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Microdosing THC: What Is It & How Does It Work?

There are plenty of cannabis enthusiasts who aren’t trying to find the highest THC products on the market. Rather, they’re interested in tiny amounts of THC so that they can feel the benefits of cannabis without intoxication. This type of cannabis consumption is called microdosing, and in this guide, we’re going to share everything we know about what microdosing is and how it works.

  • What is Microdosing THC?
  • Why Microdose Marijuana?
  • What Are the Best Ways to Microdose?
  • FAQs About Microdosing Marijuana

What is Microdosing?

Microdosing is becoming more and more popular among both recreational and medical cannabis consumers. Microdosing is the practice of taking small amounts of THC to experience the effects without interfering with your day.

So how is it different from regular dosing? A “standard” dose of marijuana can range from 5mg to 10mg of THC, depending on the type of cannabis product and your level of tolerance. Beginners tend to prefer the lower end of the range, while casual consumers lean toward the higher end. With that in mind, a microdose might be anything from 1mg to 5mg, depending on the consumer. As with all products, it’s important to start slow to ensure you only take enough to feel the effects of the product.

Why Microdose?

Many cannabis enthusiasts choose to microdose marijuana because they feel they can experience different effects and benefits from a smaller dose. This is likely due to the fact that the lower dose allows them to experience cannabis without the overwhelming psychoactive effects of the THC. There are even some researchers that feel microdosing benefits medical marijuana patients who consume cannabis to help manage the side effects of qualifying conditions.

While we need a lot more research in order to say with certainty that microdosing is beneficial, there have been some small studies that have shown lower doses of cannabinoids improved symptoms related to conditions like PTSD, pain, and anxiety. Ultimately, only you can decide if microdosing is beneficial to your body and your endocannabinoid system.

What Are the Best Ways to Microdose?

Pretty much any cannabis product can be microdosed, but there are some that are easier to microdose than others because of their ability to be accurately dosed. Our favorite ways to microdose include:

Microdose Gummies & Edibles

Gummies, mints, chocolates, and other edibles can be one of the most convenient ways to microdose—especially because some companies are creating edibles with microdoseable amounts of THC in them. While it can take a while to feel the effects of the dose, they do tend to last a bit longer. If you want to feel the effects of your microdose faster, opt for a tincture or sublingual.

Want to try edibles but aren’t sure how much to consume? Check out our guide “How to Dose Edibles” today.

Microdose Tinctures & Sublinguals

Cannabis tinctures and other sublinguals are designed to be absorbed under the tongue (that’s what sublingual means). Using this method, the cannabinoids sink through the thin skin of the mouth and enter the bloodstream directly. You can also add tinctures to food and even create your own cannabis beverage

In addition to being easy to consume, tinctures and sublinguals are easy to dose, too, ensuring you get the amount of THC you want for your microdose.

Microdose Cannabis Tablets & Capsules

If you want a very specific amount of THC and nothing more, tablets and capsules are the perfect product for you. There is a wide selection of microdose-friendly softgels, tablets, capsules and more available on the market, containing tiny amounts of THC. In addition to its ease of dosing, cannabis in tablet or capsule form can also be a very discreet way to microdose.


Answering FAQs About Microdosing Marijuana

Microdosing is one of the many ways cannabis enthusiasts enjoy consuming marijuana. Some of the most frequently asked questions we get about microdosing include:


How much is a microdose of marijuana?
For most cannabis enthusiasts, a regular dose of THC is up to 10 mg. A microdose is up to half of a full, standard dose of THC—anywhere from half a milligram to 5 mg. If you’re looking to microdose CBD, a CBD microdose can be up to 10 mg. This is because CBD is non-intoxicating.

Can you microdose CBD?
Yes. A microdose of CBD is generally considered any amount up to 10 mg of CBD.

How much is a “microdose” of marijuana?
The exact amount of a “microdose” of marijuana is dependent on your body and your endocannabinoid system. In general, a microdose starts around 2.5 mg. When finding the right microdose for you, consume 2.5 mg, see how you feel over a couple of days, and adjust accordingly.

Purchasing Cannabis Products to Microdose

If you have a favorite type of cannabis, you can microdose it. Simply consume a smaller amount and see how you feel. If you prefer to purchase a premade, microdose-friendly product, find a dispensary near you and pay us a visit. Just let your budtender know what you’re looking for and they’ll take care of the rest.

Find a Dispensary

Recreational cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and certified patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.