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Microdosing Cannabis: The New Buzz is No Buzz

Haleigh Hoff May 15, 2020

It’s 2020, so you’ve probably heard of microdosing in regard to hallucinogens - like LSD or psilocybin - and how people have discovered that small portions, taken mindfully, can produce great health benefits and overall mood boost. With the legal cannabis market growing in more states and countries around the globe, the public has more information about the health benefits of the plant and are beginning to experiment with microdosing cannabis. 

While many folks participating in cannabis now may have only been interested in getting high, cannabis has a long history with humans using it for all kinds of benefits. Prohibition severely limits access to cannabis information and the plant itself. As the regulated cannabis market continues to develop, hundreds of cannabis products are being manufactured with more thoughtful approaches to how the plant is consumed. As more products get created with lower levels of THC the greater the opportunity for consumers to try cannabis in the form of a supplement with the focus being more on the medicinal benefits than the buzz. 

Many consumers are microdosing cannabis to treat conditions such as stress, depression, anxiety and pain, or to help improve focus and or get a better night's sleep. Others have turned to microdosing to get a light lift in spirit that helps maintain more consistent moods and a more peaceful state of mind.  

Cannabis is known to help raise mindfulness and a heightened awareness to the sense of self, and consuming it in smaller amounts can allow for a softer outlook and calmer disposition. I personally find that cannabis helps me maintain a more positive attitude throughout the day and keeps me above the stress and irritations that typically can trip me up, such as getting through a long to-do list of chores or living in the uncertain and trying times of a global pandemic.

Cannabis interacts with people differently and there isn't a one-size-fits all dose that I feel comfortable recommending if you're interested in microdosing. Each person’s response to the dose will vary and each consumer will need to experiment to see what works best. Generally, a microdose of cannabis can be measured between 1 to 10 milligrams of THC per serving. For reference, a pre-rolled joint typically measures between 30-90mg of THC and edibles can contain anywhere from 1mg - 100mg per serving. 

Microdosing is a great way for new-to-cannabis consumers to test the waters without the fear of tripping out or getting too baked. Products without THC, that are made only of Cannabidiol, or CBD, are known to have beneficial therapeutic properties that are provided without the psychoactive effects typically associated with cannabis. You can find many CBD products of all variations on blackbirdgo.com. If you are interested in trying out microdosing strictly for therapeutic reasons or maybe looking for an afternoon buzz-free pick me up, here are a few CBD products I recommend:

Finding the right dose for you will take some trial and experimentation, but a general recommendation made from Michelle Ross, founder of IMPACT network, a non-profit organization that uses empirical medical research to find new cannabis-related treatments for patients, suggests first time microdosers start with at 2.5 milligrams and maintain that level for approximately three days. From there you can increase over time if interested. Below are some products that have low-dose THC serving sizes ready for microdosing: 

I first tested out the waters of microdosing cannabis for pain relief. As someone who works on computers all day and all night, I find myself very prone to tension headaches, strained eyes and sometimes migraines, too. Everytime I felt the need to reach for an ibuprofen I’d swap out the pills for a microdose of cannabis. I started first with taking a few puffs of a joint rolled with high-CBD strains like Fire Angel by Fleur to see if that would help with my pain, and it most definitely did. Smoking a joint, no matter what the strain of cannabis inside, almost always soothes the physical tension in my body away and eases my mind, but high-CBD strains allow for more mental clarity and are good for times when you need to be productive. 

The downside to smoking a joint is that it might not always be appropriate to light one up in the morning or the middle of your work day depending on who you are and what your surroundings uphold. So for situations that smoking is difficult, I switched to tinctures and found great value in the ability to measure your dose precisely and to be able to consume it discreetly. I’ve found that a half serving (.5ml - or half a dropper) of the City Trees Blue Agave 1:1 tincture twice a day (late morning and early afternoon) keeps me in a relaxed physical state and light and positive state of mind. Plus, it’s delicious, and makes for a wonderful addition to my morning cup of joe. 

A reminder that products that contain THC will typically induce a mild psychoactive effect, even when taken in small doses. To microdose responsibly be sure to ease into it and keep track of what you’re taking. Taking too much can potentially give you the opposite effect that you are looking for; for example, if you are interested in microdosing cannabis to help reduce anxiety, too much THC can cause anxiety for those who are inexperienced. 

As the cannabis industry continues to grow we will see more people experimenting with cannabis for its health benefits, and a wider range of low-dose products will become more available. If you are exploring microdosing and want to stay calm and collected I recommend you start low and slow. Take your preferred dose and wait a couple of hours before taking another dose. This helps you learn how your body reacts to different cannabis products and their doses allowing you to tailor your experience as you become more comfortable with cannabis.

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