What “Low Tolerance” Can Really Mean For You

I’ve written before about the benefits of microdosing: you’re less likely to have “overdoses” (getting too high to work, study, or even stand up), less likely to cause health problems or interactions with other medications, and less likely to get negative side effects from cannabis (anxiety/paranoia/panic, generally from getting too high too fast, especially with sativas). But I never really made the practical aspects totally clear.

Well, a picture is worth 1K words and all that. So here’s how I normally load my MFLB vaporizer. Most MFLB users know that the factory recommends you load the “trench” until level with the “shelves” on the sides. I load it like this, which is enough for one or two days of frequent vaping (for me, anyway):
MFLB loaded and ready

You’ll notice that’s way lower than the “shelves”. This makes it easier for me to dump it out into my AVB recycling container when it’s time to switch strains, since I won’t agonize over “wasting weed”. It also helps because when I bang the MFLB on my desk a few times, the cannabis flips over and separates a bit, which exposes fresh weed to the screen.

OK, so the other day I was thinking, “I know I really vape only a tiny bit at a time, so what if I loaded just that much into the trench so we could visually see how little that actually is?”

MFLB Minimalism

That teeny tiny bit of now well-vaped weed got me to a solid [3]. And my tolerance hasn’t changed at all in 2½ years of using cannabis daily!

It’s true that I have a high sensitivity to most drugs, but it’s also true that though my wife has a higher tolerance than I do, hers hasn’t changed appreciably either since she started using medical cannabis regularly.

TL,DR: To keep a low tolerance, use as little cannabis as possible for your desired effect.

So if you want to save a bit of money (OK, a lot of money…I go through only a gram in 2 to 3 weeks at this rate!) on your cannabis usage, and use the least amount possible for health reasons, I invite you to take a tolerance break if necessary, and start smoking, vaping, or ingesting much smaller amounts than before!


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    • Old Hippie said:

      Great timing, man…Felicity even saw that! Now I just have to convince her that I didn’t pay you to say it :-) Thanks so much and nugs and hugs!

  1. Kevin Conboy said:

    Funny, I tend to use high tolerance in the same way. You can get some hash or bud in Colorado that is so high in THC and CBD that one hit, no matter the method, could send you to the moon, getting you accidentally too high. This happened to me a lot early on, but I’ve just slowly increased my intake over the years to the point where I can predict exactly what a 25% sativa is going to do to me before smoking it. I understand the vaping culture but something about it just isn’t as satisfying to me. It might be the smoking part of it that I miss since I don’t smoke cigarettes any more, or it could also be that I enjoy some of that extra fuzziness that comes with a good bong hit vs. the clear-headed high that comes with vaping. I definitely switch back and forth but vaping definitely makes for easier micro-dosing than smoking, unless you’re using something like BHO and a nail or healthstone.

  2. Grateful Dead Head said:

    Funny, was thinking and researching this same topic last week specifically on micro-dosing and found this pdf….“Mullaways Medical Cannabis Treatment Plan by Design”. They also encourage to include a Hemp based diet wich I started 2 days ago with a surprising entourage effect! Been successfully medicating on high THC strains for 4.5 years, 1-2 grams over a day period, but for some reasons losing effectiveness…Yin-Yang. Cluster Headaches (chronic) onsets reappeared 3 weeks ago and started to use high CBD strains mixed with your normal so.cal. dispensary type THC strains with good results so far. Too early to tell for total efficacy but very optimistic. In desperate need to start growing and where to get good clones?…financial hardship!
    A great pleasure, as always Ye Old Hippie! For the greater good of mankind!

    • Old Hippie said:

      Thanks for the info and encouragement. Hope you feel better soon! BTW, you probably already know this, but I’ve heard that sativas are better for migraine type headaches than indicas. I suspect high CBD will help too. Nugs and hugs!

  3. Grateful Dead Head said:

    You will definitely feel the difference when you are used to a high THC strain vs. high CBD type.
    First thing I noticed that you really don’t want to use your normal THC strain. Receptors is sending a signal. Best to All!