A Guide to Microdosing
If you’re new to the world of consuming cannabis, microdosing may be for you. Microdosing is when you consume a small amount to start, and then assess how you feel before consuming further. It’s basically testing the waters as a way to offset the uncomfortable side effects that can be associated with THC. For some, consuming too much THC can result in an increased heart-rate, anxiety and paranoia—so many people avoid that situation using micro-dosing.
One game plan? Start low, go slow.
Microdosing with cannabis flower:
Smoking may be the most challenging way to microdose. Many report success using cannabis flower that has a moderate grind. (A fine grind increases the surface area, and therefore, increases the amount of THC consumed.) One approach is to inhale for about 2-5 seconds before exhaling, then waiting 10 minutes before consuming further.
Vaporizing: Easier to microdose than smoking, some people control vaporizing using temperature (which controls the amount and type of compounds consumed). These patients tend to use cannabis flower that has a moderate-to-fine grind and is set to the lowest heat setting. One approach is to inhale for about 2-5 seconds before exhaling, then wait 10 minutes before consuming further.
Microdosing with edibles:
Edibles can be an easy way to start microdosing because the dose is defined right on the product packaging. However, patience is a virtue when it comes to edibles. The effects can often take anywhere between an hour to two hours to set in. Many of our patients keep non-medicated snacks on hand (so they don’t accidentally consume too much THC). Some start with a 2.5mg dose of THC or a 5-10mg does of CBD. They consume the product with a healthy fat-based food, such as avocado, to digest with ease. Then, they wait four hours before deciding whether consuming more makes sense.
Microdosing with concentrates:
Dabbing is when consumers smoke concentrated cannabis oils at a high temperature. Because the THC is so concentrated, there is no dabbing that is considered microdosing.
Vape pens allow consumers to vaporize concentrated cannabis oils, which allow for temperature control and measured dosing. Many of our patients have successfully engaged in microdosing by setting the vape pen at the lowest heat setting. Next, they take a 2-5 second inhale before exhaling, providing a measured dose of about 2-5 mg of THC. Then, they wait 10 minutes before consuming more.
Microdosing with topicals:
While topicals should not cause a psychoactive reaction, we still recommend trying a small amount of the body balm, lotion or oil to start. This will help avert any adverse skin reactions.