You may have read about microdosing THC recently or heard about it from friends, family or even your doctor. Microdosing has been gaining popularity recently as an effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions. So what exactly is microdosing and are you a cannabis user who may benefit from giving it a try? As the name suggests, microdosing is consuming a very small quantity of cannabis, specifically THC, as a way of treating a medical condition. You don’t have to have a diagnosed medical condition to reap the benefits of cannabis microdosing as we will explore other reasons it is beneficial.
Medical Conditions that can be treated by Microdosing
Naturally you should talk to your doctor about your specific medical condition and also make sure to check if any pharmaceutical drugs you are taking may be affected by cannabis. Once you have the go ahead from your doctor, cannabis, THC, microdosing can be used to manage pain and in fact small doses may be more beneficial than larger doses of THC in terms of controlling pain from cancer according to this 2012 study. Other medical conditions that can be significantly helped with cannabis microdosing are depression, anxiety, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s Disease, just to name a few. Additionally microdosing is gaining a positive reputation as an excellent method of achieving focus and enhancing creativity as well as working wonders for insomnia.
Why Microdosing is Preferred over Higher THC Cannabis
As most people that have consumed cannabis even once or twice but especially daily users know well, side effects are a real issue for some consumers. By ingesting cannabis, specifically THC in very small quantities, any negative side effects are basically non-existent. Side effects that can potentially cause problems for medical users are dry mouth, dry eyes, even an increased appetite can be problematic for certain patients, particularly those with Crohn’s Disease. The most problematic side effect for many medical cannabis patients is surprisingly, the feeling of being high. As a recreational cannabis user, that is pretty much the whole point of consuming cannabis but for so many medical patients, the idea of feeling too high is a reason to forego even trying cannabis at all. That is why cannabis microdosing is a perfect solution for those folks, the benefits without the unwanted side effects.
How to Get Started with Microdosing
If you are a current cannabis user, recreational or medical, it is best to start microdosing fresh. This means stopping all cannabis use for at least 48 hours to give your system a chance to reset. Once you are ready, start small, that’s why it’s called microdosing after all. A good place to begin is between 1 and 2.5 milligrams. Continue with the same dosage for 3 days, paying close attention to any changes in your condition, positive or negative. You can increase the dosage after the 3 days if you feel you are not getting enough of the THC benefits, but do it in small 1 milligram increments, waiting 3 days before making any further increases. If you choose to use edibles or tinctures to microdose, getting the amount spot on is fairly easy however if you are a cannabis smoker or like to vape, it’s more of a challenge but not impossible. If you are smoking flower, go with a mid-range cannabis with about a 15% THC percentage to start. Pack a medium sized bowl and take just one hit from the bowl, not a super big bong clearing hit, just a moderate hit. Now wait about 5 minutes and see how you feel. Most likely one hit should be all you need to get the benefits of THC without the high. This way of microdosing is obviously imperfect when it comes to getting the dosage right but all microdosing, regardless of the method, takes some trial and erro to get the dose you want and need.