Discuss what microdosing is, what benefits it has, and how to microdose yourself, as well as tips for keeping track of dosages.
One major thing we know about cannabis, is that the plant’s flowers can be used as a medicine. But how much cannabis medicine should you take, and what kind? The answer to that question isn’t an easy one. All of us are equipped with our own natural endocannabinoid system (ECS), and our ECS responds to cannabinoids in a unique way, making it somewhat difficult to judge. It’s something we have to figure out for ourselves, determining our own best dosage, and it’s easy with a few tips, but we’ll talk more about that later.
One of the best ways to try figuring out what the right dose of cannabis is for you, is to start with microdosing. Microdosing is exactly what it sounds like. It’s taking very small, or micro-doses. In medicine, doctors like to determine what is called the minimum effective dose. This is the lowest amount of medicine you would have to take to see relief in symptoms. Unlike other medicines, the minimum effective dose of cannabis differs greatly for each person. By starting out with microdosing, you can slowly increase your microdoses until you find that sweet spot where you know that’s the lowest dose you need to take for relief.
As it turns out, a low dose might be all you need. For instance, there is research that has indicated how low doses of vaporized cannabis improve symptoms of neuropathic pain. Considering pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care, that makes microdosing sound well worth considering. Another benefit of microdosing is the ability to take advantage of the health benefits of a psychoactive component like THC, without the psychoactive high feeling. Some patients find this beneficial, especially when medicating during the day, because they don’t feel foggy or tired.
The difficult part is actually finding what size dose you need, and as it differs from person to person, it also differs from product to product. Edibles, tinctures, and oils are fairly easy to microdose as they usually come in standardized measured amounts. Even though a standard measured amount is usually 5-10mg, a microdose is even smaller, so you can divide your standard doses into smaller 1 to 1.5mg or less.
Microdosing cannabis flower or concentrates can a little more difficult given the depth of the inhale, and other factors, but it is manageable. You can start as slow as just taking one inhale, and increasing your dosage by one inhale at a time until you find how many inhales you need to feel relief. This goes for smoking, dabbing, or vaping, although there are some vape pens available that are made to provide a specifically measured microdose.
Now you know why you might want to start microdosing. Give it a try and see how it makes you feel. Keep track by writing what products, what doses you take and when, how long they take for the effects to kick, and how they made you feel. After trying this out for a while, you should be able to figure out the perfect microdose for you.