Everything You Need to Know About Microdosing THC

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While microdosing is usually associated with psychedelics, like LSD and mushrooms, people have recently been exploring microdosing THC, as well. Because weed can have such a powerful effect on both mind and body, marijuana enthusiasts are looking for new ways to enjoy their cannabis without losing out on their everyday productivity. If you want to learn more about microdosing weed, the possible benefits, and more, keep reading here!

What is Microdosing?

Microdosing is exactly what it sounds like: using very small amounts of marijuana regularly throughout the day to get mild but sustained, effects. The idea of microdosing THC is attributed to Silicon Valley tech workers who wanted to enhance their creativity on the job and avoid anxiety and mood disorders.

There isn’t enough scientific research into microdosing weed to increase creativity and minimize depression, anxiety, and more. Still, there is some anecdotal evidence that it could have a number of benefits.

What Does Microdosing THC Feel Like?

If you’re considering microdosing your cannabis, you should expect small, nearly unnoticeable effects. Instead of “high,” you should feel nothing more than a slight buzz and a mood lift. You shouldn’t be feeling distracted, paranoid, or slow – like you would with a larger dose.

Why Microdose?

There are many reasons to microdose, including higher functionality, fewer side effects, and fewer issues with tolerance.

Staying Functional

Cannabis research has reported numerous benefits to help people manage all sorts of diseases, from mental illness to Parkinson’s and seizures. Microdosing THC ensures you can remain functional when using marijuana to self-medicate. Additionally, the functional high has become very popular to help people deal with demanding work environments.

Fewer Side Effects

People also decide to microdose because using cannabis in this way has minimal side effects. Some people experience confusion, lethargy, panic attacks, and paranoia when using cannabis. With microdosing, there is a much lower risk of experiencing these issues.

Tolerance Control

While still anecdotal, people who microdose find that they don’t build up a tolerance to marijuana as quickly. When using larger doses regularly, you’re overwhelming your body’s cannabinoid receptors, so they don’t react the next time you use THC. With microdosing, these receptors never get overwhelmed and maintain their functionality.

Should You Microdose THC?

THC is much less stigmatized than it used to be, so microdosing could be for anyone interested in enjoying the benefits of cannabis for their everyday lives. Instead of using a massive dose of marijuana to couch-lock yourself on a Saturday night, you incorporate smaller doses into your entire workweek. However, before starting this type of cannabis regimen, you want to make sure you work in a marijuana-friendly workplace. We don’t recommend microdosing for anyone who works with heavy machinery.

How to Microdose THC

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There are several options for microdosing cannabis, and you may have to experiment a little to find the right one. 

  • Start with just one milligram of marijuana daily. If you’re a heavy user, there may be an adjustment period of several days to your tolerance. 
  • After a week, you should start increasing your dose milligram by milligram until you feel very mild effects. 
  • Stick with a dose for several days to be sure you need a higher one to feel the effects before moving on.
  • Once you have very mild effects, you’ve found the appropriate dose for your needs.

The best vehicles for microdosing are typically edibles, as you have a very clear measurement of how much cannabis you’re using at a time. Test out vapes, tinctures, and candy to discover which is best for you.

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