Chronic stress links to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, accidents, respiratory disorders, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. Why not look to non-toxic cannabis for stress relief.

You may have reservations over the feeling of being ‘high’ or anxious. Rest assured you can gain all the benefits minus the impairment.

How? Microdosing: The technique of taking only small quantities of substances for therapeutic purposes.

Do you want the mind/body/spirit benefits of cannabis without feeling ‘high’? Grab your cannabis journal and start experimenting with microdoses. Finding your groove with cannabis might take some time. Be patient. Develop self-awareness. Note the effects. And remember, everyone is different. Mood, tolerance, sleep habits as well as your environment alter your personal chemistry so the effect (of anything) can vary slightly on a daily basis. A finely tuned, evolving regimen will serve you well.

Cannabis is bi-modal. At low doses, you get one effect and at high doses, you may get an opposite effect. At low doses you can feel more relaxed, an increased energy level, improved focused and, (most notable if you are using a sativa dominant), increased creativity, and emotional balance. For things like ADHD, many have found that a few micro hits from a vaporizer a couple times a day can help them settle down and focus.

How much is a little? If you are vaporizing cannabis, try a tiny puff then wait 10 minutes. If you’re so inclined, be aware of different boiling points of the cannabinoids and terpenes and adjust the heat accordingly. If you’ve made edibles – try a small bite first, then wait two hours. Titrating should be consistent with a well-mixed recipe. You may want to look into a MagicalButter machine.

If using your licensed producer’s oils, note the mg/ml and do the math to keep your dose around 0.1 to 0.4 ml. For example, Canntrust oils have 25 mg/ml of THC or CBD, or 1:1. A suggested microdose is between 2.5 and 10 mg. Depending on lifestyle and sleep cycles, you may want to try both edibles and vaporizing. Combusting or smoking cannabis is the least healthy option and may make it difficult to microdose as one inhalation can contain up to 10 mg of THC. If you do combust, try a pipe or water bubbler rather than a rolled joint. This way you can control how much you burn without having to keep putting it out. Use about the size of a matchhead.

Minimum effective dosage is the goal when microdosing. Suggested microdose is between 2.5 and 10 mg. Keep in mind oils can be 25 mg per ml, so this system would indicate 0.1 to 0.4 ml up to several times a day for relaxing anti-inflammatory properties. A stronger dried bud could be 25% THC, so one gram contains 250 mg. 10 mg would be the rough equivalent to one draw. This may be too much for some so look to milder strains.

Medical cannabis expert Dr. Dustin Sulak says “most people have a certain threshold dosage of cannabis, below which they’ll experience health benefits over time, and above which they will start building tolerance, experiencing diminishing benefits and more side effects.”

What can you expect? Depending on the strain that you have ingested (sativa, indica, or hybrid) you may feel more relaxed or more energetic. Your mood and emotions may be more balanced. You may feel more creative or social and less anxious. Your pain levels may decrease, you may sleep more soundly.

Consider microdosing as a valuable technique for medicating while working (as always avoid any amount of THC in safety-sensitive positions). A journal will help keep track of the small but effective alterations. Make sure you note the strain, cannabinoid levels, time of day, how you felt before microdosing (tired, anxious, apathetic, unfocused) etc. It is suggested that you avoid alcohol, which can augment the effects and vice versa.

Heavy cannabis users may be too tolerant to experience microdosing effects. It’s suggested that you take a break from cannabis for seven to 10 days to upregulate your CB1 receptors, or allow two weeks of microdosing to regulate system before expecting effects.

Soon, cannabis may basically be considered a herbal supplement or vitamin that has medicinal benefits. Microdosing cannabis (especially with good levels of CBD present) can help keep us healthy while safely managing stress and anxiety.

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