Microdosing, a practice attributed to psychedelic drug users, is just what it sounds like: taking very small doses of hallucinogens.
In his book, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, Dr. James Fadiman offers a full account of his lifetime study of psychedelic drugs. Fadiman was a premier researcher of psychedelics prior to the 1966 federal ban, and has often been described as the father of psychedelic medicine.
Practitioners take a dose about one tenth a normal dose and are reporting some very positive results. One 65 year old woman reported that microdosing mushrooms gave her a pleasant coffee-buzz sensation that lasted all day. Other professionals claim it increases their focus and productivity. None have reported any harm or negative side effects.
Interestingly enough, there is a whole research organization that explores the use of microdosing in athletes. Athletes have stated that they feel almost superhuman when microdosing. Imagine a day when LSD or shrooms are considered performance enhancing drugs!
All reports are anecdotal at this point because the research of psychedelics is stuck in the same boat as cannabis research; a government driven boat with more holes than a spaghetti strainer. Fadiman relied on volunteers who kept logs. This is far from conclusive, but it sounds encouraging.
I think potheads have been microdosing for a long time before it was cool. If cannabis is truly a part of your everyday lifestyle, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what you can and cannot do well while stoned and, also, how much weed you need to reach the desired results. Indeed, one of the cool parts about cannabis is just how easy it is to titrate. You can readily take just as much as you need; unless you get carried away with edibles.
Like with the psychedelics above, a microdose of cannabis is a great way to start your day. You don’t consume so much that you feel high or out of control in any way, just enough to take off the edge of being up earlier than you want to be or standing at a cold bus stop.