Microdoses of THC seem to treat anything from depression to dementia. Here’s what you should know about microdosing THC, whether you’re looking for THC gummies to alleviate your anxiety or THC edibles to help you fall asleep.
Your Guide to Microdosing THC
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing is the practice of taking a very low dose of a drug or a substance with psychoactive effects in order to reap its benefits while minimizing the possible side effects. Some of the most popular substances for microdosing are psilocybin mushrooms, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), and THC.
Cannabis-derived THC is illegal on a federal level in the US, even though it is legal in many states. Luckily, since the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, products containing THC derived from hemp are federally legal, so long as they contain less than 0.3% of THC by dry weight.
What Is THC microdosing?
Microdosing cannabis-derived THC or hemp-derived THC is the act of taking ultra-low doses of the compound to get its beneficial effects, without getting high. Essentially, by taking a very low dosage of THC, many users report being able to relieve pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and many more ailments.
How Much Is a Micro Dose?
Anything under 10mg is considered a low dose of THC, and anything under 5mg of THC is a microdose. Some people start with 1-2 mg of THC, gradually increasing the dosage over time, others immediately start with a slightly higher dosage of 2.5 to 5mg.
If you don’t have previous experience with cannabis and want to try microdosing, we recommend starting with 1 milligram of THC and working your way up to 2.5 mg or more over time.
What Is the Best Way to Microdose THC?
You can find a wide array of low-dose Delta 9 THC products that are ideal for microdosing. The best way for you to microdose THC will depend on your preferences and the availability of THC products in your area. Some of the most common ways to microdose THC are edibles, sublinguals, THC drinks, or vapes and pipes.
Microdosing THC Gummies
Gummies infused with THC may be the best way to microdose THC. Not only are they delicious, gummies are easy to microdose because each gummy contains the exact same dose of THC. THC doses in our gummies range from 2mg to 10mg per gummy.
When it comes to microdosing THC gummies, it’s important to find high-quality THC gummies that are made from premium hemp. Low-quality edibles can do you more harm than good, so you should only shop from reputable, transparent companies that specialize in hemp products.
All nama CBD gummies are fully vegan and made from premium, American hemp. The delicious flavor of our gummies comes from fruit, making our gummies free of any artificial flavorings and colors. Plus, you can choose from a wide selection of edibles with Delta 9 (or opt for our Elevate gummies with Delta 8 THC), all derived from hemp and legal across the US.
The most common forms of THC sublinguals are oil or alcohol-based. Instead of immediately swallowing them like you would a gummy, you hold the sublingual in your mouth for a minute or so, and the THC is absorbed sublingually (through the tissue under your tongue).
Sublinguals are a common choice when it comes to microdosing THC, but they do have some flaws. For one, they don’t taste very good. Though they can be flavored, the taste of oil and alcohol can never be masked fully. Secondly, it’s difficult to discern exactly how much THC you’ve taken, making it easy to accidentally take more THC than you had planned.
Microdosing Single-Use Pipes
Single-use pipes are narrow smoking pipes that are designed for just one ‘hit’ of THC. The main benefit of single-use THC pipes is the ease of use. You know exactly how much you’re taking with a single-use THC pipe, so there’s no risk of accidentally taking a higher dosage than you had planned.
If you’ve smoked cannabis before, single-use pipes may seem like the most attractive way to microdose THC. However, single-use pipes are both expensive and wasteful.
Even if you get a reusable pipe with single-use cartridges, you’ll be throwing away a plastic cartridge every day. Plus, smoking is the least healthy way of consuming THC, even in micro doses, as vapes and cartridges often contain carcinogens and harmful oils you shouldn’t breathe in.
THC Microdosing Beverages
In recent years, THC drinks have become a particularly popular way of microdosing THC, and it’s not hard to see why. If you know how much THC a particular drink has, it’s easy to determine how much you should take to get the effects you’re looking for. Just like gummies, THC drinks can be delicious, and a great alternative to your evening glass of wine or whiskey.
When choosing THC beverages, examine the ingredients carefully. Opt for drinks that contain high-quality ingredients that are low in sugar and infused with premium THC derived from hemp.
Benefits of THC Microdosing
Once tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) attaches to a cannabinoid receptor and activates your endocannabinoid system, it can provide an array of potential benefits. Medical marijuana patients use this compound to alleviate anxiety, pain, and depression, promote sleep, and even preserve cognitive functions affected by dementia.
THC Microdosing for PTSD
One of the most prominent benefits of cannabis is its ability to alleviate symptoms of PTSD. A 2019 systematic review of studies done on the effects of THC on PTSD concluded that cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids have a role in PTSD treatment, as they reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and modulate memory-related processes, which play a major role in PTSD.
THC Microdosing for Sleep
Low doses of THC could be just the thing you’re looking for if you have issues falling asleep.
A study published in the Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry journal examined the effects of low Delta 9 THC doses on sleep.
Results show that Delta 9 use helps people fall asleep easily and stay asleep throughout the night. If you’re interested in gummies for sleep, check out our selection of gummies infused with melatonin, THC, and CBD.
THC Microdosing for ADHD
Cannabis consumers with ADHD report that THC can have a positive effect on their ADHD, even when taken in small doses, and science seems to agree. A 2008 study reports that Delta 9 THC can help people with ADHD relax and be more attentive, as participants scored higher on performance tests after taking THC than they did while sober.
THC Microdosing for Dementia
THC microdosing has become a popular way to alleviate dementia symptoms in recent years. A recent pilot study looked at the effects of this compound on patients with severe dementia. Results show that THC was tolerated well among patients and reduced instances of behavioral issues and rigidity common in severely demented patients.
THC Microdosing for Depression
Many people with depression microdose marijuana or hemp-derived THC to reduce the severity of their depression. A 2020 study seems to confirm that THC can be beneficial for depression, especially when combined with CBD. However, high doses of THC and cannabis drug abuse can have the opposite effect and exacerbate depression in some people, so make sure to stick with low doses.
THC Microdosing for Anxiety
Many cannabis users report experiencing anxiety relief when taking THC in small doses. When combined with CBD, small doses of THC can lead to reduced stress levels and make you feel more relaxed. Just make sure not to overdo it on THC, as taking too much THC can exacerbate your anxiety levels, especially if you’re already prone to feeling anxious.
A 2017 study published by the University of Washington examined the effects of CBD and THC on anxiety, with some interesting findings. In people with generalized anxiety disorder, CBD seems to alleviate anxiety at all doses. However, THC seems to lower anxiety in microdoses, while exacerbating it when taken in higher doses.
THC Microdosing for Pain
Cannabis is one of the safest and most effective pain-relieving substances you can take. Patients with chronic pain illnesses often microdose cannabis or hemp-derived THC to lessen the severity of their pain.
A 2010 study took a closer look at the analgesic effects of Delta 9 THC and CBD extract. The study concluded that an extract with THC and CBD effectively reduced pain in patients with advanced cancer with no side effects. Our Bliss gummies combine CBD with Delta 9 THC for the perfect pain relief.
Microdosing THC for Glaucoma
According to a study on the effects of THC on glaucoma, tetrahydrocannabinol could be beneficial for patients with this common eye condition. Delta 9 THC, the compound used in this study, appears to alleviate pain associated with glaucoma, and may even relieve intraocular pressure (eye pressure), a common symptom that can cause major eye damage and vision loss.
Microdosing THC for Migraines
The pain-relieving properties of THC seem to extend to chronic migraines as well. An animal study examined the effects of Delta 9 THC on induced migraines in rats. THC alleviated the migraines in mice by activating CB1 receptors in the brain. Though more human research is needed, microdosing THC could be a good alternative or supplement to over-the-counter migraine medicine.
Microdosing THC for Stage Fright
A microdose of THC could be an ideal way to relax before a performance. There are currently no studies on the effects of THC on stage fright specifically, but the studies on its effects on generalized anxiety and anecdotal evidence suggest that THC could alleviate anxiety and stress that many experience when speaking or performing on stage.
Microdosing THC to Reverse Brain Aging
One of the most impressive benefits of THC appears to be its ability to slow down, and even reverse, brain aging. A 2017 animal study examined the effects of Delta 9 THC on aging mice. A low dose of THC, when taken regularly, seems to restore cognitive functions, at least in mice. There are still no studies on the effects of THC on aging humans, but these results certainly warrant a deeper look into how this compound may influence the human brain.
Are You Interested in Microdosing Edibles?
If you want to try microdosing THC, look no further than our Delta 9 THC gummies. Our THC gummies also contain CBD, which also provides an array of benefits. All gummies are vegan, contain THC derived from hemp, and are legal across the US.
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FAQ on THC Microdosing
Is microdosing legal in New York?
Yes, microdosing THC is legal in New York. The state of New York legalized cannabis consumption for adults, so it’s completely legal on a state level to possess and consume THC, whether it’s derived from hemp or cannabis. Marijuana is not legal on a federal level, however, while hemp products that contain less than 0.3% of THC are.
Sounds complicated, right? Here’s the breakdown:
- THC products complying with the conditions of the 2018 Farm Bill (containing 0.3% THC by dry weight, derived from hemp) are legal nationwide, including in New York.
- THC products not derived from hemp are legal in New York but not federally, meaning that New York will not bust you for using them—but the Federal government could if so inclined, even if you’re using them inside of New York State. Ditto to hemp-derived THC products over 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol by dry weight.
Bottom line: all THC products are legal in New York, but some (those not covered within the provisions of the Farm Bill) are illegal Federally.
All our products are legal within New York and also Federally.
Does THC have serotonin?
No, THC does not have serotonin, but it can affect serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects your mood, and research shows that low doses of THC may activate serotonin receptors in the brain and inhibit serotonin reuptake, which is how SSRI antidepressants work as well.
Is microdosing THC while breastfeeding safe?
There is no definitive data on the risks and safety of microdosing THC while breastfeeding. Some studies show that cannabis microdoses don’t have any discernible effects on breast milk. However, since we don’t fully understand how THC can affect infants through breast milk, it’s best not to take THC while breastfeeding, even in micro doses.
How many mg of THC is legal?
Since the introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, THC derived from hemp has been legal in all 50 US states, so long as it meets Farm Bill requirements: a THC product must be derived from hemp and have no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
Some states also allow for the production and distribution of cannabis products and recreational cannabis use above and beyond what the Farm Bill specifies. All nama Delta 9 edibles are legal and in compliance with the Farm Bill.
Is microdosing THC for dogs safe?
Yes, microdosing THC for dogs is safe, and can even be beneficial if your pup is dealing with pain or has separation anxiety. However, remember that ingesting cannabis and hemp products meant for people can be toxic for dogs, as these products can contain ingredients that are harmful to animals. Thus, only give your pup THC products made specifically for dogs.
Is it safe to drive while microdosing THC?
Yes, it is safe to drive while microdosing THC, but only if you take a dose you know won’t cause any psychoactive effects. A single nama CBD gummy has a low dose of THC, so driving after taking it should be fine.
If you want to be 100% safe, we recommend taking your micro dose of THC when you know you won’t have to drive anywhere for around 8 hours, especially if you’re new to microdosing.
Why does THC affect me so much?
If you think THC affects you particularly strongly, you may be taking more of it than you need. When you take too much THC, unwanted effects such as dizziness and memory loss can set in, especially if you take THC derived from the energizing sativa strain.
Though they are temporary, these effects can be scary, and microdosing is the best way to avoid them while still getting the benefits of THC.
Does cannabis raise or lower stress?
The effects of cannabis vary depending on the dosage. Generally, consuming cannabis at a low dosage seems to lower stress levels, while high doses of cannabis appear to make you more stressed out. nama CBD products contain low doses of THC and should have a beneficial effect on stress.
Can cannabis microdosing boost my mood?
Yes, microdosing cannabis can boost your mood. At low doses, the THC and CBD found in cannabis have been shown to reduce the severity of depression symptoms. And, even if you don’t have depression, microdosing cannabis will make you feel more relaxed and elated, which will certainly boost your mood.
What are the effects of cannabis on mental health?
Cannabis can often improve mental health, so long as you take cannabis products responsibly and stick with lower doses. Using CBD and microdosing THC were shown to improve mental health and alleviate many symptoms of mental health disorders. However, high doses of THC could exacerbate symptoms of depression and generalized anxiety, so it’s best to stick with products with low THC levels.
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