What is micro-dosing?

A great high vs a bad trip starts with how much you consume. 

Micro-dosing is the practice of ingesting a much smaller dose of a medication than is normally used. It’s a practice most often discussed with psychoactive substances such as LSD, but recently people have started to apply the practice to cannabis and its popular ingredients, THC and CBD.

You can micro-dose using:

  • Edibles that contain a small amount of of THC in each serving, allowing you to build on your desired experience
  • Tinctures
  • Oils
  • Vaporizers or vape pens
  • Handheld pipes or “one hitters”

Mind your dose: of the above options, tinctures, oils, and edibles allow users to control the dosage more accurately. 

Why micro-dose cannabis?

Taking a small amount may help to access the helpful effects without engaging negative side effects like a psychoactive high. Micro-dosing cannabis can also be helpful for those who are trying to avoid triggering the wrong side of something called a biphasic effect. 

When a substance (like THC) has a biphasic effect, it means that it can produce two opposing effects depending on the dose of the substance taken. Consider, for example, alcohol, which at low doses might make someone feel a bit energized, happy, and chatty but at high doses might leave them sedated, depressed, and antisocial. 

For many substances, these biphasic effects are important because the dose taken can dramatically impact the effect it has on the human body. And with cannabis, multiple biphasic effects have been noted.

What is the optimal dosage for micro-dosing cannabis?

There is so much variance in regards to the amount of THC that will result in feeling high. This is affected by individual differences in liver metabolism, genetics of cannabinoid receptors, and tolerance, to name a few. The goal is to use the dose that gives the most minimal noticeable effect.  Consuming too much THC at one time can overstimulate the body’s receptors and cause the two main side effects of cannabis consumption: anxiety and paranoia.

First time micro-dosers should start low and go slow. A good amount is 2.5 milligrams. Maintain that level for about three days, and increase if necessary.