Is Microdosing Marijuana the New Xanax?

Microdosing, the act of consuming low levels of cannabis throughout the day, is becoming a popular option as opposed to prescription drugs.

Microdosing, or the act of taking low levels of cannabis throughout the day, is becoming a popular option for those who want to test their reactions to the plant and its cannabinoids.

With marijuana now legal for medical or adult-use in 28 states and the District of Columbia, a sweeping approval of cannabis consumption has dominated the nation.

More and more curious cannabis newbies are pondering if the plant could have benefits for them. 

This is especially true for people in creative industries and those suffering from anxiety and depression, who seek out an alternative to powerful benzos and other antidepressants.

Microdosing Explained

Microdosing is consuming a small amount of a substance in order to gain its benefits without over-doing it. Those who microdose may eat less than half of a recommended dosage of an infused edible, or may take a couple of puffs off a joint instead of burning it down. The idea is to metabolize the small amount of cannabis quickly, lowering the risks of any negative reactions (such as paranoia or lethargy). Instead, the positive effects from cannabis – such as boosted creativity, energy, and calm – shine through. Many people are trying marijuana as an alternative treatment for many things, including anxiety and depression.

What the Experts are Saying

Dr. Dustin Sulak, the Medical Director of several clinics in the New England area, has treated nearly 20,000 patients with medical cannabis as part of an integrative medicine approach to health. Dr. Sulak found that many of his patients responded extremely well to lower amounts of cannabis.

“When I started my practice, I was surprised to see that some patients were using very low dosages,” Dr. Sulak said recently in a statement to United Patients Group.

“Over time, I began to notice that most patients using small amounts of cannabis were getting better and more sustainable results than their high-dosage counterparts with similar conditions. Eventually I discovered that most people have a certain threshold dosage of cannabis, below which they’ll actually experience a gradual increase in health benefits over time, and above which they’ll start building tolerance, experiencing diminishing benefits, and more side effects.”

Final Thought

Consuming small amounts of cannabis may be a wonderful start for those looking to find potential benefits from the plant. Microdosing allows the body to metabolize cannabinoids faster, and allows for the threshold dosage of marijuana to remain low.  As legalization of cannabis continues to grow, there will certainly be an increase in those looking for just a little bit of relief – without the need for strong pharmaceuticals.

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