There is so much confusion about how much cannabis one should take, there seems to be many variables at play when dosing cannabis. What one dose work for one, might not work for another. The percentage of THC to CBD varies significantly in numerous strains and while you may want to reap the medicinal benefits of THC, you might want to avoid the psychoactive feeling of being high. This is where microdosing comes in.
What is Microdosing?
The term microdosing means the “administration of doses so low ("sub-therapeutic") they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular response”. Meaning you have to dose more often but it is in very small amounts. This is an effective technique especially when the THC percentage may be higher than you would like.
Microdosing doesn’t just apply to cannabis, it can apply to any type of herb, supplements, or drug of choice.
Why Should you Microdose?
There are many benefits to microdosing cannabis, one in particular, is that you can still get the same health benefits without feeling the psychoactive effects of THC.
When you are first starting out and want to make sure you don’t overdo it, microdosing is a great option for you to do.
Microdosing allows you to start off in very low quantities and build up from there and once you have built up a tolerance your body will adjust.
However, even dosing with CBD you can still have side effects so it is important to follow your body's cues and start off little by little.
How to Microdose – Determine the Best Dosage for you
As mentioned before, when you want to achieve the health effects it is best to start low and go slow. There are tons of variables when it comes to dosing, and it will be different for everyone and every type of brand you use. It can depend on what you ate that day, how your endocannabinoid system can function, and how much you weigh. Tilray, a licensed producer has a dosing guide you can check out for various health conditions.
Others use weight to determine how much cannabis you should take. For oil, typically they say you should take 1-6 mg per 10 lbs of body weight. So someone that weighs 200 pounds would want to take roughly 20 mg. This is an average dose but for microdosing you would want to take much fewer amounts.
For microdosing, taking 5-10 mg is efficient enough, they even say less. Especially if your sensitive as Tantalus Labs, a licensed producer in Canada suggest 1.5-2.5 mg at a time. But when you factor your body weight in you will have a more accurate idea. It is recommended to start with that low of a dose for 3-5 days and build yourself up from there.
The Types of Microdosing
What is suggested above discusses how to microdose but mainly for cannabis/CBD oil. As we know, there are so many other methods of using cannabis we could microdose with. We have various products available to use, such as tinctures, edibles, vaping, to name a few.
When using tinctures and oil it is easier to assess the amount of quantity and to control the dosage using a dropper. With edibles, it is too difficult to tell how much to take and the dosage is not accurate. When consuming an edible one should be extremely cautious, especially when it has a good amount of THC involved, this can cause a lot of issues for you if you take too much. Firstly for edibles you need to take in account that since it is eaten it will go through your digestive system first and can take roughly 2 hours for you to feel its full effects, as a result, many people take too much and the after effects may not be pleasant.
Vaping herb is very difficult to determine the right amount as well, your vape may hold a certain amount and it may be hard to gauge what that it is. Vape pens on the other hand are easier to detect the quantities since you can use liquid form.
So when you are considering microdosing it is probably best to start off with a tincture or oil so it is easier to measure the dosage and have control.
All in all you need to determine what works for you and how your body tolerates it, when you start off with a very small amount for a few days and work your way up, you can gauge the effectiveness of it.
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