How to microdose THC: finding your perfect weed dose

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Cannabis has become increasingly popular in America. The majority of states have legalized marijuana in some way, and evidence of the plant’s benefits continues to grow. But not everyone wants to get high. Instead, more people are opting to microdose THC for wellness purposes.

Microdosing marijuana is the act of taking small doses, which, for many, does not induce a buzz. However, every person is different. It’s up to the individual to find their sweet spot for cannabis, which can take a lot of trial and error.

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In a cannabis space dominated by high-THC products, the need for low-potency products is clear. Microdosing may have several benefits, including improved mood, reduced pain, and neuroprotection. But how do you know where to start?

If you’ve been curious about how to microdose THC, this deep dive has all you need to know. Just make sure to speak to a healthcare professional prior to taking the plunge.

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Is microdosing weed right for you? Photo: Canva and GreenState Team

What is a microdose of THC?

A microdose is the lowest amount of THC a person can take before they feel any psychoactive effects. For most people, this is less than 2.5 milligrams of THC.

Cannabis is processed via the endocannabinoid system, a series of receptors throughout the central nervous system. Active compounds in the plant, like cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, go through CB1 and CB2 receptors that act as your body’s weed sensors.

Since everybody is different, reactions to THC can vary dramatically from person to person. One person’s endocannabinoid system may require higher doses of cannabis to feel “high,” while others may be far more sensitive. Medical marijuana patients could go either way depending on their condition; it’s crucial to always educate yourself as much as possible.

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Benefits of microdosing cannabis

Research on microdosing THC is somewhat limited, but research shows it may help relieve a number of conditions. Anecdotally speaking, the benefits may be much broader.

A 2012 study examined different doses of cannabis in people with severe cancer pain. Participants who received the lowest dose of cannabinoids saw the best results, while those who were given a high dose actually saw an increase in symptoms.

In 2017, researchers in Illinois revealed that lower doses of THC may reduce stress. In that study, participants were given capsules containing either 7.5 milligrams of THC or 12.5 milligrams. After two hours, they underwent a mock job interview. The group given the lower dose saw decreased stress and anxiety, while the high-dose group exhibited more anxiety.

Furthermore, microdosing may improve brain function. In one study, scientists discovered low doses of THC reversed age-related cognitive decline in mice. Other research has shown CBD to be an effective neuroprotectant, highlighting a need for inquiry into both THC and CBD on the brain.

How to find your perfect dose of cannabis

Finding an effective dose of cannabis requires you to begin with the lowest amount possible. You then work your way up with a gradual increase. There’s a saying in cannabis, “Start low and go slow.” This is especially true when it comes to honing in on your perfect dose.

For most people seeking a microdose regimen, it’s best to use cannabis products that are already precisely dosed, like edibles, tinctures, or capsules. However, most commercial edibles come in servings of five milligrams, which is way more than a microdose for many consumers.

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Low dose cannabis edibles and capsules are a great option Photo: Canva and GreenState Team

Ideally, you would start with one milligram of THC and go from there. Full-spectrum products are also recommended since they contain more of the cannabis plant’s active ingredients. Fortunately, there are a number of brands catering to the low-dose market. The “strawberry singles” from Rose Delights are one great option. 

Minnesota-based Mary and Jane recently introduced a “sunny melts” line, which contains one milligram of THC and one milligram of kanna, a euphoric herb sometimes referred to as nature’s MDMA. The brand also offers a “dose discovery kit” for canna-curious individuals, featuring a step-by-step guide to incorporating edibles into everyday life.

Since cannabis can affect people in vastly different ways, it’s important to start in a controlled environment. Pick an evening at home when you don’t have any real responsibilities. Take your dose and wait up to two hours, then journal your experience. 

You can then gradually increase your dose from there. Once you hit a dosage where you definitely feel something, you’ve reached your cannabis threshold.

Frequently asked questions

Still curious about how to microdose THC? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

How much is a microdose of marijuana?

A microdose is the least amount of cannabis you can take without feeling “high.” For some people, this is one milligram. For others, it’s more. It depends on many factors, including metabolism and liver function.

How does microdosing THC work?

THC interacts with your endocannabinoid system, which is part of the nervous system. Cannabis edibles are processed through the intestines, while smoke and vapor are processed through the lungs. Cannabinoid receptors in these parts of the body act as sensors, signaling to the brain and triggering a “high.”

Can you microdose CBD?

CBD and other cannabinoids like CBG and CBN can definitely be microdosed. However, the dosing recommendations may be different than THC since it’s far more psychoactive than other minor cannabinoids. 

Microdose THC: benefits without the buzz

Finding doses of cannabis that work for you can be a challenge, but may be worth the hard work. A microdose of THC may elevate your mood, reduce pain, or even help you sleep better at night. 

Consuming cannabis is extremely personal, and a microdose for one person could be a macro to another. Whether you’re a medical cannabis patient seeking relief or a professional seeking a boost of energy during a long day, knowing your “why” will also inform your regimen. Once you find the best dose and product for your individual needs, you may find that microdosing is exactly what you need to live your best life.


Rachelle Gordon

Rachelle Gordon is a cannabis journalist and Editor of She began her weed writing journey in 2015 and has been featured in High Times, CannabisNow, Beard Bros, MG, Skunk, Cannabis and Tech Today, and many others. Rachelle currently splits her time between Minneapolis and Oakland; her favorite cannabis cultivars include Silver Haze and Tangie. Follow Rachelle on Instagram @rachellethewriter