We are used to the fact that in cannabis culture giant pipes are promoted, and smoking until we are almost stunned. And it’s not that it’s wrong to do it from time to time. Each one is free and we do not judge.
However, we believe that there is another way of consuming that may be more beneficial, and that is the use of microdosing.
F umar more than necessary, besides being inefficient and potentially harmful (inhaling smoke is never good). It increases our tolerance levels and therefore we must use more and more Cannabis to feel high.
We have the freedom to consume any substance, but also an associated responsibility to educate ourselves on how to consume less harmful to our health.
The microdosis help us in this goal.
Table of Contents:
- What are microdoses?
- Investigations regarding microdoses
- How much is a microdose?
- Ways to use microdosing
- To smoke
- How to find your microdose?
- Change the chip on the grass
What are Cannabis microdoses?
A microdose is a small amount of herb with which the desired effect can be obtained, without bad trips.
The idea of microdosing is nothing new, and in fact it has its origins in medicine. The lowest effective dose of a drug is always administered .
We do not want to confuse them, the use of microdosing is not exclusive for medicinal users, all users can benefit from this method of consumption.
Small amounts of Cannabis cause the positive effects that many of us look for in the plant (good mood, relaxation, etc.), but high doses can cause the opposite effect or other unwanted effects such as anxiety and paranoia.
We can make an analogy with other substances, such as alcohol for example.
If you drink a couple of beers you can “get into the mood”, be more talkative and in good spirits, but if you get drunk you can end up vomiting, losing consciousness or with an alcoholic coma that can cause death (respiratory failure).
When you regularly consume large amounts of marijuana, two things happen: You build tolerance, and cannabinoid receptors are blocked.
Therefore, we need larger amounts to obtain the effect we are looking for.
Research on the use of microdosing
- In a study published in the Journal of Pain on the use of Nabiximol (sativex in the US) in cancer patients, pain relief was found to be better when low or medium doses were used. While with higher doses there was no greater relief, and side effects did occur more frequently.
- Another study investigated the effect on inmates with post-traumatic stress in a prison. They were given low doses (4 mg) of Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid, and an improvement in the treatment of symptoms was observed .
- The use of microdosing in healthy subjects has also been investigated. For example, one research evaluated the psychological effect of consuming 7.5 mg of THC versus 12.5 mg. At a lower dose, stress was reduced, while a higher dose had the opposite effect.
How much is a microdose?
The amount of a microdose is not universal, it varies enormously between people. Genetic factors , previous consumption, body weight and the metabolism of the individual will influence this.
A microdose is usually 2.5 to 10 mg of THC when smoking.
But this also varies according to the consumption method. For example, when Cannabis is used in food, the starting dose is usually 10 mg, but there are people who do not feel anything up to 20 mg.
To find out how many these milligrams would be in grams, consider that an average pipe / whistle contains about 0.4 g (between 20-35 mg.)
Usually the seed banks give us an approximate percentage of THC of the plant, this will not be exact but it serves as a guide. If it is an 18% THC strain, it means that for every 1000 mg of weed (1 g), there will be 180 mg of THC. So in a spout there would be 72 mg.
However, by smoking we are NOT absorbing all of the THC. A good part of the THC and Cannabinoids are lost in the combustion process. In fact, some say that up to 80% of cannabinoids can be lost with this method of consumption.
What methods of consumption are most suitable for microdosing?
Not all consumption methods allow us to dose the herb well, so we are going to compare the most common consumption methods and how we could do it.
Smoking cannabis is still the most common method of consumption. However, in a spout it is difficult to control the amount that is actually inhaled and we may end up using more than we had thought.
If you want to smoke, a better option would be to use a pipe, since it allows us to better calculate the amount we are using.
Vaporizing is another optimal method for dispensing. Like pipes, in vapes it is easier to measure the amount of Marijuana we are consuming, since the loading chamber will always have the same measurement.
In countries where Cannabis is legal, the labeling of the cannabis food that is sold must show the exact amount of THC that the edible contains, if this were used, this method could be dosed very easily.
Unfortunately, in Latin America this has not yet arrived and it is not really known how much we are consuming in each cannabis cake or chocolate that we try. It is very easy to pass us, and also, it takes a long time to take effect, so in this case, it would be the least recommended method to try with microdosing.
Sublingual Cannabis Oils:
It is the method most used by medicinal users, and clearly the easiest to dose. The oil is usually kept in a syringe, so we can know exactly how much we are using each time.
How to find your microdose?
If you want to test the benefits of microdoses, the ideal is to start balancing the endocannabinoid system and for that we need to make a stop in consumption.
There is a protocol called ” Sensitization Six Day Protocol ” performed by Dr. Sulak , specialist in medical cannabis.
In it, he gives a series of recommendations and steps that must be done for 6 days to be more clear about what our microdose would be .
We start with a period of abstinence for 48 hours.
On the third day, you either puff on the pipe or inhale with the vapor for 1 to 3 seconds. You stop inhaling and wait 5 minutes to see if you feel any effect.
In those minutes, become aware of your body: how do you feel? Is there a sensation in your body? Any change in your mood? What do you notice?
If the answer is yes, even if it is the least, do not continue using Cannabis during that day. If you don’t feel anything, repeat the process again until you feel something.
Do not seek to be high, but to notice some change in your body.
The next 3 days repeat this process. This will help the cannabinoid receptors to activate and increase our sensitivity to flowers.
On the sixth day, repeat the process again (puff-wait 5 min) but instead of stopping when you feel some minimal effect, stop using when you feel the desired effect .
The amount you have used on the sixth day will be your microdose.
Changing the chip in cannabis culture
One of our goals with the content we produce is to show that Cannabis is not a harmful drug per se, and that on the contrary it could be part of a healthy lifestyle if used correctly and responsibly.
For a long time, the slogan has been taken as “that the more herb you use and the more powerful it is, the more you enjoy it” , but this is not true.
When we use high doses frequently, we lose sensitivity, and therefore, the effect is less. In addition, we are more likely to feel the negative effects of cannabis (anxiety, nausea, getting too stuck, or unable to concentrate).
Let’s not get carried away by the marketing of ” the herb with the most THC ” and let’s see that the plant is a whole, that there are other interesting compounds such as terpenes or other cannabinoids, and that we can also enjoy.
I hope this article has been useful to you.