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Microdosing THC Gummies: Dosage Tips and Tricks

Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Denise Foster, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE 
11/20/23

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Once upon a time, dosing cannabis edibles was about elusively going big or going home. But not anymore. The trend of microdosing THC is taking the cannabis world by storm, offering a nuanced, personalized, and educated approach to cannabis consumption.

Microdosing, as the name suggests, is about consuming small amounts of a psychoactive substance to reap subtle benefits without the intense effects

This technique is typically applied to classic psychedelics like magic mushrooms (psilocybin) and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), but now microdosing is being applied to cannabis compounds.

While there isn’t much scientific research surrounding microdosing benefits, many people are sharing their personal accounts of microdosing cannabinoids like THC to help with their overall mood and creativity and reduce stress. 

Microdosing Strategies & Maximizing THC Effects

Consider this article your in-depth guide to the potential benefits of microdosing THC, microdosing strategies, and how to maximize THC benefits.

But before we dive into this topic, we want to add a quick disclaimer — THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive substance that has the potential to affect perception and cognition and should be used responsibly. 

This article is designed for educational purposes and aims to share information and perspectives. It does not, in any capacity, replace professional medical advice or recommendations.

With that out of the way, let’s get into some highlights. 

Key Takeaways: Microdosing THC 

  • Microdosing THC involves consuming minimal amounts to achieve subtle benefits without overpowering effects.
  • THC’s potential benefits include mood enhancement, focus improvement, and pain management, though experiences vary.
  • How much is a microdose of THC? It can differ for everyone, but experts recommend starting with 1-2.5 mg a dose.
  • Optimal THC microdosing strategies recommend starting low, waiting between doses, and using pre-measured gummies for consistency.
  • Hemp-derived THC products offer a legal alternative to marijuana in areas where it’s not sanctioned.
  • Just because you paid more for a product doesn’t guarantee a THC gummy’s effectiveness. Be sure to do your research before experimenting with microdosing a cannabis product. 

What Are The Potential Benefits of Microdosing THC?

Anecdotal reports indicate that microdosing THC can: 

  • Enhanced mood
  • Improved focus
  • Heightened sense of well-being 

While there are robust studies showcasing the therapeutic potential of cannabis for various conditions, specific research on microdosing is limited. 

Some surveys, like those conducted within the patient communities, show a preference for microdosing to manage symptoms like anxiety, pain, and mood disturbances; high THC dosages can interfere with cognition [1, 2].

Still, while insightful, these reviews don’t offer the rigorous control and methodologies of more established scientific studies.

What is Considered A Microdose of THC?

A microdose is a fraction of a standard dose. Standard doses can vary based on the product and individual. Still, many consider 5-10mg of THC a common dose for an average consumer, which means a microdose usually falls below this, often in the 1-2.5mg range.

If you’re smoking cannabis, getting precise low doses can be tricky, which is where microdosing THC gummies containing standardized amounts of THC can be a helpful place to start.

We’ve got some tips to help you get started with cannabis microdosing if you’re curious to try out the potential benefits for yourself.

Our Lowdose Gummies are a 12:1 Ratio of CBD to THC gummy designed for Microdosing THC. Each THC microdose gummy is packed with 25mg of Full Spectrum CBD and 2mg of THC because good things come in small doses.

There’s No Optimal THC Dosage

One crucial aspect to understand is the inherent subjectivity of the microdosing experience. Cannabis affects everyone differently due to a multitude of factors:

  • Endocannabinoid System (ECS): This system plays a key role in how our body interacts with cannabinoids. Variations in our ECS can significantly influence how one perceives the effects of THC.
  • Individual Goals: People approach cannabis with different objectives. While one person might microdose to enhance creativity, another might manage stress or enhance meditation.
  • Tolerance and Past Experience: Someone with a history of cannabis use might have a different experience with microdosing compared to a newbie.
  • Biochemical Individuality: Every person’s body chemistry is unique, meaning cannabinoids can interact differently based on one’s metabolism, genetics, and other physiological factors.
  • Mood: Your emotional state can influence THC effects.
  • Body Weight: A heavier person might require a larger dose.
  • Health Conditions: Underlying health conditions can affect how THC interacts with your body.
  • Tolerance: If you’ve been a regular consumer, your body might need more to feel the same effects.

How To Start Microdosing THC Products

1. Start with Small Doses (1-2 mg THC)

First, we have the fundamentals of microdosing THC, which is to find the optimal dose without feeling the intoxicating effects, so start low and go slow.

This might mean you start at the 1mg THC range. If you’re using the VIIA Hemp Low Dose THC Gummies, which contain 2mg of THC per gummy (and 25 mg CBD), you can start with half and see how you feel before going in for another bite.

Our bodies have unique thresholds and sensitivities to substances. Beginning with a low dose ensures you’re not overwhelming your system.

2. Consistency is Key

For beginners, trying to measure out a microdose can be challenging. 

Pre-measured products eliminate the need for scales or other measuring tools. Especially for those new to the world of cannabis, there’s already a lot to learn. Opting for pre-measured products simplifies the process, making it more accessible.

Pre-measured products like THC gummies are consistent. Every dose is the same, allowing for a more controlled and predictable experience.

3. The Importance of Patience

Rushing into a second dose can result in overconsumption, leading to a more intense experience than desired, which defeats the purpose of microdosing cannabis. Patience ensures you fully understand the effects of the initial dose before deciding if more is necessary.

Unlike some substances, the effects of THC, especially when ingested, might not be immediate. It can take 30 minutes to 2 hours (or even longer sometimes) for effects to manifest.

How To Maximize THC Benefits

THC is reported to have many potential health benefits, such as mood enhancement, support of the immune system, and pain management [3, 4]. 

But it’s important to know that not all cannabis products are made of the same quality, which means you may not find reliable benefits if you’re choosing the wrong product.

Here are some tips to help you maximize your experience with micro-dosing THC.

1. Choose Quality over Quantity

Like any other industry, the cannabis industry can have its share of low-quality products. However, a higher price tag doesn’t always mean you’ll get the maximum benefit.

Invest time in researching trusted brands by reading reviews and their party lab results to identify high-quality products at reasonable prices.

A premium quality THC product ensures safety and has a much better chance of delivering the desired effects more efficiently.

2. Opt for Full Spectrum Products – The Entourage Effect

The cannabis plant is home to over 100 cannabinoids, and full-spectrum products aim to preserve as much of the plant’s natural profile as possible, which means the active compounds can work in tandem to produce what’s called “the entourage effect.” On the other hand, isolate products will only contain one active compound.

THC isolates could be ideal for those looking for a specific THC experience without the influence of other compounds. However, you may find that you may need higher doses of THC to achieve the same level of effects of full spectrum CBD or THC products.

3. Holistic Approach

THC microdosing is often taken for the pursuit of optimizing one’s performance and well-being. 

Some people call this “bio-hacking.” When it comes to microdosing cannabis, you may want to align it with other wellness practices for a well-rounded approach.

For example, pairing THC microdoses with practices like yoga or a tailored diet can potentially enhance physical and mental resilience, flexibility, and energy levels. This combination could pave the way for peak physical performance.

4. Consume Your THC Gummies with a Light Meal

This is one of our favorite THC gummy tricks to maximize its potential benefits: consume it with a light meal.

The science behind this recommendation hinges on the nature of THC itself, which is a fat-soluble compound. This means it dissolves in fats (lipids) rather than water. So, when you consume THC with some dietary fat, it can aid in the absorption of the compound, making it more bioavailable to your body.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should dive into a heavy, greasy meal every time you want to take a THC gummy. In fact, too much fat makes you feel sluggish. Instead, consider pairing your gummy with a light meal containing healthy fats. Think along the lines of:

  • A slice of avocado toast.
  • A salad drizzled with olive oil.
  • A smoothie with a dollop of almond butter or a splash of coconut milk.
  • A handful of nuts or seeds.

Dr. James Fadiman, a pioneer in psychedelic research, has popularized specific microdosing strategies.

Although these techniques primarily pertain to substances like LSD and psilocybin, some enthusiasts adapt them to cannabis compounds like THC. Typically, his method involves dosing on one day, taking two days off, then repeating.

This cyclical pattern, often referred to as the “Fadiman Protocol,” has become a cornerstone for many microdosers because it integrates breaks in the routine to address the possibility of substance tolerance.

Regular consumption of any substance can lead the body to develop tolerance, requiring increased amounts of your THC gummy dosage to achieve the same effects. By taking breaks, you ensure that the body does not acclimate too quickly to the substance, preserving its efficacy.

On top of this, regular breaks ensure that individuals do not become overly dependent on the substance. It reinforces the idea that microdosing is a tool, not a crutch.

How Do You Know If You’re Experiencing Microdosing Benefits?

  • The core of understanding microdosing lies in introspection. 
  • By regularly checking in with yourself, you may identify nuanced changes in your mood, cognition, energy levels, and creativity.
  • Experienced microdosers understand that this practice isn’t about seeking profound revelations, but it’s about recognizing the gentle nudges towards an equilibrium that helps to improve one’s sense of well-being.
  • Keeping a journal can be useful. 
  • Note down your doses, timings, and any subtle mood, focus, or energy changes. Over time, patterns may emerge. 
  • If you want to get really technical, integrating wearable tech to monitor your physiological and psychological responses to THC microdosing can provide insights into optimal dosages, timings, and complementary practices.

Subjectivity Challenges in Research & Placebo Effect

One of the significant hurdles in microdosing research is the inherent subjectivity of its purported benefits.

First off, we’ve got these elusive metrics. 

THC low doses reduce stress, enhance mood, and improve creativity. All of these are subjective because what feels like a good day for one person might feel off for another, and that’s without throwing any substances into the mix. This makes it challenging to pin down a ‘normal’ day and measure any shifts from there.

Then there’s this sneaky thing called the placebo effect.

You see, the benefits of microdosing can be super subtle. So, believing that you’re benefiting from a microdose THC practice might make you feel better. It’s like when you think you’re drinking a fancy, expensive wine, but it’s really just the house red.

Lastly, when discussing research, most stuff is pretty black and white.

You have your facts, figures, and concrete data. 

But with microdosing, it’s more like painting a picture than doing math. It leans more into the “tell me how you feel” side of things rather than “show me the numbers.” This means we often lean into diaries, personal accounts, and deep chats rather than straightforward stats.

Hemp Vs. Marijuana THC

Microdosing THC doesn’t necessarily mean you’re microdosing marijuana. Yes, THC is the most prominent cannabinoid found in marijuana, but it’s also found in hemp plants, which are technically federally legal as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC by dried weight.

Unless you live in a state that has legalized marijuana or are a medical marijuana patient, your best bet with experimenting with microdosing THC is to opt for hemp-derived THC products.

All VIIA Hemp products are made from American, farm-bill-compliant hemp crops, making them federally accessible. Before purchasing any cannabis product, make sure to check with your local laws.

Legality should be your first checkpoint, and some states may have certain restrictions on THC products regardless of whether it’s hemp or marijuana-sourced.

The Takeaway: Microdosing THC

The dance with microdosing THC gummies is a delicate one. It’s about finding that sweet spot where subtle benefits shine without overpowering effects.

While it’s an exciting avenue, always remember to listen to your body; as with all things, moderation is key.

If you’re in a place where marijuana might raise eyebrows (or legal concerns), don’t fret! Hemp-derived THC is available, offering a chance to dip your toes into the microdosing world without diving deep into legal complexities.

Document your dance, too, through jotting down experiences in a journal, using tech to monitor your physiological responses, or simply being more in tune with your body’s rhythms. Not only does it help track your progress, but it adds an element of reflection to the experience.

Lastly, have a blast with it! While it’s essential to be informed and cautious, remember that the world of microdosing THC is an experiment in enhancing well-being and joy. So, find your groove, be safe, and enjoy the rhythm of the dance.

References:

  1. Ruver-Martins, A. C., Bicca, M. A., de Araujo, F. S., de Noronha Sales Maia, B. H. L., Pamplona, F. A., da Silva, E. G., & Nascimento, F. P. (2022). Cannabinoid extract in microdoses ameliorates mnemonic and nonmnemonic Alzheimer’s disease symptoms: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 16(1), 277.
  2. Murray, C. H., & Srinivasa-Desikan, B. (2022). The altered state of consciousness induced by Δ9-THC. Consciousness and cognition, 102, 103357.
  3. Lucatch, A. M., Coles, A. S., Hill, K. P., & George, T. P. (2018). Cannabis and mood disorders. Current Addiction Reports, 5, 336-345.
  4. Cabral, G. A., & Staab, A. (2005). Effects on the immune system. Cannabinoids, 385-423.

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