Published: September 1st, 2021
Categories: How To
If you’re reading this, you likely love your herb and consume a decent amount of it. You’re either a one-joint-per-day person or you enjoy nightly bong rips in front of the TV. And once in a while, you’ll bring out the dab rig and enjoy yourself some wax.
It’s always fun to go on those long-haul flights through the ether. You open yourself up to new perspectives during those psychotropic travels. But every once in a while, all you need is a small dose; just enough to get you to a different headspace while remaining in sync with the world around you.
We’re talking about microdosing. It’s taking a puff or two from that tightly rolled spliff you carefully crafted this morning. It’s an interesting and very economical way to consume cannabis, and yes, it does have some benefits.
In this article, we’ll tell you all about microdosing and the most effective ways to do it with cannabis. Follow these tips, and you’ll always get more bang for your buck—at least when it comes to your stash.
Microdosing in the realm of cannabis involves taking THC in small amounts to make the most out of its potential benefits while avoiding its drawbacks. Over the years, researchers have looked into THC’s plausible potential to benefit the body and mind. But, not all THC users want to experience the full range of psychotropic side effects involved. As such, microdosers take small amounts to feel a subtle boost without any real “high”.
At this point in time, microdosing and its potential benefits have yet to reach the masses. And although there isn’t a scientific or clinical standard for “properly microdosing”, we can examine the practice for its general advantages. Here are some of the most notable.
It’s fun to be in a high-flying mood every once in a while. But there is a time and a place to be stoned. You wouldn’t want to move in slow motion when you’re about to give a big presentation, now, would you?
Microdosing won’t leave you in a baked, droopy-eyed mess. As we mentioned earlier, it offers the right amount of kick to give you that lighthearted flutter, without the cascade of mental cloudiness.
Let’s face it; there will be those dreary days when you don’t want to get out of bed. For many people, it’s 9am on a Monday, sitting in their cubicle, hating their lives.
But that’s nothing a microdose can’t fix. Pick out the appropriate strain, take a generous hit, and watch the world go by with a little less disdain. It’s the perfect mood enhancer to get you going.
You may have the most imaginative mind in the world, but you’re not exempt from experiencing the occasional creative rut. Writers run into writer’s block. Painters have those staring-into-a-blank-canvas moments.
One way to deal with these creative ruts is to build a healthy relationship with them. But you know what else helps? A good, short hit of your favourite strain. That should make things more interesting.
Common knowledge will tell you that cannabis provides relief from tension, even if it’s momentary. A quick Google search will lead you to studies that back this hypothesis up.
A quick hit of the right strain should provide you with the relief you’re looking for. But as we mentioned earlier, try not to take too much, as it could lead to the opposite effect.
A lack of focus can sometimes be attributed to a wandering mind. Having too much going on up in that noggin could hinder your concentration and lead you astray.
Fortunately, there are specific strains to help keep you locked in a specific task. And a small dose should be more than enough.
You’ll find multiple studies on THC’s potential to promote sleep. One from 2008, for example, looked at cannabis' plausible ability to shorten sleep latency (aka the amount of time it takes to doze off).
It can be difficult to fall asleep sometimes, especially if you’re worrying about something that’s going to happen the next day. But with a tiny touch of THC, you’ll be in dreamland in no time.
Ever had an expensive piece of steak that you ate ever so slowly to make sure you enjoyed every bite? You most definitely have. We’ve all been there.
That’s what microdosing is like. You consume just a tiny bit to enjoy your stash for longer. Keep this practice up, and you’ll notice your supply lasting for months instead of weeks (or days). That should also give your bank account a breather.
There isn’t an exact answer to this question. Some people may be good to go with one deep bong rip. For others, it could take another hit to put them in their preferred state of consciousness. In this case, tolerance is a major factor.
On the other hand, the method of consumption also plays a role. With edibles, for example, some companies recommend starting at 2.5 mg. If you’re smoking buds, experts will tell you that 10mg is more than enough.
Below are some handy tips and guidance for microdosing according to your preferred cannabis consumption method.
We lumped all three into one section because they all involve the combustion of flowers. Let’s say you rolled a fat joint last night. You can take a hit or two in the morning then save the rest for another time. The same idea can be applied to a pipe or bong.
However, you run the risk of smoking some ash and burnt weed in the next round.
Microdosing with a vape is a lot easier. There’s an off switch you can toggle the moment you’re done with your hits. If you need a little more, simply turn it back on.
And whether you’re vaping concentrates or buds, the temperature levels are much lower than with smoking. In other words, you're not burning anything, so your vape stash lasts a lot longer.
This one’s for ready-made edibles with a dosage recommendation printed on the package.
But if, say, you’re making baked goodies from scratch, it can be quite tricky. If you’re using cannabutter, you’ll need precise measurements to make sure you’re not going over the limit.
Microdosing cannabis oil is a breeze. Most products come with data sheets to guide you through and suggest how much to take.
They’re also very versatile, suiting a wide variety of preferences. You can take them orally on their own, mix them into your morning coffee, or drop them under your tongue for faster effects.
Given the benefits we mentioned, all signs point to a hard yes. Most importantly, it will help prolong your precious stash. Who doesn’t want that?
If you haven’t tried microdosing yet, now’s the time to do so. You’ll thank yourself later.