The Basics: Microdosing

You might have heard the term “micro dose” tossed around here and there but ever wonder what it actually means? Maybe you’ve been curious about the benefits of microdosing or maybe you’re trying to figure out the right dose for you. We answer all that and then some below and if after reading this, you’re looking to personally experience how microdosing can benefit you, Black Rabbit’s online dispensary has got you covered with same day weed delivery and weed delivery Canada wide.

What is a microdose?

A microdose can be defined as a very small amount (one-20th to one-tenth of a recreational dose) of a drug used to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable side effects. Microdosing is all about the maximum benefit from the minimum amount.

Why microdose?

There are a lot of benefits to microdosing but people may be more familiar with micro dosing LSD or psylocibin, the act of microdosing cannabis specifically, is still somewhat new. The reality is more and more individuals are looking to enhance their everyday lives and sometimes that will involve microdosing a natural aid. The beauty of microdosing is that it’s not meant to impede your functionality, you’re not meant to feel high, you shouldn’t be tripping out and there’s definitely no couch lock – it regulates mood, it boosts creativity, it’s therapeutic. 

The endocannabinoid system

One hurdle with microdosing is finding the right dose for you. As with any drug, dosage and tolerance will vary from individual to individual and that’s because of our endocannabinoid systems.

We know that all humans have a cell-signaling system known as the endocannabinoid system and we break down that system here but as a refresher “the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex, cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC.” The ECS is a complex communications system found in the brain and body that is capable of interacting with the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

The ECS is comprised of three main components: endocannabinoids – small molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors, receptors – found throughout the body and functionally bind to endocannabinoids signalling to the ECS that an action needs to take place i.e. relieve pain and enzymes – responsible for breaking down the endocannabinoids once they’ve carried out their function. When interacting with cannabinoids, all three components of the ECS work together, ultimately helping to regulate and bring balance to human functions such as sleep, appetite and pain sensation – this support however varies from person to person and will impact dosing.

Determining the right dose for you

According to physician and Reiki healer Dustin Sulak a way to determine the best microdose for you is to do the following – “abstain from cannabis for two days. On day three, consume one milligram of THC and one milligram of CBD, preferably in a tincture or oil where they can be measured precisely. Before consuming, ask yourself three questions, and answer on a scale of one to 10: How easy is it to breathe, how comfortable and calm does your body feel and how easy is it for you to smile authentically, to feel content and grateful?”. Once you grade yourself on these questions, consume the one milligram of THC and one milligram of CBD then wait 45 minutes and ask the questions again. If there’s been no change, increase your dose by one milligram. Repeat the process over the next few days increasing doses by small increments, once you reach a point where you feel a distinct difference after consuming, you’ve found the right microdose for you.

According to Sulak, “the idea that THC is recreational and CBD is medical is far from true,” he says. “THC, milligram for milligram, has a much greater therapeutic effect than CBD. You could treat pain with 3 mg of THC, but it might take 15 to 30 mg of CBD to attain the same relief.” If you’re looking for overall wellbeing Sulak recommends combining the two compounds.

The benefits of microdosing

Again microdosing isn’t just limited to cannabis, psilocybin is great for it too. The most frequently reported benefits linked to microdosing cannabis and psilocybin include improved focus – think concentration, conscious awareness, mindfulness, attentiveness. Improved mood is another, impacting happiness, appreciation of life, optimism. Finally, there’s enhanced creativity, clarity of thought and self-efficacy which improves motivation and confidence.

If you’re looking to go the psilocybin route, the Reservoir Expand, Focus and Immunity capsules are a great intro into micro dosing. Prefer tinctures, perhaps in your morning smoothie? Check out our tincture offering here.

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Have we sold you on the concept of microdosing? Regardless of your answer, give it a go and remember you’re going to need some cannabis or psilocybin for your research – we’ve got everything you need on Black Rabbit’s online dispensary so check out our shops today!

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