Microdosing THC: What It Is & Why Do It?

March 04, 2021

Dear Budtender - I recently heard of “microdosing” THC, but I’m not sure what that means. How would you explain it? 
From, Curious Consumer

Dear Curious Consumer - Microdosing THC has become more popular as cannabis legalization spreads across the country. Here are a few answers to help you decide if microdosing is right for you.

What is Microdosing?

Microdosing cannabis is the act of ingesting small amounts of THC products to experience the potential benefits while avoiding the psychoactive effects. Low-dose edibles are a favorite of microdosing consumers because they make it easier to keep track of the THC amount.

Why Microdose THC?

There are plenty of reasons why someone might choose to microdose THC, including: 

  • Cannabis Newbies - If you’re experiencing THC for the first time, microdosing is a great way to get your feet wet without being hit by a giant wave.
  • Medical Marijuana Patients - While THC can provide relief for some medical marijuana patients, many don’t want the intoxicating effects of this cannabinoid. By microdosing THC, patients can experience the benefits without the potential impairment.  
  • Consumers with a High Tolerance - Regular cannabis consumers can develop a tolerance to THC, meaning they’ll need more and more to experience the same effects. Switching to microdoses can help reset this tolerance.

Medical patients should consult with their certifying medical practitioner to decide the best cannabis regimen.

How To Start Microdosing Marijuana

Microdosing cannabis can be an art form, finding the right balance between too little and too much. Here is a quick guide to getting started.

Step 1: Choose a Cannabis Product

The first step in the microdosing journey is to pick the right product. The two most common products for minimal dosing are tinctures or edibles. Both come in a variety of THC percentages and can be measured or pierced out according to whatever microdosing 

Step 2: Choose Your Dosage

If you’re new to cannabis, we recommend starting with 1 - 2 milligrams of THC. Visit your local dispensary and ask the budtender to recommend low-THC products to see what is available. Remember to visit a state-licensed dispensary to ensure cannabis products are reputable and contain accurate dosage information.

Step 3: Start Low & Go Slow

Remember that it’s better to ingest too little than too much THC! Start with the smallest dose, and wait at least a day between intakes to make sure you know how your body will react.

Repeat each step as needed until you reach the dose that is right for you!

Cannabis Microdosing FAQs

How much is a microdose of THC? 
This depends on your cannabis tolerance, but microdosing typically starts at 2 milligrams of THC. If you’re new to cannabis, you may even want to start with 1 milligram to see how it affects you.

How often should I microdose? 
The frequency of cannabis consumption should be based on your THC tolerance and desired outcome. If you’re new to cannabis, we don’t recommend consuming more than once a day.

What are the best microdosing products?
The best products to use when microdosing cannabis are edibles and tinctures. Both are easy to measure and can be titrated up or down as needed.

More on Microdosing THC

Edibles have come a long way since the pot brownies of the 60s. Today, culinary experts have created some truly tasty edibles, so stopping at just one can be difficult. Products that are designed for microdosing allow you to have more, and companies are providing low-dose options because they understand the benefits and see the market heading this way.

Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.

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