Sometimes less is more when it comes to cannabis consumption.

Microdosing could be the most effective style of cannabis consumption for Michigan dispensary shoppers, according to a study from the University of Chicago.

The study gave participants both a stressful and non-stressful task to complete. They also gave participants a 0 mg, 7.5 mg, or 12.5 mg dose of THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Compared to placebo, 7.5 mg of THC significantly reduced anxiety and made the stressful task feel less challenging. 12.5 mg of THC had the opposite effect, increasing negative feelings, and making a stressful job seem even more intimidating and harder to do. 

This is just one study, and higher dosages might be more useful for treating conditions besides stress and anxiety. Nonetheless, it’s part of a growing body of evidence to suggest that a low dose of cannabis can be just as effective, if not more, than a higher amount.

More benefits, fewer side effects.

Lower cannabis doses could be the answer for Michigan dispensary visitors who want to maximize benefits, minimize side effects, and avoid feeling high.

That’s where microdosing comes in.

Microdosing means taking the smallest possible dose to get your ideal benefits. Microdoses are sub-perceptual and don’t make you feel high.

Microdosing can even help you focus. “If your job is to throw yourself into a subject and filter out extraneous stuff, a little THC could help you do it,” says cannabis expert Jahan Marcu. 

On the flip side, microdosing can help at bedtime too. Charlotte Palermino, a writer for Cosmopolitan, experimented with cannabis microdosing while on a six-day work trip. “My sleep was regular and consistent,” she writes. “As a result, my eye bags were nowhere to be seen, and my energy levels, other than the few moments where I took too many edibles, were higher than average.” 

Her back pain was gone too. “While I knew THC was a good remedy for my back pain anecdotally from my years of flying, after a haul from NYC to LA, I typically have a few days where I’m stiff and lumber around until the pain lessens. This time, from my back’s perspective, I felt fine.”

Michigan dispensary customers have found various benefits from microdosing like reduced anxiety, sharpened focus, better sleep, and improved pain management. At the same time, they’ve reduced side effects like lethargy and paranoia. 

Still, it’s essential to keep in mind that every person is different, and results can vary. What might be a stress relief for one person could induce paranoia or self-consciousness for another.

Controlled dosing of THC

Find your minimum effective dose.

Current cannabis consumers should start with a tolerance break to find their minimum effective dose. Abstain from consumption for two days to sufficiently reduce your tolerance. 

Once the levels are adequately reduced, Dustin Sulak, an osteopathic physician and medicinal cannabis expert based in Maine, has a reliable system to help find your ideal dose.

1. Evaluate.

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?”

“How easy is it for you to smile authentically, to feel content and grateful?”

2. First dose.

Take one milligram of THC and one milligram of CBD (here’s a pro tip, use a tincture for more precise measurement). At Timber’s Muskegon, Michigan dispensary, our tinctures and oils are marked with THC and CBD quantities, making it easy to get the right dosage.

3. Wait and see.

After 45 minutes, ask yourself the questions again. Have your scores changed? If not, and you’ve felt no effect, increase the dose by one milligram. You may want to wait longer for edibles, as it can take more than an hour for effects to kick in.

4. Consistency is the key.

Continue the process over the next few days and stick to small increments. When you feel a difference after consuming, you’ve found your minimum effective dose.

Better results.

Sulak surveyed 48 daily cannabis consumers who followed his microdosing system. Since beginning the protocol, the new microdosing consumers had cut their consumption in half, and they were getting better results. “You’re saving money,” he says. “If you’re a smoker, you’re saving smoke exposure to your lungs, and having fewer side effects.”

Drop by our Muskegon, Michigan provisioning center, and let us help you make the most of your microdosing journey. We offer a wide range of tinctures, oils, flower, edibles, concentrates, and vapes, and our trained, helpful staff will guide you to the best products for your lifestyle and needs.   

Click here to learn more about the products available at our Muskegon dispensary.