Caregivers are stretched thin, the exhaustion seeps into your bones. It can cause depression, pain and heighten anxiety. However you need to be alert, you can’t take things that’ll make you drowsy or impair short-term memory. When most people think about using cannabis, they think about smoking a joint and getting high. However you can use cannabis with THC and not feel intoxicated, the best way is by microdosing a 1:1.
What is a 1:1
1:1 simply means the product contains an equal ratio of CBD to THC. This can come in many forms such as concentrates for vaporizing, tinctures, pills or flowers. I look for 5-8% of each as it’s perfect for daytime use and not likely to go to your head. You can get higher ratios of CBD to THC and I recommend trying those as well, for example a 10:1 would work very well for daytime use and for reducing the side effects of THC and reducing anxiety.
How to microdose with THC for the day
If you’re not used to using cannabis in the day, or at all I recommend trying it when you’re on your own, so you know how it’ll effect you. The best methods of consumption for microdosing is by vaporizing or with tinctures used sublingual (under the tongue).
Vaporizing flowers allows you to the adjust the temperature. 1:1 strains contains CBD so you’ll need to vaporize at a temperature of 356f/180c. To start only take one or 2 draws then wait up to 15 minutes to see you feel, adjust from there.
The other form of vaporizing is through concentrates. Vape pens will be on the market in October of 2019 and these are quick, easy ways to microdose during the day. Take one draw with a concentrate pen then wait 10-15 minutes before taking more. Concentrates are much stronger than flowers, so go easy. Start with one draw then wait about 15 minutes to see if that’s enough or if you need more.
Vaporizing lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your tolerance and how much you had.
If you don’t want to inhale, tinctures are the way to go. To use a tincture, take one drop under the tongue and hold it there for about 30 seconds. If you swallow before it’s adsorbed under the tongue, it will go through your digestive tract and take up to 2 hours to feel the full effect. Taken under the tongue it works in minutes. This allows you to easily adjust the amount and take as needed. Tinctures wear off the same as vaporizing, usually 1 to 2 hours.
Don’t use edibles if you’re not experienced
THC whether taken through edibles or pills makes it much stronger than vaping or smoking. When digested a much larger percentage of THC makes it to the liver first, it’s then converted to 11-hydroxy-THC, a more potent cannabinoid than THC. So in other words, you get a double whammy of psychoactive effect when you eat THC over other methods. Edibles take up to 2 hours to feel the full effect and can last 4 to 6 hours, making it difficult to microdose and control how much you’re taking.
Use with Caution
I always use a 1:1 vaporized at a low temperature because I know, even if I accidentally overdo it, it won’t impair me. I had a situation where I had just vaporized a 1:1 and I was distracted, so took more draws than I should’ve. Immediately after I was called into an emergency situation with a family member, thankfully even though I did experience some elevation, I wasn’t impaired, actually I felt calm which helped me manage the situation better.
It’s important to be cautious when using THC during the day when you’re a caregiver as you never know when a situation will occur. So much of how cannabis will effect you has to do with your body and how it feels, your hormones for example play a role in how you react to cannabis. Estrogen can make you more sensitive to THC. That’s why microdosing small amounts of THC combined with CBD will ensure you’ll always be able to manage. If used correctly, you’ll feel calmer and uplifted and when you’re in the trenches you need all the help you can get!