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Microdosing: when less is more

Less is more. That’s the thinking behind the growing trend toward microdosing cannabis. Wait, what? Why would you want to microdose? Isn’t the whole point to macrodose — to get as much medicine into your body (and head) as you can?

Sometimes. Then there are times when you may want to medicate just a little; as a way to maintain your clarity, enhance your creativity, and just mellow out. Or maybe you have to work or otherwise function, and you’d like a mild buzz that’s a less harmful alternative than bombarding your liver with the unhealthy effects of too much alcohol — and still fun.

Beyond that, as science uncovers more benefits of cannabis — as an organic plant-based medicine that can help with everything from insomnia to inflammation — some people are beginning to take a little bit of cannabis every day, like a supplement.  

Sure, there are times when you want to smoke to excess, just to test your limits and the bounds of reality. But there’s something to be said for moderation, and maybe you’re already consuming your cannabis this way. For instance, if you’re smoking burning plant matter, you’re aware that you’re inhaling carbon, which, let’s face it, is not the best thing for your lungs. In this case, it’s less damaging to inhale a little rather than a lot. One good hit might be all you need to change your perspective, and your day. We’ll count that as a microdose.

Same with vaping, which is an excellent way to microdose. As with smoking, you can inhale once and immediately decide if you’re where you want to be, or if you require a second microdose. And with a vape pen, it’s a little easier to do anywhere, anytime.

Edibles are good for microdosing too, and there are more options all the time: cannabis-infused mints, chocolate-covered espresso beans and other chocolates, gummies and other edibles and beverages are now available in doses from 2.5 milligrams up.

While discreet, edibles also take upwards of an hour or more before you feel any effect. And you have to be careful with how much you consume, which is why people start with low doses, 5 to 10 milligrams or less, and then adjust up or down.   

Ready to give microdosing a try? The ClubM stock has:

  • A large selection of indica, sativa and hybrid formulation vape pens that are ideal for microdosing.
  • If you find edibles more intriguing, 5-milligram Stokes would be a great place to start.  
  • Or a nibble from our large selection of incredible artisanal chocolates from Défoncé.
  • We also highly recommend Zen potion healing tea, which balances 7.5 milligrams of THC with an equal amount of CBD.

What do you think? Is microdosing an idea whose time has come? Or an already fading fad?

 

 

How To Eat Your Daily Cannabis

How To Eat Your Daily Cannabis

As one of the most widely popular delivery methods for medical cannabis, edibles deserve a conversation of their own. They are perfectly discreet, effective for relieving so many common symptoms, and of course, absolutely delicious.

Most important to the ingestion of any edible is the dosage. For most people, a “dose” of cannabis comes out to around 10mg THC. Some people can feel great off of 5mg, just as others may need 20mg and up to feel the effect. Either way, the general rule for newbies is to read the labels, “start low, and go slow” with edibles until you feel more comfortable estimating the right bite for your needs.

As a patient, you may have had an edible before, but the sheer variety of what’s being offered today may still surprise you!

Snacks

Most of the edibles you will find on dispensary shelves will be of the snack food variety. In addition to the traditional “special” cookies and brownies, there are gourmet chocolate bars, potato chips, gum and breath mints, and savories like crackers and pretzels. Diet-conscious patients can also find vegan energy bars infused with a sativa-dominant strain. They’re easy to enjoy anywhere, and the effects of an edible can often be much stronger and longer-lasting than flower.

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Beverages

Name any beverage, and there’s bound to be a medicated version out on the market (or in development). From lemonades, sodas and iced teas to coffee and hot chocolate powders, it’s amazing what is being done in the medicated beverage space. There are even several brands creating discreet medicated water bottles – both THC and CBD varieties. Probiotic-rich kombucha teas are now being infused with cannabis, providing supreme nutritional benefit.

Special Additions

The beautiful thing about today’s edibles is that now, you can add many of them to your existing meals! Salad dressings, condiments and cooking sauces can easily be infused with THC. There are also flavored syrups that can be added to a beverage of your choice, changing the flavor while providing a sweet dose of medication at the same time.

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Create Your Own

Many patients take matters into their own hands by creating novel infusions right in their kitchen at home. Just remember to “decarboxylate” flower at a temperature of 230℉ in order to activate the THC within. Then, the cannabinoids become fat- and alcohol-soluble. Create a tincture or tonic using alcohol, or infuse olive oil, coconut oil, or butter for endless edible-making possibilities. Many brands are also getting into selling THC or CBD isolate powders, which can be dissolved in anything. Try them out and judge their efficacy for yourself.

Joining Club M is one of the absolute best ways to stay abreast of all the amazing medical cannabis edibles that California has to offer. Many of our monthly subscription box sets contain a fine edible product for your enjoyment, like a special edition Bhang chocolate bar or THC-infused cooking kit from The Herbal Chef. Of course, not everything you eat can be medicated, so we always try to include a tasty non-medicated snack for you to enjoy your munchies.

Crave infused Dinner for two

A spice and sweet infused dinner for two created by Chris The Herbal Chef

Don’t be left out of the conversation when it comes to the finest quality cannabis products and accessories. Join Club M today and see what you’ve been missing in the world of edibles!