Remember the fable of the tortoise and the hare? The moral of the story is: Slow and steady wins the race.
That’s the theory behind microdosing, a practice about as trendy as sourdough starter the past few years. More typically associated with psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, the practice of microdosing has now gained traction within the cannabis community.
Microdosing has earned so much attention, in fact, it has its own day; May 27 marks the second-ever National Microdosing Day. The Microdosing Institute created the celebration to promote research into the practice, foster communication to end stigma, and encourage users to share how microdosing experiences impacted their lives.
Like cannabis, psychedelic mushrooms have been used, tried, and tested for thousands of years in Indigenous communities. More recently, psychedelics’ potential for helping people thrive has become more accepted in modern society. Oregon is so far the only U.S. state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms though they have been decriminalized in several major cities including Detroit, Denver, Oakland, and Washington DC.
As cannabis becomes legalized in more and more states, consumers of all stripes are exploring its myriad abilities to help them to feel and live better. Many new-to-the-plant consumers experiment with low doses to find desired wellness benefits without a trippy, non-functional high.
With microdosing you can find the sweet spot between reaping the incredible benefits of nature’s wonder drugs and supporting daily productivity. Done right, microdosing cannabis may make your work and play better – to say nothing of your sleep and sex.
Here’s How it Works
Microdosing means you take a tiny amount of a substance on a regular basis to achieve mild and sustained effects. Its many proponents, who include Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Rogan, say the practice can boost creativity and diminish depression and anxiety.
New users can start off with doses of 2.5MG THC (as in 1906 Genius Drops; most 1906 products are 5MG THC so if you prefer trying a different experience, we suggest cutting the products in half to start).
The effects should enhance work or life performance. You’re looking for a functional high, a sustained feeling of calm relaxation, a positive mood, as well as creative inspiration.
Adam Winstock, the founder and director of the Global Drug Survey and an honorary clinical professor at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London, said, “In the past people were using microdosing for performance enhancement and creativity. Now, I think people are shifting towards using microdosing to enhance wellbeing and to address mental health distress.”
As the practice of microdosing psychedelic drugs grows, especially among the creative class who report benefits in supporting creativity and focus, both cannabis and psychedelic drug developers are studying how to best derive medical value without unwanted psychoactivity.
How to Start Microdosing Cannabis
One of the great things about microdosing with legal edibles, such as 1906 Drops, is the precisely calibrated dosages. In other words, you know exactly how much THC you’ll get. That doesn’t mean one Drop fits all. Because each human body is unique, it may take experimenting in order to find the dosage amount that works best for you.
Experts suggest tracking your dosing regimen for a few days and note how much cannabis you’re consuming along with its effects. Increase your dosage gradually until you hit your target effect.
1906, the number one fast-acting brand in the United States, makes it easy to take control over your dosage and your experience. Our customers feel the benefits of each distinct 1906 formulation in under 20 minutes, so they are in charge of how they reach their desired, specific effect.
If you need more advice, your friendly neighborhood budtender is likely well-informed about how to start and maintain microdosing in a way that works best for you. If you live in a state where 1906 is sold (Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Illinois, Ohio or Michigan), discover your store here. Or text our team at 855-707-2196 for advice on finding an informed budtender in your area.