Microdosing Cannabis: How to use it for cognitive enhancement

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Potency is one of the most debated aspects among the cannabis community. Interestingly, there is a growing community of people who disregard this aspect entirely and adopt a “less is more” attitude towards cannabis use. While a usual dose may impede normal functioning at accomplishing tasks and living life, a microdose aims to improve mental function. Microdosing psychedelics started gaining popularity among professionals who want to be more creative and productive. This method of use became “contagious” among cannabis users as well.

What is microdosing cannabis?

Microdosing cannabis involves taking sub-perceptual doses of cannabis with the aim of improving productivity, creativity, mood or sleep quality. Moderate-to-high doses of marijuana are known to cause anxiety and paranoia, as well as laziness, sleepiness and sluggishness. Microdosing cannabis causes the exact opposite.

Microdosing could become the most popular way of using marijuana. First of all, it’s completely opposite to the stoner image associated with cannabis users. However, there’s a thin line between taking the right dose and limbo (a dose too high to be sub-perceptual and too low to be recreational). A cannabis microdose usually ranges between 5mg and 10mg. Still, microdosing is subjective and depends on a variety of factors including one’s own brain chemistry and the purpose for using it. The only way to determine the optimum dose is through trial and error.

Benefits of microdosing marijuana

In plain terms, it’s a lot cheaper to microdose than to take regular doses. You’ll be extending your stash and you’ll limit the money you spend on weed. But that’s just the surface of it.

While people use medical marijuana in potent doses to relieve pain, even a microdose can be effective. Still, microdosing cannabis is primarily used to reduce anxiety and help one relax, while also being responsive to everyday situations. For someone who is addicted to marijuana, microdosing can be the difference between “couch potato” and “getting things done around the house”. When consumed before bedtime, it improves sleep quality and reduces the time it takes to fall asleep.

Caffeine is one of the most consumed and abused substances in the world. When consumed in high quantities, it can cause jitteriness and anxiety. This is just one example in which microdosing cannabis can be extremely useful. Of course, it’s usually not alright for you to have a puff at the office. As you may or may not know, there are other options at your disposal.

Getting started with microdosing

If you’re already a marijuana user, you should wait around 48 hours after your last dose, so that your body and mind are at baseline. This will help with precision regarding the optimum dosage.

There are three ways to microdose cannabis: ingestion, combustion and vaping.

Combustion is the usual way of consuming cannabis and the most difficult to get right when it comes to dosage. Use a pipe and start with the smallest dose you can imagine. Start as low as you can so that you can work your way up until you hit the sweet spot.

Vaping allows you to inhale the psychoactive vapors without the toxins that come with smoking. Also, you can inhale shorter breaths and control doses a lot easier.

Ingestion requires extra patience, as it takes longer for the effects to set in. Stick with produced edibles, as homemade muffins can be unreliable in their consistency.

Using cannabis as a nootropic

Corneliu E. Giurgea, a Romanian chemist, first coined the term “nootropic” in 1964. He defined it as a substance that is effective in enhancing cognition and safe to use, with few side effects. Microdosing marijuana is reported to relax the mind and improve mental clarity. Some people regard this practice as having nootropic properties. Others deem it insufficient in creating significant improvements for one’s psyche. Stacking is quite popular in the biohacking community. It involves combining two or more substances that create better effects or minimize unwanted ones. Modafinil is the most popular nootropic in use today, with most of those who buy Modafinil online coming from the USA. Low doses of cannabis combined with Modafinil results in a focused, energized, yet relaxed feeling that is ideal for working or studying under stress. Furthermore, cannabis makes it easier to go to sleep after taking Modafinil or other stimulating nootropics.

Wrapping it up

Cannabis can be incredibly effective in improving one’s mental state and quality of life. Microdosing is a completely different experience than full-blown hundred-milligram bong-smoking. In fact, it’s as if you would compare someone drinking a bottle (or two) of red wine versus drinking a glass. The French do it during dinner time and it’s actually proven to be healthy. The same principle applies to microdosing cannabis. Hopefully, in the future, the “bong-smoking, spliff-passing” stereotype will disappear, and the public will come to appreciate microdosing cannabis the same way as a glass of wine.

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