Did you know almost half of recreational marijuana and medical cannabis consumers say they use it to help them relax? Although this may sound confusing to some, especially those who are sensitive to THC and its side effects (which can include anxiety and paranoia), many of the benefits of marijuana use don’t involve getting high. That’s where microdosing comes in.
Initially, microdosing began when researchers explored the benefits of psychedelics in relation to their ability to ease the symptoms of those suffering from mental illnesses like PTSD a few decades ago. As the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana sweeps through the nation, patients and cannabis consumers have more options than ever when it comes to what and how they are dosing.
As any older stoner will tell you, it IS possible to get too high. Marijuana is a dose-dependent drug, which means the more someone consumes, the stronger the effects of the drug. According to a study featured in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal, most people don’t know how to dose correctly.
The study sought to investigate the amount of marijuana that causes a patient or user to go from comfortable to anxious. And, rather than encouraging the use of more marijuana, the study found that small amounts of cannabis have a more therapeutic effect than larger quantities.
Originally published in March, the study looked at the effects of marijuana use in different doses on 42 volunteers between 18 and 40 years old. All participants in the study were familiar with cannabis but were not daily tokers.
Researchers split the volunteers into three different groups and given either a low dose (7.5 mg THC), a high dose (12.5 mg THC), and a placebo dose (0 mg THC) over the course of two sessions. Two hours after their dose, researchers had volunteers engage in a stressful task.
During the first session, volunteers prepared for and participated in a videotaped mock job interview. Then, they were given a five-digit number from which they had to subtract 13 continuously. During the second session, participants were asked to talk about their favorite books or movies and then to play solitaire.
According to researchers, those participants who were in the low dose category reported feeling more relaxed than those on the placebo and high doses. Those on low doses also reported feeling the stress dissipate more quickly after each session than the high dose and placebo groups. In contrast, those on high doses not only stopped speaking more often during their mock interviews, but they also reported the tasks completed during both sessions as stressful, challenging, and threatening.
Far less than you think. According to a tentative calculation of how much THC an average cannabis consumer receives from an average joint, smoking one-half of a joint gives its smoker a 9-11 mg dose of THC; that’s just north of the comfortable low dose tested in the study. Also keep in mind that variables like THC content, size, and weight of the joint, or potency of the flower will also have an impact on how high you get when you dose.
Although more research is needed, these findings highlight an increasingly urgent need for a robust environment of research on the effects of cannabis on recreational and medical consumers. If you are a medical marijuana patient and are curious about how much or what kind of medicinal marijuana you should be using, talk to a budtender you know and trust.
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