If you are a person who loves cannabis, then the idea of microdosing – or taking smaller doses than normal, more often throughout the day – might not make a whole lot of sense to you. After all, who wouldn’t want to simply smoke to their heart’s content?
However, we all know that it’s not incredibly convenient to have a massive attack of the munchies right in the middle of a work meeting, to constantly be forgetting what your boss told you about the reports you need to do, or to have a hard time focusing.
On the other hand, if you only take cannabis to manage medical symptoms, then microdosing may be exactly the answer you’ve been looking for. It’s a convenient way to gain all the benefits of smoking and maintain the perfect “buzz” for your daily routine with ease.
Microdosing gives you the ability to control the balance of cannabis in your system throughout the day by taking smaller doses more often. By doing this, you can stay at the same desirable “level” all day long.
If we’ve got your attention now, it may well be time for you to trade in your bong for a DART so you can join the microdosing movement. Keep reading to find out how it works!
First Of All, What Exactly Is MicroDosing?
Microdosing was first invented by Albert Hoffman, the scientist who discovered LSD, as a way to keep a small amount of LSD in his system at all times -- WITHOUT going on a full-blown trip every day.1
Considering he lived until he was 102 and was extremely successful in his lifetime, he offers a pretty good example for the rest of us.1
Microdosing is based on the idea that taking bigger doses of cannabis - i.e. having a big smoking session with your bong - may give you a very powerful effect but it can also wear off more quickly.
If you give yourself smaller doses more often, however – you’ll be able to get all the effects you want and have your perfect balance of cannabis all day long without interruptions. And it is amazingly helpful for smokers of all types, especially those who are looking for alternative ways to manage the following symptoms.
The #1 medicinal use of herb in the world today is controlling chronic pain. People who suffer from fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathic pain of all kinds may find immense relief by smoking cannabis.2
It can even help to reduce nausea, pain, vomiting and loss of appetite that people commonly experience when going through chemotherapy treatments for cancer.3
Microdosing may be helpful in controlling these symptoms because it allows you to raise the levels of cannabis in your bloodstream intentionally to a specific level where you find relief, and then maintain that level all day long.
This prevents you from having relief right after smoking and then a couple hours later feeling aggravated that it is already back again. Microdosing can keep your pain consistently at bay.
The research of cannabis’ effect on mental health has been astounding. It shows great promise in the management of everything from Tourettes to Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and even Schizophrenia.2
While none of this article qualifies as a prescription or a recommendation, microdosing can be helpful here as well. Here’s why.
Instead of taking a massive dose of cannabis in the morning and then having it wear off by lunchtime, microdosing acts more like a timed release so you experience relief from your symptoms through lunch, all through the afternoon, and late into the evening if you work late.
No more, “good morning, cruddy afternoon” syndrome!
Of course, the list of reasons to smoke cannabis medically or recreationally goes on and on and on. There is an amazing amount of research into the benefits of cannabis – so much in fact that the odds are in your favor: if you have some ailment, then cannabis may be able to help you.
The studies support possible benefits for asthma, osteoporosis, liver health, and insomnia or sleep disorders.2 Even more remarkable studies point to possible anti-cancerous properties.2
Perhaps you simply enjoy the gentle “high” feeling you get when you smoke. Whatever your reasons for smoking flower in the first place, microdosing is an awesome way to maintain your ideal headspace at all times.
How To Microdose Cannabis
So exactly how will you microdose cannabis? We’re sure there are many ways to do it, but we’ve found this particular method to be very easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
First, you’ll need one of our DART systems. JK, sort of! Strictly speaking it’s not necessary to buy our convenient portable one-hitter, but it sure does make it easier because of the automatic cleaning mechanism that makes it perfect for microdosing.
Before you get started microdosing, you’ll need to come up with a scale for rating how you are feeling – and take your “baseline” measurements. So before you start, ask yourself how you feel on a scale from 1-10 about these questions:
- How comfortable and calm does your body feel?
- How well are you able to function and complete your daily tasks?
- How would you rate your symptoms?
For instance, if you wanted pain relief or if you wanted to feel happier, how do you feel now? Once you have your baseline without any cannabis in your system, you’re ready to start microdosing.
*With a DART system, you can carry all of your favorite types of flower with you at all times and easily microdose using the sleek DART which allows up to 6 hits at a time. Clean-up is a breeze with our spring-loaded ash ejector technology. Check out our selection here
The Hourly MicroDosing Method
Note: The following is a starting point for experimentation and does not qualify as medical advice.
Step One: take one single puff of cannabis at the beginning of the first hour.
Step Two: write down how you feel using the scale above after one hour. Every hour after this first hour, you will add one more puff to your dose for the hour.
So for hour two, you’ll take 2 puffs, for hour three, you’ll take 3, and so on and so forth.
Step Three: keep raising your dose until you see no further improvement in your scores. If your average score starts to go down (for instance, your symptoms start to become worse with higher doses), then you’ve found your maximum effective dose.
To find out how much cannabis you have in your system currently, divide how much you’ve smoked in the last 3 hours (since cannabis gives you a high for 3 hours) and divide by 3. For instance: 4 puffs + 5 puffs + 6 puffs = 15 puffs.
So to keep yourself at that level, you’d need to take 5 puffs every hour.
Step Four: Continue to take the average dose for every 3 hours and you will remain at your peak all the time!
The legalization of medical and recreational cannabis has literally rocked the scientific community – the interesting thing is that there is no one standardized dose that works for every person.
That’s why microdosing is one of the biggest growing movements in medical cannabis today. We hope you’ve enjoyed our primer on how microdosing works.
The DART is the microdoser’s perfect toolkit: it contains a technologically-advanced “one-hitter” (put in quotes because it actually allows you to take up to 6 hits before cleaning) with spring-loaded ash cleaning mechanism and multiple airtight containers for holding your favorite flowers.
If you’re interested in getting started with microdosing cannabis in your life, then check out the supplies you’ll need to make it easy today.