Guide to Microdosing Cannabis Concentrates, Flowers and Edibles
Microdosing is a method of dosing cannabis in a way that allows you to reap its medical benefits without getting high. Here’s how that’s possible and how to do it.
Nowadays, there are a couple of trends among medical cannabis consumers:
The other trend is a special approach to consuming cannabis, which was previously associated only with psychedelic substances—microdosing.
The premise behind microdosing is simple:
By administering very small doses of cannabis it’s possible to relieve symptoms of many conditions while avoiding the psychoactive and intoxicating effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Basics of microdosing
Microdosing is a method of consuming very low doses of cannabinoids in order to steer clear from getting “high”, anxious or paranoid.
Of course, most cannabis enthusiasts don’t consider the THC-induced high as anything negative, quite the contrary, but some medical users have a tough time adjusting to these novel sensations and microdosing is perfect for those situations.
The origin of microdosing is in psychedelics and it was a practice of administering low doses of LSD and psilocybin mushrooms to achieve maximum health benefits.
So, if we can successfully microdose psychedelics to treat depression why can’t we do the same with cannabis, and avoid the mind-altering effects of THC?
Hence, microdosing cannabis refers to taking small and precisely measured amounts, in a carefully planned schedule.
Some experts think that overloading the system with THC is not always the best approach, especially if we take into account the subjective effects of cannabis.
Consuming too much THC at one time can overwhelm the cannabinoid (CB) receptors in the body and overstimulate the receptors—this is what causes the two worst side-effects of cannabis: Short-term anxiety and paranoia. Luckily, this is only temporary and isn’t otherwise dangerous or toxic to the body.
Let’s take anxiety as the primary concern associated with too much tetrahydrocannabinol.
In smaller doses, cannabis is used for treating both anxiety and depression but when too much THC is consumed in one sitting it can promote anxiety and even cause full-blown anxiety attacks and paranoid episodes.
Microdosing provides a solution to biphasic effects of cannabis and moves it one step closer to being completely acceptable in conventional medicine.
How to microdose weed (THC)?
Achieving the perfect dose depends on several factors, including your previous experience with cannabis, tolerance to THC, and the volume of your endocannabinoid receptors.
Starting low and increasing the dose slow is imperative and this is how it’s usually done:
Our friend Dr. Dustin Sulak (who successfully treated over 18.000 cannabis patients in the US) suggests that the starting dose should be either 1 or 2 mg of THC.
From there, one would have to incrementally increase the daily dosage until the desired therapeutic effect is achieved.
For detailed instructions on how to dose cannabis (including day-by-day dosage charts for THC and CBD products) feel free to download Greencamp’s complete cannabis dosage guide, which was made with the help of Dr. Sulak.
How to microdose cannabis concentrates?
There are 10 milligrams (mg) in one milliliter (ml) of a THC concentrate, so in this case the starting dose would be one-tenth of a milliliter.
Two drops of a THC liquid extract equal to 1 mg—which should be the starting dose.
In very rare cases, it’s possible for inexperienced users with an extremely low tolerance to THC to feel a minor head buzz with this amount. In that case, try taking one drop of a THC concentrate for several days until you build up your tolerance, before increasing it to 2 drops per day.
When taking the starting dose for the first time, wait for about 30 to 60 minutes to see if you feel anything. If you don’t, that’s perfect. This means you’ve got it right.
If you start feeling anything strange in your head and body, you overdid it and you should go back to one of the previous steps and build up your tolerance first.
To reach the optimal therapeutic dose, increase the dose gradually by adding a drop to your regimen every few days.
Knowing the optimal dose is simple—Stop increasing the dosage as soon as you you start feeling psychoactive effects.
Once you start becoming intoxicated, just take one drop less next time and see if that is your optimal dose.
How to microdose cannabis flowers (with smoking and vaping)?
If you can’t find high-quality cannabis concentrates, or would simply like to microdose with cannabis flowers administered through smoking or vaping, here’s how to do it:
Take one puff and hold it in for a few seconds before exhaling. Wait for about 10 minutes to see if the dosage affected you. If not, repeat the puff procedure.
Don’t forget to be patient—To determine your optimal dose, and especially if you’re doing it for the first time, make sure you don’t draw too often and too much.
How to microdose cannabis edibles?
If you’ve got yourself a delicious edible from a local dispensary, find its THC levels somewhere on the label (or ask your budtender for more information on every product).
Split the edible into even pieces so that each piece contains 1 mg of THC.
Because the edible must be digested in order for cannabinoids to get released into the bloodstream, determining if this is the appropriate dose for you takes much longer than any other type of consumption method.
It takes about 45 to 90 minutes for edibles to go through the digestion process. So if you do not feel anything after 90 minutes or so, feel free to increase the dosage until you reach your optimal dose.
Which conditions are suitable for microdosing?
As you’re probably already aware of, cannabis is used for treating numerous different conditions, and not all of them are treated with the exact same type (or dose) of cannabis.
Because of this, some conditions are more suitable for microdosing, particularly those that require medicating throughout the day.
Stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain are most often treated by microdosing. A lot of people have also started using very small doses of cannabis to improve their sleeping and focus.
For example, low doses of THC can relieve depression, while higher doses may aggravate it.
When it comes to microdosing weed for depression and anxiety, here’s what you should do:
Choose the right strain. Avoid high-THC strains and opt for 1:1 THC to CBD strains and products.
High CBD strains are also a good idea for these conditions.
If you’re not sure how to choose a medical strain in Canada, you can always use our Strainblazer tool which helps you browse through all strains currently sold in the medical cannabis market.
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