Weedhorn's 'Start Your 90-Day #GetHealthyWithCannabis Challenge' has gotten me thinking more and more about how cannabis is not about being 'recreational' or 'medical', it is essentially about personal wellness.
The question that comes up over and over with patients I interact with at HelloMD is "How do I use cannabis to promote my own optimal wellness?" In some ways this is the million dollar question as cannabis is highly personal and what works for one person may not work for another. For this reason, I am hesitant to give advice on dosage or specific 'cannabis cures'. That said, if there is one thing I am never shy of espousing it's the health benefits of cannabis microdosing.
Microdosing is what I consider to be one of the biggest new cannabis trends of 2017. The practice of microdosing is when a consumer ingests low doses of cannabis in order to create a desired effect. This may be to relieve pain, but equally so, it may be to elevate one's mood, reduce anxiety, be more of a creative thinker, or even to focus attention. People not familiar with cannabis often assume that if a person takes marijuana in any form the sole reason is to get couch-locked-stoned-out-of-their-mind. Of course this may be the case for some, but this has little to do with microdosing.
</div></blockquote></div><p>Microdosing has several benefits and as an avid microdoser myself, I am a huge proponent. Two to three times daily I microdose cannabis tinctures that are high ration CBD to THC. As a result, my magic formula <a href="https://www.hellomd.com/health-wellness/micro-dosing-cannabis-stopped-my-chronic-pain" target="_blank">prevents the chronic migraines</a> that cursed my existence for twenty plus years (that counts for a lot of migraines). The side effect of my microdosing is a general sense of calm, which I view as a positive addition to my life, and zero psychoactivity. </p><p>The other benefit of microdosing, even in higher ratios of THC, is that when ingesting such small quantities, you are able to maintain an active lifestyle. If you are a cannabis enthusiast, microdosing is a great way to ease daily stress or stay productive without the full blown effect of smoking or vaping. Lastly, if you are considering cannabis for the first time, microdosing is an easy onramp to test the waters, without the fear of overdoing it.<br></p><p><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3566631/" target="_blank">Recent studies have also shown</a> that microdosing may create more of a positive net-net effect than macrodosing. This is due to what is known as the biphasic effect. What this means is that a substance such as cannabis will induce a positive effect in low doses but when a certain threshold is crossed a positive experience may turn negative with higher dosing. Most people have experienced this with alcohol. The first two glasses of wine may make you feel giddy and conversational, yet by the third glass you feel sleepy and start to have a headache. That is the biphasic effect at work.</p><div id="899b0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="N2NWRL1486057237"><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"> <div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BPS22SmA1uY/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">Instagram photo by The Biggest Cannabis Community • Jan 15, 2017 at 6:12pm UTC</a></p> </div></blockquote></div><p>This year has marked the addition of many new products to the market with microdosing in mind. This is great news for anyone who has been disappointed by dispensaries that consistently push edible chocolate bars with 1000mg of THC or flower boasting 20% THC or vape oil cartridges that can go as high as 99%.<br></p><p>Typically, a micro dosed product, such as an edible, will contain anywhere from 1mg to 5mg of THC (and/or CBD). A great measure for anyone new to cannabis is to start at 2.5mg and to wait and see what the overall effect is. For many 2.5mg may be too little and 5mg may be the perfect amount. A great place to start microdosing with vape oil cartridges are to seek out strains that have higher ratios of CBD to THC. A favorite of mine are strains that are 3:1 CBD to THC. </p><p>In some upcoming blog posts on HelloMD I will be posting multiple reviews on my favorite new micro dosed products that are on the market in California.</p>