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?



Vapor vs. smoke: which is better and why

You know intuitively that inhaling smoke isn’t great for your lungs, right?

It’s why you cough after a good hit. Your body is not loving the soot and other by-products produced by combustion, including harmful free radicals and carcinogens. These toxic by-products are why inhaling smoke (regardless of what’s being burnt) is the leading cause of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases.

Smoking tobacco is a well-known health risk, but logically, you want to limit your cannabis smoking too, if you care about your long-term health.

The good news: We have the technology to vaporize cannabis. A vaporizer heats the substance (flower, wax shatter, etc.) to the point of dehydration. A good vaporizer — the ClubM Shop has the VapeXhale (three models), and the portable Pax 3 — will enable you to heat your cannabis to the exact temperature where active cannabinoids are released, without igniting the substance.

This means you can medicate without sucking soot into your lungs. And after all, this is about wellness, right?

The sweet spot for vaporizing cannabis is 338 degrees, quite a bit cooler than the point at which the plant material will begin to combust, which is 392 degrees. By comparison, a joint can burn at up to 2,012 degrees. At that temperature, many of the trichomes and compounds in cannabis can be destroyed, which has an effect on the nature of your high.

How the vape high is different from the smoke high

When you inhale vapor, you’re not just getting less harmful garbage in your lungs, you’re actually getting more cannabinoids. The result is a high that many people describe as more clean and clear, more in the head than the body. So if you want to medicate and get up and do things, rather than be locked to the couch, you might want to try a good vaporizer.

Another thing: Your cannabis also goes further when you vaporize it, which makes a good vaporizer an economical choice.

Ready for a high-quality vaporizer? Your lungs, your head and your pocketbook will thank you. And your timing couldn’t be better, because ClubM has entered an exclusive partnership with VapeXhale. They make some of the world’s leading vaporizers, including the epic Evo™ — which is now available to ClubM members at a special price.

For portability, you can’t beat the technologically advanced Pax 3, also available now in the ClubM store.

Have one already? Let us know in the comments how your vaporizer is working for you.