Microdosing with marijuana, that is, consuming small amounts of the drug, has become increasingly popular as laws around pot have loosened (right now, 30 states plus the District of Columbia allow it for either medicinal or recreational purposes). But stoners need not apply: The whole point is to reap the reported benefits—less anxiety and stress, better focus and sleep—without getting a buzz.
Along with tinctures (THC dissolved into alcohol which you drop onto your tongue or mix into food or drinks), the safest and easiest way to microdose is with edibles purchased at a legit dispensary, according to cannabis physician Bonni Goldstein, M.D. Most contain between 2.5 and 10 mg of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot. Individually-wrapped chocolates and candies are your best bet, (baked goods like cakes, cookies, and brownies typically contain at least 10 mg of THC, and while you can cut them into halves or quarters, what’s the last time you stopped with only half a brownie?). There’s little research on the downsides to microdosing, but integrative physician Dustin Sulak, D.O., says that these small amounts of THC come with few negative side effects, whereas with high doses effects can be uncomfortable. Five women explain how, and why, they microdose.