What is 'Micro-dosing'?

Micro-dosing is a relatively nascent method of consumption that’s currently growing popular because of its medicinal benefits that aren’t accompanied by psychoactive effects

Micro-dosing is a relatively nascent method of consumption that’s currently growing popular because of its medicinal benefits that aren’t accompanied by psychoactive effects

Why Micro-dosing is taking the Industry by Storm

As the name implies, micro-dosing alludes to the mantra of less is more. Its increasing popularity is predicated on the fact that it delivers most of the medicinal benefits of cannabis without inducing the psychoactive effects that can lead to impairments and discomfort. The trend is particularly stronger among older and female consumers, who’re currently the largest consumers of low-dose edibles. But it’s also becoming the preferred method of consumption for new users who would only want to test the waters rather than plunge into the deep. Micro-dosing is also ideal for people who want to use the drug regularly but discretely in their daily lives.

With its ever-increasing range of medicinal and lifestyle advantages, micro –dosing has increasingly become an attractive market. Companies are gearing up to explore this trend with an increasing variety of micro-dosing products.

 

What is Micro-dosing?

Micro-dosing refers to a self-administration routine where very small amounts of the drug are consumed momentarily. With micro-dosing, the body is only exposed to trace amounts of the drug’s psychoactive ingredients, but it can reap a whole lot of the drug’s other therapeutic benefits, including pain relief, sleep induction, mood elevation, relief from depression, and enhanced creativity.

Consider micro-doses as the threshold dose of a psychedelic – the least amount of the drug needed to induce the faintest perception of the psychedelic effects. Micro-doses are basically below the supposed threshold dose of cannabis, since it’s barely enough to trigger the perception of the psychoactive effects. It basically releases sub-perceptual effects that subtly influence certain biological functions without significantly altering your mood or state of mind. As such, micro-dosing is an ideal consumption method for managing symptoms and also for managing your tolerance levels.

A typical micro –dose can range from 2 to 5 milligrams of THC, though people with higher tolerance can consume as much as 10 milligrams. Since it requires a very strict method of measurement and consumption, the best delivery methods for micro-dosing are edibles, tinctures, and vape pens. Smoking is the least-effective delivery method, since it’s relatively harder to measure the amount of THC consumed when smoking.

Micro-dose products have become increasingly available in dispensaries. These products usually range from edibles like mints, chocolates, cookies, to cannabis teas, tinctures, and buds of low-dose strains with low THC levels between 8-12%.

 

How to Micro-dose

Micro-doses typically range from 2 to 5 milligrams of THC, though users with higher tolerance might need up to 10 milligrams.

Micro-doses typically range from 2 to 5 milligrams of THC, though users with higher tolerance might need up to 10 milligrams. img src

The easiest way to micro-dose is by using delivery methods that allow for easy measurement of THC doses. With tinctures, you can start by dropping one or two drops of the tincture under your tongue, and holding for a minute or two for sub-lingual ingestion. With edibles, it’s best to choose edibles that can be broken into smaller pieces and consume a small piece of it per time.  If you want to smoke, since you’ll probably not be able to tell the exact dosage you’re consuming, take just a puff or two, and then wait at least 10 minutes to observe any effects before you take another.

Continue taking very small doses once or twice a day for a day or two and observe the effects. Increase the dosage by a milligram or two for another few days if you don’t notice any effects. If you begin to feel discomfort with the increments, then scale back to the previous doses. Each person has a different ideal micro-dosage depending on factors like unique body chemistry, metabolism, and body-to-mass index.

So, you’ll have to experiment to find what’s best suited for you.

It’s also important to try abstaining from alcohol while micro-dosing to prevent any interference with the micro-dose. You can resume your liquor consumption once you get a hang of what micro-dose regimen works best for you.

If you’re a heavy user, you should break from the drug use for a few days to allow your body’s tolerance levels to deflate, so you can become more sensitive to the micro-doses.

 

Maintaining a Micro-Dosing Regimen

Micro-dosing is a relatively new trend, and it can be quite challenging to stay on track when micro-dosing. Currently, although the availability of low-dose cannabis products has increased in recent times, they’re still few and far in-between regular cannabis products. However, its medicinal and lifestyle appeals are motivating people to try it out and stick to it to avoid taking extra hits that might impair their perception and judgment.