It can seem odd at first. With all of the movement in cannabis being toward higher levels of cannabinoids, does it really make sense to microdose? What can often be overlooked is that THC isn’t just the fun cousin of CBD. Due to its inebriating qualities, it can be easy to forget that it has real benefits even as a standalone compound!
Microdosing psychedelics has been all the craze for quite some time but what does it mean to microdose something like THC?
The principle is the same: take a sub-dose of an intoxicant in order to receive the benefits without losing your wits. As a cannabinoid, THC has been proven to have strong anti-inflammatory, anti-insomniac, anti-nausea, and orexigenic (appetite stimulation) qualities.
Microdosing actually adds another benefit though. Research shows that THC is a fantastic treatment for anxiety, but only in small doses. CBD has always been known to have anti-anxiety benefits but this research is showing that small doses of THC can as well.
This is huge! 20% of CBD users report anxiety as their reason for regularly using CBD products, why not pair the power of the two together?
With THC levels rapidly rising among strains, many have turned to CBD. Even in states where prohibition has been lifted, some are veering away from THC-heavy strains and looking for strains with a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio or even much less.
In our state, it is not currently legal to microdose THC on it’s own for the benefits it can offer. However, it CAN be legal to pair the two together! More and more products are offering the maximum amount of THC they can along with the CBD to ensure people are getting the full benefit.
What does that even look like?
A Brief Microdosing Guide
A microdose is defined as being 1/10th of the threshold for intoxication. Each person is different but a standard dosage of THC can be thought of as roughly 10mg. Doing some quick math, it’s likely a good idea to begin microdosing at 1mg three straight days. After seeing how that feels, you can feel free to move up.
Slowly begin moving up your dosage until you start to feel different from it. Once you find that boundary, move one milligram down and continue on that course! Our bodies can build a tolerance to cannabinoids rather rapidly so it can be a good idea to take 48-hour breaks frequently. It also makes sense to start with a break like this if you already have a tolerance and experience with cannabinoids.
Ideas on how frequently you should take a break can vary and depend on your personal body and what works best for it. For some, they will go 4-5 days on, 2 days off to ensure they don’t build a tolerance. Some will microdose multiple times a day without taking breaks. A good rule of thumb is to not increase your dosage once you notice it isn’t working as well and, instead, take a 48 hour break.
Certainly, it is not mandatory that you take a break and there are no real dangers to microdosing outside of building a tolerance so do you! Microdosing is a great way to help build up your endocannabinoid system and a healthier endocannabinoid system leads to a healthier you! Interested in starting a microdosing routine? Check out our brand new Relax Capsules. Each capsule is packed with 30mgs of CBD allowing for 1mg of THC making them easy to dose out for a daily ritual.