You may have heard of the phrase: the more the merrier; but in the case of taking medical marijuana, sometimes, less is better. This is how microdosing weed works. Microdosing is not a new technique but it’s only recently that it has become very popular among users who consume marijuana for its therapeutic qualities. If you’re interested in microdosing on weed to help you with a medical condition, read on for the best information.
What Microdosing Weed is All About?
Microdosing is simply using as little as possible of any kind of drug, compound or medicine, to achieve ad desired medical effect. The most obvious thing you may think about microdosing is that it saves you money. Yes, it can save you money AND when microdosing is practiced properly you can enjoy the advantages of potent weed and reducing its psychoactive effects.
With microdosing, you can enjoy weed and be free from common side effects so you can work and play even while you’re high.
How Much Do You Need to Use?
The amount of weed you can use while microdosing depends from one person to another. It may depend on your tolerance, your physiology, and your physical condition. A strain that works well for you may not be very effective for another person.
From an osteopathic doctor’s point of view, microdosing goals are to use the dose that will provide the “most minimal noticeable effect.” From the cannabis website Leafly, the ideal starting point for microdosing is from 1 to 2.5 mg of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and to stick with this dose for three days, at least.
Once the initial three days are over, stick with the same dose for another four days. If you feel relief for your condition/conditions, stick to this dose. There’s no need to take a higher dose. Patients who have a high cannabis tolerance should fast from weed for two days before starting on microdosing.
Will Microdosing Work for All Users?
There are so many different cannabis products that you can use for microdosing. If you selected smoking or vaping medical cannabis then you may find it hard to keep a consistent dose. What you can do is to take only one puff and wait until you get the best effects however, you don’t know how many cannabinoids you are using. And thus, microdosing while smoking or vaping is not advisable.
Instead, you can also use other cannabis products like oils, edibles, and tinctures to use a specific dose. With these products, you can easily control your dose. And when you’re shopping for these products from a local dispensary, look for those that are dosed properly so that microdosing will be easier to follow. Consider a tincture with 5 mg of THC for every ml, it’s easy to set the smallest dose plus it’s easy to move up or move down depending on your effects.
Is Microdosing for All Medical Conditions?
Higher doses of cannabis can lead to problems with anxiety and concentration. This is why people with anxiety, depression, and pain can benefit a lot from microdosing. Although there is not enough research about microdosing and its effects on anxiety, many patients are coming out saying that they have had great success in their treatment.
A study involving cancer patients who were not getting results with traditional treatment for pain, a cannabis-based drug known as Nabiximols was given. The drug was provided in low, medium, and high amounts. In patients who received the lowest dose of Nabiximols, there was a huge reduction of pain. Meanwhile, those who received average to high doses of the drugs reported that their pain became worse.
Another research on patients that were suffering from PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder revealed that a lower dose of Nabilone or synthetic cannabis was able to treat PTSD symptoms. The low dose also helped patients who suffered from sleeplessness, nightmares, insomnia, and pain.
THC vs CBD Microdosing
Most of the information we have rests on microdosing with THC but what about CBD? Studies show that microdosing on CBD can help patients with conditions like epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, MS, and irritable bowel disorder or IBS.
Experts recommend a ratio of 1:1 for THC and CBD starting with only 1 mg THC and CBD if you want to microdose on both cannabinoids simultaneously. Increase by 1 mg for THC and CBD after a few days. Continue with this dose until you feel that your symptoms have subsided. Follow this method and you’ll be able to use cannabis in the lowest effective amounts that can relieve your condition. Also, you can reduce any side effects at this minimal dose.
The Best Strains to Use When Microdosing
There are thousands of cannabis strains available but only a few will work best if you’re microdosing. Consider these five amazing strains:
This is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain that has a long-lasting uplifting and anxiety-relieving effects. This hybrid also gives you a mild physical high making it ideal for depression, pain, and stress.
With 75/25 sativa/indica content, it comes with high CBD. It has powerful sativa qualities and can reduce stress, pain, and inflammation. Harlequin is naturally-therapeutic and can give you mild relaxation and euphoria.
3. Jack Herer
This sativa-dominant strain is very therapeutic and offers a clear, creative, and relaxing high. You’ll love its balanced cerebral and physical high which is one of the reasons it’s used for depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
This is a pure sativa that will give you an uplifting and euphoric high. It is sweet and very effective in regulating your mood, reducing stress and depression, and can help you focus and treat all kinds of pain.
This is a sativa-dominant strain with high THC giving you a complete mind and body high. It is very effective in the treatment of migraines, muscle pains, and joint pain.
Microdosing weed has many amazing effects. It can help you dose up on medical cannabis, deal with your condition, and avoid any unwanted side effects. You can use this technique to dose up on recreational and medicinal weed as well.