In a cannabis market that seems to be obsessed with increasing the THC concentration in marijuana the idea of microdosing may seem silly. However, sometimes less is indeed more. Microdosing is a growing trend as consuming cannabis becomes more accepted. Microdosing is simply consuming small amounts of marijuana so that you can still feel perceptible sensations. Because you are not getting a regular dose, you don’t actually surpass the “high” threshold. Thus, you feel on the verge of high and you can still keep your wits about you.
Those practicing microdosing still reap the medical benefits of THC while avoiding psychoactive effects that can interfere with daily life. Michelle Ross, founder of IMPACT network, a nonprofit organization that uses empirical medical research to find new treatments for patients using cannabis, says, “Most people don’t know about microdosing. They just blast their system with cannabis or high amounts of THC, and that is not always the best approach for whatever condition they have.”
Dustin Sulak, an osteopathic physician that treats a lot of his patients with microdoses of cannabis, says, “When you raise the dose sometimes you get diminished benefits, and sometimes you get the opposite of what you are looking for.” An example of this is that a small amount of cannabis relieves anxiety, but taking too much of it can actually cause it.
The Journal of Pain
A study that was published The Journal of Pain was done on a group of cancer patients that were not responding to traditional painkillers. They were given a THC/CBD compound called Nabiximols in different doses. The study showed that the patients given a low dose of Nabiximols experienced less pain compared to those that received a high dose. Many other studies have came out with the same results. One of the reasons that lower concentrations of THC can be more beneficial than high doses is that people that are not acclimated with THC won’t feel overwhelmed by the psychoactive symptoms.
Although microdosing worked for most people, there are some patients that will need a higher dose because of the pain they are experiencing. As soon as the patient’s healing takes place then the dose can also be decreased. Eventually microdosing will just be part of patient’s maintenance plan.
THC enters the bloodstream rapidly
Microdosing are not only for patients with pain; microdosing can aid patients facing a variety of problems. Just a small amount of inhaled marijuana can help with nausea. Studies involving chemotherapy found that low doses of inhaled cannabis immediately diminished nausea. In fact it was more effective than taking a pill for nausea since THC enters the bloodstream rapidly. Also, swallowing a pill can be difficult to keep down long enough for the drug to work if the patient is experiencing vomiting.
People suffering from insomnia or those just having trouble falling asleep once in a while can benefit from microdosing. Microdosing with edibles may be the way to go for a restful sleep. Although inhaling marijuana works faster it will wear off before the night is over. Microdosing with edibles will help you sleep through the night without disrupting your sleep pattern as it may do if you consume a high dose of THC.
Little bit of THC can go a long way
Sometimes during the day you might just need a little mood lift or to de-stress. Look no further than microdosing, especially if you have a busy schedule and need to stay on top of things. Just like warm bath can soothe you, you don’t always need a full blown altered state of mind to relax or to lift your mood. A little bit of THC can go a long way to help you get through a tough day.
If you’re stuck in a creative rut or you are just not feeling inspired with your work then try microdosing with a sativa strain to help you get moving. A small hit of a sativa strain will help get the creative juices flowing without making you couch-locked so that you can actually get your goal done.
Microdosing is a wonderful way to experiment with cannabis so that you can get the benefits of THC without experiencing psychedelic side effects. Even if you are a long time user with a high tolerance you can lower your doses over a period of time to the point where microdosing works for you. Microdosing a great way to incorporate cannabis into your life without it interrupting your schedule.