Microdosing with medical marijuana: Less is more!
What’s your benchmark of cannabis consumption? I am sure it’s THC!
Well, that’s understandable. The high is the prime reason why people swear by medical marijuana. To be honest, it actually feels great while being pitched up high in the clouds.
But, not everyone is made to feel like that. Every human is programmed differently and the same reflects in his experiences. This applies to cannabis consumption too. The characteristic high you feel is because of the active compound THC. While most people enjoy that, there are some who might not digest the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
This goes by the saying “Excess of anything is bad for you”
Well, there is a solution and it’s called ‘Microdosing’.
What is microdosing?
The lowest dose of medicine which can induce an effect on the body is called a microdose. Essentially, it is below the threshold level and causes sub-perceptual effects which don’t interfere with your mood. This is a handy way to eliminate the anxiety which arises from the heavy dose of THC.
As a matter of fact, not every health issue requires a high dose of marijuana. There are disorders which require the bare minimum to work effectively.
Michelle Ross, a leading cannabis doctor and owner of IMPACT, states that a large chunk of the population is still unaware of the effects and benefits of microdosing. People mount up high doses of cannabis without realizing the fact that it can actually do more harm than good.
Well, this is true. There are people who take enhanced doses with a belief that it will benefit them more. But, the picture is pretty different. High doses can actually reduce the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
A study conducted in 2012 shows that low dose of THC is very effective in controlling the symptoms of cancer such as extreme pain. Also, it offers an effective way for the elderly, which can benefit from the low doses rather than the potent doses.
Microdose with care
If you’re planning to microdose, you should keep a note of the following:
1) Do it at home
Chilling up with a joint while watching Netflix is an ideal scene. Honestly, if you have good food, it cannot get better than that. Well, it is not the same at workplace. At home, you can test microdosing your favorite stain and see how your body reacts to it.
The risk at the workplace is that you don’t know how it will affect you. If the effect is pleasant, Bingo! If not, you’re fired!
2) Don’t aim to get too high
The key to microdosing is that it’s not intended to get you high. You should aim to take minute doses of cannabis which can bring subtle changes in your body without the intoxicating effects.
As a good measure, you should start with 1/4th of your present dosage to test its effects.
3) Choose the right microdosing product
The cannabis plant has mainly two active compounds THC and CBD. The high you get is because of THC. Cannabidiol or CBD is non-psychoactive and does not make you feel intoxicated. So, a healthy measure is to choose a product has an equal ratio of both the active compounds.
There are loads of products in the market such as tinctures and oils which are ideal for microdosing. You can experiment with multiple doses and see what works for you.
4) Consult a doctor
Although the potential danger of microdosing by self is pretty less, consulting a doctor can make you more confident. Also, the doctor is equipped with the expertise to guide you effectively. You can know the right dosage for yourself that will work to enhance your health.
Getting a medical marijuana card is a good way to access your favorite strains from the dispensaries in California.
How should you microdose?
There are various methods of microdosing you can choose.
Lighting up a joint is a quick way to get started. You can just take a puff and wait to feel the effects kick in. You can add another puff if any effect is not observed. You can test the same process with vaping and see how it works for you.
Tinctures and oils
In contrast to smoking, oils and tinctures offer better control over the dose. You can control the THC limit effectively by taking minute doses of the product.
No matter what product you choose, microdosing is definitely a welcome change. With the medicinal effects of cannabis not just limited to the consistent high, taking low doses can do more wonders than you imagine.