Microdosing Cannabis: A Hidden Potential?
In recent articles, we have covered the emerging trend of microdosing psychedelics and the potential benefits doing so has to offer – and there are many. So, it begs the question, does microdosing cannabis have any effect, and if so what? Is there anything to be gained? Well, from initial findings, we would say yes, there is.
WHAT IS MICRODOSING?
At its core, microdosing involves ingesting sub-perceptual dose of a drug. This usually means taking an amount small enough not induce any notable high or side effect, but enough to cause beneficial changes within the body none the less.
When it comes to psychoactive substances, it is usually LSD and psilocybin that enjoy the largest microdosing community; there is not much of a following, or information readily available, on the effects of microdosing cannabis. However, that isn’t to say microdosing cannabis has no effect; the concept is slowly gaining popularity.
THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF MICRODOSING CANNABIS
Microdosing cannabis is a great way to level out over a long term period. By taking a puff or two a day, cannabis can improve the base level of your mood – enhancing positivity; it can also make you much more open and easy going throughout the day, fending off stress. Microdosing cannabis can even improve motivation, helping to get through the day. All of this, without actually being high. It is a much more subtle effect, and a residual boost the homeostatic effects of cannabinoids on the body. Of course, this is from personal experience, and completely anecdotal. There is not much research on microdosing cannabis.
On a completely different tangent, microdosing cannabis can be a great way to help bring down the effects of cannabis tolerance, while still getting to enjoy some of the pleasures of use
What could explain these subtle improvements? Well, it is largely to do with the endocannabinoid system – the system in our bodies that interacts with the compounds of cannabis. The main function of the endocannabinoid system within the body is to maintain homeostasis – the maintenance of a healthy and stable internal environment, despite varying external influences. This covers everything from factors, like temperature and disease, to ones like stress. It is why cannabis has such far-reaching effects throughout the body. When you get high on cannabis, you overload this system, and cause drastic effects, but when you microdose, you subtly boost it, not really pushing it out of its normal parameters - but still improving it. The result is a general improvement of overall functioning – encapsulating things like mood, energy, motivation and a general sense of wellbeing.
Once again, we cannot stress enough that this is purely conceptual speculation, going off personal experience and anecdotal evidence on microdosing, and what research has uncovered about the role of the endocannabinoid system. We are putting two and two together here, without any backing. However, it is something definitely worth proper research. The doctors who have weighed in describe seeing a gradual improvement in health benefits over time in their patients using medical cannabis on microdosing levels – but once again, this is not peer reviewed evidence.
HOW TO MICRODOSE CANNABIS
Unlike substances like LSD, microdosing cannabis can be quite complicated. With LSD, there is one major compound interacting with the body, but cannabis has multiple cannabinoids that all play a vital role in shaping the effects on the body and mind. To make things even more complicated, different strains of cannabis have different ratios of cannabinoids, which can vary even more depending on how well they are grown. There is also personal tolerance to cannabinoids that needs to be taken into account. As such, microdosing has to be assessed on a case by case basis.
Generally, 1-2 puffs of a high-quality strain to start the day will do the trick, followed by 1-2 puffs in the evening. However, the main factor is to start small and experiment with delivery methods to see what suits you. You may find a drop from a tincture suits you better than smoking, or that vaporizing beats both; maybe the sustained effects of cannabis edibles will work better for you in the long run.
It is also worth noting, that while trying to find the right level, you might start out getting a small or minor buzz, but that is fine. Inducing a light and mellow high has benefits all of its own, and is even preferred by many to a full on experience. It can give the best of both, giving you a moderate uplift and buzz, while still allowing for clear functionality. It is all about finding what works for you – the aim of this article is to express that cannabis doesn’t have to be about getting high, it can be enjoyed in many ways, offering unique and varying sets of benefits. So get out there and experiment!
Written by: Josh
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