As more interest in CBD has led to more research, people have also begun wondering about the practice of microdosing. What is it, and how can it help medical marijuana patients?
What Is CBD?
Before you learn about cannabidiol microdosing and its benefits, it’s important to understand what cannabidiol is.
Cannabidiol is the second-most common cannabinoid in cannabis, after THC. A large amount of research exists on this cannabinoid, although there is still much to discover about it.
Cannabidiol contrasts with THC in that it is not psychoactive. In fact, cannabidiol appears to moderate some of THC’s psychoactive effects.
On its own, cannabidiol appears to have an energizing, uplifting effect. Unlike THC, cannabidiol appears to stimulate activity and creativity, allowing people to focus and accomplish tasks. It also increases enjoyment of those tasks. In addition, it appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. It may also act as an appetite suppressant.
How to Use Cannabidiol
Recently, people have been making quite the fuss about CBD. It appears to have many of the same benefits as THC, without any of the unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness, confusion, or even paranoia in rare cases.
The most popular way to take cannabidiol is as an oil. These oils can be almost pure cannabidiol, with relatively low THC content.
As with any form of medical marijuana, there are several ways to administer cannabidiol. Oils are popular, although other methods of administration are also used.
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing is the art of achieving the same or greater effects with less of the medication. It was pioneered by the discoverer of LSD, who appears to have microdosed with that substance for the last 20 years of his life.
When you microdose, you are effectually training the body to respond to a small dose of the desired medication. For those practicing CBD microdosing, this would be cannabidiol.
Why microdose? It’s about working with the lowest possible dose for you. Cannabis is a substance that tends to have opposite, negative effects in higher doses, so using the lowest effective dose may be critical to symptom relief.
Other benefits of microdosing include minimizing side effects, minimizing the amount of the substance you need to take, lowering the costs of your medication, and more.
How Do You Microdose?
Your doctor or the medical experts at a medical cannabis clinic should start you on a low dose. This is in line with the advice to start low and go slow.
Microdosing involves using the lowest possible effective dosage. Unfortunately, guidelines are hard to come by because this will be different for every medical cannabis patient.
This involves some trial and error. Again, it’s important to start low and go slow. Don’t assume a higher dose will yield more effective treatment. Instead, work on gradually increasing your dosage until you find the optimal level for you.
Should You Microdose?
As noted, microdosing has quite a few benefits. The biggest one, of course, is that you can find your optimal dosage. You’ll minimize side effects and the cost of your medication as well.
If you want to get started with CBD microdosing, talk to your doctor or the experts at a medical cannabis clinic. They may be able to offer advice.