Posted on October 25 2018
There are many trends in the world of medicinal cannabis use, but one has recently come to the table that might be a good option for every smoker. Those who are just starting out and seasoned smokers may find that they experience both relief and balance when microdosing marijuana.
There are many benefits to the dosing style, which may be why some companies are beginning to cater to the trend. Before we get too far into details though, you should understand microdosing, what it is, and why so many people are leaning that way.
What is Microdosing?
Microdosing is a technique that involves searching for the smallest possible dose of a medication in order to experience the desired effects. The method is frequently used in clinical trials for prescription medications.
If you have ever been prescribed a recurring medication, like an anti-anxiety medication, for instance, you may have noticed that your doctor started you out on a very low dose. Then, the dose was slowly increased in order to find the lowest possible dose that works for you. This is a loose interpretation of the method since the medications are already tested and the doctor has a good indication of how to prescribe a dose.
With other medications, namely medical marijuana or CBD oil, the dosing guides are not as readily available, and they vary widely for each person. Learning how to properly microdose may be the most effective method to find the best possible marijuana or CBD dose for you.
The Benefits to Microdosing (The Weed Threshold)
Microdosing is not for everyone, especially recreational users who like the psychoactive effects of THC, but it does have its benefits for many medicinal users. When you take the smallest possible dose of marijuana, you will be able to enjoy relief from your condition without experiencing the side effects as severely.
For instance, if you usually smoke to relieve pain, you smoke a half gram bowl at a time. You may find relief from your pain, but you may also experience other effects like hunger or feeling high. These may be okay when you’re not going to work or have daily tasks that require a clean mind.
Microdosing means taking your usual half-gram dose and breaking it into portions. Then, you’ll smoke a small portion more frequently in order to experience relief from pain without getting the munchies or feeling high. Smoking 0.2 grams before work may be more appropriate than a half gram, and you may be able to get the same pain relief effects.
Another reason to consider microdosing is the marijuana threshold. Many doctors agree that a threshold exists in which too much marijuana is actually less effective than smaller amounts at treating many illnesses.
Dr. Dustin Sulak, an integrative medicine doctor that is well-known for his cannabis-leaning treatments, says that he has noted a threshold with patients in which below or at the proper amount they experience positive results. Above this amount and the results are either nonexistent or usually negative in terms of how the medical condition responds.
Many of his patients and other medicinal users around the world find microdosing to be a useful way to use marijuana effectively as a medicine.
How to Microdose Marijuana (or CBD)
Microdosing marijuana or CBD can be a bit tricky, especially if you are smoking dry herb, but it is completely possible. Before you start a trial to find your lowest possible dose, make sure you follow these three rules:
- Use the same strain of marijuana or cannabidiol products throughout the trial. Each product has different potencies, so you won’t be able to get an accurate measurement unless you use the same one each time.
- If you are a heavy smoker or CBD user, and it is possible to lay off temporarily, take a few days to detox before starting the trial.
- If you prefer smoking, find a smoking mechanism that allows you to smoke small, measured amounts. Or choose a distribution method that allows you to carefully measure your CBD dose. We will cover this in the next section.
Please note that it is not advisable to stop smoking or to alter your medical marijuana or CBD routine unless advised by a doctor. If you currently use marijuana to medicate for various conditions but would like to try microdosing instead, talk to your doctor about how to find the lowest possible dose for you. These guidelines, along with your doctor’s approval and assistance, will help you find the best microdosing routine for your medical needs and lifestyle.
As for the routine of microdosing, it is straightforward and simple. Start with a very small dose, usually around 0.1-0.2 grams. Then, wait a few hours to measure the results. You could dose this amount every 3-4 hours and record the results. Try each dose for 2-3 days in order to experience its effects on your health. If needed, increase the dose for another three days,
The end goal is to find a dose large enough to ease your symptoms, but small enough to be conservative and avoid any adverse effects.
Popular Microdosing Methods
There are multiple methods that can be used to microdose weed. You only need to be able to measure small, semi-precise doses. Typically microdosing works better with methods that take effect quickly. Some of the most popular methods include:
Smoking: Smoking is one of the most popular consumption methods for marijuana, but it can make it difficult to microdose. If you want to microdose weed via smoking, you will need a scale that will measure to the tenth of a gram as well as a small smoking piece. Joints are not advisable since you cannot measure the exact amount of each hit. Try a one-hitter or small pipe instead. For microdosing CBD through smoking, look for a high-CBD, low-THC marijuana strain.
Vaping: Vaping may be a more preferred method both for microdosing CBD and marijuana. Generally, a cannabis vape will have guidelines for the amount of cannabidiol or THC in a single hit, therefore you can measure the dose in the number of hits each time. Many people who microdose CBD use a CBD vape as their primary option.
Edibles: This method is a little more exact since each edible will be premeasured. It may work well for microdosing efforts both for CBD and marijuana, but remember that edibles do take longer to take effect. CBD edibles and marijuana edibles come in many forms that you can choose from in order to best fit your taste preference and lifestyle.
- Tinctures: While cannabis oil does exist, this option is more popular for people who microdose CBD. CBD tinctures offer an accurate way to measure the dose while distributing small doses that take effect in about 20 minutes.
Should I Microdose?
If you are already using marijuana or CBD products to ease your symptoms, there's a good chance you can reduce your dose to achieve the desired effects. Microdosing may be a great option for first-time users as well since it allows them to ease into the process without using too much and experiencing undesirable effects.
You should discuss microdosing with your doctor before you decide to try it for yourself. Your doctor will be able to guide you through choosing a starting dose and increasing doses as you go. In most cases, any doctor will be supportive of microdosing as an option, but it is always best to have the guidance of your doctor.