The time we live in is an exciting time. We’re at the helm of a cannabis-prohibition free America. The cannabis industry as a whole is booming, the scientific community is buzzing, and the average American is just curious about what all the hype is about.
By Nicole Flanigan, Muncheez Editorial Staff
That being said, a lot of people are interested in the benefits of marijuana as a medicine. Scientific studies are published daily on the medical applications of THC and CBD, delivery methods, and so much more. The public is always excited and eager to apply cannabis as medicine into their daily lives.
Unfortunately, many people who want to try marijuana are unable to smoke it. Some people can’t smoke because of a prior injury or a chronic condition. For other people, it’s because cannabis simply makes their anxiety symptoms worse. Aside from that, smoking flower requires at least some prior tolerance to THC. It is also one of the most challenging cannabis delivery methods to dose, and getting a newbie too high at first can turn that person off of cannabis and all of the health benefits it provides forever.
So what are you supposed to do if you want to add marijuana to your life in a consistent, easy-to-judge way but can’t (or simply choose not to) smoke cannabis regularly to build your tolerance?
The answer is eating (or microdosing) edibles.
Edibles provide a very unique type of cerebral high, but they still offer all the health benefits of THC (and CBD) for your body. They make sense for the cannabis non-smoker for a lot of reasons. For starters, edibles are extended release, which means the effects will last all day. Edibles are also much easier to dose than it is to dosing the effect you'll feel from smoking flower. There are even some edibles that contain no THC at all if THC causes your anxiety or makes it worse.
Isn’t an edible high stronger than the high from smoking?
If you eat a higher dose of edibles than you should as a non-smoker or as someone with no prior experience with THC, chances are you’re going to have a rough time. Dosing is such a critical part of introducing yourself to marijuana, and because edibles are lab tested there are no surprises when it comes to getting a consistent dose every time. That’s why even though there’s a risk of taking too much at once, edibles are still the best choice for a non-smoker.
To get started with edibles, it’s a good idea to begin by microdosing. Microdosing is merely the act of eating edibles so low in THC that you barely feel a noticeable high, at least at first. It can help you get to the desired level of effects without ever coming close to the uncomfortable, too-high-from-edibles feeling.
Facts about microdosing edibles:
- A microdose starts between 2.5mg and 5mg
- Microdosing is a great way to produce a calm, relaxing state that relieves anxiety without causing an intense high.
- Microdosing THC has been shown to improve cognitive function
- Microdosing THC provides the benefits of THC more to the body than to the mind
- Microdosing edibles is a great way to manage social anxiety, improve your attention span, boost creativity and make you feel more motivated without the cerebral high to get in the way.
- When you introduce yourself to THC by microdosing edibles, start with the smallest dose and take more each day until you find y our perfect level of relief.
- Look for cannabis products labeled for microdosing if you want to start with the smallest possible dose.
Best microdose edibles for non-smokers and cannabis newbies:
Espresso Dark Chocolate 1:1 100mg Bar by Kiva Confections
Kiva may not advertise that their edible chocolate bars can be microdosed, but they certainly can! Each 100mg bar breaks up into 5mg pieces, which is the perfect place to start microdosing. You can even break a piece in half if you want to start lower.
Tranquili-Tea by Kikoko
Kikoko has a line of THC and CBD infused teas that are great in a variety of situations. The Tranquili-tea is advertised as a sleep aid, but it makes for a perfect anytime microdose at 3mg of THC per serving. The Sympa-tea is another great microdosing option at 3 mg THC and 20 mg CBD. All Kikoko teas are precision-dosed and have no hashy weed taste.
Nimbus Dark Chocolate and Pecan Hazelnut Hybrid Granola Clusters by Atlas Edibles
Each product in the Atlas line promotes an effect for mindfulness and mental clarity, making them a valid choice for microdosing, even if the dose is a little large at 10 mg per cluster. Each bag contains 8 10mg granola clusters. To microdose, split them in half for a 5mg dose and into quarters for a 2.5mg dose.