Microdosing Cannabis: A Beginner’s Safety Guide 

Microdosing is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. But what is microdosing and how do you start if you’re a beginner? We’re answering these questions and more in this cannabis microdosing guide. We’ll explain what microdosing is, why people do it, and how to start, then share some recommendations for easy-to-use microdosing products for beginners. 

What is Cannabis Microdosing? 

Microdosing is the act of consuming small amounts of cannabis. The idea behind microdosing is that consuming tiny amounts of marijuana can give you the benefits of cannabis while reducing the risk of unwanted side effects. Some people take microdoses of cannabis as needed or desired, while others consume a daily dose like a supplement. 

What Counts as a Microdose?

Anything below 10 mg of THC can be considered a microdose, but microdose products typically range from 1 mg to 5 mg of THC per dose. 

What’s the Point of Microdosing? 

The point of microdosing is to get the beneficial effects of cannabis without experiencing other effects. People may want to avoid feeling strong psychoactive effects or the adverse side effects associated with potent doses of marijuana, such as dry mouth or fatigue. 

Microdosing is also a great option for beginner consumers who are new to cannabis. Microdosing offers an excellent entrypoint into using marijuana, as it allows you to easily experiment and find your ideal dose. 

What Are the Benefits of Microdosing? 

Some research has shown that lower doses of THC may have more benefits when used in lower doses. A 2017 study on the effects of marijuana on mental health found that while THC causes anxiety in high-dose conditions, it decreases anxiety at low-dose conditions. A 2012 study found that cancer patients in clinical settings who took the lowest doses of nabiximols, a THC/CBD compound, had less pain than those who took higher doses. A 2014 study found that low doses of Nabilone, a synthetic form of the active compounds in cannabis, reduced symptoms of PTSD, including insomnia, nightmares, and chronic pain. 

Who Uses Low-Dose Cannabis Products? 

People microdose for a variety of reasons, so a wide variety of people use low dose cannabis products. We’ve already mentioned that microdosing is popular with beginner cannabis consumers. Then, it’s also popular with medical marijuana patients and a range of more experienced recreational consumers. 

Microdosing is common among cannabis patients who use marijuana for medical benefits like pain relief. Consuming small doses of cannabis allows patients to get relief for their condition, while also allowing them to go about their day without experiencing psychoactive or negative effects. 

Experienced cannabis consumers sometimes use microdosing as a way to get the benefits of cannabis more regularly or as a way to reset their tolerance. Over time, the body can develop a tolerance to the cannabinoids in cannabis, but microdosing can help heavy smokers reset their system. 

It’s worth noting that microdosing has been a very popular trend among workers in certain industries, including creative industries and tech workers in the Silicon Valley community. Some workers consider microdoses of various psychoactive and psychedelic substances to be a tool for productivity, creativity, and general cognitive enhancement. In those communities, it’s popular to microdose with both magic mushrooms and cannabis. 

How Do You Microdose Cannabis?

The easiest way to microdose cannabis is by using low-dose cannabis edibles. Microdosing with other methods requires investing in a high quality scale and still having to rely on guesswork. But pre-packaged edible products from a dispensary allow you to easily take the exact mg dose you desire. 

How Do You Find Your Optimal Dose? 

When you first start microdosing, it’s best to start low and go slow. Anything under the standard dose of THC (10 mg) is considered microdosing, but beginners should usually start much lower than that. A general rule of thumb is to start by taking 2.5 milligrams a day for three days. Then, if you don’t feel your desired effect, go up a couple of milligrams for the next few days. Repeat as needed until you find your ideal normal dose. 

Microdosing Products For Beginners 

With precisely 2.5 mg of THC in each mint, these refreshing mints are perfect for microdosing beginners. 

These low-dose gummies feature indica-like terpenes for a relaxing effect. 

For those who want to microdose without having a snack, these THC soft gels are an ideal choice. 

Break off a piece of this delicious milk chocolate bar for a customized THC microdose. 

Final Thoughts 

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April 23, 2023

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