Microdosing is becoming a popular way to ingest or smoke marijuana, and for good reason. Sometimes we need to feel the gentle caress of cannabis — not a knock-out punch.
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing is taking a low, precisely measured dose of THC, typically around 5mg or less. This can be in the form of smoking, vaping, tinctures, or edibles. Some people might microdose once a day or take several microdoses throughout the day.
The state of Washington and other authorities have defined a dose of THC as 10mg. But many are finding they need less to feel the benefits they need. Taking very low doses of THC also means you avoid becoming too stoned or paranoid to function.
Benefits of Microdosing
Basically, you may want to turn to microdosing when you desire the effects of cannabis without the psychoactive component. The low doses of THC can help take the edge off during stressful situations, while also helping to enhance mood, foster creativity, focus on tasks, and maintain productivity. It can also aid in sleep, loss of appetite, depression, and pain management.
Don’t be surprised if that girl two cubicles or yoga mats over is microdosing. Proponents of microdosing find it’s a nice complement to their daily routine, including work and fitness activities.
How to Microdose
The beauty of microdosing is that it can be tailored to each of us, since our body chemistry means our tolerance of cannabis varies. Many recommend starting with 2.5mg of THC, while Dustin Sulak, a physician and healer in Maine, suggests starting with just 1mg of THC.
Before dosing, make sure to take stock of how you feel physically and mentally (anxiety level, happiness/contentment level, ease of breathing, etc.). Do it again after 60 minutes. If you don’t feel any difference, repeat this process the next day with a slightly higher dose of THC. And so on until you notice a difference. That level is your minimum effective dosage of THC. And for many, it will be less than 10mg.
I Want to Try Microdosing. Now What?
While much of the edibles and concentrates on the market contain 10mg of THC or more in each dose, some companies are banking on the cannabis microdosing trend. New consumers who are entering the cannabis market are not necessarily looking to get high but to explore the health benefits of marijuana.
Californian regulators have also proposed rules that could require edibles to be separated in doses of 10mg of THC in a package. The Green Cross, a dispensary and maker of edibles products in San Francisco, is already preparing for this possible legislation.
Some of our favorite microdosing edibles currently on the market are:
Satori Wild Strawberries in Organic Milk Chocolate, 3mg of THC in each strawberry
Made with organic milk chocolate, wild dried strawberries, cannabis oil, confectioner’s sugar, organic strawberry powder, cocoa powder, tapioca oextrin, confectioner’s glaze
(Read our review!)
Kiva Petra Mints, 2.5mg of THC in each mint
Made with California-grown cannabis and green tea matcha
Willie Nelson’s Annie’s Infused Chocolates, 5mg of THC in each chocolate
Organic, gluten-free, vegan, 100% raw, and made with coconut palm sugar
Mellows Gourmet Marshmallows, 5 mg of THC in each marshmallow
Artisanal medical marijuana-infused marshmallows with flavors like Birthday Cake, Brown Butter Sage, Cookies+Cream, Orange Dreamsicle, Peanut Butter Pretzel, and Strawberry Shortcake. Infused with premium single-origin Red Congolese sativa.
CannAthlete Activation Spray, 1mg of THC in each spray
Made with MCT Oil, cannabis oil, and natural flavors. Allows for more precise microdosing.
Ripple Balanced 5, 5mg THC and 5mg CBD distillate in each packet
Contains calorie-free, odorless, flavor-free, water-soluble cannabinoid powder