What is Micro Dosing?

10 months ago   •   3 min read

By Juana Know Staff

If you're at all interested in CBD or THC use, you've probably heard of micro-dosing. While there are some who use micro-dosing as a way to sample psychedelics, those who prefer cannabis products find that micro-dosing offers relief of many health concerns improves clarity, and provides focus.

CBD Considerations: What is Micro Dosing?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is legal in all 50 states of America and provides a non-hallucinogenic option for those interested in working with cannabis to tackle their health considerations. A standard dose of CBD is generally 25 mg, and it can be taken in a variety of ways.

You can take CBD

  • sublingually, or under the tongue
  • buccal, or between gum and cheek
  • as an edible gummy
  • as a topical
  • via vape pen

To microdose, you simply take a portion of that 25 mg as a way to tackle the conditions that CBD can treat.

For example, if you take a CBD sublingual to help you fall asleep and ingest a gummy dosage to help you stay asleep, you might try a partial gummy or a 5 mg drop to help you fight anxiety.

For those who battle chronic pain with CBD, the use of a vaping pen as a method of micro-dosing can stave off muscle cramps or occasional nerve pain that breaks through during the day. Additionally, those who fight anxiety can get great relief with just a puff or two off of a vaping pen.

However, be aware that a microdose of CBD can actually create an opposite effect from what you initially expected. If you use it to calm your mind or soothe pain before bed in a full dose, take care not to microdose before bed. You may actually feel more energized after micro-dosing than you do without any CBD in your system at all.

THC Considerations: What is Micro Dosing?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the euphoria-inducing product that cannabis is known for. If you want to get high, you use a full dose of THC, generally about 10 mg. It's important to point out that THC is not legal in all 50 states, so you want to shop with care when looking for your cannabis products.

It's also important to note that there are many folks discussing micro-dosing that are focused on psychedelics. THC is not a psychedelic drug; it doesn't bind to that receptor in the brain which can change the view of reality. However, it can lead to visual hallucinations over long exposure at a high dosage.

THC binds to the CB1 receptor in the brain. Many who use THC find that this product helps them to fight anxiety and to control insomnia. If you are struggling with these conditions but not looking for the euphoric disconnection and feeling of being high but find that CBD doesn't help much without making you sleepy, using a microdose of THC can help. The standard dose when going for euphoria is 10 mg, while the standard microdose is 2.5 mg.

Plants Matter

When talking about cannabis plants, it's important to consider the strain of the plants in question. As a general rule, CBD users rely on the Indica strain. This product has a more calming effect and is ideal for those who struggle to relax. The Indica plant is short and bushy, but quick-flowering and popular with CBD producers.

The Sativa strain generally has a higher THC concentration and is a more energizing product. These plants are thin and tall. Many growers find Sativa to be a more challenging plant to get to thrive. Those who use products from the Sativa plant generally use it during the day. This product is also useful in combatting

  • appetite challenges, such as during chemo
  • depression and anxiety
  • conditions such as ADD and ADHD

If you're using either of these products or plants in a micro-dosing format, do your best to track your experiences in a journal. The power of micro-dosing can give those with chronic conditions a great deal of freedom, but these products are highly individualized.

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