A Guide to Microdosing Cannabis
Microdosing is inhaling or ingesting a very small measured dose of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and/or CBD, the pain relieving, non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. As marijuana becomes progressively main stream, more users are interested in being able to achieve the positive effects from cannabis through vaporization or ingestion of edibles.
How Do You Do It?
The easiest way to microdose is to ingest edibles or vaporize combustions of cannabis. Back in the days of dry brownies and cookies, edibles laced with marijuana were very unpredictable in terms of potency and effects. Over the past several years, some wonderful recipes have surfaced, allowing for more controlled and flavorful methods of microdosing such as:
Cannabis infused sauces and marinades
Teas infused with cannabis
Cannabis infused oils and syrups
Savory and sweet snacks infused with canna oil or canna butter
Drinks and desserts infused with cannabis tinctures
Smoking or vaping (vaporizing):
The most popular method of microdosing is smoking or vaping (vaporizing) the cannabis. It works quickly, takes very little preparation, and vaping is very discreet. Just inhale, wait about 10 minutes and notice the effects. If you haven’t reached a sufficient level of pain relief, repeat the process until you do.
Tinctures are concentrated infusions of cannabis and grain alcohol and offer a very discreet way of medicating. They can be very potent and take some time to make, but they can be added to any drink such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, smoothies, shakes or chocolate milk. WARNING: grain alcohol tinctures will burn when placing drops under the tongue but will provide immediate results. A single dose of tincture is often only 1-2 droppers full so take care not to start with more than ¼ of a dropper at a time. Wait 15 minutes, then determine how you feel and repeat as needed.
Canna Oil, Canna Butter and Canna Capsules
Infused olive oil, coconut oil or butter provides a multitude of options with which to ingest your cannabis. With these preparations, you can make sweet and savory foods, replacing the recommended oil or butter ingredient with the infused one in half to full conversion amounts. This method is the most time consuming and takes the most work, but the result is an abundancy of infused everyday cooking ingredients.
Edibles and Vaporization in Microdosing
While the effects of edibles last much longer than those from vaporizing, there is a much lower concentration of cannabinoids released into the bloodstream through ingestion; approximately 10-20% of THC and only about 15% of the CBD. Through inhalation, 50-60% of the cannabinoids can enter directly into your bloodstream and reach your central nervous system faster.
The human body is only able to absorb a small portion of THC and CBD because neither is water-soluble so they disperse to and accumulate in the fatty tissues. This greatly reduces the amount of these two cannabinoids that actually reaches the central nervous system and affects the body’s activity levels. This percentage can also vary depending on how the dose is consumed. With edibles, the tincture passes through the digestive system and is filtered by the liver first, eliminating some of the compounds from the bloodstream. This process does not occur with vaporization.
It is also very difficult to determine accurate amounts of THC and CBD in edibles, particularly because of the length of time it takes to feel the effects. As a general rule, you should wait a minimum of 45 minutes to 2 hours before you take more to determine the full effects of the initial dose.
With vaporizing, the effects are almost immediate and can be modified appropriately for faster relief. As a general rule, 10mg of THC or CBD is a good starting point that is said to provide a medium range of relief. Larger doses will provide stronger effects and should be administered in intervals to avoid any uncomfortable effects from the cannabis.
Who Should Try It?
The age-old clichés of smoky basements and stoners who have no ambition or brain power, have been replaced by images of professionals from all walks of life practicing discreet microdosing in order to give them that creative edge, relieve chronic stress or provide much needed, clear-headed pain relief in order to function normally in their daily lives.
The American Psychological Association states that chronic stress is linked to the top six causes of death.
This means chronic stress plays a major factor in the onset of these diseases and microdosing cannabis can help to prevent their onset.
What Are the Benefits?
Medical practitioners and manufacturers are showing more and more support for the use of cannabis in treating a multitude of conditions and illnesses. History is also peppered with stories of professionals who have used microdosing in order to enhance their creativity and productivity.
Cannabis is a safe, natural and non-toxic plant that has never directly caused the death of any human being. Microdosing provides a way to take multiple, consecutive small doses in order to maintain a steady level of relief throughout the day. It has been in use all over the world for thousands of years.
Microdosing is a healthy, discreet alternative to smoking cannabis. Smaller, more controlled doses allow for continuous symptom relief without having to be ‘high’ on a continual basis. Through edibles it is possible to obtain long lasting relief from your symptoms, and through vaporization you can obtain immediate, controlled relief without interfering with your daily routines.
How Does It Feel?
Careful titration (measurement) of your microdoses allows you to achieve a more balanced and settled feeling in your body and mind, without leaving you feeling high, impaired or out of control. This is most commonly achieved in 1-3 doses.
It is recommended that you do not mix your cannabis with alcohol, as alcohol tends to impair normal brain and motor function and proper use of cannabis does not. Also, you should test the potency, including the THC/CBD ratios of your cannabis prior to infusing anything with it so you know what to expect from your final product.