers, a cautious 1mg of THC is recommended. ‘Low dose’ edibles are becoming more popular in the edibles market, and range between 1mg and 5mg of THC.
In which situations do people turn to microdosing edibles?
For a new cannabis user, microdosing edibles can be a friendly and controlled way of trying out the plant for the first time. Additionally, many users microdose cannabis so they can experience its medicinal benefits while still being able to function throughout their day. This means they can enjoy herbal medicine without experiencing couch lock, far-out-there thoughts, or a lack of motivation to get things done.
Cannabis is frequently microdosed to treat chronic pain, insomnia, depression, stress, PTSD, nausea, and a lack of focus. In particular, opting for a microdose of cannabis can be useful in treating anxiety, as higher doses of THC can have the opposite effect and exacerbate certain psychological conditions in some users.
Where to start?
Microdosing edibles is a very personal experience. Don’t be afraid of trial and error – instead, enjoy finding the dose that fits best with your situation and intentions.