Is microdosing cannabis even a thing? Who wants a single milligram of THC? The THC limit on edibles and concentrates is a common complaint with Canadian legalization. If anything, consumers wish for higher THC concentrations.
But there is a market for microdosing cannabis. And a Toronto-based company is filling that niche. Djot, a division of Voyager Products Inc., has launched a pocket-sized cannabis concentrate dispenser guaranteed to give you a precise dose of 1mg of THC.
They call it the “Keurig of cannabis.”
What is Microdosing?
Microdosing is taking a small amount of a substance for its benefits. Most people microdose psychedelic hallucinogens like psilocybin mushrooms or LSD. When one microdoses these substances, the stereotypical effects are nil.
People microdosing LSD or mushrooms aren’t looking for a “trip” or some mystical experience. Instead, they microdose like one takes a supplement. If a typical dose of LSD is 100mcg, then a microdose is more like 5-10mcg.
Why microdose? Proponents say they feel more focused, creative, productive, and with plenty of motivation. Others report improved cognitive functions and more stabilized moods.
However, the most significant benefit of microdosing is what it can do for the brain. When you experience brain damage, the brain repairs itself through a process known as neuroplasticity. Studies suggest microdosing helps along this repair process the same way activities such as yoga and meditation do.
The science linking microdosing psychedelics to personal wellbeing and motivation is clear-cut. But what about microdosing cannabis? Who even microdoses cannabis?
Science Behind Microdosing Cannabis
There is a segment of the population that prefers microdosing cannabis. And they aren’t lightweights or “casual stoners.” Many people microdosing cannabis are doing so for health reasons. Others don’t want to get so high they can’t function. A microdose is a little pull off a joint and then off to do your errands.
A 2020 study from Israel found that microdosing THC acts as an effective pain reliever without the side effects of consuming more significant amounts of THC.
Carried out at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, this placebo-controlled, double-blind, multi-dose study was published in the European Journal of Pain.
Researchers measured pain relief, psychoactivity, cognitive functions, and THC levels in the blood. The authors concluded that “the delivery of selective, significantly low and precise therapeutic single doses of inhaled THC demonstrates an analgesic effect.”
(In other words, THC is a painkiller even in small doses).
They also found that microdosing cannabis “allows patients to reach the optimum balance between symptom relief and controlled side-effects, enabling patients to regain their quality of life.”
“We can conclude from the study results that low doses of cannabis may provide desirable effects while avoiding cognitive debilitations, significantly contributing to daily functioning, quality of life, and safety of the patient.”
Microdosing Cannabis with Djot Dispenser
Enter Djot. This Toronto-based company has released a pocket-sized electronic concentrate dispenser that guarantees precise dosing.
The device measures cannabis concentrates in 1 mg intervals. Because it takes liquid concentrates, patients and recreational consumers can add the precise dosage to their drinks.
The company also offers “dPods,” which provide a microdose of cannabis oil. Using the device is as easy as using a Keurig coffee dispenser.
“Our proprietary, portable product is simple to use and seamlessly adds the desired cannabis dose, in precise 1 mg intervals, to anything you’re drinking,” said Co-Founder and President Arjen Melis. “The accompanying dPods are formulated to cater to everyone’s unique needs throughout the day: a boost between meetings or a relaxing remedy that becomes an evening ritual.”
Is the Keurig of Cannabis Concentrates Necessary?
Of course, you don’t have to wait until 2023 to buy one of these things. You don’t have to wait at all. You can microdose cannabis whenever you want. If you smoke two or three bowls, pack one. If you like joints, only smoke half. And if you’re into concentrates, cut your dab into quarters.
Anybody can microdose cannabis. A device like “dPods” is a game-changer for medical patients who need precise doses and people on the go who can’t afford to overdose themselves with cannabis accidentally.
But for the rest of us? There’ll have to be some heavy marketing to persuade some of us that this is more than a gimmick.