Microdosing with Cannabis

When it comes to most medicine, taking more isn’t always the best course of action, and cannabis is no exception to this rule. Modern marijuana patients are beginning to experiment with less.

Microdosing, which involves taking the minimum amount of a substance to reap the maximum benefits, is not a new concept. For decades, it has been associated with hallucinogens like psilocybin mushrooms and LSD. Patients who microdose note a wealth of benefits, both medicinally and financially, but how do you know if it’s the right regimen for your needs? This article will cover why patients should microdose and how to effectively microdose.

 

Three Reasons You Should Microdose

    1. Marijuana causes anxiety. While cannabis is an excellent aid for ailments such as chronic pain and PTSD, normal to high amounts of THC are known to exacerbate pre-existing anxiety. Through microdosing, you’re able to yield the positive benefits of the cannabinoid without experiencing its psychoactive effects.
    2. Marijuana makes you hazy. It’s no lie that a common side effect of marijuana is a general absentmindedness. Microdosing allows you to stay under a threshold where you would normally get “high”, so you can remain alert and energized.

 

  • You want to save money. Even though marijuana is much less expensive than comparative pharmaceuticals, you still want to make the most of your valuable. Medicating with oil pens and edibles allows you to accurately microdose. This makes it easy to measure your medicine while stretching your dispensary budget.

 

How Do I Microdose?

Microdosing is very easy to do, but it’s worth noting one size does not fill all. The “minimal effective dose” will vary vastly from patient to patient, depending on factors like metabolism and tolerance. These 5 simple steps provide you a guideline to begin the microdosing journey:

 

  • Take a 48-hour break. Studies show that 48 hours is oftentimes enough to give your body a break and bring your tolerance down to a beginner’s level. If you want to begin microdosing, give your endocannabinoid system a couple days to relax and reboot.
  • Be self-aware. To get the best results from microdosing, you need to really listen to your body. Recognize how cannabinoids affects your mood and energy levels, amongst other things. This is the most important factor in an effective regimen.
  • Start with 1:1. Experts recommend beginning with a one-to-one ratio of THC and CBD, preferably with a tincture for the most-accurate dosing. (To note: one puff of a joint is approximately 10mg of THC).
  • Keep a journal. Without a dedicated log, you have nothing to reference for the future and make the most out of microdosing. Note emotions like calmness, physical effects like hunger, and any other factors you believe are worth documenting.
  • Find your minimal effective dose. If 1:1 produces no psychoactive effects after 45 minutes to an hour – increase by 1mg. Continue to increase until you feel a noticeable difference after consuming, which establishes your dosage.

 

Once you’ve found your minimal dosage, repeat the process of gradually increasing the amount to establish your “therapeutic range” (the minimum to maximum effective amounts for you microdose). Then, you will be able to take the minimum amount on a daily basis, and you are officially microdosing!

We hope this article was an effective aid to teach you about the benefits of microdosing, as well as how to begin the process. If you have any further questions regarding microdosing, please do not hesitate to visit the dispensary and meet with one of our patient consultants.

 

Top Products Sold in Dispensaries

With the proliferation and the legalization of cannabis dispensaries, today’s marijuana users can choose from a wide variety of options and product specialties. So, with all these options available, what are the most popular products and how do they do in the market? The most profitable products include edibles in the form of chocolates, gummies, and cakes, as well as pre-rolls, concentrates, tinctures, and vape cartridges.

Here is a list of the top products sold in marijuana dispensaries:

Flowers

The traditional marijuana buds or flowers remain the most popular product among cannabis users. Accounting for almost half of all purchases, Flowers remain an undeniable favorite. However, a widespread introduction of new products can cause a shift in the market. The potency of the bud ranges from 10% to 20%, which is often less powerful when compared to other marijuana products available on the market. However, flower products are often the first choice for inexperienced users and their sales help grow dispensaries new-customer base.

Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates or “dabs” including wax, shatter and oils are also a popular consumption method. However, a lot of people feel intimidated by concentrates because of the incredibly high potency levels. Most people prefer sticking to the flower because of the more complicated consumption methods associated with concentrates. Most concentrates are extracted using butane, CO2, hydrocarbons, alcohol, heat, propane and water. The potency of concentrate typically falls from 50% to 80% and can sometimes be pushed to 90%. As the potency increases, dosing gets trickier – this is why some people are reluctant to break into the concentrates market.

Edibles

Up to 13.1% of all marijuana-related transactions involve THC-infused edible products. This makes them the second most popular type of cannabis product sold in the US. While dosing can be a challenge, many people prefer edibles over any other forms of medical marijuana because of the large numbers of options available. You can opt for marijuana-infused cakes, chocolates, gummies, brownies and other sweet options. For added convenience, you can buy products infused with specific doses, to remove the need for guesswork and portion control. However, effects from the consumption of edible marijuana products can take up to an hour or more before setting in. Additionally, edibles do not always offer a constant experience, though some people claim it provides them longer pain relief.

Live Resin

Live Resin is a concentrate like shatter or wax. This type of marijuana product is higher in terpenes than any other cannabis material. If you are wondering what terpenes are, they are oils secreted by the cannabis plant that contribute to its distinct flavor and aroma. Live resin typically has a much higher THC concentration than products like edibles or flowers.  It is considered to be a premium product in the marijuana market and has a higher price tag.

Vape Pens

Vapes pens have also become a typical method for ingestion of cannabis concentrates, making up approximately 8.2% of all industry transactions. You can buy a generic vape pen in almost any dispensary for around $45, whereas some of the brand name options can run close to $90. For comparison, a high-quality vaporizer might set you back more than $200. One of the most notable advantages of “vaping” is that it takes effect within 5 to 30 minutes and offers accurate dosing levels.

Beverages

Cannabis-infused drinks make up to 3.7% of total market transactions. Many patients prefer these beverages over other options for ease of consumption and lower dietary fat than their edible dessert counterparts. The booming business has an impressive growth rate. At present, patients can choose a multitude of products including coffee, fruit juices, carbonated drinks, and more. Some of the best -known brands include Keef Kola, Newton’s, and Jane’s Brew.

Pre-Rolls

Pre-rolled joints are ranked as the third most popular type of medical marijuana. Most people prefer pre-rolls because the product is discreet, moderately inexpensive and disposable. Despite popular belief, pre-rolled options contain the same high-quality cannabis that most dispensaries sell in flower form, making them a smart purchase for all types of users.

Hopefully, this article has provided you with some valuable information that sheds light on current and up-and-coming marijuana products. For more information, consider paying a visit to your local dispensary.