“Less is more.” It’s often used in everyday life, but when it comes to cannabis, it’s becoming increasingly popular and embraced by medical patients and adult-use patients alike. Microdosing is the practice of taking small amounts of cannabis for all the benefits and less of unwanted side effects — particularly the psychoactive effects as a result of THC.
If you’re new to cannabis, it can be a bit overwhelming. How much should you take? Will it be too much, or too little? How will you react to its effects? Enter microdosing — a practice to put you at ease and help you find you the perfect treatment plan for your symptoms and ailments. Just as traditional medicine affects each person differently, it’s important to be mindful that different patients will require different dosages. Our individual body chemistry can affect the way our body reacts to cannabis ingredients. No two patients are alike!
In general, its best for cannabis beginners to begin by microdosing —consuming no more than a few milligrams, then waiting two hours to see how you feel. Depending on the results, you can always increase your dosage. While not a single person has died from a “cannabis overdose,” consuming too much THC at once can leave you feeling paranoid and uncomfortable. By microdosing, you can find the right amount that not only aids in the treatment of your symptoms, but is also effective in keeping your mind and body relaxed. As a medical cannabis patient, microdosing minimizes the psychoactive effects and can help alleviate the fear of your medicine interfering with your day-to-day life.
While microdosing is most regularly practiced with edibles, it’s also beneficial with other forms of consumption, such as vaporizing, using tinctures, oils, capsules and pills. Finding the “perfect dose” isn’t simple. It will take some time, patience and practice. Since everybody’s endocannabinoid system is different, it’s important to listen to your body — not what has worked for other patients. Keeping a journal to track your symptoms, strains, dosages and experiences can be beneficial in learning what works best for you. This can help refine and improve your treatment plan.
When in doubt, just remember: start low and go slow!