Microdosing Weed: How to Find the Right Serving Size of Edible Cannabis

Article by Ricardo Baca, The Daily Beast

Microdosing Weed: How to Find the Right Serving Size of Edible Cannabis Annie Nelson, wife of country music legend and ganjapreneur Willie Nelson, explains how to take the edge off—or sleep better, or deal with in-laws—without getting high.

In the tome of legal American cannabis, the chapter on marijuana-infused edibles is where the narrative turns complicated and, at times, bleak.

For the most part, legalization’s rollout in the U.S. has gone off without a hitch. Many of the dastardly hypotheticals the public once feared have since turned into success stories—proof that this newly legal substance could be regulated responsibly without putting our youths and communities at risk.

And then came the pot brownie—and the weed chocolate, the marijuana gummy, and the cannabis cookie. Their unusual high, which kicks in long after smoked or vaporized cannabis and often lasts much longer, baffled many new users. Some found out the state-recommended dose was too much THC, while others ignored the product directions entirely and overconsumed. While we could laugh along with some of these stories of harmless-but-scary overconsumption, others ended tragically—with law enforcement linking a couple high-profile deaths, in part, to the marijuana-infused candies.

Thankfully our current bookmark rests in a positive place: Fast-acting state regulators in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state rewrote rules on how these adult-use edibles were labeled, packaged, and sold, and ultimately marked as individual, single-serving pieces so that they would be recognizable outside their original packaging. The public is doing its part, too, as it continues to learn important lessons about an edible’s singular high.

Of course this particular chapter is far from complete, but one of the latest edible cannabis trends we’re seeing is also a lesson in responsible consumption: microdosing. Because an edible’s stone is so dissimilar to that of smoking or vaporizing pot, some consumers are ditching state-defined doses of 10 milligrams of THC in favor of smaller serving sizes.

As for me, I enjoy a solid microdose of edible weed before yoga practice or a long walk with the dogs. It helps me keep focus, and it prevents me from ever feeling too high. And I’m not alone in my penchant for microdosing marijuana, because now the commercial market is following suit.

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