One of the main concerns with cannabis is that users experience noticeable changes in cognition or physical ability due to the presence of THC. However, there is a way to consume marijuana while limiting the intoxicating and mind-altering effects of THC. Thanks to the relatively new phenomenon of microdosing, people can consume cannabis in an efficient, effective and responsible way.
Microdosing involves consuming a minimal amount of cannabis throughout the day. This amount is enough to feel a tangible sensation, but not enough to cause a significant change in cognition. Before his death in 2008, Swiss chemist and LSD creator Albert Hofmann stated that microdosing would become the most important area of psychedelic research. And since then, many scientists have seemingly agreed, even if the concept didn't catch on right away.
For example, according to Michele Ross (founder of the IMPACT Network), relatively few people are aware of microdosing. Instead, they continue to consume large amounts of high-THC cannabis. This is often the result of the assumption that, in alleviating certain medical symptoms, more is better. However, a growing body of medical research suggests otherwise; when it comes to cannabis, less really can be more.
In a 2012 study by Portenoy et al, 263 cancer patients completed a five-week study. Each group received daily doses of nabiximol, a synthetic THC/CBD compound. Patients received either low doses (1-4 sprays), medium doses (6-10 sprays), or high doses (11-16 sprays). The study found that the low to moderate pain groups experienced the greatest pain relief.
Traditionally, microdosing is most often associated with LSD and other psychedelics. However, medical experts now believe that lower doses of THC in cannabis could be beneficial for a wide range of patients.
According to Dr. Dustin Sulak, a physician who specializes in cannabis medicine, increasing your THC intake can be counterproductive and may actually lead to reduced health benefits. He stated that in some cases, cannabis can sometimes cause anxiety rather than suppress it.