A responsible way for a first-time cannabis user to experiment with edibles is to try microdosing. Microdosing can also be a great way for someone with a low tolerance for cannabis to enjoy their experience instead of being worried about overdoing it. Microdosing can also be a good way to accurately dose yourself, whether for medical or recreational purposes. It is easier to take three 5mg gummies instead of trying to figure out just how much of that 100mg brownie you will need to break off to be equal to about 15mgs.
Whether you are brand new to marijuana, a medical patient trying to make wise choices when it comes to dosing your edible intake during daytime activities or learning just how much you truly need to have a good time – microdosing can help you achieve your goal.
Say What Now?
For our purposes, micro-dosing is using small amounts of cannabis-infused edibles. This tactic is used to create a comfortable, pleasurable effect without the overwhelming feeling of being “stoned.” Microdosing allows the new or experienced user to start low and go slow by beginning with a lower dose and adding on similarly low doses until the desired effect is reached.
People who do not ever use cannabis should not start off with a 25 mg serving. That large of a serving can be too much for some daily cannabis smokers, so it follows that someone with no tolerance for marijuana might not react…comfortably…to a 25 mg serving.
Those who like to use pot recreationally or medicinally, but also want to do so while they are on a conference call or at the PTA Meeting or at the family reunion maybe, can microdose. It can ensure a person will relax but not, like, you know, feel like melting into a gorgeous, warm puddle of love and light on the floor.
Additionally, medical patients who want to use cannabis as a painkiller don’t necessarily need that 10 mg serving that might help them sleep but instead, could use a 2.5 mg serving twice a day to calm those aches and pains.
The Timing…Why Now?
The edibles market in the United States and Canada is bursting with items starting at 50 mg or 100 mg THC. For a person that hasn’t used marijuana in a long time, or maybe even ever, consuming even half of a 50mg cannabis edible could potentially be a disaster. No one is going to set fire to anything, but overdoing it on edibles is rarely a positive experience. Waste your funny money on munchies, not on a 50 mg brownie that is going to knock your newbie cousin Daniel on his butt when he comes home from college for Christmas for a visit. Treat your cousin right and grab him a bag of 5mg candies instead so he can actually enjoy the ride.
That’s not to say that microdosing is going to work for everyone.
Some users of cannabis, medical and recreational, need more than what a microdose can provide. That’s okay because almost every other edible in the market caters to a customer looking for a higher dose. But it is only fair that those who do need lower doses are able to purchase the products they need to safely take a smaller dose and know exactly how much they are consuming, rather than sloppily eyeballing a section from a larger edible and crossing your fingers you aren’t taking “too much.”
Micro-dosing means that you no longer have to guess.
Ask your budtender what they know about microdosing, and why not try it next time you get some edibles!
This post was originally published on July 16, 2018, it was updated on July 17, 2018.