Microdosing - What is it and Why is it Beneficial?
Updated: Jan 21
If you’re a frequent cannabis consumer, you may have experienced the unpleasant feeling of being “too high.” Tetrahydrocannabinol, most commonly referred to as THC, is the cannabinoid found in cannabis most associated with resulting in psychoactive effects. Although many cannabis consumers report enjoying the feeling of being high, consumption of too much THC can cause short term, undesirable feelings of anxiety, paranoia, lethargy, impaired motor function, and disillusion, among other effects.
The undesirable effects of becoming “too high,” can make it difficult to consume cannabis and carry on with the normal demands of a busy life. Those who avoid or limit cannabis use to prevent the feeling of psychoactivity, however, are potentially missing out on the handful of other benefits that can be associated with cannabis use, including relief from pain, inflammation, depression, stress, nausea, and symptoms experienced from more serious diseases including cancer, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. Thankfully, a consumption trend that has been around for ages but is now gaining momentum within cannabis — microdosing — allows consumers to achieve the positive effects of cannabis use while avoiding the overt psychoactive effects generally associated with it.
Microdosing is defined as consumption of a low dose of a psychoactive drug below the threshold that would create psychoactive effects, but above the threshold that would produce effects on a cellular level. With cannabis, microdosing is achieved by consuming small amounts of cannabinoids, such as THC, on a more frequent basis, which allows the consumer to maintain a modest level of these cannabinoids in the bloodstream over an extended period of time. Through use of this method, consumers can still experience the same benefits, including improved mood, sleep, appetite and reduction in pain or anxiety, without experiencing a strong or unpleasant high associated with THC. Microdosing can even boost creativity and enhance workout sessions. Since the dosage that provides these positive effects is small and gradual, the associated psychoactive effects are extremely subtle and sub-perceptual, still allowing consumers to go about their daily life without feeling impaired.
Since effects of cannabis vary from person to person, and depend on an individual’s tolerance and body type, the proper microdose of THC that will effectively benefit the individual, but not impair them, also varies. If working to establish the proper microdose, it is always recommended to start with the lowest dose possible and increase it as needed. After an individual is able to determine which low dosage works well for them, this amount can be consumed every couple of hours, as needed throughout the day, to maintain the positive effects without any of the undesired feelings.
While controlling and consuming the dosage of cannabis may have previously been more difficult, new products that support this method of consumption are emerging on the market. These products make it easier to control the dose and are available in edible, sublingual, and nasal forms.