Microdosing Weed: The Benefits and Optimal Dosage

Perhaps you are unaware of this interesting function of the human body called the endocannabinoid system. And don’t worry, you are not the only one. A lot of people have been in the dark about it until recently. Why now is it getting so much attention? Well, the answer is in the grammatical make-up of the word “endocannabinoid.” It’s the cannabis.

More specifically, it is the rise in popularity of cannabis, the cannabis plant and the uses of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat a metric ton of ailments. Prior to this, people would score themselves some weed with the intention to get high and feel more relaxed. But now, medical marijuana that has a higher dose of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD, combine to be a hugely popular treatment option for every condition you can think.

The trick though has been to find out the sweet spot so to speak when it comes to taking in the right amount. And that’s where microdosing weed comes to the table. Here is a little bit more background on this, in case you are looking to ease your symptoms through the medium of cannabis.

What is Microdosing Weed?

Are you ready for this? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are two drugs on the market that contain the psychoactive component of cannabis called THC. They are mainly prescribed to cancer patients to aid nausea and people with AIDS as appetite stimulators. What does this have to do with microdosing weed?

Well, it shows that there is definitely a “buzz” going on in the world of medical marijuana and weed is quickly becoming the next big thing in the world of self-treatment. Microdosing, in particular, is a form of ingestion where you take enough product with THC in it to remedy your situation, without going overboard. In other words, without getting stoned or high.

The root word “micro” means in small amounts. If you are a regular gym goer or read a lot of fitness magazines that give you workouts to do, you might be familiar with the term “microcycle.” This is a period of time that lasts 2 to 4 weeks where you do a specified training protocol. It is short and sweet and gets your body prepped for growth and progress.

Now take that same theory and apply it to weed. Instead of woofing down six joints a day, you only take in a small amount. This is what’s considered a microdose. And people who do microdosing will have it anywhere from one to several times a day. That’s dependent on the THC content, their tolerance levels and what they’re looking to achieve.

Why Would you Microdose Weed?

The main reason why you would want to microdose is to avoid some of the complications and effects related to taking in a high amount of THC. For example, anxiety is a common side effect of smoking a lot of weed. You may know this more commonly as paranoia.

Regardless of what you call it, it is definitely a thing and it can lead to problems down the road. Plus, if you are constantly smoking high amounts of cannabis, there is no doubt that your lungs will pay a dear price. By microdosing weed, you will not subject yourself to these unwanted and unnecessary outcomes.

The Benefits of Microdosing Weed

Dealing with a physical problem can not only be taxing on your body but also your mind. Ironically, cannabis is a mind-altering drug, especially when it carries a high THC content. But in this case, the problem is also the solution.

In opposition to the high dose of weed, taking the microdose path can bring you quite a bit of benefit. Both inside and out, and in mind and body. These are some of which you can expect to see.

Helps with Pain Management

It’s probably safe to say that pain management is THE number one reason people resort to microdosing. In fact, those who have been using cannabis products way before all the hype came out, are well aware of this. A lot of times, it was by default and after they’re arms and legs went numb when they smoked a fatty in the middle of the afternoon.

But in all seriousness, THC is a godsend in the world of pain management. It puts the body at complete ease and desensitizes pain receptors. You then end up feeling better physically and mentally.

Helps with PTSD

In case you are in the dark, PTSD stands for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This is a common condition that affects people who witnessed tragic occurrences or were face-to-face with death and survived. A lot of war veterans, for example, experience this and the effects can be quite severe.

Feelings of rage, alienation, guilt and extreme anxiety can all be seen. Microdosing weed can take the edge off in these situations and help the sufferer become more relaxed.

Helps with Insomnia

Microdosing Weed

There is a better than average chance that you have suffered from insomnia at least one point in your life. According to the Mayo Clinic, this condition is often caused by stress, a sporadic work schedule, bad sleep habits or late-night eating.

Any way you slice it, it can make your daily life difficult. And this is where microdosing can come to the rescue. If you happen to feel the effects of insomnia for a series of months or longer, you might want to consider doing a run of weed. It has been known to help you fall and stay asleep when taken in small amounts in the evening.

Who can Benefit from Microdosing Weed?

Refer to the benefits of microdosing from above, and you can pretty much answer this question in a split second. If you suffer from any of the said effects that THC can help with, then you are a good candidate for microdosing. But, there are a few things that were not mentioned.

Microdosing weed can also help with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, inflammation, and anxiety. And yes, anxiety is actually a side effect of taking too much THC. But remember, this is microdosing. It’s a low amount.

How to Microdose Weed

First things first, too much of a good thing can often equal a bad thing, and cannabis is no different. If you abuse the antidote and take too much, you will suffer ill effects. You are much better off taking only that which your body needs for the desired effect and calling it good.

This may mean you take one dose a day, or maybe up to three. It really boils down to how your body tolerates THC and where you are in your weed journey from the past. For example, if you never had it in your life, you are going to be way more sensitive to its effects. Take this into consideration when moving forward.

The Best way to Microdose Marijuana

Everything in life is safe or dangerous. And in a similar fashion, there is a right way and wrong way to do things. The BEST way to microdose marijuana for you will differ from your friend Charlie at the office. That’s because no two people are exactly the same and no two people react to things the same way either.

So to put this into perspective, the best way to microdose marijuana is to always start small and grow tall. Simply put, instead of taking a huge amount right from the get-go, take a test sample. This can be as easy as taking one drag from a joint, see how you feel and base your dose off of that.

If you notice pain relief, a feeling of relaxation, your joints don’t hurt as much and your mind is more clear, then you’ve hit the mark. However, if you feel nothing or not quite what you want, then you need to up the intake. Also, experiment with frequency. You may need to take a dose every few hours to maintain the positive benefits.

Be advised though, that the goal is to feel the positive effects without a major change in your mind. In other words, you want to hit the right spot without getting stoned out of your mind. Then you are defeating the purpose of microdosing.

What is the Optimal Dosage for Microdosing Weed?

To bottom line it, you want to stay below 10 mg of THC in any one sitting. When you get to this level, you’re flirting with being high, and that defeats the purpose of microdosing. That being the case, the sweet spot is more in the 2 to 3 mg range.

Bringing it to Fruition

At the end of the day, there is a lot of trial and error involved with microdosing. Just know that it can take you a few days or even weeks to find your groove and achieve the right dosing strategy. But once you get there, you will be set. Also, remember to follow and obey all the laws of cannabis and THC in your state. They all differ in this aspect and you are better to be safe than sorry.

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Kevin Rail
 

Kevin is an internationally known and sought after fitness coach and freelance writer He has been featured in the documentary films, “Fasting” and “The Motivation Factor” by Doug Orchard Films. Kevin specializes in functional training, core training, three-dimensional movement, motivation, and Restorative Arts. He has a B.S. in Sport Management/Fitness & Wellness from the California University of Pennsylvania, is certified through ACSM, AFM, NASM, and ACE, and has written well over 2,000 articles pertaining to health, wellness, and CBD.