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Unlocking the Potential of Microdosing THC and CBD: A Potential Path to Wellness


Microdosing THC and CBD

If you are reading this, it is likely you know the stigma around cannabis has been evolving in recent years. The legalization of recreational and medical cannabis as well as the extraordinary growth of the hemp industry have allowed researchers and consumers alike to explore a wide array of cannabinoid combinations and dosing regimens. As the therapeutic benefits receive equal attention to the recreational uses for this amazing plant, microdosing has arisen as a viable option for many users. This practice involves taking small, controlled amounts of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids to achieve therapeutic benefits while minimizing intoxication and side effects. Researchers and clients alike are exploring the potential of microdosing to address a variety of health concerns, including anxiety, chronic pain, neurological conditions and sleeplessness. In this article, we will delve into the benefits of microdosing THC and CBD and emphasize the critical role of consistency in one's dosing regimen for long-term success.


Understanding Microdosing

Microdosing, in essence, is the practice of consuming a substance at what would generally be considered a sub-therapeutic level, aiming to harness its therapeutic properties without experiencing the characteristic high or side effects associated with higher doses. In the context of cannabis, microdosing typically involves using minimal amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), the two most well-known cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.

Dr. Dustin Sulak, from whom we have received much of our training, has this to say about microdosing. “I discovered that most people have a certain threshold of cannabis,” Sulak says. “Below it they’ll experience a gradual increase in health benefits, and above it they’ll start building tolerance, experiencing diminishing benefits and more side effects, like short term memory loss and clumsiness.”


The Benefits of Low-Dose THC and CBD


Anxiety Management

The benefits of microdosing THC and CBD

One of the most prominent reasons people turn to microdosing THC and CBD is to manage anxiety. While higher doses of THC may lead to heightened anxiety in some individuals, lower doses can have anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects. CBD, on the other hand, is known for its calming properties, and when combined with THC in small amounts, it can offer a balanced and gentle approach to anxiety management.


Anecdotally, the most common situation we have regularly observed as beneficial for anxiety is combining what would be considered a normal therapeutic dose of CBD with a microdose of THC. This is done automatically by most high-quality full-spectrum CBD versions. For example, the Blue Lotus CBD oil contains approximately 1.25mg of THC per 50mg of CBD. So a consumer taking 25mg is automatically getting a “microdose” of .75mg of THC. This has been demonstrated both in research and our personal observations to be vastly more effective than CBD alone (isolate) or using therapeutic doses of THC alone for improvement in chronic anxiety.


Every person has a unique body chemistry and one size never fits all with cannabis. There are certainly some people that find THC alone helpful and others who prefer CBD isolate, but full spectrum CBD is – by far – the best solution for many.


By microdosing THC in particular, individuals can experience reduced anxiety levels without feeling impaired or intoxicated, making it a valuable tool for those with social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, or everyday stress.


The benefits of microdosing CBD or THC for Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Relief

Chronic pain affects millions of people worldwide, and many are seeking alternative solutions to traditional pain medications. THC and CBD have both demonstrated potential in managing pain, with THC offering analgesic properties and CBD providing anti-inflammatory effects.


Microdosing these cannabinoids can provide a sustained, low-level pain relief without the risk of developing tolerance or dependence commonly associated with opioids and some pharmaceutical painkillers. Consistency in dosing is crucial here, as regular microdosing may lead to more effective pain management over time. CBD is anti-inflammatory, which means that users only experience the “maximum benefit” after a period of regular use and potentially modifying their dose over time. See our dosing guidelines for more information about this.



The benefits of microdosing CBD or THC for sleep quality

Enhanced Sleep Quality

Sleeplessness, or insomnia, can significantly impact one's quality of life and overall health. Both THC and CBD can influence sleep patterns, although their effects differ. THC can help individuals fall asleep faster, while CBD may promote a deeper and more restorative sleep.

Microdosing THC and CBD can be particularly beneficial for individuals with sleep disorders, as it allows them to avoid the sedative effects of higher THC doses and leverage the calming properties of CBD. Consistency in dosing plays a pivotal role in establishing a healthy sleep routine, helping individuals achieve better sleep quality over time.


The Importance of Consistency in Dosing when microdosing CBD or THC


Consistency is very important in a successful microdosing regimen, and it applies to both the amount of THC and CBD consumed and the timing of consumption. Here are a few reasons why consistency matters:

The importance of consistency in dosing when microdosing CBD and THC

Predictable Results

Microdosing relies on precise and predictable results. By consistently taking the same dose of THC and / or CBD, individuals can better anticipate the effects and tailor their regimen to their specific needs. This predictability allows for a more controlled and customized approach to wellness.


Minimized Tolerance

Consistent microdosing helps minimize the risk of developing tolerance to THC. When THC is consumed in larger quantities or irregularly, the body can become desensitized to its effects, necessitating higher doses to achieve the same therapeutic benefits. By microdosing consistently, individuals can maintain the efficacy of lower doses over the long term.


Reduced Risk of Overconsumption

With cannabis, overconsumption can lead to unwanted side effects, such as anxiety, paranoia, and impaired coordination. I am fond of telling clients that overconsumption of THC can’t kill you, but it can make you feel like you are going to die. Microdosing helps mitigate the risk of unpleasant effects by keeping the dose at a level that avoids intoxication while still providing therapeutic benefits. Consistency in dosing allows individuals to stay within their comfort zone and avoid the discomfort associated with overconsumption. Anyone who has ever experienced the time-distorted, panic-inducing, dizziness and disorientation associated with overuse of THC likely does not want to go through that again. The unfortunate reality is that many people then forgo the benefits of THC entirely. One of the best things about microdosing is that it may give someone who has experienced a “bad high” to enjoy the benefits without the downsides.


Long-Term Benefits

The effects of microdosing THC and CBD often become more pronounced and sustained over time. By adhering to a consistent dosing regimen, individuals can experience cumulative benefits, such as improved anxiety management, enhanced pain relief, and better sleep quality. These long-term advantages can significantly impact one's overall well-being.


Long-Term Impacts on Anxiety, Chronic Pain, and Sleeplessness


Anxiety

When microdosing THC and CBD to manage anxiety, long-term consistency can lead to a reduction in the overall frequency and intensity of anxiety symptoms. Over time, individuals may find that they require fewer doses or lower doses to achieve the same anxiety-relieving effects. This can promote a sense of empowerment and control over their anxiety.


Chronic Pain

Chronic pain management with microdosing often requires patience and adherence to a consistent regimen. As the body becomes accustomed to the cannabinoids, the pain-relieving effects can become more pronounced and longer lasting. This can lead to a significant improvement in the individual's quality of life, reducing the reliance on other pain medications.


Sleeplessness

For individuals struggling with sleeplessness, consistent microdosing can help establish a healthy sleep routine. Over time, the body's internal clock may adjust to the regular dosing schedule, promoting better sleep patterns and more restorative rest. Many individuals report a reduced need for sleep aids and an overall improvement in their sleep quality.


Microdosing THC and CBD for neurological conditions

Neurological Conditions

I want to mention that there has been some encouraging research into the use of microdosing for Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. There are several, albeit very small studies which indicate that microdosing may have beneficial effects on slowing the progression of these diseases. We would never recommend that elderly people with neurological conditions be given higher doses of THC. These can exacerbate dizziness and lack of coordination and be anxiety provoking for those already suffering confusion. However, small doses may be beneficial. We encourage you to speak with your or your loved ones’ physician about the possibility of incorporating microdosing into the medical regimen for any sufferers of these conditions.


Options for Microdosing:

There are many ways to enjoy low doses of cannabinoids. Here are a few of our favorite options:


Enjoy Hemp Balance Microdose Gummies – ¼ or ½ them for an even more modest dose

Cycling Frog 5:1 Gummies – “normal dose” of CBD with microdose THC – ¼ or ½ for even lower dose


Blue Lotus CBD Oils – Easy dosing as they are 1mg CBD per drop

Delta-8 THC oil by Destino – 1mg of Delta-8 THC per drop for a low a dose as you desire


Conclusion


Microdosing THC and CBD offers a promising path to wellness for those seeking relief from anxiety, chronic pain, and sleeplessness. By harnessing the therapeutic properties of these cannabinoids at sub-therapeutic levels, individuals can experience significant benefits without the undesirable side effects associated with higher doses.

Remember that one of the keys to a successful microdosing regimen lies in consistency. Regularly taking the same dose of THC and CBD, along with careful timing, enables individuals to achieve predictable results, minimize tolerance, reduce the risk of overconsumption, and unlock long-term benefits.


As research on cannabis and its cannabinoids continues to evolve, it's essential for individuals interested in microdosing to seek products from reputable sources and speak to your physician if you are using other medications. With the right guidance and a commitment to consistency, microdosing THC and CBD can be a valuable tool in improving overall well-being and enhancing the quality of life for many of our customers.

Please feel free to schedule a cannabinoid consultation with us or reach out by phone at 407-235-0653 or email at info@bluelotuswellnessandcbd.com if we can answer any questions for you.


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