BY IVANA RIHTER
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If you’ve ever found yourself in the unpleasant position of being way too high, rest assured that it has happened at least once to even the best of us. Usually you can blame it on doubling up on edibles before they kick in or taking too many hits off a vape or pre-roll. Whatever the method of consumption, the uncomfortable feeling can really throw off your experience. Before you write off cannabis completely, consider microdosing.
For anyone turning to cannabis in search of relief from anxiety, stress, body pain, chronic headaches, and more, microdosing could be a possible solution. “A “go slow” mentality [is best] when it comes to harnessing the plant’s therapeutic properties,” says Anne-Marie Dacyshyn, the CMO of dosist. You’ll find that low dose products are available no matter how you prefer to consume: It’s in everything from vapes to gummies to travel-sized mint tins.
Whether you are a beginner looking to test the waters or a longtime user who prefers a lower concentration of THC, here is a comprehensive guide to low dose products (and why you need them):
What even is a low dose product?
According to the Marijuana Policy Project, 10 mg of THC is the standard dose per serving so anything below that is considered “low dose”. Products that call themselves “low dose” will range between 1mg to 5mg of THC. You’ll commonly see them in edibles like gummies, chocolates, honey, and more. That said, potency levels vary greatly between brands. As a general rule, it’s always best to start small and work your way up to avoid surprises. Wait around 2 hours to see the full effects and feel free to stack your doses (aka consume more), depending on what you need.
But what if you don’t like edibles? Smoking or dabbing can be more tricky to dose out. For some users, a single inhale from a one-hitter is enough to feel high while others need a few puffs. That’s where calibrated pens, like the ones by dosist, come into play. They vibrate when you’ve inhaled enough for one dose. It’s an easy way to get a precise amount of THC and is a great resource for beginners.
Why would you want to use them?
Low dose products are unique because you can feel comfortable taking them throughout the day. Users like to consume them in between work calls, out grocery shopping, and before bed because they don’t have the same psychoactive feelings of a full dose. This is especially ideal for anyone who uses cannabis to help with anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia or anything body-related who is not looking for a “high” so to speak.
How do you use them?
The world of cannabis can feel complicated for beginners with so many different products to choose from and varying concentrations of THC. With low-dose products, there’s very little room for error. Brands will measure and test out how much psychoactive cannabinoid are found in each serving, and you’re sure to get an exact amount each time. So, no need to nibble off the end of a homemade infused brownie (this is very inaccurate FYI) or stop mid-inhale out of fear you will be too high!
If you’re looking to dive into the world of microdosing weed, here are a few great products to get you started:
For a true beginner: Dosist Calm Dial
If edibles spook you and smoking isn’t your thing, consider an under-the-tongue capsule that dissolves. The advantage is that you’ll feel the effect pretty quickly so you won’t double up and over consume. This one, by dosist, features 3.7 mg of THC per serving and is a great beginner option.
For a party: WYLD 2:1 CBD Peach Gummies
These delicious gummies (made with real fruit!) are ideal to pop before a party. With 5mg of THC and 10mg of CBD, they’ll leave you feeling totally at ease and genuinely relaxed so you can actually enjoy the festivities.
For a first date: Original Breez Mints
If you are usually a nervous wreck before a date or outing, these euphoric little gems have 5mg of THC. Use them to calm down and as a plus: minty fresh breath!
For a work-from-home day: Dosist Arouse Pen
Whether you are starting a passion project or filling out an excel spreadsheet, this stimulating vape pen will give you a much needed burst of creativity. Just inhale and wait for the buzz — it ensures you get a perfect 2.25 mg dose of THC every time.
For a day of errands: ABX Key Lime Gummies
If you need to be productive, these 5 mg THC gummies will keep you focused and alert. Just slip this tin into your reusable tote bag and go along your way.
For the culinary-inclined: Potli Chili Oil
The entire vial of this delicious chili oil is 10mg and a little goes a long way. Add a few drops to your eggs for a relaxing start to your weekend.