Article by Heather Eggers, Lift News
Start low and go slow is wise advice—and a super catchy rhyme—that you’ve likely heard from your cannabis-prescribing doctor or your licensed producer (LP), but to actually microdose, you’ll need to know a few things. This guide will help you determine how much THC is in a dose, how strong your flower (bud) is, and how long to wait between doses.
How many mg in a microdose?
In Colorado, where cannabis-infused edibles are sold legally for the recreational market, a regular serving size is regulated at 10 mg of THC. Lately though, edibles with a 5 mg microdose are the big buzz—in fact, low THC products make up one of fastest growing sectors in the US cannabis industry. While cannabis edibles aren’t legal under medical marijuana regulations in Canada—and the craft industry’s future under upcoming recreational rules remains uncertain—accurate dosing of homemade edibles is easy with prescription oil.
Math for microdosers
Cannabis contains more than 60 cannabinoids, the most famous of which is THC. THC is the plant’s main psychoactive cannabinoid, i.e., the one that gets you buzzed. THC is measured in milligrams (mg) for dosing and since government-licensed producers in Canada provide the active THC percentage for each of their strains, you’ll need to convert it. Don’t worry, it’s easy math. For example, dried cannabis labelled as 15 per cent means each gram (1000 mg) contains 150 mg of THC. As an aside, Canadian cannabis oil is already labelled with THC converted into mg/ml for easy dosing and no math.
Take a teeny toke
Smoking cannabis is probably the most difficult method for controlling your dose, but it’s also the least efficient since you can lose between 60 to 80 per cent of the THC due to burning and side stream smoke. Even so, depending on the strength of your flower, the size of your roll and the depth of your inhale, one puff can be enough to feel effects. To go slow while smoking, choose a low-TCH flower and take long breaks between puffs to assess how you’re feeling.
Vaping for a slow glow
In a vaporizer, the flower heats up without combusting—so you avoid the toxins released by burning—and it’s more efficient than smoking, too. Some vaporizers allow you to adjust the temperature, so keep it low to taste the aromatic terpenes (organic compounds that carry scent and flavour as well as medicinal benefits). To get a low dose from your vaporizer, start with a mouth hit by holding the vapour in your mouth instead of your lungs.