Microdosing edibles for productivity

Dec 06, 2023The nama Team
Microdosing edibles for productivity

Are you sick of a wandering, easily distracted mind and an inability to maintain focus? In recent years, more people have discovered the advantages that microdosing cannabis can have on their focus and productivity. 

Cannabis microdoses can increase focus, enhance creativity, and reduce stress so that you can squeeze more out of each minute. 

While research on cannabis and productivity is still in the early stages, based on what we know about the medical applications of THC microdosing, our high-quality THC edibles can boost motivation, increase energy, and help facilitate hours of productivity.

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What are THC edibles?

Edibles are products that contain small, precise amounts of cannabis compounds such as Delta 9 THC and CBD. All of our edibles contain between 2 and 10 mg of THC, which makes them one of the safest and most reliable methods of consuming cannabis. They are definitely healthier than smoking and vaping.

You can buy them in the form of delicious gummies infused with real fruit or, if you prefer sipping on your cannabis, check out our THC drinks. Only 2.2 milligrams of THC and 2.9 milligrams of cannabidiol provide the perfect microdose to relieve pain, alleviate stress, and boost your productivity.

Our low-dose cannabis edibles are the best way to consume cannabis. Here’s why:

  1. Our gummies and THC beverages deliver a precise dose of Delta 9, CBD, and other cannabis compounds, allowing you to know exactly how much you’re consuming. What a great way to avoid overconsumption, eh?
  2. Smoking and vaping still remain the most popular methods of cannabis consumption—and we cannot understand why. When you ingest cannabis, you avoid the carcinogens and lung damage associated with smoke, tar, and other toxic compounds released when cannabis flower is burnt and inhaled. This makes our edibles a much healthier and safer option
  3. Speaking of safety, edibles ensure the slow release of compounds into your system. You can feel the effects of our gummies anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours after ingestion. This allows you to avoid the intensity spike that comes immediately after smoking or vaping, giving you more control over your experience.
  4. Our edibles contain natural flavors and ingredients. No toxins, pesticides, heavy metals, or other nonsense ingredients that can compromise your health and affect potency. 
  5. No additives, preservatives, or artificial flavors either. The exotic flavors and scrumptious taste of our gummies make them irresistible and are 100% natural.
  6. You can add a drop or two of our liquid THC drops to any non-alcoholic beverage you like to create a delicious lemonade with a kick or a THC-boosted craft mocktail.

When you drink your THC, you get all the therapeutic benefits of low-dose cannabis with no unwanted side effects. That’s what makes our edibles great; the 2–10 mg doses of Delta 9 THC are well below the amounts that typically produce psychoactive effects.

So sip your THC mocktail or chew your favorite fruity gummy in peace. The calibrated microdoses provide just enough THC to lift your motivation and focus and ensure a productive workflow without any mental haziness getting in your way.

What research on cannabis for productivity is available?

We’re going to level with you; there isn’t any scientific research that directly explores the use of cannabis to boost productivity. However, based on what we know about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis microdoses on cognition, we can draw strong conclusions about the potential benefits of our edibles for productivity.

Few studies explicitly measure the relationship between cannabis and productivity, but many confirm that low cannabis doses enhance dopamine, motivation, and focus, which are key aspects of productivity. Let's examine some of the clues.

  1. A 2020 study review looked at the effects of cannabis on the thinking abilities of people over 50 and older mice. While human studies showed inconclusive results (due to limitations), three studies on rodents suggested that “extremely low doses of THC improved cognition in very old rodents.” Slightly  higher doses administered regularly improved cognition in “moderately aged rodents.”
  2. A 2022 safety review of cannabis use on brain health revealed that a vast number of studies are focused on higher, even excessive doses of THC. They show how chronic heavy cannabis use is associated with cognitive deficits, especially in memory, but there’s little focus on microdosing. 
  3. The results of a 2023 study showed that “low THC dose improved learning and cognition, suggesting dose-dependent effects of THC in vivo.” THC can impair cognition at higher recreational doses in humans, but low doses improve learning and memory in animal studies. 

So what does all of this mean?

Higher amounts of THC intake are linked to mental deficits, but carefully calibrated small doses can lead to cognitive improvements in animal test subjects. The existing studies focus on cognitive issues from heavy cannabis use and do not significantly explore the potential benefits of low-dose cannabis products. 

While more direct human trials on the effects of microdosing are required, the earliest results are promising, suggesting productivity improvement with the right dosage. We are dedicated to producing high-grade, low-dose edibles that can help sharpen mental faculties such as memory, focus, and decision-making.

Anecdotally, users do report notable cognitive benefits after microdosing THC and CBD. These benefits include increased motivation and alertness, as well as the ability to stay focused and on task. Order our exotically-flavored Energy gummies (only 2.5 mg of THC per gummy) and experience the benefits in every delicious dose. 

How can edibles boost productivity?

Microdosed edibles offer more health benefits than consuming cannabis at higher, more unreliable doses. High doses of THC can leave you stuck on the couch with no motivation and a discombobulated brain. On the other hand, microdosed edibles offer subtle cognitive benefits without impairment. 

Small amounts of THC (between 2 and 10 milligrams per serving) may provide just enough dopamine stimulation to increase your mental energy and motivation. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for feelings of pleasure, motivation, and regulation of the reward system. Low doses of THC boost dopamine levels to produce a mild euphoria without the potential unwanted side effects of larger doses.

To boost dopamine, THC acts through your endocannabinoid system (ECS), an intricate network of signals and receptors that keeps your body tuned up and running smoothly. Delta 9 THC binds to two main cannabinoid receptors in the ECS—CB1 and CB2 —kicking off a chain reaction:

  • By activating CB1 receptors, THC triggers that signature “high.” 
  • Low amounts of THC spark just enough dopamine to amp up your motivation, creativity, and focus. Studies have shown that THC tickles the mesolimbic dopamine pathway, your brain's built-in reward center. An increase in dopamine leads to improved mood, enhanced productivity, and less anxiety and stress. 
  • Your mental health is crucial to your ability to focus and be productive. When dopamine is low, your cognition suffers, but so does your mental health, as we need this happy hormone to regulate our mood. Small amounts of cannabis are actually beneficial for your mental health, unlike higher doses.
  • There’s another important component that amplifies your brain cells. Unlike THC, cannabidiol (CBD) does not have psychoactive effects even at higher doses. It doesn’t interact with the ECS in the same way as THC does. Instead, CBD counterbalances THC’s intoxicating effects and keeps you calm, collected, and zeroed in. 
  • Together, CBD and THC modulate other neurotransmitters to support sustained attention on cognitively demanding tasks. CBD boosts levels of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in memory formation and recall. According to research, through CB1 receptors, CBD can regulate memory and motivation. 
  • CBD and THC working together seem to produce more benefits for cannabis users than choosing one or the other. This potent cannabis synergy is called the entourage effect, and it may provide a more significant productivity boost than CBD and THC would by working alone. By coordinating their effects through various neurotransmitters and pathways, THC and CBD could pave the way for hours of creativity and distraction-free workflow.

To max out that entourage magic, opt for full-spectrum CBD edibles. They contain the full cannabinoid and terpene profile of hemp to let all of the elements amplify each other. More synergy leads to more productivity power. 

Our Energy gummies contain an uplifting 2.5 mg dose of THC to provide the perfect boost for optimized productivity. With precision THC and CBD ratios and slow-release delivery, these gummies are expertly crafted to keep you calmly concentrated for hours. 

If you want to get into the zone, check out some of the best cannabis strains for razor-sharp focus.

Is cannabis good for the brain?

Our low-dose edibles are crafted to provide just the right amount of THC and CBD to make you productive and help protect your brain function. Excessive amounts may impair brain health over time, but low doses can:

  • Fight neuroinflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of THC and CBD protect neurons by countering harmful oxidative stress and neurotoxicity. Research revealed that cannabis also regulates cytokines and other inflammatory signals implicated in neurodegenerative progression.
  • Guard against neurodegeneration, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. A 2022 study suggests that “CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol have neuroprotective therapeutic-like effects on dementias.”
  • Low doses of THC were found to decrease irritability, resistance to care, shouting, physical aggression, and emotional distress in patients with Alzheimer’s. According to research, this calming effect comes from the interaction with the endocannabinoid system and serotonergic receptors involved in regulating mood and behavior. 
  • Promote neurogenesis. In 2018, Calabrese and Rubio-Casillas found that giving older animals small amounts of THC regularly can help promote hippocampal neurogenesis, restore memory and cognitive function, deter memory loss, and make brains work better. 
  • Help reverse brain aging. An animal study showed that microdosing cannabis actually bolsters brain plasticity, restoring learning and memory levels in aging rodents. After a single injection of THC, the “magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a larger volume and higher tissue density in various regions of the brain of THC-treated old mice.”

Neurogenesis falters and synapses wither when concentration wavers—but cannabis could help resuscitate your weary brain. Calculated THC microdosing in our Sleep Plus gummies may help stimulate neurogenesis and sharpen cognitive function.

Don’t let the name fool you; these edibles contain only 2 mg of THC with a balanced dose of CBD to help you remain focused and maintain an agile mind. Not to mention the fact they will help you sleep soundly—your brain needs replenishing rest to perform. 

Preserve that youthful drive and mental horsepower. Order from nama and achieve more without cognitive decline and a distracted brain cramping your workflow.

How can cannabis alleviate stress and anxiety?

Peak productivity requires your brain to be firing on all cylinders—but downswings in mood or upticks in stress can grind gears to a halt. When you’re plagued by anxiety or depression, mental roadblocks zap the motivation, positivity, and sustained attention. 

Cannabis microdoses to the rescue. 

At low doses, nearly all cannabis compounds produce anxiolytic effects: they alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression. The THC-CBD combo modulates neurotransmitters such as serotonin to curb anxiety, stress, and depression. The results of one review article show that cannabinoids may help people with clinical anxiety and depression feel less anxious and less depressed.

Read about the powerful ways cannabis alleviates depression.

Stress, anxiety, and poor mental health all hinder neurogenesis and could lead to neuronal death, hindering your productivity. It’s a good thing that low-dose edibles reduce anxiety and depression. (In contrast, higher doses of THC appear to enhance anxious behaviors.) 

Order our finest Energy gummies to keep anxiety at bay, boost dopamine and serotonin (another “feel-good” hormone), and pave the way for locked-in concentration. Only 2.5 mg of THC will make you feel relaxed, 5 mg of CBD provides a clear-headed calm, while added L-theanine enhances alpha brain wave activity. 

How much THC should I take to boost productivity?

There's no universal magic number for optimized performance. Metabolisms vary, experiences differ, and each person needs their own unique amount to unlock productivity. If you stick to low, carefully measured doses, you’ll be able to tap into the potential of the cannabis plant and avoid an intense and impairing high. 

2 mg of THC seems like a good place to start. From there, adjust the dosage slowly as you feel more comfortable. Remember that sub-psychoactive Delta 9 doses sharpen focus and energize the mind, while psychoactive doses, which for many people would be anything over 20mg, may produce the opposite effect.

If you opt for a refreshing THC beverage, you’ll be able to quench your thirst and hit that sweet spot with our low-dose liquid THC. Only 2.2 mg of Delta 9 can pave the way for hours of creativity and concentration. Our THC mixers also make you feel relaxed and mildly buzzed while avoiding any haziness that could dull productivity.

THC-infused drinks also hit faster than edibles, so if you’re on a deadline, they can provide a rapid productivity lift. Mix up a classic booze-free margarita or make a delightful pink lemonade to awaken your senses while you finish that report.

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What are the health benefits of edibles?

Ditch all other ways of consuming cannabis: our edibles let you tap into the benefits of microdosing cannabis without the intense high and other negative side effects. 

Here are some reasons why you should start microdosing edibles, like right now:

  1. Microdosing cannabis reduces inflammation. THC and CBD can calm inflammatory pathways implicated in many chronic diseases triggered by inflammation. Their antioxidant properties counter oxidative stress while suppressing damaging immune activators.
  2. THC and CBD alleviate anxiety and depression. Small doses of cannabis compounds modulate neurotransmitters to curb excess worry and panic responses. This regulates emotional reactivity and stressful thinking patterns. 
  3. THC edibles can help you sleep better. Microdoses promote relaxation through the endocannabinoid system to make falling asleep easier. Cannabis also helps regulate sleep-wake cycles resulting in longer, higher-quality rest.
  4. Microdosing cannabis reduces chronic pain. By interacting with CB1 receptors, small amounts of THC reduce the severity of discomfort in conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, and nerve pain. 
  5. Did you know small amounts of THC and CBD can help you fight cancer? Early studies reveal cannabis compounds may curb tumor growth by promoting programmed cancer cell death. They also disrupt inflammation pathways that enable malignancy to spread.
  6. Microdosed edibles boost immunity and help you fight infection. Cannabis stimulates cytokine production (not the pro-inflammatory type, but a different kind of cytokine) and enhances neutrophil efficiency leading to lowered infection risks.
  7. Microdosing supports metabolic health, reducing insulin resistance. Properly calibrated cannabis edibles decrease the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.

Where can I buy the best THC edibles and drinks?

Are you looking for the best THC edibles on the market? You’ve got to be smart about where you purchase your edibles. Skip the corner stores or shady brands and products that provide no third-party lab tests and no guarantee that their products are safe and effective. 

You want the real deal: safe, third-party tested, quality Delta 9 edibles from reputable brands. Shop at nama and experience the best edibles to get your creative juices flowing. All of our edibles are organic, lab-tested for purity and potency, and expertly dosed from premium American hemp. 

Start with Relax Plus gummies with only 5 mg of Delta 9 THC to get a taste of THC's mellow vibes without the intense high. These gummies hit the sweet spot for total mind and body relaxation.

Since our edibles contain cannabis compounds derived from hemp, not marijuana, all of our THC edibles are federally legal in the US. Read more about the legality of Delta 9 THC

Microdosing edibles FAQ

Sativa varieties tend to provide more energetic, uplifting effects, while indicas promote relaxation. Some find tangy sativa strains such as Sour Diesel deliver a boosted mental clarity great for creative tasks and concentration compared to sedative indicas. 

The active compounds and effects of cannabis vary quite a bit from strain to strain and each person's neurochemistry interacts a bit differently with THC and CBD. It's best to microdose and carefully observe how subtle effects manifest.

Read more about the differences between indica and sativa.

THC delivers distinctive euphoric effects that can help you increase motivation and boost focus. At microdoses—think 1 to 2 milligrams per serving—THC binds receptors in pathways linked to motivation and attention. A tiny amount of THC may spark productivity, inspiration, and concentration without the negative side effects often associated with higher doses.

CBD also assists by easing anxiety, regulating THC effects, and supporting memory and learning. The best way to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis for focus and motivation is to combine THC and CBD. A small dose of cannabis that contains both cannabinoids—as found in our Bliss gummies—can sharpen your attention, increase focus and motivation, and improve productivity.

Edibles are an excellent option to harness the therapeutic potential of cannabis in lowering stress and anxiety. Their slower metabolization gives the compounds time to generate effects and enhance mood, banishing the symptoms of anxiety. 

According to Susan A. Stoner, Ph.D., research consultant at the University of Washington, low doses of THC seem to successfully decrease anxiety without psychoactive effects, whereas higher doses of THC can amplify anxiety. Dr. Stoner also reveals that pure cannabidiol decreases anxiety at any dose.

Start with 1 to 2 milligrams to gently ease worry and stress without intensifying anxiety. Be patient, wait at least 2 hours before an additional dose, and incrementally increase the quantity if needed. 

When you ingest small doses of cannabis, you receive full medical benefits that enhance your mood, alleviate anxiety and depression, bring sweet pain relief, and help you cope with other medical conditions. That’s why our low-dose edibles offer the best cannabis experience.

Delta 8 THC is a slightly altered form of the classic THC compound. It boasts potential therapeutic effects similar to Delta 9 THC, but Delta 8 appears to produce milder effects along with anxiety relief for some users. 

Just like microdosing standard THC edibles, start slow with controlled and consistent doses of Delta 8 until subtle benefits emerge without unpleasant side effects. This allows you to safely gauge if and how Delta 8 eases your anxiety.

In addition to relief from anxiety, anecdotal reports suggest that Delta 8 may provide other wellness advantages:

  • Mood enhancement. Some users report uplifted spirits, motivation boosts, and better enjoyment in daily routines after microdosing Delta 8 products. 
  • Improved sleep quality. Delta 8 edibles promote relaxation before bedtime while microdoses during the day could support sustained mental energy and enhanced focus. 
  • Appetite stimulation. Delta 8 interacts with CB1 receptors involved in hunger signaling. This may benefit those struggling with appetite or eating disorders.
  • Pain relief potential. Though more research is required, CB1 receptor activation from small amounts of Delta 8 could theoretically decrease discomfort from chronic pain conditions. 

Microdosing minimizes risks of adverse reactions, but some users report minor side effects like dry mouth or changes in appetite and digestion. Negative mental side effects such as paranoia and anxiety are also less likely at small therapeutic doses. Each body's endocannabinoid system interacts differently with compounds like THC and CBD, so make sure you start slow and be wary of unwanted effects.

Many people explore a cannabis microdosing routine for a variety of medical and therapeutic reasons. Some common goals include:

  • Relief from chronic pain conditions
  • Reducing anxiety symptoms
  • Easing sleep disorders
  • Enhancement of mood
  • Daily life enjoyment

The exact doses and therapeutic effects vary widely from person to person depending on many factors. With recent legalization efforts, microdosing cannabis has become a great way to harness the potential wellness benefits of cannabis without the intense psychoactive effects.

Experts generally suggest beginning a cannabis microdosing journey at the lowest dose possible, which is around 1 to 2 milligrams of THC. Starting with tiny doses allows you to carefully evaluate the onset of effects and work your way up slowly to find your optimal dose. 

That’s why it’s better to use pre-measured products such as gummies and THC-infused mixers rather than attempting to weigh small amounts of flowers. Pay close attention to how subtle effects manifest over an hour or two before taking an additional dose. 

At very low microdoses of just 1-2 milligrams of THC, it’s best to wait at least 4 to 8 hours between consumption, depending on your metabolism and whether you require an additional lift for therapeutic effects. 

Some people keep track of their experience to help them determine appropriate timing, especially since the onset of effects manifests gradually when microdosing. Consistent dosing 1 to 3 times across the day may be appropriate if treating medical conditions long term. Carefully observe the changes each dose creates, keep quantities small, and gradually adjust your personal regimen. 

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