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An Introduction to Microdosing

By Tanya Davies

Just a little bit: A brief look at microdosing... what it is and when you might consider it

You’ve heard the saying “less is more”? Or “good things come in small packages”? Well the same philosophy can apply to the consumption of cannabis. This practice is called microdosing, and it might be the right choice for you.

What is microdosing?

It is the practice of ingesting a small amount of cannabis so you enjoy the benefits of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) without feeling “stoned.”

Think of it as being similar to enjoying a beer or glass of wine at the end of your workday. One drink might give you a slight buzz, and help you unwind, but you don’t need to get drunk to appreciate the benefits. A microdose of marijuana is similar: The smaller dose limits the psychoactive effects of cannabis so you don’t get high, but it helps you feel more relaxed and less stressed.

Microdosing also offers health benefits for those taking medical marijuana: Scientific evidence has shown that smaller doses of marijuana can be more effective with pain relief than larger doses.

How do I know what dose to take?

Finding the proper microdose depends on a number of factors, including your tolerance, your typical usage, the strain, your body size and age. The best way to find the sweet spot for your microdose is to start slowly and with less than 5mg of THC per dose. Wait 30 minutes after your first small dose to see how you feel. Depending on the results, you can either up the dose, or know to take an even smaller dose the next time.

Ingesting cannabis is easier for microdosing as you know exactly what dose you are taking. It is harder to estimate the amount of THC you are getting when you smoke.

How do I know if microdosing is right for me?

If you want to experience the benefits of marijuana without getting high, microdosing is for you. Whether you’re a parent with kids at home, a working professional, or managing your chronic pain, microdosing is for people who don’t want to or can’t be high, but still want to enjoy cannabis.


Tanya is a Toronto-based editor and writer who specializes in health-related content.

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