My sense is that it’s been a pretty rocky start to the year for many people. If you’re feeling extra heaviness this January, the concept of “wintering” has been helping me. Wintering is described as a season of the natural world, a respite our bodies require, and a state of mind – and it seems in many ways the perfect match for early 2022.
Another big help is cannabis, especially microdosing, or taking small amounts of weed to receive the benefits without feeling the high. How to Do the Pot’s episode about microdosing cannabis was our most-listened to of 2021. You’re not alone if the phrase microdosing feels confusing. This episode walks you through stories of women who microdose for well-being and to treat medical conditions, offers a nurse’s practical tips for how much cannabis to take, and shares a secret to having better sex with cannabis. I hope it’s a helpful tool to support you through the rest of winter. ❤️ Ellen
HOW TO MICRODOSE
1. What is microdosing cannabis? Microdosing is consuming small amounts of cannabis consistently over a longer period of time to maintain relief from symptoms. It can refer to low-dose THC, or low-dose THC with an equal amount or more of CBD, or only CBD in the product.
2. How do you want to feel? Microdosing can help with a variety of conditions, like lowering stress, improving sleep, reducing chronic pain and improving well-being. The more THC in the product, the more likely that you will feel some type of high. Be open to experimenting, and customize a routine with the cannabinoids that work best for you.
3. What method works best for your lifestyle? Is being discreet most important to you, or does long-lasting medicine matter more? Since microdosing is an effect of cannabis, you can choose your favorite method to consume and just take less than usual – half an edible, a quarter dropper of an oil tincture, or one hit of a strain that works for you. Each method has a different time to onset and will last for varying times based on dosage.
4. What is the right amount to take?If you are consuming to help with pain or stress, you might need to have several doses throughout the day to alleviate your symptoms. Cannabis is similar to other types of medicine–think Advil every 4 hours–and you might need more than you think to feel better. Keep notes to track what product you try, when you take it, and how long it works for you. We’ve also got you covered if you need more info about ratios and percentages on cannabis labels.
5. What conditions will microdosing help? Check out our lists of favorite products for specific health conditions like stress, sleep and period pain. If you’re new to cannabis as medicine or feeling a little unsure, we encourage you to ask why there is still stigma around weed & whether it’s worth holding on to old judgments.