Latest Cannabis Trend: “Responsible” Microdosing
A recent article in the Daily Beast discussed microdosing cannabis edibles.
Referred to as “a lesson in responsible consumption,” microdosing is eating a smaller than typical amount of THC-infused food, sometimes throughout the day.
Maybe because of the recently reported deaths associated with the consumption of marijuana edibles in Colorado: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2015/03/third-death-in-colorado-linked-to-edible-marijuana/#.WRxW0oWcHIU, or the hundreds of childhood poisonings by marijuana consumption in states legalizing marijuana: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0009922815589912, the cannabis industry is now offering edibles with reduced THC levels.
Since the reworking of laws governing edible packaging and labeling in western states permitting recreational use of marijuana, an individual serving-size of a cannabis edible contains 10 mg of THC.
But with microdosing, you now see products like dinner mints with 2.5mg of THC, which are described as equivalent “to a glass of wine or a beer.” Other products include chocolates with 5mg of THC, or half of the state-defined dose.
The goal of this type of product advertising is to make marijuana edibles less scary and more appealing to potential consumers.
Microdosing is portrayed as complementing everyday activities, such as attending a yoga class or walking your dog.
It is also promoted as the solution to “dealing with anxiety or in-laws” or if you “just need the edge taken off.”
The recommendation from the marijuana industry is clear. Marijuana in low doses is the answer not only to addressing daily discomfort or challenges, but is a needed complement to everyday activities.
And, if you want to get high, the recommendation is to just take a little more.
But it gets better, because some of these edible products are also touted as being gluten-free, vegan and 100% raw!
The fact that they are being promoted by well-known celebrities like Willie Nelson and his wife is like THC-laced icing on a perfectly baked marijuana advertising cake.
This article even provided step-by-step instructions on microdosing for common life problems. Need to relax? Rid yourself of anxiety? Sleep better? Get high?
What’s not to love?
Oh yea, marijuana is a drug. And like all mind-altering substances, it can result in dependence.
In addition, marijuana use is linked to other negative effects, including increased breathing problems, mental illness, highway and worksite accidents, reduced academic and job success, and can harm brain development of youth, just to name a few.
So rather than self-medicate with pot the next time your in-laws visit or you need to take the edge off, try dealing with life’s little challenges using healthy non-drug use strategies, like getting a bit more exercise, eating healthier foods and avoiding junky snacks, or practicing meditation or prayer.
Read the article and decide for yourself if microdosing marijuana is “responsible” behavior:
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