The new trend of microdosing might bring nostalgic thoughts of the 60’s and hippies, magic mushrooms or LSD to mind. But, stoners, and even those who don’t partake in a good puff puff pass, may benefit from microdosing THC, too.
The new trend of microdosing might bring nostalgic thoughts of the 60’s and hippies, magic mushrooms or LSD to mind. But, stoners, and even those who don’t partake in a good puff puff pass, may benefit from microdosing THC, too. Weed microdosing is the latest trend to hit the scene and can be beneficial for beginner or veteran consumers, alike. Keep reading to learn how a little weed can go a long way, with Microdosing 101.
So…what is Microdosing?
Just like the name suggests, simply put, microdosing means taking your usual dose and making it mini. Weed microdosers consume small cannabis doses to reap the medical benefits of THC without its psychoactive effects that can sometimes interfere with daily life. Even if you’re a long-time consumer who feels they can take on the day no matter how big your morning blunt is – we’re all guilty of zoning out on Tik Tok instead of zoning in on work after a few too many hits.
That’s why the trend of microdosing weed is becoming so popular amongst a wide range of consumers and levels of experience. Microdosing has the potential to help people feel lighter, happier, and more motivated like they would during certain types of highs.
In addition to enhancing elevated motivation microdosing has another key benefit. ‘Cause let’s face it, we’ve all been there – you smoke or pop a “special” gummy hoping to relax, only to end up feeling everyone’s glaring eyes and funny looks are directed towards you all night. For those who tend to get paranoid from weed, microdosing could be a better alternative. Some research even points out that smaller doses of THC could be even more effective in combating specific symptoms like anxiety and depression than larger ones.
What are Microdosing Benefits?
Even though research about THC for medical use is still up and coming, several studies point toward the theory that microdosing weed could be a helpful practice. So far, the following studies have given us unique insight into the potential benefits of microdosing cannabis –
- Decreased stress and anxiety – Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago report that low levels of THC can reduce stress. Patients with a low dose felt less jittery before doing a public speaking task. However, those with a higher amount ended up feeling more anxious.
- Lower levels of physical pain – Another study from 2012 involved patients with advanced cancer who were unresponsive to traditional opioid painkillers were given nabiximols, a THC/CBD compound. Patients who received the lowest dosage of cannabinoids showed the most significant reduction in pain, while those receiving higher doses actually experienced more.
- Healing of depression – A study involving people with PTSD evaluated whether microdosing could be an effective treatment. Each individual was given four-milligram doses of Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid to help treat their mental health issues. The 2014 results showed major improvements in PTSD-related nightmares, insomnia, chronic pain, and general symptoms overall.
For some, a typical dose of THC is enough to boost your daily mood or lull you to sleep at night. However, if being high makes you feel anxious or less than your most productive self, microdosing could be an option to try. Whether you’re stone-cold sober or carry your weed pen everywhere you go, kinda person, almost everyone can benefit from the healing effects of microdosing cannabis. It’ll also leave some extra cash in your wallet and save you a few additional trips to the dispensary.
How to Microdose Weed
So, now that you may be thinking – this whole microdosing thing sounds pretty cool; how can you integrate it into your lifestyle? Just like smoking or consuming edibles, weed isn’t one size fits all. A microdose for you could be a mega-dose for someone else. Remember to consider your tolerance and how much THC you are used to consuming before embarking on the micro-dosing journey.
Consider taking a tolerance break to reset your mind and body before microdosing if you’re a seasoned stoner. Don’t start panicking just yet; most experts say only 48 hours should be enough time to reset the body’s endocannabinoid system. This might seem like a short time, but research shows that the receptors can bounce back within two days, even for heavy smokers. Only after this neural cleansing should you begin the process of finding the perfect micro-dose.
It’s best to start with the smallest dose possible, as the goal with micro-dosing is to use the smallest amount possible while still feeling the positive effects of THC. Start with one milligram and work your way up. Once you start to notice a difference, maintain that dosage for about three to four days. Most people will find a happy medium with a dosage between 2.5 and 10 milligrams.
Now that you know how much to take, what’s the best way to actually consume it? There are several ways to microdose cannabis, including smoking or vaping. If you choose to puff your tiny dose of THC, take one hit and wait five minutes. If you don’t feel any effects, take another hit. This method can be effective, but it also leaves room for error since it’s hard to measure how much THC you’re getting accurately. Experts say the best way to microdose weed is with tinctures, oils, or edibles. This way, you can get a more accurate idea of the dosage.
Best Edibles for Microdosing at Embarc & More
Want to start microdosing without the hassle of having to browse the local dispensary? Embarc’s got you covered. Shop our collection of micro-dose-friendly treats for a more relaxed, happy, and stress-free way of living.
If your microdose falls somewhere in the middle at 5 milligrams, The Kiva Confections chocolate espresso beans are perfect. The delicious espresso flavor will help wake you up, and its subtle effects will bring all the good vibes to your day. The pack comes with 20 chocolates, so you’ll be all set to micro-dose for a few weeks.
Want a refreshment that’ll not only quench your thirst but lower anxiety and boost your mood? Check out the Caan social tonic. The mouthwatering blood orange cardamom flavor is enhanced with 2 milligrams of THC and 4 milligrams of CBD per can. What a perfect pick-me-up! Who even needs energy drinks anymore?
Not so into the flavor-filled treats? For something a bit more subtle in taste, check out the Tablinguals stimulate tablets. Tap into your creative side with the combination of 4 milligrams THCV and 1 milligram of CBG. These tablets will take effect in just five to fifteen minutes and leave you feeling super powerful for a couple of hours after.
You know what it is, why it’s so popular, and how to do it; what are you waiting for? Microdosing could be the solution to all things anxiety, sleeplessness, and pain in your life. Head to your local Embarc or check out our online collection to get in on the microdosing magic.