While strains that boast being able to put you into a comatose state may be alluring to some, there are still many people striving to find the balance between cannabis and maintaining the functionality of their day to day life. There is a growing trend of a 'less is more' mentality as cannabis consumption becomes more common, called microdosing.
Microdosing advocates that you don't need to consume that much cannabis to reap the benefits while also curbing the psychoactive effects of THC that can effect everyday life.
Much like most cannabis research, concrete evidence is still lacking, but a in 2012 study patients with advanced cancer who were unresponsive to traditional opioid painkillers were given nabiximols, a THC/CBD compound, at low, medium, and high doses. Patients who received the lowest dosage of cannabinoids showed the greatest reduction in pain, while those receiving higher doses actually experienced more pain.
So how much cannabis is considered a microdose? Well, frankly, that depends. Everyone has a unique chemistry and metabolism. Time of day, the amount you’ve eaten, what you’ve eaten, height, weight, predisposition, tolerance and more can alter your personal experience. Generally 5-10mg of THC or CBD is recommended to novice cannabis consumers, however, microdosing usually advocates starting at 2.5mg for 3 days before titrating your dose.
“The goal is to use the dose that gives the most minimal noticeable effect,” says Sulak. “You are not trying to get stoned, you are not trying to get total relief from symptoms–you are just trying to get a little something. And then once you get to that dose where you feel a little something, stay there for a few days and then you can start gradually increasing if needed. And that typically falls somewhere between one and three milligrams per dose.”
“If you are building tolerance to THC, you are building tolerance to your body’s own cannabinoids, which are there for the purpose of promoting balance and health,” says Sulak. “So having a highly sensitive endocannabinoid system is extremely valuable for responding to illness, injury, and stress, and people can achieve that with low doses of cannabis.”
Dustin Sulak, Osteopathic physician