The idea that less-is-more has taken to both novices and experienced cannabis consumers as of late. As cannabis makes its way into the mainstream, many are beginning to recognize that consuming large amounts does not equate to a better experience. Both researchers and consumers have discovered that cannabis can be more beneficial when consumed in smaller doses. Moreover, micro- and low-dose consumption methods allow you to enjoy all of the medicinal benefits without the psychoactive high, which many would rather avoid.
Both long time enthusiasts and novices are finding that smaller amounts of cannabis fit perfectly into their routine and lifestyle as it allows one to enjoy the benefits without the worry of becoming “too high” to get through the day. Often, we hear of people who swore off cannabis because it made them feel paranoid and anxious for hours on end. These adverse effects are typically associated with an over-consumption of THC – the cannabinoid that produces a psychoactive effect – and it’s understandable why you would want to avoid such a negative experience. But, where too much THC can increase anxiety levels, research shows that a micro- to low-dose of THC can actually alleviate stress and anxiety, and produce calm, focused feelings instead.
Finding the right cannabis dose that meets your personal preference takes time and patience. Start with a low dose and increase it slowly; this is commonly referred to as the low and slow method. The low and slow method allows you to tune in to how you feel after consuming rather than elevating you to a high that you are not comfortable with. It’s helpful when introducing cannabis into your routine to keep a consumption journal. You can write down the type of product you consumed, the dosage, and a few notes on how it made you feel. This allows you to track which methods and dosage work best for you to help guide you in finding the cannabis experience that meets your needs.
The recommended starting point for oral consumption is a micro-dose of 2.5 milligrams. This is a great way to incorporate cannabis into your life while mitigating the risk of adverse effects. When trying cannabis for the first time, it’s best to consume when the responsibilities of your day are taken care of, typically in the evening. 3Leaf recently introduced a new line of all-natural Fruit Jellies, and our Strawberry Fruit Jelly, dosed with 2.5 mg of pure THC per piece is a delicious, healthy, and effective way to incorporate micro-dosing into your lifestyle. We recommend trying one Strawberry Fruit Jelly in the evening to start. After consuming, wait to see how you feel, possibly write down some notes in your consumption journal, and wait until the next night to decide whether or not you’d like to increase your dosage.
Increasing from 2.5 mg to 5 mg may not seem significant, but it is certainly noticeable. A low-dose of 5 mg is also unlikely to produce any adverse effects, but it is important to know that when doubling your dose you may experience an entirely different type of high. It’s best to consume an edible that is compliant under California’s cannabis legislation, which stipulate strict dosing regulations. It’s also wise to consume edibles after eating a meal and drinking a healthy amount of water.
In addition to 3Leaf’s Strawberry Fruit Jellies, we introduced a Blood Orange Fruit Jelly, dosed with 5 mg of pure THC distillate. Both of our newest edibles allow you to incorporate a small amount of cannabis in to your life in a controlled manner. Our Fruit Jellies provide a safe and effective introduction to the effects and benefits of cannabis. For experienced cannabis enthusiasts, many are beginning to recognize the value in a lower dose as it provides a subtle elevation to the day-to-day, perfect for the professional sphere.
You may find that in some instances a micro-dose of cannabis meets your needs perfectly, but other situations call for a higher dose. For those who experience health issues such as chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy, or severe sleep disruption, a higher dose of cannabis may be more effective in meeting your needs. All of 3Leaf edibles come with multiple single serve edibles in each package, so you can enjoy one or easily consume more if need be. Dr. Ethan Russo and Dr. Caroline MacCallum, in their article, Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing, attest to the fact that the entire available benefits of cannabis can be enjoyed by consuming no more than 30 mg per day. However, Russo and MacCallum also note that a 30 mg dosage over the course of a day may be effective for some, but it can also be far too much, or not enough for others. It’s up to you to determine how cannabis fits in to your life.
One of the most important things to note about cannabis is that its effects are entirely personal, which is why the low and slow method is recommended so highly. Starting with a micro- or low-dose allows you to incorporate cannabis in to your life in a safe way, so that you can find an experience that best fits within your own lifestyle. Where cannabis was previously associated with consuming higher doses to achieve a euphoric high, it’s interesting to see the shift towards consuming lower doses for the purpose of slightly elevating the day-to-day and allowing individuals to be sharp, calm, and focused instead. Because of the wide variety of medicinal, therapeutic, and recreational benefits of cannabis, there is something to meet the needs of just about everyone.
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