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What is Microdosing?

So, what’s a microdose? While there is a plethora of information on the internet about administering cannabis, a lesser-talked about method of consumption, especially when it comes to cannabis, is microdosing. Traditionally talked about only in regard to psychedelics or hallucinogens, there is a new surge of proponents advocating for a more frequent conversation regarding microdosing cannabinoids.

 

To “microdose” means to ingest a very small amount of THC throughout the day, or even just once a day. While opinions differ on just what dosage is considered “micro”, it’s generally accepted that anywhere from 1 mg to 5 mg is considered a microdose. The idea behind microdosing is to reap the anti-anxiety, pain relief, stress-relief, and sleep aid benefits from the plant without any of the negative effects. OLO 5 and 10 mg sublingual cannabis strips are perfect tools for beginning your journey with microdosing. They can be taken as is, or even cut down into smaller strips if you choose.

While many people experience few to no side effects from regular smoking, vaping, or consumption of edibles, there are also those who end up with the opposite effects intended. For example, many cannabis users begin consuming cannabis in order to ameliorate their anxiety or stress. However, when consuming high-dosage edibles or smoking cannabis with high levels of THC, users can sometimes experience paranoia, making anxiety even worse. Microdosing circumvents this issue, as the dosage is so low that the psychoactive effects are barely felt, and the negative effects that can be associated with cannabis are diminished.

There’s a limited amount of empirical studies on cannabis microdosing, however, the studies that have been done have shown that for some patients, microdosing may be even more effective than traditional consumption. For instance, a 2012 study demonstrated that patients in advanced stages of cancer who were given nabiximols, a THC/CBD compound, at low, medium, and high doses, experienced the most pain relief when receiving the low dose. Those who received the high dose actually experienced the most pain.

Microdosing can also be an effective introduction to cannabis for those who have previously had negative experiences with edibles or traditional smoking. In order to find the most effective minimum dose for your personal body, it may take a bit of experimentation. While advice varies greatly, the standard counsel says to start at an extremely low dose. If possible, you can start with anywhere from 1-3 milligrams and gradually increase until you find a level that is comfortable for you.

If you’re a heavier smoker, you can still find a microdose that is right for you. Experts recommend taking a two-day tolerance break if you consume cannabis regularly, in order to return your endocannabinoid system to homeostasis.

A 2016 study showed that even frequent users can benefit from this two-day rest, as 48 hours is all that is needed to return your receptors to normal. After the break, you can begin experimenting with what dose works best for your body, starting around 2.5 mg and gradually working your way up to the best dose for you.

As for how exactly to begin microdosing, there are many different options. Technically, you can microdose through smoking or vaping, although it is not an exact science and is much harder to regulate. In order to try microdosing this way, you would start with a single puff or hit, wait 20 minutes to a half hour, and determine if you need another. Again, this is not the most precise method, and it can be hard to replicate results due to the variance in THC levels dependent upon strain.

The next method, which is slightly more accurate, would be through ingesting edibles. The idea would be to ingest a very small amount, between 1 and 5 milligrams, and waiting to see how you feel. The potential issues with this method of consumption are twofold. Firstly, many edibles don’t come in lower dosages and instead start around 100 mg. When trying to divide such a high-dosage edible, there is a lot of room for error, and the results can be very imprecise. Additionally, edibles can take much longer to take effect, meaning it is much harder to gauge if you need to ingest more, or if the THC simply hasn’t had enough time to take effect. When microdosing with edibles, patience is the most important factor. Try waiting at least an hour before deciding to ingest any additional product.

Finally, the easiest and most precise method of ingestion in our opinion would be sublingual ingestion. Tinctures, strips, and oils are a great method because they are much easier to measure out, and generally come in lower doses than that of cannabis edibles. Our OLO cannabis sublingual strips come in 5 mg and 10 mg strips. They are placed on top of or under the tongue, and because there are so many capillaries in the mouth, the effect is almost immediate.

If you’re just starting out with microdosing or using cannabis in general, you can even try using only half a strip and building your way up from there until you find a dosage that works for you. Not only are our strips perfectly dosed for you, but they’re also discreet and portable, meaning you can carry them with you and continue to microdose throughout the day as needed.

If you find yourself among the few with a very low tolerance for cannabis, you can also try experimenting by adding CBD to your microdosing routine. A frequently cited dosage that works for beginners is 1 milligram of THC to 1 milligram of CBD. The relaxing and non-intoxicating effects of CBD can be a powerful addition, and serve as a good way to aid in pain management while minimizing the lesser-desired effects of THC.

Over time, your body can build an increased resistance or tolerance to cannabis. If you’ve found that your usual microdose is not working as effectively as you would like, you can try gradually increasing your dosage once more, or you can take a brief hiatus from ingesting any kind of cannabis before reintroducing it to your body.

Remember to always take things slow, and pay attention to how your body is reacting. The idea behind microdosing is to gain the benefits that THC provides, without any of the psychoactive or negative effects. When properly microdosing, you should not feel any paranoia or psychoactive feelings, but instead feel an alleviation of anxiety and stress, and an additional buoyancy in mood.

For a full list of retailers carrying our OLO sublingual cannabis strips, check the “Find OLO” tab on our website.

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