Less is More: A Cannabis Doctor Weighs in on The Importance of Microdosing- November 14, 2020
Telling people that you use cannabis often receives a response that connects you with the idea of ‘getting high’. It’s a common misconception among people who aren’t familiar with the other side of the coin. But, if you are a medical patient who is undergoing cannabis treatment, you can understand when I say that ‘I don’t want to get high with cannabis.’ This is why your cannabis doctor emphasizes the need to microdose. When it comes to cannabis treatment, adhering to the right dose is very important. Because as one of our trained cannabis doctors states, ‘less is more’ and I agree.
For the millions of people who use the green herb for their medical conditions, a ‘high’ is not the ultimate goal. If anything, they want to extract the therapeutic aspects without having to deal with a psychedelic state where standing straight becomes a herculean task. But here’s the truth, many medical patients still end up getting high whether they like it or not. And it’s generally a result of lack of knowledge and miscalculated doses.
So, let’s dive into the details to give you a little more insight into what I’m talking about.
Microdosing- Why is it Important?
One of the most common issues among beginners considering using medical cannabis is dosing. Cannabis may be a miracle drug today but pinpointing the exact amount that is right for a patient is still a challenge. This is where microdosing helps.
Microdosing is also known as the titration process. The idea is to find a suitable dose by following the rule of ‘going small and slowly.’ During your consultation with your cannabis doctor, he or she will recommend a dose to begin your microdosing with. Consume the amount advised by your doctor and observe the effects. The waiting time can vary according to your delivery method. For example, smoking takes less than 5 minutes while edibles can take two hours or more to kick in. Find the onset time of your delivery method and wait for cannabis to enter your system. If you start feeling the effects without feeling high, stick to the dose for future sessions. In case the effects are too mild or too strong, up your dose or reduce it in small doses, respectively, to figure out your right amount. It’s basically a hit and trial method that is essential for having better health.
Being hasty in this case can cause the uncontrollable high that most medical patients are running away from. The only option is to be smart and microdose.
But, why do you need to do it? Why is it difficult to have a specified dose for cannabis? Here’s why.
Lack of Research
The legal status of cannabis is still questionable at the federal level which makes research and studies on the herb quite difficult. It still falls under the category of Schedule 1 Drug and does not have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration as a medicine. This is why the full spectrum of effects of cannabis including the side effects from different cannabis doses are not fully known. But, what is known about cannabis is that its effects can vary based on the different individual factors. Your age, metabolism, genetics, sex, even environmental conditions and most importantly your health condition can have a lot of influence on the type of effects you may experience with a specific dose. The reports of medical cannabis users also point towards the fact that cannabis doses are different for different people. For instance, a 10 mg cannabis capsule may be therapeutic for someone suffering from chronic pain or seizures but at the same time can lead to an overdose for someone else.
So, microdosing became a more legal and easier way of preventing overdoses and retaining the therapeutic effects of cannabis.
Cannabis treatment is highly dose-dependent. Like I said earlier, all the medical patients considering or currently in an ongoing cannabis treatment are looking for therapeutic benefits. For instance, a patient suffering from chronic pain aims to find pain relief instead of getting stoned. Similarly, all the medical marijuana patients who work day jobs or have a family to look after cannot afford a couch locking high or lightheadedness. They wish to use it like medication, not a recreational drug. But, the fact that cannabis effects vary with doses (which are difficult to estimate), it becomes a problem.
The science here is that cannabis delivers biphasic effects. In simple words, a small dose will be therapeutic while a high dose may cause side effects and deliver effects that are opposite to what you may be expecting.
In a recent study, 42 healthy volunteers were divided into three groups. Group A was given a capsule of 7.5 milligrams THC, Group B was given 12.5 milligrams of THC while Group C was put on placebos. Each group had to face a stress-inducing situation. Group A experienced less stress compared to Group C and Group B found the situation very stressful compared to other groups. The study clearly proves the paradoxical nature of cannabis and further proves that microdosing is very important.
So, how do you microdose? Let’s begin the learning process.
Learning the ‘Less is More’ Mantra: Microdosing Tips From Top Cannabis Doctor
We are humans, we make mistakes. And one of these mistakes is the idea that if a small amount can help you get better, a higher amount will work twice as better. This false concept is usually applied to cannabis treatments. It’s nothing more than a very ignorant move. Because of the biphasic nature of cannabis, a higher dose will do more harm than good.
So, like every other pharmaceutical, there are a few instructions that can help you use cannabis safely and effectively. Here are a few tips and instructions by our most experienced cannabis doctor that can help you make a start with microdosing.
Ensure The Potency of The Strain or Product You Use
Microdosing will not be effective if you aren’t aware of the potency of your product. You need to know the exact amount of cannabinoids of the product you are using to be able to take a specific amount.
Cannabis products can have different potencies according to the THC and CBD content. Knowing the strain type is just as important. Each strain differs from the other in terms of their chemical composition. Being aware of the type will give you a better idea about the potency you can expect.
Buy From Verified Sources Only
There are several cannabis sellers in the market but not all of them may have a valid license. It is very important that you learn the difference between illegal and legal sources. The benefit of buying cannabis products from legal dispensaries or online stores is that they follow quality standards. You can rest assured that all products will be safe to use and of good quality. In addition to this, their products have proper labels with the THC and CBD ratios which makes them easy to microdose.
In some cases, cannabis may take time to show effects. This calls for the need to be patient. Avoid consuming more cannabis thinking it’s not working. Give it some time before taking another microdose. Sometimes, cannabis doesn’t work at all for beginners. In such a situation, you must have patience and keep increasing your dose by very small amounts.
Every medication has a list of instructions that must be followed by the patient. In the case of cannabis, these instructions include microdosing. A cannabis doctor may not be able to give you the exact amount of cannabis your medical condition will need but he or she will be able to recommend a low amount that will be safe for you to start with. Try not to overestimate and always remember that less is more. It is your way to stay safe and enjoy cannabis for a journey towards your healthy life.