Liz Filmer
01 Mar 2022

Micro-dosing is just what it says. It’s taking “micro” “doses” of cannabis to give you the effects you want but without the full psychoactive impact that can completely overwhelm you and your ability to get on with the rest of your day.

Many people find that they experience better results from micro-dosing compared to when they take larger doses. Many experts agree that the best way to take advantage of the plant’s full range of therapeutic powers is by using a low regular dosage. 

THC has so much more than just getting you “high”. It is a powerful pain reliever, has inflammatory properties and is an excellent aid for overcoming insomnia and inducing a relaxed state of mind. It will only provide relief up to a point, though. Once you have passed that point or “optimum dosage”, the THC stops encouraging relaxation and relief of mental and physical ailments and will start triggering debilitating conditions. Anxiety is a perfect example of this. 

In everyday life, you will find many people who agree that micro-dosing whilst undertaking work tasks and the demands of daily life makes them feel more energised, creative, focused and confident in themselves and the work they are doing.

If you are thinking of trying micro-dosing, an excellent place to start is with 1-2.5mg of THC per dose. You should maintain this for at least two days and then, if necessary, increase your dosage by 1mg at a time until you achieve your desired state. If you’re a regular or heavy cannabis user with a high tolerance, it is advisable to abstain entirely for at least two days before you begin micro-dosing. Otherwise, you may struggle to feel the effects at all.

Edibles, oils, tinctures, candies and gummies are just a small selection of the range available, some of which are conveniently packaged in micro-dosed portions of around 1-2mg. When buying more oversized products that are not solely specified for micro-dosing, such as oils or a chocolate bar, look for ones with a THC content of under 10mg THC per serving. This is considered “low dose”.

Look for products with a higher ratio of CBD to THC. This ensures that you benefit from the well documented “entourage effect” and take in a fuller spectrum of cannabinoids. CBD also boasts many of its unique attributes, such as its power to ease anxiety and the fact that it can help to dampen down the psychoactive effects of THC.

If smoking or vaping is your thing, there are products available such as calibrated vape pens that cleverly deliver a measured hit each time you inhale and vibrate to tell you when you have taken the micro-dosed amount.

Smoking and vaping the old fashioned way is not the most accurate method to micro-dose as it is challenging to get a consistent hit each time. It is an excellent place to start if you are not too concerned about getting an utterly exact dose each time. Try a lower strength flower or vape oil, and limit yourself to one/two puffs every so often. It will take a bit of experimentation to find the right level, but once you do, this can be an easy way to feel the benefits of micro-dosing.

The ultimate goal of micro-dosing is to find the lowest, most effective dose for each individual. It is an amount that delivers what you need when you need it, but without overpowering you or your abilities to get on with the day. 

Liz Filmer