The Scoop on Microdosing
“Start Low and Go Slow” is not just a slogan gaining popularity in the cannabis world these days. More and more consumers of cannabis are avoiding the psychoactive “high” the herb is known for and seeking a smaller, more controlled experience.
As cannabis legalization spreads across the country – and around the world – marijuana growers are discovering methods to increase the potency. And infused beverages, edibles, and other products can be overwhelming to the inexperienced consumer.
With microdosing, consumers receive the full benefit of cannabis without the well-known euphoria. Many users – both experienced and novice – enjoy microdosing as way to regulate moods, elevate creativity, or enhance fitness routines.
Medical Marijuana vs Prescription Drugs
Dr. Allan Frankel of GreenBridge Medical, is an internal medical doctor and one of the world’s leading authorities on dosed cannabis medicine. He applied his nearly 40 years of internal medicine knowledge to all aspects of the cannabis plant and its therapeutic. Working with patients, Dr. Frankel found that many could benefit from ultra-small doses. “A quarter of my patients are taking less than 3 mg of THC a day,” he said. He calls it the “correct dose. In all medicine, with all drugs, you look for the minimum effective dose. Period.”
More than 80 percent of the patients who come to GreenBridge Medical have never used cannabis. They look to medical cannabis as an alternative or complementary therapy to their traditional pharmaceutical treatment. Frankel is a firm believer in the “start low and go slow” mantra – especially for newcomers. GreenBridge Medical is one of many clinics who are now using medical marijuana vs prescription drugs for various conditions.
The microdosing trend is catching on in a big way among parents of young children. On an episode of the daytime talk show “The Doctors,” mothers who are taking very small doses of marijuana discuss how microdosing has changed their lives for the better. Much better.
During the program, viewers met Ozzie, a mother of two children and a business owner. She microdoses every day. According to Ozzie, who did not want to use her last name, small amounts of cannabis help her manage her anxiety. She says she considers cannabis to be part of her daily health regimen, and she compares it to someone taking St. John’s Wart.
Ozzie takes her tiny dose of cannabis after her children have left for school. The herbal medicine helps her feel more creative, motivated and has helped in the success of her business. “I’m just a generally happier person,” Ozzie says of her microdosing.
Microdosing Cannabis – For Migraines
Also appearing on the program is Alexandra, a mom who microdoses to treat migraines. Within 15 minutes of taking a small amount of cannabis, she finds that her headaches begin to clear, Alexandra says. Microdosing allows her to “medicate and still feel in control.”
Dr. Dustin Sulak says this type of treatment is “extremely safe” and non-rewarding, meaning there is not a pro-addictive effect and he says it does not send a pleasure signal to the brain. He says this approach is “like a daily supplement” and claims it works to keep healthy people healthy.
Dr. Sulak says if the cannabis is reducing stress and enhancing someone’s performance that he considers that a “marker of health.”
Here is what you need to know about microdosing:
As the THC potency of cannabis strains increases, it would stand to reason that you need less of the herb to feel the effects. In days gone by, an experienced consumer would require a full joint to feel euphoric, if not more. Today, a few should do the trick. And with improved delivery methods (vape pens, lozenges, edibles, tinctures, beverages, capsules, etc.), smoking may not be your go-to preference.
In most states that have regulated marijuana manufacturing and sales, legal edibles have required dosage limits. Typically, a standard dose is 10 mg of THC, a relatively benign amount for regular consumers.
The beauty of microdosing cannabis edibles is that you know how much THC is in the product, allowing you to enjoy the chocolate or brownie in a more controlled way.
How to Microdose Cannabis Properly
The best advice for edibles is to start slow. It typically takes 45 minutes or so for most cannabis edibles to activate your system. So be patient and allow time for the edible to work its way through your body.
If after 45 minutes, you feel the need for more, take another microdose. Listen to your body.
If you have never had a cannabis edible, or you have had negative experiences in the past, try microdosing.
And Don’t Worry
In the recorded history of man, there has been zero recorded fatal overdoses of marijuana. If you happen to take too strong of a dose, you may suffer from a racing heart or anxiety or hallucinations. But your life is not in danger. Find a comfortable place and sit down. Or take a nap.