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Microdosing with Marijuana: 3 Benefits and 5 Tips

By Maximum Yield
Published: October 7, 2019 | Last updated: April 9, 2021
Presented by Sunwest Genetics
Key Takeaways

By microdosing with cannabis, you can experience all the positive effects of THC without the unpleasant high.

A growing number of cannabis advocates are pushing for a reduction in consumption via microdosing. With the soaring popularity of cannabis consumption, let's have a look instead at 3 benefits and 5 tips of cannabis microdosing.

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What is Marijuana Microdosing?

Microdosing involves taking small amounts of cannabis to reap the benefits of THC without experiencing the psychoactive effects that can interfere with the demands of daily life.

Benefit #1: Enhances Positive Effects

Microdosing on marijuana is the ideal approach for first-time users since the likelihood of experiencing negative side-effects is significantly reduced. This is because the ingested cannabis product only contains 2.5 milligrams of THC. By starting with a low dose, you can expect to get used to the cannabis effects much better.

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Benefit #2: Best for Daytime Use

Having low doses of cannabis will result in a barely perceptible psychoactive high, while still providing relief from certain symptoms. Microdosing can be a particularly good solution for anyone suffering from anxiety.

As it turns out, low levels of cannabis can help reduce anxiety. But keep in mind that there's a fine line between too little and too much because overdoing it can have the opposite effect.

If you're a regular cannabis consumer, studies have shown that abstaining for 48-hours can improve the effects of microdosing.

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Benefit #3: Great for Pain Management

It's common knowledge that cannabis is used to treat a wide range of symptoms. However, not all medical conditions can be treated with the same dose or type of cannabis. While the frequency of use and the approach to dosing can be completely different.

There is no extensive research on the exact conditions that lend themselves to microdosing, but clinical research has found that smaller amounts of cannabis increases the therapeutic effects. In a study performed with cancer patients unable to control their pain with traditional painkillers, nabiximols, a form of THC and CBD, was found to be beneficial. Even patients who were given the lowest dose experienced a greater reduction in pain, compared to a placebo.

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Another medical benefit of microdosing marijuana comes in the form of anti-aging. In a memory loss study conducted with older mice, cannabis microdosing was found to boost memory and enhance activities.

In other words, cannabis microdosing has helped the older mice to feel young again. We still have to see how this translates to humans but there’s a possibility that a cannabis microdose could keep memory loss at bay.

Tip #1: Don't Expect to Feel Anything

The top reason why people turn to microdosing is to avoid getting noticeably high. The goal is to consume very low doses of cannabis, while still taking advantage of the benefits.

It’s highly important to practice microdosing at home before taking it to work. There are a lot of cannabis products designed to give a certain high. That’s why it’s recommended to take the proper dose and reduce it eventually.

Tip #2: Keep a Work-Life Balance

We all know that cannabis is a very powerful plant and the effects can vary from one person to another. If you’re experimenting with microdosing cannabis, then it's best to start with keeping the habit at home.

Once you find the perfect dose at home and you're confident about the dosage, then consider using it to boost productivity during the day.

Tip #3: Take It Slow

It’s always recommended to start with a low dose and get familiarized with the varying modes of ingestion. You can use smoking flowers, vaporizing oils, edibles or sublingual administration.

The smoking and vaporizing method can take effect in as little as 5 minutes and will make you feel more shifted in the mind. If you’re just starting with the vaporizing method, you can try inhaling up to a quarter-lung or half-lung capacity.

For microdosing using edibles, its best to look for products where the CBD outweighs the THC. If you don’t experience any effects immediately, wait for a little while since edibles (including sublingual) might take longer to kick in.

Tip #4: Think Before You Overshare

For some, the effects of microdosing can be immediately noticed by the people around them. Your friends, partner, and family might notice a new lightness about you when you've consumed sub-perceptual doses of cannabis.

You can choose whether to discuss it with them or not. Should you choose to talk about it, remember that not all people will have the same cannabis disposition as you, and this could be an opportunity to educate your curious friends.

Tip #5: Acknowledge Your Responsibility

It's always a good idea to talk to your doctor about microdosing. Make sure you acknowledge your responsibility by checking your schedule, and always make sure you aren’t under any major deadlines that might be compromised if you decide to microdose.

Still unsure about microdosing? Venture instead into growing your own with SunWest Genetics' best selling seeds.

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Maximum Yield Inc. is the print and online publisher behind Maximum Yield and Maximum Yield Cannabis magazines. With topics such as cannabis cultivation and consumption, hydroponics and controlled environment cultivation, as well as greenhouse, container, urban, and vertical growing, Maximum Yield is focused on teaching you how to reach your maximum yield by providing informative articles on the latest technologies and plenty of tips and tricks from grow experts.

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