Microdosing: what is it and how does it work?
Microdosing is a term that’s become quite popular in recent years but the method has been around for ages. In this article we’re going to take a look at what microdosing is, how it works, and how microdosing with cannabis works.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is taking a small amount of a medication – a literal “micro” dose. The most common type of microdosing you’ve heard of is taking baby Aspirin (or any low-dose Aspirin) as a preventative treatment for strokes and blood clots. Because Aspirin thins the blood, taking a small amount of it every day keeps the blood thinner, reducing the chances of blood clots or stroke. In comparison, a full dose of Aspirin is used to treat pain, inflammation, and fever on an as-needed basis (not to be taken every day). In its traditional full-dose form, it does this quite well. But, later on, doctors found that the low dose form has medical benefits as well.
The same can be said for medical cannabis: in it’s full dose form, patients can experience relief from pain, seizures, anxiety, and more. A “full” dose of cannabis can mean different things for different people: smoking or vaporizing a certain amount of dry flower, taking a particular amount of oil under the tongue, etc. Many patients will experience the foggy “high” feeling of the THC when taking a full dose and this can be an uncomfortable and unwanted sensation. Learn more about cannabinoids like THC here. By microdosing cannabis, many patients can achieve the relief they are looking for without the groggy THC effects.
A typical microdose of cannabis comes in several forms, but the key is to not be “stoned” or fully medicated, but instead to experience a comfortable “buzz” or medication level throughout the whole day.
To microdose, you could:
- Use a one-hitter to smoke a small amount of dry herb – try the SilverStick one hitter with a filter
- Use a vape to vape a small amount of dry herb
- Take a small dose of oil under the tongue or mixed/cooked into food (add it to your morning coffee or smoothie!)
- Use a sublingual spray like Emblem’s Atmosphere or Hydropothecary’s Elixir
- A microdose of Hydropothecary’s Decarb Powder
Because the effects of smoking and vaporizing are much shorter, many people prefer to microdose with edibles or oil under the tongue. You can learn more about dosing methods in our three part series: smoking & vaping, oils & edibles, topicals & more.
Stay tuned for the rest of Cannabis Supply Co.’s educational series on all things cannabis!
More Educational Posts:
- The Endocannabinoid System: What is it?
- Cannabinoids: THC, CBD and more!
- Cannabis Species: Medical & recreational cannabis species
- Cannabis Species: the four species of cannabis
- Dosing Methods #1: Smoking & Vaporizing
- Dosing Methods #2: Edibles & Oils
- Dosing Methods #3: Topicals & More
- Make cannabis oil with your vape!
- What are cannabinoids?