Curious about microdosing cannabis? Here’s everything you should know.

When most people think of microdosing, they think of substances with psychoactive effects, particularly mushrooms and LSD. The benefits of microdosing these hallucinogens is fairly well established within the scientific community, and many people have embraced microdosing as a tool for health and wellness.

The cannabis community is no stranger to the microdosing trend, with many enthusiasts consuming smaller amounts of THC as a functional wellness tool. This is a wonderful way to enjoy the medical benefits of a dose of THC while maintaining focus and productivity.

So how does microdosing cannabis work—and is it the right choice for you? We spoke to our expert budtenders to learn more and created a comprehensive guide to microdosing cannabis, the HCH way.

What is microdosing?

As the name implies, microdosing cannabis involves consuming small amounts, or a microdose, of your favorite cannabis product.

The idea first became popular in Silicon Valley, where stressed out tech workers would take a few milligrams of THC as a daily protectant against anxiety and depression, hoping to boost their creativity and become more flexible and productive.

These days, cannabis users often microdose to treat medical conditions—such as chronic pain—that have been historically treated with high doses of cannabis. Consuming small doses of cannabis throughout the day allows them to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without the typical side effects—such as a lack of focus—that might impact their daily life.

How is cannabis microdosed?

Curious about microdosing cannabis? How you get started depends on your preferred cannabis consumption method, but the general rule is to start low and go slow.

Experts recommend that you begin microdosing cannabis with a low baseline and gradually work your way up until you reach your perfect dose. 1 to 2.5 milligrams of THC is a good starting point for most people, and you can gradually increase your dosage in 1 milligram increments until you hit that sweet spot.

Here’s how to microdose according to your preferred product type:

1. Flower / Pre-Rolls

Microdosing flower can be difficult for beginners. The amount of THC varies from batch to batch, and it’s impossible to measure how much you’ll get in a single dose. If you prefer consuming flower, start with a tiny hit every few hours. Monitor your response and increase the frequency of your inhalations until you find what works best for you.

2. Edibles

Eating cannabis is the best way to measure your microdosing, and flavored edibles like gummies or chocolates are a great way to make your daily medicine into a sweet treat. Consult the dosage instructions on the packaging of your edibles, and increase your daily intake 1 milligram at a time.

3. Vape

Vaping oil is the easiest way to control how much THC you consume. Fancy vapes will even allow you to adjust the temperature to produce your desired effect. Smoking at a lower temperature lets you decrease the head high and enjoy the body effects.

4. Concentrates

Consistent levels of THC and CBD make pre-dosed oils and concentrates an excellent option for microdosing. Consult your packaging and measure out 1 milligram accordingly. Remember: Concentrates are strong! A little goes a long way. A small dot of concentrate might provide all the THC you need for your microdose experience.

5. Tinctures

The preferred dosage option for psychedelic microdosers, tinctures offer ease of consumption and a precise, measurable delivery method. If you try this method, remember that you’ll need to be patient, as results don’t kick in right away. Take 1 milligram at a time, and give yourself at least a few hours before you begin to experience the effects.

6. Topicals

Generally less psychoactive, topicals are a handy tool for microdosers who are looking for a more mellow high. Because they tend to be much more mild, your baseline for topicals can start with 2 milligrams instead of just 1.

What are the effects of microdosing?

Unlike the usual consumption of cannabis, you might not actually notice the experience of microdosing in the way you’d expect.

Microdosing generally diminishes negative ordinary experiences—anxiety, the blahs and blues, and chronic pain and inflammation—that get in the way of a successful day. It also offers stimulating mental effects, but they don’t come in the form of a typical THC high.

If you feel noticeably high or trippy after you microdose, your dose wasn’t micro enough! You may feel a slight buzz, but it shouldn’t interfere with your daily activities. You should feel an increased creativity and a subtle sense of relaxation.

What are the benefits of microdosing?

Unlike its psychedelic counterpoints, cannabis is legal. Proponents claim that taking small doses of THC and CBD offers similar benefits to microdosing hallucinogens, including improved productivity, boosted wellness outcomes, and overall improvements in mental health and general quality of life.

Microdosers use cannabis for a variety of reasons. It has the ability to boost the enjoyment of everyday activities, such as exercise, where the THC and CBD in cannabis can help fight inflammation and make your workouts more fun and productive. It can take the edge off of ordinary days, helping you stress less and dream more at work and making everyday tasks like grocery shopping and running errands more enjoyable.

Microdosing can also be beneficial for specific medical conditions where cannabis is used as a form of treatment. For people who suffer from persistent mental health conditions or chronic pain, microdosing cannabis can be a great way to enjoy the benefits of THC while staying focused and productive.

So that’s the lowdown on low dosages! Interested in giving microdosing a shot? Stop by and chat with your friendly HCH budtender for a personalized product recommendation to get you started on your microdosing journey.

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