How to Micro-Dose Weed for a Super-Effective, Subtle High
Even though glossy magazines and health influencers have embraced marijuana (primarily CBD) as their new superfood snake oil, the taboo that still surrounds the people who take part is just as powerful as artisanal dumbass.
The popular perception of cannabis use hasn’t changed in the seven years I’ve written about it – many automatically give up, immediately thinking of large joints, bongos or cakes filled to the brim with as much intoxicating THC as possible. But while this is just a professional observation, I think that these taboos contribute to the overuse of cannabis more than safe free access.
As with any intoxicating substance, there will always be those abusing, but large doses of cannabis are a vital medicine for many people. Even if you’ve had a bad experience, demonizing it is bad for people who are already dealing with health, so please don’t.
On the other hand, microdosing was a new concept a few years ago, but has now become a staple in the legal cannabis markets, offering an alternative way to harness the virtues of a good substance without becoming overly potent.
Let’s take a look at the intricacies of consuming small amounts of cannabis and why you might want to do it.
What is considered a micro dose?
The microdose for you depends entirely on your body and can vary depending on your consumption habits, what you eat, and your caffeine and alcohol consumption. For some, the microdose is as little as ½ milligram of THC, while for others the pediatric dose is about 5 mg.
This is sometimes difficult to accomplish – most legal foods contain 10mg per piece, and the maximum THC is 100mg per pack. If each piece is not large enough to cut into another 10 pieces, which is often not the case, there is no good way to reliably micro-dose such a product.
Shift gears and look at joints, which often take 100 mg each. Too many factors affect how they burn, making smoking another poor quality way to get microdoses. (But don’t let that stop you, contingencies “just” have been successful with their methodology for years.)
Cannabis drinks and tinctures are the most measurable microdosing method besides products specifically designed to deliver small doses. It is very easy to calculate how much liquid to consume based on the total amount of cannabinoids on the label, and using pipettes, droppers and bar tools is much easier than weighing and cutting the product accurately. The formula is very simple: divide the stated cannabinoid content by the total, i.e. A 100 mg tincture in a 30 ml bottle will have about 3.3 mg cannabinoids per ml pipette.
Reasons to try microdosing cannabis
In addition to simply wanting to limit your drunkenness in a given situation, there are many reasons for microdosing. Research has expanded over the past decade, but the cannabis community itself remains the main source of information.
One recent study, albeit promising for dispensers seeking help, shows players paying for these experiments trying to patent patented technologies to gain an edge in cannabis and pharmaceuticals. In the European Journal of Pain, researchers at Syqe Medical theorize that their precision microdosing device “is the first time that the delivery of selective, substantially small and precise therapeutic single doses of inhaled THC has been shown to have analgesic effects.” TL; DR: Their microdosing inhaler eased pain in test subjects, some of whom had little or no experience with cannabis use.
People with anxiety are also addicted to microdosing. In a 2020 report in the Journal of Translational Medicine , the researchers noted in their conclusion that “based on current evidence, cannabinoid therapy (containing mainly CBD) may provide a more appropriate treatment for people with pre-existing anxiety or as a potential Adjunctive role in managing anxiety or stress-related disorders. “
These studies have hinted, but not proven, that when it comes to managing anxiety and pain, low doses may be the best choice, especially if you dislike the “side effects” of cannabis that recreational users actively crave – “high doses.” ” myself.
You can inject microdoses of other cannabinoids
Don’t let your disgust for THC give up cannabis altogether. While people advertise hemp or delta 8 or other “alternative” cannabis products, weed flowers are weed flowers, be they high in THC, CBD, or any of dozens of other cannabinoids. CBD is the subject of a lot of research as it is psychoactive and non- intoxicating, making it a safe choice for newbies looking to experiment with dosing.
Other cannabinoids such as CBG, or cannabigerol, and CBN, known as cannabinol, are also suitable. While CBD and THC are less studied, enthusiasts claim both help with overall health, and CBN is becoming an increasingly common sleep aid.
What foods to try when starting microdosing
While microdosing used to be a DIY business, in many states you can access specially formulated products that give you not only milligram precision, but consistency that is difficult for a beginner to achieve at home.
Lately I’ve been eyeing the Rose Los Angeles singles, tiny versions of their much-coveted 5mg Delights, a vegan confection made with rare fruits and rosin (a variety of cannabis concentrate) from unique cannabis strains.
If you are looking for other cannabinoids and the wisdom of complementary herbs, Xula, owned by Black and Latinx, is the line of tinctures you are looking for. Mood-based formulas combine blends of cannabinoids with herbs to provide a more holistic approach, and their Zzz! The tincture combines CBD and CBN with passionflower, hops and anise.
One of my favorite micronutrients has to be ALT, an individually dosed vial of 5 mg THC. The bottle has markings that allow you to reduce the size to half or even a quarter of a milligram. Since it is a fully emulsified liquid, it can be easily added to many foods or drinks.
If you’ve ever hated marijuana or just started researching, microdosing is an enjoyable experience. Keeping records of doses and responses is key to fine-tuning your experience. You can exclude higher doses when the effects are too strong, note when the effects of a lower dose are too small, and graph your reactions to new foods. If you approach cannabis with healthy curiosity and patience, there is the perfect cannabinoid and strength cocktail for everyone.