Benefits of Microdosing Edibles
Let us first start by explaining what Microdosing is. It's a technique that involves taking minimal amounts of cannabis on a disciplined regular schedule. The point of this activity is to find your body’s THC sweet spot. One can do this by only taking just enough THC to barely perceive the effects on your mind and body without getting too altered. Why would someone want to do this? If you are a newbie and want to get familiar with cannabinoids and or terpenes, this could be a preferred method for you. Microdosing helps people get the light, therapeutic effects of cannabis without achieving a heavy, uncomfortable high and feel more comfortable with the plant itself. The art of microdosing requires patience and mindfulness.
Finding your Minimum Effective Dose MED
Microdosing is the use of as little of a given compound as possible to achieve your desired effect. In this sphere of medicine, The MED [minimum effective dose] is something patients, and health care providers need more understanding of.
Cannabis is biphasic, so you have these wonderful anti-inflammatories, relaxing properties with little to no side effects in small amounts. In large amounts, there is the possibility of unwanted side effects of being too altered.
Many people who try edibles for the first time become overwhelmed by the experience. Everyone has different tolerance levels; a 10 mg piece of chocolate will affect one person differently. Microdosing with 2.5-milligram products allows the consumer to ingest the initial THC and then gradually eat more the following day until they find their preferred comfort level.
Most people who are interested in microdosing cannabis typically start with about 2.5mg. Others have described starting with even smaller amounts, as little as 1mg
One can start with various mints or chocolates with THC concentrations starting at 2.5 milligrams that are suitable for microdosing. Yet, it can take over an hour to feel the effects of some edibles. I suggest waiting a day and trying more the following day. The reason is that some edibles, if taken properly, like a tincture, can be held under the tongue. That hit the bloodstream right away, while others are digested in the stomach and can take hours to feel the effects of a person's digestive system. So if you choose to microdose chart the amount and wait for results, try it again with a larger amount 24 hours later.
Edibles that allow users to control the dosage more accurately. When it comes to edibles, however, users should exercise caution. Untested edibles are especially unreliable in their ability to deliver a low dose of THC.
One problem with edibles is when it takes for your body to feel high after digesting the THC. When you smoke, the THC is inhaled and instantly absorbed into your lungs; when THC is digested through the stomach, it can take up to two hours for the full effect to kick in. When THC is digested through the stomach, it can take up to two hours for the full effect to kick in.
Cannabis is a bespoke medicine that should be tailored to each patient’s individual make-up. Cultivate an understanding of your endocannabinoid system by keeping a journal to track cannabis cultivar type, consumption method, dosage and side effects. Take your time and be patient when figuring out what dosage and consumption method works best for you. Be mindful of other elements that may impact the outcome of your high when microdosing. Such as your environment, state of mind, hydration and nutrition. As these can all affect your experience.
Beneficial in Resetting Your Tolerance
Like in all other forms of medicine, you want to treat yourself with the lowest effective dose. Microdosing will help you identify that sweet spot as you may need to reset your THC tolerance. Maybe you needed higher doses of THC for treating a past condition. Maybe you have to consume larger amounts of cannabis to achieve any helpful high because of your habitual consumption. Whatever the case, you can try to reset your tolerance to the effects of cannabis products.
The length of a tolerance break depends on your consumption patterns. In general, it works to halt consumption for 48 hours. Start again with a shallow dose of 1 to 2 mg of THC.
Micrdosing Studies on the Rise
In Israel on July 1, 2020 PRNewswire.com -- Israeli med-tech company Syqe Medical has conducted the first clinical trial to demonstrate that extremely low and precise doses of inhaled THC – the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis – can effectively relieve pain while avoiding the common side effects associated with cannabis use.
The study, published in the European Journal of Pain, is the first scientific confirmation that microdosing – the process of using extremely low doses of active drug compounds to treat various conditions – actually works with cannabis.
According to GetFluent.com, medical card users with these conditions with success
• Crohn’s Disease
• Chronic Muscle Spasms
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Chronic Pain
• Tourette Syndrome
• Anxiety Disorders
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. The information provided is derived from research gathered from external sources. Please check with your Cannabis Educated Primary Health Care Physician or Cannabis Therapy Consultant before beginning any new diet or lifestyle change.
Written by Dr. Pepper Hernandez ND, Ph.D., CTC, CNHP in ECS & Naturopathic Medicine, Cannabis Therapy Consultant, The Founder and Education Director of the Cannabis Holistic Institute. To find out more about her Telemedicine Consultations, Educational Programs, YouTube videos, and other creative content, you can find her on the massive inter-webs on all platforms or at drpepperhernandez.com.