THC Microdosing is something one normally associates with psychedelics like LSD, but the practice has recently gained popularity with THC, with some Oregon companies starting to produce products specifically with microdosing in mind.
Most people these days think of LSD when they think of microdosing, a practice that the creator of LSD, Dr. Albert Hofmann, recommended for a variety of ailments and has been used to apparent effect to treat things like anxiety and depression. Studies are ongoing, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the practice can be beneficial without creating the psychedelic high often associated with lysergic acid diethylamide.
Now the trend has spread to cannabis, with some promising experiences. The idea is that one would get the medicinal benefits of cannabis without a strong feeling of being high, or any feeling at all. Though many want that high feeling, not all do or all the time, like older people looking to try cannabis for the first time, or writers with chronic pain who want to be sharp while they work, but have the health benefits of cannabis (ahem).
That said, there are some concerns that people in legalized states are hopping on the trend and providing health supplements that may suggest they do something, like help someone sleep, but they may not actually be beneficial for that specific issue. This is part of a larger issue and trend in supplements that suggest they may be helpful for a health problem, but don’t actually make any promises and warn that their claims haven’t been backed up by the FDA: look in any grocery store health aisle to see dozens of supplements like this.
That said, people like Ethan Ernest, the person behind Mirth Control, an Oregon-based company making THC microdosing pills, feel like it has been beneficial for them personally and think others might benefit from trying. Until any conclusive studies are published–unlikely with cannabis’ Schedule I status–we’ll have to try it out and decide for ourselves.