Could Microdosing Cannabis Keep Your Mind Young?
Microdosing is a trend that isn’t just restricted to psychedelics – more and more people are starting to microdose with cannabis and enjoying a number of dramatic benefits.
As we start to understand more about the nature of plant medicines, we are starting to appreciate how many different ways there are to make the most of them – and sometimes, large doses aren’t always best.
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However, some people aren’t comfortable with the sometimes psychedelic effects of larger doses, or ingesting cannabis through smoke, which produces carcinogens and doesn’t retain the full complement of psychoactive molecules present in the plant.
Microdosing may be an ideal method of making the most of the health benefits of cannabis – and new research has shown that microdosing could actually reverse age-related memory loss!
The study, carried out by scientists in Germany and Israel, shows that older mice who have been given regular small doses of THC (the main psychoactive component in cannabis) have memory performance similar to that of much younger mice.
Not only did the older mice perform better at various memory tasks after the microdosing regimen (3mg/kg every day for 28 days), but their brain chemistry was significantly altered. The expression of various genes in the hippocampus (an area of the brain associated with memory) in old, microdosing mice suddenly looked very similar to that of younger mice. In other words, microdoses of cannabis were reversing some elements of the ageing process in these older mice, returning them to a more youthful state.
One word of caution; giving cannabis microdoses to very young mice made their brains resemble those of older mice… so microdosing cannabis may not be a great idea for a developing brain. It’s probably safest to wait until your early twenties to begin a regular microdosing regimen with cannabis.
Although we don’t know for sure how well these results translate to humans, we know that humans have cannabinoid receptors present in high quantities in the hippocampus. Mice have been used for decades as a reliable indicator of how memory works in humans. It’s very likely that microdosing with cannabis could help older humans overcome age-related memory loss.
Interested in starting your own microdosing regimen with cannabis? Here’s some more detailed guidance.
You can also check out our microdosing course, where we’ll guide you through the microdosing basics—then dive much deeper, helping you tailor your routine to meet your personal goals.