Consuming cannabis isn’t what it used to be. Now, it doesn’t have to involve feeling like your brain is working in slow motion, that any move is energy-draining, or that you want to eat everything in your kitchen (though there’s nothing wrong with that every once in a while). Enter microdosing.
Why Try Microdosing?
The microdosing phenomenon is gaining quick popularity as the preferred style of consumption for cannabis users seeking more control over their effects and who don’t want to feel stoned. Microdosing cannabis can involve taking very small amounts of THC periodically throughout the day in order to gain the medical effects of THC, while avoiding the often-unwanted psychoactive effects that can get in the way of life (see: above).
Unlike smoking an entire joint or hitting a packed bong, microdosing puts such a small amount of THC into your system that it will likely affect your mood for the better, but not confine you to the couch.
Microdosing can be an option for those curious about exploring cannabis and finding the optimal dose that works well with their lifestyle. It also may appeal to people who want the benefits of THC and CBD without the buzz, which may not coincide with a busy lifestyle (or a demanding job, where being glassy-eyed at meeting isn’t a good look). Benefits of microdosing cannabis can include relaxation, anxiety reduction, increased focus, and heightened creativity.
“Microdosing affords many consumers with an option to manage a variety of need states with light, customisable doses and still go about their daily activities,” says Leah Thiel, VP Marketing, at Indiva, a celebrated Canadian cannabis edibles company. “Consumers often turn to microdosing to ease pain, anxiety, and to be able to focus on work and daily life.”
The New Jewels Cannabis Tarts Make Microdosing Simple
While it can be challenging to find the right product, depending on user preferences, Indiva’s latest innovation, Jewels Cannabis Tarts, provides a microdosing experience that can be easily incorporated into the routine of users. The easy-on-the-palate tarts feature only one milligram of THC in the strawberry flavoured tarts, and one milligram of THC and one milligram of CBD in each raspberry flavoured tablet.
Portable and discreet, the Jewels Cannabis Tarts are designed as a low dose edible option for Canadians looking for a convenient microdosing product to consume everywhere from the office to dinner with the in-laws. “In small doses, cannabis can help some people manage their day and still be creative, productive, and present,” says Thiel.
Thiel says that some Jewels Cannabis consumers report positive effects of relaxation, focus, clarity, and creativity.
Despite the legalization of cannabis and the emergence of widespread dispensaries throughout Canada, however, there are still some misconceptions surrounding cannabis use.
“There is still work to be done educating Canadian consumers on both the merits and risks of cannabis use,” says Thiel. “One of the biggest gaps between the legal cannabis market and the illicit market still lies in edibles. Edibles cannot exceed 10 milligrams of THC per package, while the illicit market has no limits, with gummies claiming to have hundreds of mgs of THC per package. Until that legislation is updated, the illicit edibles market will continue to thrive and exceed the legal market.”
How to Start Microdosing
As with any cannabis consumption, Thiel advises microdosers to follow Health Canada guidelines. “Start low and go slow, and never drive or operate heavy machinery,” she says.
While it’s possible to microdose via a joint or bongs, it’s often safer to start with low-dosage legal edibles in order to more accurately control your intake.
“Someone who is experienced with THC may consider 10 milligrams a microdose, while a beginner should only take 2mg. Generally, microdosing means taking between 1-2.5 milligrams of THC, and that is perfect to get you started,” reads an Indiva blog post on the topic. “After that, figuring out your own perfect dose will require some trial and error until you nail down the amount you need to take.”
The industry experts at Indiva suggest that microdosing may involve some experimentation to determine the appropriate amount – so you may want to do so on a day you have no commitments. They recommend taking a single dose and waiting a few hours to repeat the dose. Because the idea is not to get high, consumers generally want to take the dosage every few hours during the day, consuming their last dose before they go to sleep at night.
“Continue to dose at your chosen level for a few days, even if you feel no psychoactive effects,” reads the blog post. “Sometimes, the same dosage level can begin to deliver stronger effects after a couple of days. Always pay attention to how you feel and if any type of high kicks in, reduce the dosage.”