Is Less More? All About Microdosing

“Microdosing” has become a buzzword in the medical cannabis industry, but what exactly does it mean? How do patients microdose, and is it for everyone? Here’s what you need to know.

Max for the Minimum

Microdosing is the therapeutic practice of taking the minimum effective dose of a medicine. It’s basically a “max for the minimum” mentality that allows patients to use less medicine, lower psychoactive effects, and also, as added benefits, to save money and continue to hold down a job or take care of family while medicating. Microdosing allows some patients to alleviate pain; reduce stress; lessen the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and ADHD; enhance creativity and productivity; increase energy; and generally improve mood while staying active and engaged in everyday life. Some proponents say the practice is similar to taking a daily vitamin or herbal supplement that works at a sub-perceptual level to improve health and wellness. Others say the effects are similar to enjoying a glass of wine at dinner.

Find your Ideal Dose

How can you find your ideal microdose of medical cannabis? Medications affect people differently, and cannabis is no exception; what works for one person may or may not work for another. If you have experience with medical cannabis, the way to figure out your effective microdose is to cut your normal dose in half and see how you feel. If you feel relief, when it’s time to take the next dose, cut that dose in half. Each time you take your medicine, cut the dose by half. The goal is to find the smallest dose that provides relief, but doesn’t give you a physical or cerebral “high.” Once you’ve found your ideal microdose, continue to take that dose on your normal schedule.


If you are new to medical cannabis and have questions or if you’re a patient experienced with medical cannabis who would like to try microdosing, come into one of our dispensaries – Harvest of Tempe or Harvest of Scottsdale. Our patient advisors will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you find the medicine and dose that will best treat your symptoms or illness.

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