Why Microdosing Is Taking Over Medical Marijuana
Published on Apr 20, 2017
What is microdosing? With cannabis, microdosing is the act of ingesting the minimum effective dose bringing therapeutic treatment, but that exact dose will not be the same for everyone. Some may find a microdose of THC more effective than CBD, or perhaps a combination of the two, but the goal is to get the most from each dose without going too far. Taking too much often results in unwanted side-effects for the user. Once a consumer understands their minimal effective dose, they can take cannabis alongside their daily activities without worry. Often the biggest problem is finding products that are properly and accurately labelled to inform the user of exactly how much THC and CBD they're consuming. With the marijuana industry growing at the rate it has, surely microdosing will become more popular and specific cannabis labeling will become a standard around the country.
Welcome to marijuana 2.0. With microdosing, people are getting the maximum benefit from the minimum amount, without becoming stoned, paranoid or lethargic. Some are microdsoing to regulate their moods, boost their creativity, or enhance their workouts and yoga sessions. Susannah Grossman, 29, founder of Verdant Communications in Denver, takes several small doses through the day. "It lifts my spirits, relieves the stress and tension that build up, and allows me to approach my work with more keen interest."
Grossman moved to Colorado in 2015, where she found that with recreational use being legal in the state, "You have the luxury of trying an infinite variety of strains until you find what rings your bell. You can't do that in a non-legal state." Wherever she went, she bought grams of new strains, tested them, and tried different combinations and doses. "It took quite a while to find what works," she says. "I'm currently taking a tincture that's 5 mg of both THC and CBD. Then I'll take a puff of a certain strain three or four times a day, if I'm feeling at the end of my runway, or if I'm about to go into a meeting where I need a fresh perspective."