Microdosing Cannabis Explained: How To Do It and Why You Should Try It

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If your past experiences with marijuana have left you suffering from heightened anxiety or paranoia, you might have a better experience with microdosing. No matter how much you may be benefiting from THC in a medicinal or recreational sense, the side effects of a high can ruin the experience for anybody. If that has been the case for you in the past, it’s time to learn more about microdosing and all it has to offer.

Many users of THC don’t understand that microdosing is an option, choosing instead to simply ingest massive quantities of the substance. After all, microdosing is historically associated with powerful hallucinogens like LSD. But if there is a way to reap the medical or recreational benefits of THC on a lower dose, don’t you want to know about it?

What is Microdosing?

We’re willing to bet you’ve already guessed the answer to this question, even if microdosing is a term you’ve never heard before because it means exactly what it sounds like. Put simply, microdosing is the practice of taking very small amounts of cannabis instead of indulging in larger quantities. Specifically, proponents of microdosing are attempting to achieve the benefits of THC while avoiding the intoxicating effects.

Many people suffer from heightened anxiety or paranoia when they use THC. Others lose focus and are unable to successfully go about their daily lives, thanks to THC’s impact on the brain—it’s hard to operate in the world while high. Whatever your personal reason for opting to microdose, you may discover that this “high without the high” is the perfect solution for you.

Other Motives for Microdosing

Microdosing is generally the ideal way for new users to get started with cannabis, because they simply don’t know exactly how it’s going to affect them, and it’s a good idea to ease into it. You definitely want a chance to get used to the side effects before you blast your system with an unfamiliar substance. Starting with a low dose can give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the effects of THC and the impact it has on your body.

There are also many conditions that simply lend themselves more toward being treated with microdosing. Anxiety is one, of course—while a little THC can help ease your anxiety, a large dose may send it skyrocketing. Those suffering from chronic pain may find that microdosing helps them return to their lives, whereas heavy dosing just laid them out for the day. And for users who struggle with ADD or have trouble focusing, a microdose may help to encourage laser focus on what needs to be accomplished, whereas a macrodose could lead to zoning out. 

How Do You Do It?

The truth is that there’s no one way to successfully microdose. The amount of THC necessary to provide benefits is different from person to person, and it may take a little experimentation to find the correct dose for you. 

A reasonable place to start is with a 5 mg dose, although you might want to begin with even less if you are small or lightweight. An edible product can help you maintain tight control over your dosage. You should also be mindful of the strain you’re consuming and make sure the components are going to have the desired effects, since not all marijuana is created equal. A grower or a marketer should be able to provide you with more information about a given strain.

If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of microdosing, give it a try today and discover how it can enhance your experience.

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Kat Helgeson

Kat Helgeson comes from a ten year career in social media marketing and content creation. She takes pride in her ability to communicate the culture and values of an organization via the written word. Kat is also the author of numerous books for young adults. Her titles have received the Junior Library Guild Award, the Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year Distinction, and been featured on the Illinois Reads selection list. Her work has been translated into Dutch and German.


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