When you hear the term microdosing, what comes to your mind?
If the words “LSD” or “shrooms” ran through your head, you wouldn’t be alone.
That’s because until cannabidiol (CBD) products became as mainstream as they are now, usually microdosing was used in reference to the act of taking small quantities of psychedelics.
But now that so many people throughout the world are coming to understand the benefits of incorporating CBD into their daily routine, the process of microdosing CBD is definitely becoming a normal thing to do.
Let’s take a closer look at microdosing CBD and all that it entails.
What Does it Mean to Microdose CBD and Who is Doing it?
So what is microdosing?
It is the act of only consuming very small amounts of something at very planned and regular intervals throughout the day. Pertaining to CBD it just means that you start off with one measurement of CBD, and you plan and track how often you take that amount, in order to stay in control of the effects.
If you’re new to trying CBD, this is a great way for you to find your footing and take your time in figuring out an optimal dosage and schedule that works best for you.
When it comes to microdosing CBD, there are many opinions floating around as to how to go about it, and what your expectations should be. Obviously the experience is going to be a little different for everyone so be careful when comparing your’s to someone else’s. Before you begin a microdosing plan and schedule it’s a good idea to write down what your expectations are, as far as your main end goal.
Keeping in mind your reasons for microdosing will help you feel motivated to stay on track with your schedule and tracking.
Reasons to Microdose CBD
Reasons for deciding to microdose CBD come in all shapes and sizes. There are many circumstances that constitute this idea of microdosing CBD and the top 5 are as follows.
To learn how much CBD you should take.
CBD is widely known for its long list of potential health benefits. More information and research comes pouring in every day, and we still have much more to learn. But the problem is CBD doesn’t really present itself in a one-size-fits-all fashion. You can give 2 separate people the exact same amount of CBD, and each may describe a different experience afterwards. This is why every individual must create his own path through trial and error and microdosing.
To reset your endocannabinoid system.
Have you ever heard of a tolerance-break? When an individual consumes cannabis or CBD on a regular basis, the body tends to build up a tolerance. This means that over time, it will take larger amounts of the same substance to achieve the same end result.
It’s been suggested that the endocannabinoid system only requires around a 48-hour period of holding back from any usage for it to reset itself. This might sound ridiculously fast, especially for those who use it often and heavily. However a recent brain imaging study concluded that the receptor levels in our bodies rebound back to baseline levels after just 2 days of abstaining from use.¹
If you’re taking CBD for medical reasons.
The one and only CBD prescription on the market that is currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is Epidiolex.² This medication has proven to be quite effective in the treatment of some rare forms of epilepsy.
There is also evidence to support the idea that CBD might have potential benefits with problems like chronic pain, depression, anxiety and inflammation.³ If you’re taking CBD for any of these reasons it’s important to be keeping track of your usage.
If you’re new to CBD and wary of its effects on your body.
It is totally normal to be worried about how CBD will react with your body. Microdosing CBD is a safe way for you to slowly get acquainted with it, before leveling up your usage however feels most comfortable to you.
Microdosing CBD as a maintenance plan.
Because CBD offers so much potential balance to the body, keeping a regular CBD regime is a priority for many. After you have been microdosing for a while, and you’re fully in control of your routine, you might find that you continue with it regularly as part of your maintenance plan.
Microdosing With CBD Tinctures
CBD tinctures refer to the CBD hemp extract in liquid form. Microdosing with tinctures is usually done with a dropper of some sort.
The best way to consume tinctures is by placing the drops underneath the tongue and holding them there for 30-60 seconds before swallowing.
The best way to microdose CBD tinctures is to keep track of how many drops you consume, and at what times.
Microdosing With CBD Edibles
Microdosing with edibles tends to be able to be done with a little more precision. Especially if these are in the form of a store bought edible with a very calculated amount of CBD within them.
It’s important to understand that edibles take longer to breakdown in the body and cause a delay in effectiveness when compared to methods such as smoking hemp CBD flower.
In this case, what you would track would be how many you eat, and of course, at what times.
Microdosing With CBD Flower
In order to microdose effectively with CBD flower you will need a precise amount set aside in sets of quantities so that you consume the same amount, every single time. A good way to do this is to purchase a pack of pre-rolls that have been professionally put together. This way you’ll know each smoke contains the same amount of CBD, allowing you to track and monitor your usage.
Outlining and Following a Microdosing Schedule
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, isn’t that how the saying goes?
Unless you haven’t caught onto the theme of microdosing CBD yet, the whole point of it kind of revolves around this idea of keeping control of every aspect of the consumption process in order to keep control of the results you experience.
Keep Track With a Microdosing Diary
What would be the point of microdosing if you weren’t keeping track of your result as you go? Measuring how much CBD you take, noting the time that you took it, and observing the specific effects you felt afterward are all important things to jot down for future reference.
Although it might seem like a hassle to sit down and write your schedule and dosage out, you’re not going to be able to follow a plan strict enough to allow for the control you’re seeking.
So now that you’ve learned that microdosing isn’t just for people who do LSD, shrooms, and other psychedelics...not to mention how great it is for resetting the endocannabinoid system— you’re equipped to handle a microdosing schedule all of your own!
Even if microdosing CBD is not for you in the long-run, understanding the methods and reasoning behind this whole process will serve you if you plan to continue to be a CBD user.