By Manny C.
Less can be more for many cannabis patients

Nearly one and half millions Americans are registered to a medical cannabis program across twenty nine states as of 2017. Various patients have registered and began treatment for  diagnoses ranging from depression to epilepsy, and a gamut of symptoms that impact their ability to live a full and peaceful life. But due to the seventy year prohibition of cannabis many enter the medical program unsure and unfamiliar with how to consume, dose, and even understand their new green medications. To top things off the cost of cannabis and cannabis based products, unlike pharmaceutical medications, are not covered under any current medical insurance provider so patients pay for their treatments strictly out of their own pockets.


In new markets where legal medical access has just begun, cannabis prices are often higher than in established medical markets or in states where both medical and recreational cannabis are legalized.  The costs for a patient can add up very quickly in many states where large parts of the population are living at or below the poverty line. 


For many people one resolution for this conflict between cost and medicating has become Microdosing, a term used regularly with LSD, is becoming more and more popular in the medical and recreational cannabis communities. Microdosing means using a smaller amount of medication over a longer period of time. So instead of buying a quarter of an ounce and rolling your fresh buds into individual joints, some people instead use a smaller amount in a tool such as a bowl, pipe, or bong, and spread their treatments out over a period of time. And while the high may last a smidge less time, the outcome is that your green is saving you some green. For many patients, this ideal with helping to combat various other issues that regular cannabis consumers also face. 


One of the largest complaints is the build up of an immunity or "tolerance", where it takes a higher amount of product or THC in order to feel the impacts of medical cannabis. For many cannabis lovers, this simply means that you take a week or two off any product and basically “detox” or “rest” yourself and then you can (typically) consume and enjoy your normal effects. For patients on a medical cannabis program however, “taking a break” from their medication can have some serious consequences. For patients with chronic or terminal conditions as well as those with conditions that can be fatal (such as epilepsy or spasms of the diaphragm) this is not an option.


So this is where the importance of Microdosing is seen the most. Although the psychoaffective impacts may not be as significant for those who are Microdosing, it still allows for some effect to be felt and for the medication to help with various symptoms such as spasms, seizures, mood elevation, mild to moderate pain, addiction, and appetite control. Microdosing also allows for patients to feel the impacts of cannabis if a larger dose is needed in unforeseen or severe situations such as extreme pain (for example cancer patients or terminal patients), suicidal ideations, and gran mal seizures. Microdosing is also gaining popularity in the recreation cannabis consumer community where the smaller amounts allow for consumers to “spread out” their high and keep a solid, happy buzz for a longer period of time instead and keep the immunity build up at bay.  

Have you tried microdosing?    


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About the author: Manny C.

Cannabis Activist, industry blogger, and founding member of Illinois Citizens Responsible Regulation.