What is Microdosing?
Microdosing is a consumption technique usually associated with LSD or other hallucinogens (fun fact: many believe that microdosing was invented by the Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann, who was taking small doses of LSD for at least 20 years of his life. Although the benefits of microdosing LSD still need further scientific research, Dr.Hofmann lived to the age of 102).
The purpose of such technique is to take in the substance’s health benefits while avoiding the psychoactive effects.
It is now also becoming more and more popular in the cannabis and CBD communities, for the reason that microdosing is a great way to find that perfect dose, unique to each and everyone one of us (due to human’s endocannabinoid system being very different from person-to-person). Some also believe that microdosing CBD has more advantages than taking larger doses, but it is rather personal.
How does CBD microdosing work?
Since CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects there aren’t many advantages that one might experience when microdosing CBD per se.
However microdosing is indeed a great way to introduce CBD into your daily routine to slowly build a tolerance and maintain proper balance so that you are at less risk of overstimulating your cannabinoid receptors.
Microdosing means breaking down your daily dose into smaller doses to consume CBD consistently in small amounts throughout a day, instead of once a day.
There is no universal microdose of CBD anyone can recommend because every person has a unique ECS (to learn more about dosing CBD, click here). Nor is there a formula for everyone to find the “sweet spot” microdose for CBD easily.
Having said all that, there are a few tips that can help you figure out the right (micro)dose:
A dose varies from one form of CBD consumption to another because of CBD’s bioavailability (it determines how much of what you took is actually present to provide your level of effect). For example, when smoking or vaping CBD, the substance’s bioavailability rate is around 45%; when taking CBD sublingually, bioavailability rate is around 25-30%; when consuming CBD orally, its bioavailability barely surpasses 10%.
Note how you feel before taking CBD and after: for example, do you feel calmer, is your pain level reducing, do you sleep better, do you feel better overall etc. It is possible that at first you will not feel much (or any) difference, in which case you may slightly increase your dose.
When increasing your dose, don’t go overboard, keep checking on your overall feeling and if needed - consult a professional. The dosage increase should be gradual.
CBD works cumulatively, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t notice much difference right away or see immediate results. Consistency and patience are key.