Marijuana is now legal in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada for anyone over the age of 21. A new trend of consumption is taking these states by storm. It is called microdosing. Although it is being applied to THC, we wonder whether it could work with CBD too.
Microdosing of cannabis is becoming hugely popular via scrumptious edibles
Mashable reports on a wide variety of trendy new products. Kiva Confections is about to launch marijuana mints. The new product, Petra, will be a blend of Californian grown cannabis, green tea maccha and "zesty, refreshing flavors," says Marketing Communications Manager Christie Strong. She says it is about responsible, healthy cannabis use, and in a few years microdosing is going to be the most popular way for people to use cannabis.
Strong predicts people will take cannabis to stay healthy, and safely manage stress and anxiety in the same way they take vitamin C or Zinc. "In this way cannabis will become more like an herbal supplement," she adds.
Another chocolate company is looking at a dose ranging from 2.5 to 45 milligrams, intended to keep consumers "body functional and mind free." It is important that products are safe even for people who had never tried cannabis before, and for them not to have an unpleasant experience.
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Défoncé Chocolatier, CEO Eric Eslao has his eye on high-end stores, not just medical dispensaries. He says, "Every detail, from the feel of the packaging to the snap of the chocolate bar to the eventual effects of the THC, were all meticulously explored, fussed over and executed with the consumer in mind." Microdosing is popular with Silicon Valley coders and SoCal creatives calling THC-laced coffee bean bites a "productivity tool".
Less is more
Dr Allen Frankel of Green Bridge Medical in Santa Monica discovered the benefits of small doses almost by accident in 2009 when he started growing and extracting. The extractions were inefficient and they learnt by being incompetent that low doses worked very well. He says that since then, he has used different strengths of calculated doses to treat anything from anxiety to pain and cancer. "Less is generally more," he says.
Dr. Frankel explains cannabis is bi-modal, which means at a low dose you get one effect and at a high dose you get the opposite effect. When asked if cannabis could really be used as a supplement such as Vitamin C as some suggest, his answer was affirmative. As he insists, it is a plant, and we all forget that in many ways, it is no different to a tomato or an apple. It has been around and used for thousands of years.
All people who have never used cannabis before are cautioned to rather be careful as the general rule for beginners is to ingest no more than 10 milligrams, and wait two hours before consuming any more. It could be tempting not to over indulge when you are having a delicious chocolate.
Avoid using alcohol at the same time, and make sure products are labeled correctly and kept away from children. Always consume cannabis products on a full stomach. Treat it as you would treat any other medicine.
Could microdoses work for medical cannabis, or are the confectioners just trying to sell less for more?
If we look at microdosing with skepticism, we might say that less is more in money terms too. Will tiny doses of cannabinoids have health effects? Up to a point, they may, but we suspect that the novelty chocolates are being consumed because they’re yummy, rather than for any other reason!