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Sometimes, too much of a good thing can do more harm than good. As the benefits of THC in cannabis become more widely known, researched and appreciated, an increasing number of people are turning to microdosing. Typically associated with hallucinogens like LSD, microdosing refers to taking small amounts of a drug. In relation to cannabis, microdosing users can reap the medical benefits of THC while avoiding the psychoactive effects.

For years, THC has been recognized for its effects on reducing pain, treating insomnia, depression, and stress and improving mood. Microdosing is a great way for first-time users or people with little experience to manage their symptoms, while slowly and comfortably increasing their tolerance. A recent study from 2012 found that patients with advanced cancer who didn’t respond to traditional opioids reported a greater reduction in pain when put on a lower dose of cannabinoids, compared to patients who received higher doses.

The optimal dosage depends on individual differences in liver metabolism, genetics, as well as previous usage and habits. Most experts recommend starting with 2.5 milligrams of THC and maintaining the level for 3-5 days before increasing.

For microdosing users, there’s plenty of options out there. Experts generally recommend steering clear of edibles – as tasty as they might be, they tend to be notoriously unreliable in delivering a low dose of THC. Better methods include tinctures and oils, as well as sublingual application. The latter refers to placing a few drops of cannabis tincture or CBD oil under the tongue. The first effects usually emerge within 20 minutes – much faster than when swallowing the oil or tincture. The sublingual application also avoids the first pass effect of the liver and enters the bloodstream faster.

Whichever method you chose, remember to start low and slow: take your time to build your tolerance and experience the fantastic medical benefits microdosing cannabis has to offer.

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