(Hint: it’s the next big trend in cannabis wellness)
By: Cyrus Sepahbodi
From Silicon Valley biohackers looking to increase productivity to professional creatives who want to maximize extra moments of genius, microdosing with THC and CBD is the new fire trend spreading in the cannabis world. Even people with more mainstream wellness habits are beginning to embrace the trend, since the legalization of hemp CBD due to the 2018 Farm Bill . Microdosing is the practice of taking small doses of cannabis, more specifically its two main cannabinoids THC and CBD, throughout the day. By taking smaller doses more consistently, people who microdose reap the benefits of cannabis throughout the day without the immediate psychoactivity that comes from inhaling or prolonged duration from ingesting. If you have already tried microdosing before, please read my article about microdosing with tinctures. For those of you who are cannacurious, or want a more personalized introduction to cannabis, then microdosing is a great way to start. In this article you will read about how microdosing works in the body, the benefits of microdosing, as well as some recommendations for getting started.
Microdosing THC & CBD Takes Wellness to a New LevelTHC and CBD, the primary cannabinoids in cannabis are amazing at helping to manage pain, reduce inflammation, mitigate stress and anxiety, and can be microdosed easily every day. Historically, people have preferred inhalation and ingestion to receive their cannabinoids. While these methods are viable, they can increase the chance of psychoactivity. Microdosing is a measured method of receiving the benefits of THC and CBD on the cellular level without the psychoactive feeling typically associated with higher doses. This makes microdosing an attractive option for people who are trying cannabis for the first time. In the case of THC microdosing, taking smaller doses more spread out will provide you with stress reduction, pain relief, and improved sleep without the immediate effects of psychoactivity. When microdosing with CBD, the cannabinoid is stored in your fat cells which allows it to act on the precursors for pain and inflammation.
“Cannabis in microdose form has been found to be helpful for a wide variety of physical ailments: chronic pain, nausea, inflammation, indigestion, fibromyalgia, PTSD-associated insomnia, even nightmares. But it also helps with mood: It can boost interest in one’s surroundings, creativity, happiness, and focus, while also combating stress.” – The Cut
For those of you like me who use cannabis for pain relief and stress reduction, changing to a more balanced microdose approach can be beneficial. I personally microdose because I require pain relief for my back, to help me sleep, and to help me keep focus while optimizing my day. Microdosing can take your wellness to a new level by allowing you to maintain balance instead of using cannabis inconsistently. And the best part, if you need a higher dose, you can always take a higher dose.
How does Microdosing Work in the Body?
Each one of us has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) within our bodies. The ECS maintains physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory. When we feel off-balance, we can supplement our naturally occuring endocannabinoids with phytocannabinoids, the chemical compounds found in cannabis. Most individuals have heard of THC and CBD, but there are over 100 other cannabinoids found in cannabis that can act on the receptors of the ECS. By introducing a smaller amount of cannabinoids each day, we keep our endocannabinoid system saturated, find equilibrium, and feel more at ease.
The ECS has two primary receptors (CB1 and CB2) throughout our bodies. CB1 receptors are located in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord) while CB2 receptors are located in the peripheral nervous system as well as the digestive system and specialized cells in the immune system. When you microdose, the natural cannabinoids and phytonutrients found in cannabis communicate with these receptors.
Benefits of Microdosing THC and CBD
- The gradual benefits of THC without immediate psychoactivity.
- Cumulative benefits: a little every day keeps your body in balance.
- Functional & preventative medicine: a way to reduce tension and find relief every day.
- A smaller dose of cannabinoids saturates the endocannabinoid system and keeps you in balance.
- When microdosing your body stores a surplus of the cannabinoids in your fat cells and acts on the precursors for inflammation.
Ready to Give CBD Microdosing a Try?
Optimal Dose for Microdosing CannabisHow much should I take to microdose? Cannabis is a personalized medicine, and every person has different needs so it depends. Start low and slow with 2.5 mg twice per day for four days and increase as needed until you find the right amount for you. Pro-tip: dose once in the morning after breakfast and once 15 minutes before sleep. Although this is only a recommendation, each person is different and dosing is very personal. Experiment with what works best for you; microdosing can give you the opportunity to titrate your dosage and find the ratios that work best for you at different moments during your day. I microdose cannabis every day. In fact, I microdose with THC and CBD every couple hours to keep my body and mind in balance. For those looking to get started with microdosing I suggest starting with tinctures first. Taking a tincture is quick and the effects are immediate. My personal favorites are Papa & Barkley’s Hemp CBD drops, 1:1 Releaf Tincture, and the complete line of Microdose Tinctures . If you haven’t tried microdosing with CBD and THC it is definitely time to give it a try. Give microdosing a shot, your body will thank you.
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