Microdosing has been trending in the medical cannabis industry, and for good reason. This practice has many benefits. Some physicians even suggest microdosing, especially to new medical cannabis patients, as a better way to maintain control of your health conditions. Some cannabis users are able to gauge specific times to use their medicine once a microdosing regimen is fine-tuned. This guide will help you see the benefits and we’ll also give you a few suggestions to get started on your microdosing regimen.
Better Control of Symptoms
A big dose of cannabis, whether it is CBD or THC, helps for sudden onset of symptoms or near immediate relief of severe symptoms such as sudden pain, an unexpected anxiety attack or even a seizure without warning signs being present. That larger dose, however, may make you too medicated and leaves your head in the clouds if you are using a THC product. Smaller doses multiple times a day help you to manage your symptoms better with fewer flare-ups.
When you are able to time your doses to specific times of the day, and use smaller amounts, your flare-ups or sudden onsets of symptoms lessen. In some cases, you may not experience any “attacks” of pain, anxiety, nausea or dozens of other symptoms.
No Sudden Return of Symptoms
When you take larger doses of CBD or THC, not in edible form, you may experience a crash or sudden return of symptoms. It is harder to gauge how long a larger dose of THC and CBD will last as everyone’s metabolism is different. Those with a higher metabolism are likely to experience the benefits of cannabis for a shorter time than those with slower metabolisms.
The sudden return of symptoms can be debilitating for those with serious health conditions such as epilepsy, cancer, severe pain and other chronic disorders.
Helps you Identify your Ideal Dose
Everyone has an ideal dose, and it is very much individualized. It takes a little bit of trial and error to find your ideal dose. Always start small and add to your minimum dose slowly to determine where your ideal comfort level is. Consider keeping a journal of your doses so that you can track which doses help you the most for specific conditions.
Your ideal dose changes as your tolerance to cannabis increases. This happens over time and women are more likely to build up higher tolerances quicker than men. Staying at minimal doses helps prevent your tolerance from getting too high where you are going through your medicine too fast.
Little Worry about Overmedicating
When you microdose, especially with THC, you don’t have to worry about over-medicating and not being able to function. You can have too much CBD where it can make you too energetic, which can bring on anxiety, or too sleepy where you need to take a nap. The idea of microdosing is to help you maintain control of your health conditions without having your head in the clouds all day.
Your endocannabinoid system may not need large amounts of cannabinoids to regulate itself, so the larger doses may be wasted. It may also overload your endocannabinoid system if you are introducing larger amounts of CBD or THC too often. Smaller doses gives it just what it needs when it needs it to help send the right signals throughout your body to help regulate your symptoms.
Overmedicating may make the effects you feel from THC products too strong. It may also negatively affect your body and leave you overstimulated. Given that CBD and THC products all vary in potency, you may need more of a product or strain than others, and that is okay as long as you are not overmedicating.
Suggestions for Microdosing THC and CBD
In terms of THC, many industry experts consider a single dose to be 10mg of THC. If you are using dry flower, this minimal single dose is the equivalent of 2 – 3 hits from a pipe, joint or bong. In terms of vape, it is likely to be 3 to 5 hits, depending on how large your pulls are. If you use oil, it is measured via syringe. Consider a 10mg dose every couple of hours to help manage your symptoms.
Where CBD is concerned, it’s a little different. There is no maximum dose that is too much, but for the most severe conditions, up to 250mg of CBD may be required. You can break this down into as many smaller doses throughout the day as you need to. Try starting with a 25mg dose at a time. This should help you achieve relief for up to 3 hours for moderate symptoms and up to 4 hours for mild symptoms.
If you use edibles or capsules, they require digestion and are likely to last a little longer than inhaled forms of CBD and THC. Edibles come in varying strengths with most being meant for multiple servings. Try the manufacturer’s suggested serving first. Give it an hour to start working and see how long it works for your specific condition. For some, it may only provide relief for 2 – 3 hours whereas for others, the single suggested dose may provide relief all day long.
Now, what many people make the mistake of doing is using an edible and then using an inhaled form of cannabis containing THC, then the effects of both are present as the edible starts taking effect. This often leaves you over-medicated and in a state of panic. To reverse this, consider using CBD vape. CBD helps reverse some of the effects of THC so that it will be tolerable.
Keep a log of your doses. Write down the time and how much of each product/type of cannabis or hemp product used. Then, write down how long that dose provided relief for you. Do this for a week to see how many doses and what size doses you’re taking. This helps you create your microdosing regimen to perfectly time your doses and dose sizes for optimal relief all day and night to continue living life on your terms and not letting your health condition control it.
If you’d like to try microdosing but don’t know where to start, start with minimal doses and slowly increase. Once you feel comfortable but not over-medicated, you have reached your ideal minimal dose. One of the benefits of cannabis is that you can adjust your dose as needed. This is important because not all health conditions have the same severity of symptoms every day, daily needs can change frequently. Enjoy your microdosing journey.