You want to feel a little extra something but still need to get things done. You’re craving a boost that doesn’t throw off your routine. Or maybe you want to feel a little “high” but not for too long. If any of this sounds like you, microdosing Delta-8 (also known as D8) may be something to look into.
In this blog, we’ll cover the definition of microdosing, the potential benefits, and why some people may want to try microdosing Delta-8.
Microdosing is pretty much what it sounds like: consuming a very low dosage of a substance.
In the Journal of Psychopharmacology microdosing is defined as a dose that’s only “1% of the pharmacologically active dose.” However, more commonly it’s thought to be a dose that doesn’t cause an extreme change of consciousness - or at least not as much as the “regular” amount taken. Of course, this amount will vary from person to person, which means the exact microdosing amount is generally on the vaguer side.
Likewise, the substance itself varies as well. Some people microdose LSD or mushrooms; others may microdose caffeine or cannabis products such as CBD or Delta-8.
The biggest potential benefits of microdosing are seen with mood disorders, along with treating anxiety and helping boost productivity. For example, a 2020 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology showed that participants reported “enhanced mood, creativity, focus and sociability.” Similarly, a study from February 2019 looked at people who microdose psychedelics regularly and showed that users were “better able to maintain focus after microdosing.”
However, research on microdosing cannabis products is more limited and more information needs to be gathered before conclusive statements can be made about the potential consequences and benefits.
Delta-8 THC is often nicknamed “weed light” or “diet THC.” Why? It’s shown to be less potent when it comes to getting someone high compared to Delta-9 THC (the primary active ingredient in marijuana that produces feelings of being “high”). So if you enjoy smoking Delta-8, microdosing it could very well give you the same benefits - but in an even “lighter” form.
So how much Delta-8 do you need for microdosing? This will vary from person to person. For example, if you regularly smoke 2.5 mg then you’ll obviously need to consume less when microdosing. But if you regularly smoke 4 mg, then perhaps 2.5 will give you the desired outcome. Also, it’s generally easier to control the intake of products like tinctures and edibles over vapes and joints, which absorb THC by inhalation.
Either way, if you want to experiment with microdosing Delta 8, we suggest starting slow in a safe environment that you feel comfortable in. Perhaps microdosing D8 before starting personal creative projects, light workouts, or household chores are three ideas to explore.
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