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Microdosing — you've probably heard the word bouncing around. What exactly is it, and why has it gotten so much buzz lately?
Put simply, microdosing is when you take the smallest amount possible of something for it to have an effect. The cannabis world has given it a lot of attention lately because research shows that microdosing cannabis is more medicinally effective than taking a lot.
It turns out there's a science behind how to microdose, and we're going to break it down for you. Continue reading to learn how to get the most out of your cannabis through microdosing.
Before we jump into how to microdose, we want to tell you exactly how it may be able to help you. You might be wondering: “isn't the point of smoking or consuming an edible to get as baked as possible?”
For some people, that might be the case, but not for most. Imagine getting the medicinal benefits of THC like anxiety relief, deep relaxation, better sleep, anti-inflammation, and reduced pain without the high.
This possibility can be life-changing, because many people who need relief from these problems aren't able to get high everyday and many don’t want to.
Now you might be wondering, isn't CBD supposed to do the same thing? Yes, but CBD only activates a part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
THC activates the ECS as well, and people microdosing THC can get all of the “good” without any of the “bad”. That's especially true for people with anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness.
Remember that microdosing involves experimentation. You can use edibles with both THC and CBD, or just one or the other. Remember that only you can find what works best for you.
Get The Right Edible
“We recommend leaving out the guess-work and sticking to edibles since they can be quickly and consistently measured and last a long time.”
First and foremost, you'll need to have an edible handy that is accurately dosed. That means you'll need a professionally produced and lab-tested edible with a known THC dosage in milligrams (mg).
We recommend our THC Syrup, which comes in 150mg, 300mg, and 600mg doses. The syrup works perfectly because it's perfectly homogenous, and doses are easily measured with every 1 milliliter (ml) being exactly 5 milligrams (mg) of THC!
We don't recommend using homemade edibles because of the inconsistency of the dosage. It's difficult to know how many milligrams of THC you're consuming because not all parts of the edible will have the same concentration.
Can I use a vaporizer or just roll a joint? The answer to that is — probably not. The problem with vaporizing or smoking is that it's too difficult to take only a little.
How would you be able to gauge a small amount? One puff, or half a puff? On top of that, each type of cannabis you use could be stronger or weaker and they all have different terpene profiles.
We recommend leaving out the guess-work and sticking to edibles since they can be quickly and consistently measured and last for a long duration.
Take It Slow and Be Consistent
“Now that you're ready, you'll need to start small, really small. We recommend beginning with a 1mg to 2.5mg dose of the THC syrup.”
Remember that this will be a journey and not something that can be done in one evening. To keep track of everything, we recommend having a microdosing journal to write down your progress and note how you feel.
Now that you're ready, you'll need to start small. Really small. We recommend beginning with a 1mg to 2.5mg dose of the THC syrup, which is easy to measure out with an oral milliliter syringe. Everyone is different, and some people may need more or less.
However, you need to start low and work your way up to the most effective amount. Remember, the point is to find the lowest amount that will have an effect.
Edibles take a little while to kick in, so you'll have to wait at least 8 hours between each dosage to test. If you take a small amount and don't feel anything in that 8 hour window, then have a little more next time.
Remember to write down in your journal your current dosage and pay attention to how you feel. Especially take note of your breathing, how relaxed your body feels, and what kind of mood you're in.
If you accidentally go overboard and take enough to feel the psychoactive effects, don't worry, you can try the next day again. Just remember to go up in small increments and don't get too impatient.
Once you feel even the slightest effect from a dosage, you'll need to stop and write down your ideal dose. Once you have your magic number, you'll know how much to take every day.
You can take your ideal dosage spaced out as much as you need throughout the day if you feel the effects wearing off.
Reap the Benefits of Microdosing
To take advantage of all the fantastic benefits of microdosing, you'll need to keep using your microdosing journal. As silly as it seems, it will help you stay on track for your microdosing journey.
Remember that microdosing works overtime and that the effects are subtle. Many of us are used to expecting a powerful high and long-lasting impact, but this time there’s no loud warning signal.
Don't expect microdosing to work in just a few short days. You'll know it's working when relaxing and falling asleep each night becomes more natural, or you wake up with more motivation than the day before and an elevated mood.
Now, you might be wondering about tolerance because eventually, your system will become accustomed to the THC. However, this is the beauty of microdosing because you probably won't need to increase your dosage by very much.
You should still be getting the same therapeutic benefits without feeling any psychoactive effect at all with a minimal shift. If it seems like the effects are lessening, you can increase your dose until you find the sweet spot again.
Once you start microdosing, you'll come to understand that less is actually more.
Now that you know how to microdose, learn more about the process of creating a microdose here.