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“Using the correct dose of cannabis is the single most important factor in having a successful therapeutic relationship with this powerful herb,” states Dr. Dustan Sulak—an integrative medicine physician based in Maine.
Sulak is best known for arguing that with cannabis, less is more, meaning microdosing could provide greater benefits than higher doses.
But what is microdosing?
Microdosing is exactly as it sounds: taking micro doses of cannabis to achieve optimal results. Sulak started promoting microdosing after observing his lower dose patients reaping more rewards from their treatment.
Sulak explains that “…most people have a certain threshold dosage of cannabis, below which they’ll actually experience a gradual increase in health benefits over time, and above which they’ll start building tolerance, experiencing diminishing benefits, and more side effects.”
To get the most from this medicinal plant over the long term, it’s best to keep doses below that personal threshold.
Sulak also suggests that if tolerance increases and benefits plateau, you should drop your dose further to rebalance your endocannabinoid system. This is crucial information into the uniqueness of dosing cannabis because with most other therapies, one would gradually increase their dose after plateauing.
So how much is a microdose?Microdosing is still an art mixed with science: What is a microdose to some may not be for others. Some start with 2.5 milligrams and titrate from there, others may dose even below