Microdosing 101: Learn the Basics Before Consuming Weed

To clear the air, there is no ‘golden dose’ that works for all. Even when cannabis products come with their own set of guidelines and dosage chart, it may or may not work for you. In short, it’s more of a hit or miss. However, that does not mean you ‘one-up’ your cannabis dose without trying a smaller one. 

While a smaller dose might not take effect and leave you disappointed, a higher dose might leave you at the edge of your bed, rocking back and forth. It is better to avoid going through such an ordeal. How? By microdosing. 

What is Microdosing?

Consuming small doses of cannabis, preferably over an extended period of time to ensure long lasting effects, aka, microdosing. This works a lot better than consuming too much marijuana too quickly and facing the unwanted effects. These really aren’t something you want to go through. Some common side effects of overconsumption of cannabis (or THC to be precise) are as follows:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Weird cravings (including cravings for marijuana) 
  • Increased heart rate
  • Cottonmouth (fancy for dry mouth)
  • Slow reactions and coordination problems

Microdosing isn’t for users who want to experience the high that comes with marijuana. It is for those who would rather enjoy weed’s mild medical benefits while performing their daily tasks without restraint. Small and careful dosage can also help consumers lead a rather creative and productive life while enhancing their performance. 

In any case, if you end up feeling the intoxicating effects of weed, you might not be microdosing the right way. 

How to Microdose?

Your physician can evaluate your body mass, and recommend marijuana doses that might work best for you. But whether the dose hits you like a truck or like a little pebble depends on more than just that. Which is to say, that even a consultation with your MMJ doctor might not give you the answer to what’s the right dose for you. 

In such a case, microdosing proves to be the right way to evaluate your own tolerance to the weed without leading to an unintended high. 

The idea is to always start with the smallest dose you can. A gummy, a drop of tincture, 2 puffs of your joint. As you consume this amount, journal it down on a daily basis (or as often as you consume it). Along with the dose consumed, you can list the effects you felt post consumption. Here, it is crucial to remember that every mode of consumption takes its sweet time to show effects. While a joint might have you experiencing the relief within seconds, a gummy might take an hour. Which means that microdosing is about more than just small doses, it’s also about patience between doses. 

As a new consumer, you can start with a dose between 1 and 2.5 mg of THC and stick with it for the initial week. You can then increase your dose by 1mg and consume it for the next few days. If this dose doesn’t satisfy your requirements, you can continue increasing your dose by 1mg. Ensure you consume each of these doses for a few days at a stretch and only increase your dose if the effects aren’t desirable. 

This way you can slowly find your way to the right dose without experiencing the side effects of a THC high. 
After applying for an online medical card, you will get access to a wide range of potencies and variations the moment you enter a dispensary. However, you must be able to choose the right potency for the purpose of microdosing. Choosing anything too strong or potent might leave you unable to be your productive self during the day. When looking for a dose that fits perfectly into your daily routine, nothing beats microdosing. 


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