Microdosing, or consuming cannabis in small quantities, has been a growing trend since the legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018. With the recent legalization 2.0 occurring in October 2019, microdosing is on the rise across Canada.
Edibles and other cannabis-based products structured for easy dosage (available to medical patients) are frequently stocked in low THC content, offering individuals the ability to consume less THC without harming their productivity. Microdosing generally refers to consuming small doses of THC, but it is also beneficial when incorporating CBD. By combining these two cannabinoids, you widen the therapeutic window while reducing some unwanted side effects that come with using high levels of THC.
What Is Microdosing?
The word “micro” comes from the Greek word “mikros” meaning small. Microdosing is consuming a little amount of marijuana to produce a soft and continuous effect throughout the day. When done correctly, microdosing should only have a barely noticeable impact.
The concept of microdosing THC was established by the tech workers in Silicon Valley who were striving to be more inspired while simultaneously decreasing their anxiety and depression. These small doses allowed them to have a creative edge while still being productive.
Although the amount of research is currently limited, many users who have tried microdosing cannabis swear by its benefits. According to Dr. Dustin Sulak, too much of a good thing can actually cause more harm than good. “Too much of a good thing can actually work against you,” Dr. Clint Austin says, “so it’s best to start small and increase gradually.”
Why is microdosing cannabis gaining popularity?
New cannabis users
When people new to cannabis use it for the first time, they may feel overwhelmed by all of the benefits and different ways to doses. Microdosing refers consuming small doses frequently rather than one large dose. This allows you consume less cannabis overall while still feeling the desired effects. A typical starting microdose is 1-2.5 milligrams per sitting. Microdosing with cannabis-based products can be beneficial for some people, but it’s important to remember that everyone is different. Some people may do better with a THC-based product, while others may respond better to CBD or hybrid products. According to Dr. Sulak, cannabinoids are unlike other supplements or treatments and there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to dosing with CBD. Everyone’s endocannabinoid levels are different, which means that some people will require a lower dose of CBD while others will need a higher dose.
Discreet dosing options
Wow, I had no idea that microdosing cannabis could be so discreet and non-obvious! With products like oils, softgels, edibles, sublingual strips, and beverages available on the market now, anyone can get their cannabis fix without having to worry about the smell. Plus, with consistent dosing available whenever and wherever you need it,microdosing is the perfect solution for those who want to consume cannabis inconspicuously!
Parents and ‘cannamoms’
Microdosing cannabis has become a popular way for parents to cope with stress related to the pandemic. The author of ‘An Anonymous Philly Mom Opens Up About Microdosing THC’ said: “It relaxes me and makes me more fun mom, who is willing spend time playing games with her children instead of doing laundry.” Barinder Rasdoe said in an BBC article about parenting during the outbreak: “My cannabis consumption not only helped ease my own anxiety about the situation but made me a more patient parent”.
Some parents avoid discussing cannabis use due to the stereotypes and stigma that still exist, which can be frustrating. With other cultures, such as ‘wine mom’ culture being acceptable, many find it unfair. However, microdosing of cannabis is gradually becoming more popular among parent groups and should have more open discussion surrounding it instead of judgement.
Treating medical conditions
Due to its potential medical benefits, an increasing number of people are microdosing cannabis to treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and stress. Although further research is warranted in this area, current studies suggest that microdosing may be beneficial for treating these conditions.
A 2020 study discovered that even trace amounts of THC could decrease pain levels for people with chronic pain. The 1 mg dose group saw significant improvement, compared to those who took the placebo.
In 2012, a study was done observing patients with advanced cancer who didn’t respond positively to opioid painkillers. These individuals were given low, medium, and high doses of THC/CBD compound respectively to analyze the results. Out of all subjects, those who received the lowest dose of cannabis reported the most Improvement in their condition.
If you’re considering using microdosing to treat a medical problem, it’s crucial that you first speak with a healthcare professional who has experience prescribing cannabis. The GasDank team is composed of experts who will guide you through an extensive process, answering all your questions along the way and helping you take control of your health.
Microdosing cannabis is a cost-effective way to get the benefits of cannabis while minimizing your expenses. When you microdose, you consume less cannabis overall, which means that it costs less money than if you were to consume larger quantities. Once you find the dose that works best for you, you can make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
In Canada, many licensed cannabis manufacturers provide their medical patients with affordable products that are both covert and convenient. Newer product forms such as drinks, gummies, lozenges, and chocolates enable dosing while on-the-go without being too costly.
The future of Microdosing
Although cannabis use still has a negative reputation in some parts of society, an ever-growing number of people are beginning to see it as a more natural and beneficial alternative to pharmaceuticals. Some even microdose with cannabis to help restore balance in their lives.
With recent advancements in cannabis production, including products designed specifically for microdosing, it are now easier than ever to explore the benefits of this medication. While more studies still need to be conducted on its efficacy, many individuals are already finding relief through regular and safe cannabis treatment. This is good news not just recreational users but also medical patients who can now access the same high-quality strains and products as those available on the recreational market. As a medical cannabis patient, you may be eligible for tax deductions, coverage under your health insurance’s reimbursable healthcare spending accounts, and pricing discounts (provided that you qualify with a Health Canada-approved Licensed Producer).
Want to learn more about microdosing?
At GasDank, we believe in evidence-based medicine. We have been conducting observational research on medical cannabis and conditions since 2014, and our team of health care professionals is dedicated to helping patients find the best possible treatment option for their needs. We will guide you through a thoughtful process that will answer all of your questions about microdosing cannabis for medical purposes, so that you can take charge of your ownhealthcare decisions with confidence.