Microdosing is a method of using cannabis in small increments multiple times a day. For some, it works and helps them maintain their cannabis budgets. For others, since effects aren’t felt strong – they don’t see the point. There are several advantages to microdosing.
For those that use cannabis medicinally and do not have severe symptoms, microdosing may provide a better option for symptom management. Giving your body those smaller doses of cannabinoids a few times a day, at least for some cannabis patients, maintains symptom severity better. Not all cannabis users want to be high – some just want relief, and that doesn’t always require getting high.
If you have a budget each month and need to make your cannabis dollars stretch – microdosing might be something to start incorporating into your daily use schedule. Using those smaller amounts, especially if the dose or strain is higher than you’re used to may still produce effects. Sometimes purchasing a higher potency and practicing microdosing still allows you to function while making your dollar stretch a little further.
When you’re putting smaller amounts of cannabinoids in your body several times a day it’s essentially launching a constant attack on the symptoms triggering your ailments. The endocannabinoid system can’t always produce enough of its own endocannabinoids, so it accepts the outside source to support balance throughout your body.
It could occur that your body could become tolerant to the smaller doses and there may come a time when you need to increase your microdose slightly.
When you’re giving your body those smaller doses multiple times a day, the symptoms or causes of symptoms don’t really have a chance to settle back into causing trouble in your body.
For example, if you’re under an unusually high amount of stress, a microdose might be just enough to help you even out as that little amount of cannabinoids could support calm in your body well enough. Will it prevent symptoms from returning in the future? No. But you might learn that next time all you need is that small dose.
Everyone has a personal cannabis tolerance. For some, even low-THC strains are a little strong. Seasoned, heavy cannabis users might be able to smoke a whole joint of a high-THC strain and still not feel much. It also depends on the cannabinoid and terpene profile of the strain or product you’re using.
Microdosers tend to maintain a lower tolerance to THC, meaning, those lower-THC strains and products work just fine. It also comes in handy when the right strain for your personal needs is a little stronger than you’re used to. You just take a hit or two if you’re using flower, a puff or two of vape or a portion of an edible instead of consuming a larger amount.
Microdosing does have its benefits. It’s the method I prefer. Sure, feeling high is fun – but for my personal needs, it’s not necessary – my concern, as is many other cannabis patients, is simply symptom maintenance and pain management. The goal for me is to just get my symptoms to calm down so that they’re tolerable. Microdosing has also helped me keep my tolerance low so that I’m not spending much on medical cannabis. For many, this same practice works. It doesn’t work for everyone as we all have individual needs, but if you are a person that doesn’t require large doses, try microdosing. Even if you are a heavy user, trying those smaller doses a few times a day might work to your advantage and might help manage symptoms better.