Newest research shows that you don’t even need to smoke a fat bowl to reap the medical benefits of cannabis. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or similar conditions, you might benefit from microdosing weed, a new trend in the medical cannabis field.

It’s no secret that before recreational cannabis use was legalized, many consumers came down with a sudden case of “achy back” or other mild medical maladies in order to shop at dispensaries. That’s not to say the medical benefits of cannabis are overhyped—on the contrary! Scientific research continues to identify new conditions that weed can treat, and millions of patients have seen a legitimate increase in the quality of their lives thanks to our crystally green friend.

What is microdosing?

Microdosing is pretty much what it sounds like: consuming small quantities of cannabis to get the medical benefits without the psychoactive effects. This is especially beneficial to people who want relief from certain conditions but don’t want to feel high all the time. Microdosing also addresses the conundrum of how, for some people, consuming too much weed to treat a condition can often have the opposite effect. For example, THC results in anxiety and paranoia for some consumers, which isn’t ideal for people who want to treat their anxiety or stress with cannabis. That’s where microdosing comes in.

What conditions can microdosing weed treat?

In addition to anxiety, stress, depression, and chronic pain, microdosing studies have shown that it helps treat people with a range of different conditions, including:

  • PTSD
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Insomnia
  • Attention disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia

This list is nowhere near comprehensive, and it will naturally expand as research continues into microdosing and the general medical benefits of cannabis.

What is the ideal dosage for microdosing weed?

Just as the same strain of weed can produce different effects in different people, microdosing is a personalized affair that requires a bit of trial and error to figure out. Different metabolisms, genetics, tolerance levels, and other factors can influence how much a hit of weed hits you, so it’s a good idea to start small and go from there.

According to various experts, an ideal starting point is 2.5 milligrams, which you should maintain for about three days before increasing if necessary. Also, before you start your personal microdosing trials, abstain from all weed for about 48 hours to reset your cannabinoid receptors back to a neutral baseline.

Which cannabis product is best for microdosing?

It might be hard to find flower or concentrate that you can divide into 2.5 milligram doses, but there are other options. Most tinctures and oils are packaged in ways that make it easy to accurately control the dosage. Edible products such as candies and mints typically start at small dosages (such as 5 and 10 milligrams) that are easy to divide in half or quarters. However, baked goods usually come with higher milligram counts, and the potency is often not equally distributed, which makes them less than ideal products for microdosing.

What about microdosing CBD?

Microdosing is a great way to control your THC intake, but CBD-heavy products are usually mild enough in general to render microdosing irrelevant. However, there are potential benefits to adding CBD to your THC microdosing regimen. Studies show that when used together, THC and CBD offer a wider therapeutic window, resulting in fewer THC side effects and more medical benefits.

Microdosing-friendly cannabis products at Balboa Ave Cooperative in San Diego

If you want to enjoy the medicinal benefits of cannabis without getting high, microdosing might be the answer. Stop in to peruse our selection of edibles, oils, and other microdosing-friendly cannabis products at Balboa Ave Cooperative, or check out our full cannabis menu here.