Cannabis Science - Cannabis Studies
August 15, 2019

Micro-dosing Cannabis

Mel Perron
6 mins

Micro Dosing Cannabis

 

Only a decade ago, trying cannabis meant one thing—getting stoned. Yet as more information emerges about cannabis’ health benefits, more users are using the plant for its many medical applications. For example, some use CBD-infused products or small amounts of cannabis to enhance their daily activates, just as you might drink a coffee in the morning to wake up. 

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What is Micro Dosing?

Micro dosing has become popular in the medical industry for a variety of reasons. Micro dosing is the act of taking small amounts of cannabis to reap the medical benefits, especially THC while avoiding its intoxicating effects that can interfere with daily life.

While micro-dosing has typically been associated with hallucinogens like LSD, people are now discovering the benefits of taking cannabis in a very low dose are far greater than previously thought.

 

What Medical Conditions Benefit from Micro Dosing Cannabis?

Taking too much cannabis daily can sometimes disrupt how you interact with your co-workers, family members, and friends. Also, as you raise your dose, you may experience diminished benefits or even the opposite of what you are looking for. For example, while a little cannabis can help reduce anxiety, too much can actually increase it.

Micro dosing has been used to in order to reduce symptoms for conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia, depression, stress, anxiety, and to help improve focus. With no fear of an overdose, micro-dosing is a great alternative to pharmaceutical medications, which can have some unexpected and damaging side effects.

 

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How do I Start Micro Dosing Cannabis?

While everyone responds differently to cannabis, around 5 milligrams is a safe starting point. As always the case when trying something new, you might need more or less depending on how your body reacts to it. The individual nature of cannabis means that your body type, weight, mood, appetite, tolerance, and sleep habits are all considerations. 

 

What Strains Do I MicroDose With?

It’s also important to pay attention to the strain of cannabis that you’re using. Indica-dominant strains are typically associated with sedative properties, making them good for insomnia and sleep disorders. Sativa-dominant strains can be more energizing, which can help concentration. This has less to do with micro-dosing, and more to do with your ailment or symptoms you’re trying to treat. 

 

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How do I Know How Much THC is in my Product?

THC levels range within a product from as low as 3 percent up to around 30 percent, with an average of around 10 percent. Therefore, to estimate the THC strength of plant material based on 1 gram, divide the THC percentage into 1000 to obtain the per mg amount (1 g = 1000 mg).

Be mindful of the nature of and pay attention to the more subtle effects of your use over the period of a few hours. After, carefully adjust your subsequent doses to find your optimal microdose. The “ideal dose” would be one where you are receiving maximum benefit, with as little product as possible.

 

How Long Do the Effects of Micro Dosing Cannabis Last?

This depends on how much cannabis you consume at once as well as your individual attributes (such as weight and metabolism). You should try different levels of micro-dosing at varying intervals to see which one gives you the desired effect, not stimulating you too much but also providing relief or benefits. A great way to do this is by using a strain journal to track your interactions, this allows you to keep an accurate history of your doses to help you know where to make changes!

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Can I MicroDose Cannabis Every Day?

When it comes to cannabis, micro-dosing on a daily basis is fairly safe. If you do overdose yourself on cannabis, negative side effects would include a little nausea or vomiting in the most severe scenarios. In most instances, you will feel fine after a brief rest. Other side-effects of micro-dosing may include sluggishness or lethargy.

 

Micro Dosing Tip

Cannabidiol (CBD) capsules, a cannabinoid that can lessen the undesired effects of too much THC, are worth having on hand as a “safety valve” for micro dosers who’ve inadvertently taken too much THC. We recommend starting with a lower dosage of THC, especially to start. 

 

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What are the Benefits of Micro Dosing Cannabis?

Those who microdose cannabis often get heightened alertness, a softened outlook, a sense of overall calmness, a more collaborative disposition, and less irritability which can help in a variety of areas.

1) Work: Micro dosing is especially helpful with work, where we often experience extreme stress or frustration with coworkers, deadlines, bosses, and the long hours. It can also help improve concentration and take the edge off after a long day. If you work with heavy machinery, are driving or need to perform high-risk tasks at work, do not microdose during or before your shift, it’s dangerous to you and others to be potentially under the influence of cannabis.

2) Home: For some people, micro-dosing makes more sense at home, as a means of getting through their domestic tasks. Micro dosing can also help with sleep issues such as insomnia.  

3) Social: Micro dosing is also social anxiety; it can help keep it under control so you can function and complete daily tasks you would otherwise be unable to do. The key is the MICRO dose, as a high dose of cannabis can cause anxiety.

4) Medical: While others use micro-dosing for symptoms of much more serious conditions like cancer, epilepsy, or depression. Micro dosing is especially good at regulating pain, dosing consistently and in small amounts can act as a preventative measure to help stop breakthrough pain.

 

There are many ways to use cannabis safely, and responsible to provide relief in many different areas of your life. If you have been considering medical cannabis for yourself, or know someone who you think could benefit from cannabis, book an appointment with one of our doctors to learn more!


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