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Micro-Dose Could be the Answer For Your Budget and Your Pain

Emily Robertson

As the saying goes “less is more” so why not try microdosing cannabis as a way to save money and medicate with no high

If you want to maximize benefits, sometimes you have to minimize efforts. This philosophy is applicable to the dose needed for your cannabis medicine. When we think microdosing we usually think about drugs like LSD. But recently — with the push towards maximizing medicinal weed — microdosing with cannabis is the best option for some consumers. In particular, microdosing is great for those who want to avoid a high, but reap all the rewards. It’s kind of like having your cake and eating it too, but without all the extra calories.

What is Microdosing?

Microdosing is just like it sounds: providing small doses of a substance in order to treat an ailment. In the case of cannabis, microdosing can come in any of its forms, from oil or capsules. It offers the consumer the relaxing and healing benefits without the intoxicating effects because the dose is kept just under the amount that would cause the “high” feeling.

Microdosing is perfect for anyone who needs cannabis medicine in order to live day-to-day without pain or illness, yet don’t want the intoxicating effects to impede their abilities (such as driving or doing a job that requires skill or concentration). While cannabis helps ease pain and illness, it can also cause drowsiness and other side effects that may interfere in day-to-day activities. Microdosing cannabis is the answer to that dilemma.

If done properly, microdosing offers more control over the flow of your day. You won’t slip into a situation where the pain gets ahead of you, nor will you be left couch-locked because you overdid the cannabis in response to that pain.

How Does Microdosing Work?

Everyone is different, so that means that the amount of cannabis you’ll need to properly microdose your condition will be individual. The best way to find out how much you need is by trial and error. On a weekend when you don’t have anywhere to go, experiment by getting total relief and high, then dial that back until you are able to have relief without getting high.

If you’re just starting out, cannabis oil is probably your best consumption method as it gives you exact control over dose.  Oil also provides longer term relief (four to six hours). The starting dose is usually 0.5mL then move up from there. After you figure out the proper dose, you can make your own measured edibles.

Vaping and smoking flower can be another way to figure out dosing. Start by taking just a couple of “sips” from the vape pen or a couple of puffs from a joint. Wait twenty minutes and see how you feel. Are you symptoms relieved? If not, keep going.

Benefits of and Science Behind Microdosing With Cannabis

Cannabis in small doses can’t be that effective, can it? Actually, it can.
In a 2012 study — published in the Journal of Pain (2012) — patients suffering from advanced cancer received nabiximols, a THC/CBD mix. This occurred after patients were unresponsive to traditional opioid painkillers at low, medium, and high doses. Patients receiving the lowest cannabinoid dose experienced the biggest reduction in pain. While those receiving higher cannabinoid doses actually felt more pain.

In another study — published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2014) — a group of prisoners received low (four milligram) doses of Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid. This was to help treat theie post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its symptoms. The results revealed significant improvements in PTSD-associated insomnia, nightmares, general symptoms, and even chronic pain.

Microdosing alleviates symptoms of depression, stress, anxiety, inflammation, lack of appetite, indigestion, chronic pain, and social anxiety. It doesn’t make you drowsy and can even increase your alertness and focus. Microdosing will still offer you the mood pick me up that you might need from time to time. It offers you the relaxation to remain social and comfortable around others.

Finally, microdosing means you won’t need to purchase as much cannabis. It spreads out both your body’s reaction, meaning no sudden changes, and also the amount you use over time, meaning less money spent.

So, no side effects and all benefits? That’s a medicinal routine we can get into.

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson has been writing freelance and contract work since 2011. She has written on a variety of topics, including travel writing of North America and the growing legalized cannabis industry across the globe. Robertson has a master’s degree in literature and gender studies, and brings this through in her writing by always trying to explore different perspectives. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

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    Smoke Freely

    I have anxiety. I have been smoking marijuana most of my lifetime. Since I was 10years old to present day. I am ex-Airforce 56yrs old and still smoke a little pot once in a while. I have never been addicted to marijuana, it was just a part of my generation. Considered Taboo by most people back then, marijuana was quite different from the pot of today. With hybrids and strains from all over the world. I was lucky enough to get some Thai stick or Maui, blue pot back then. Most of the pot was Brown or gold in color. Columbian in origin. Red, brown and gold. Acapulco Gold. Jamaican ganja. Wow. What a treat! Now I just wish I could buy it from a dispensary, but none exist in Philadelphia and outlying areas, or it’s to expensive. I used to pay $10. For a half ounce. Federal government has screwed people who smoked pot for years, making it a felony charge for possession of just a few joints. Things are changing, but not fast enough. I must keep my identity a secret for now. Smoke freely.

    September 10, 2019 at 1:33 am Reply

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