The term microdosing has been around for some time, becoming quite popular in parts of Canada. The most common form of microdosing is with magic mushrooms. Many people are using those microdoses in the states and Canada for a wide variety of reasons.
Now, it’s becoming more common to hear about microdosing cannabis. But, what is microdosing, and why is interest growing in this form of consumption?
The answer to that may vary depending on who you ask, but many people believe using these substances in tiny doses can help offer some type of benefit without the actual effects of the “high” these drugs produce.
Dozens of studies are taking place into how this form of consumption works, specifically with mushrooms and cannabis. The goal of these studies is to achieve widespread legalization of cannabis and magic mushrooms across the country.
These tiny doses are taken throughout the day and only for a couple of days at a time. But, when it comes to microdosing, you don’t always have to use THC cannabis. That compound is part of the cannabis plants and produces a “high” feeling when ingested.
Many of these products contain CBD or cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. Either way, the goal of using these products is not to get high. The goal is to get some type of benefit from it without altering your brain in any way.
What to Expect
Micro doses of magic mushrooms are most often found in capsule form. You can find microdose edibles, as well, and that’s becoming more common for cannabis. Some health experts are now turning to this form of cannabis consumption to help patients, although none of these products have been approved by the Canadian or American governments at this point.
Because research is scarce on the topic, no set guidelines exist for dosing amounts or frequency of using these products. It’s left up to each person to decide what works best for them, what they’re hoping to achieve, and what they want to avoid.
Most people simply start by experimenting with different amounts. If you find yourself experiencing a “high” sensation, you’re using too much.
How to Microdose Cannabis
Once you’ve decided to give microdosing a try, figure out which product you want to start using first. Vape pens are simple to use, and you can control the output and intake of products somewhat with these devices. When it comes to microdosing, smoking or using a vaporizer makes it harder to control how much you’re getting compared to microdosing edibles.
If you have a vaporizer or vape pen with a heat-control feature, it will be easier to microdose than a pen. That’s why, if you’re not a fan of vaping, you can try one of the many other options available.
Tinctures and edibles are two of the most popular forms of microdosing. The dosing is similar to vape pens because you can control how much you’re eating or ingesting and back off a bit if it’s too much.
Tinctures usually come with a dropper that allows you to measure what you want. Microdosing tinctures, whether it’s THC, CBD, or both, is simple. One drop under the tongue is considered a typical microdose.
One drop should equal between 1 and 5 mg of active THC or CBD compound. The average microdose for cannabis edibles is about 2.5 mg. If you find a tincture with a THC or CBD concentrate of 5 mg or higher, you may have a tough time controlling the amount in each dose. Some people suggest taking that amount three to five times per day for two days at a time, then taking a break. While experimenting with this process, pay close attention to how you feel throughout the day. You’ll want to focus on how you feel immediately afterward and how you feel every 30 minutes to an hour until it wears off completely.
If you aren’t familiar with tinctures or want to try a different product, you may want to start with edibles. The best plan is to buy edibles from a reputable dispensary instead of making them yourself. That allows for more precise dosing. With that said, you can still make them at home, but you’ll want to follow instructions closely, so you don’t put too much in the food.
One of the biggest problems with cannabis edibles is the lack of dosing control. It can be challenging, if not impossible, to determine how much of the active ingredients are actually in each piece or slice of whatever it is you’ve made.
If you choose to take on this task at home, start small. Don’t use more than 2.5 mg of active cannabis, or you might experience some unintended sensations.
The easiest, most convenient way to microdose marijuana is with pre-filled capsules. Those can also be made at home using a tincture. By using capsules, you always know how much THC or CBD you’re getting every time. These are measured and packaged for sale, or you can measure them at home.
To make cannabis capsules at home, you only need a few items and ingredients. Start with buying empty capsules, which you can find online. You’ll want to start with 60 empty, size 00 capsules and about 60 ml of the tincture. The most important thing to remember is if you’re microdosing weed, you need about 2.5 mg of the active compound. Use the dropper to place even amounts of tincture in the capsules, and you’re done.
These capsules keep for about six months in a cool, dry place away from light.
Microdosing cannabis edibles may soon become even more mainstream than it is today. That will depend on the studies taking place now and the future studies into any possible benefits this form of cannabis consumption may offer.
Remember, the key to microdosing is starting slow and working your way up. If you feel high, no matter which substance you’re dealing with, you should know you’ve gone too far.