Microdosing, the practice of taking tiny amounts of marijuana for all the benefits and less of the side effects, is being increasingly embraced – and it’s as much by professionals as professional stoners.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing essentially means, as you might have guessed, taking a very measured and micro dose of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. A dose of around 3 to 10 milligrams is a good starting point.
The idea of taking a tiny dose of drugs is not new. In fact, stories of professionals dropping small amounts of LSD to help creativity and productivity surfaced around this time last year.
However, it’s really gaining traction as marijuana use becomes more widespread and users are looking for positive effects without the feared freakouts. More and more manufacturers and medical practitioners are singing its praises.
“In the same way we take vitamin C and zinc to avoid getting sick, we will be taking cannabis to stay healthy and safely manage stress and anxiety.
How To Micro Dose:
The typical microdose is between two and five milligrams of THC but can go up to 10 milligrams for those with a naturally higher tolerance. Edibles, tinctures and controlled-dose vape pens are the easiest way to measure the amount of THC consumed, as it is difficult to gauge dosage while smoking. To begin microdosing, start with a two milligram dose of THC. If you prefer to smoke, look for a strain that is low in THC and begin with taking one puff. Wait at least 10 minutes to see how you feel before taking another.
Take the same amount of milligrams daily for two to three days while you observe how you feel. If there are no noticeable effects, increase the dosage by one milligram and wait another two to three days to assess the effects. It’s up to you whether or not you want to take more than one microdose per day but start with twice a day — once in the morning and evening — before adding another round. If you start to feel high, decrease the amount. The size of the microdose and how many times it needs to be taken throughout the day will vary from person to person depending on factors like body mass and metabolism.
For complete novices, it’s best to avoid alcohol consumption until you are familiar with how your body responds to microdosing. Once you have the hang of things, play it safe by keeping your cocktail consumption low and evaluate how the two interact before increasing the amount of alcohol. Even though it’s such a small amount of THC, it’s in your best interest not to underestimate any potential sensitivity to combining substances.