For approximately 14 days out of every month, I sleep 8 hours, my anxiety is manageable, and, if I avoid subreddits, I feel like a reasonably healthy and optimistic person.
The other 14 days, to sleep and taper my anxiety, I’m breaking the law. Drumroll, I — along with 33 million other Americans — smoke, eat, and vape cannabis regularly.
Narcing myself feels risky, but almost half of all Americans have tried weed. At this point, even most Republican senators are in favor of legalizing it. But even with the rising tide of legalization all over the US, I’ve hidden my use for years to avoid negative perceptions at work. Happy hours, not blunts, are associated with the corner office.
When I’d mention my insomnia, anxiety, and chronic back pain in past work settings, my coworkers would joke about popping Ambiens and downing wine on red eye flights. I could never relate to mixing hypnotics with alcohol, but when I finally did share my “trick,” a 10 mg weed edible, my coworkers looked aghast.
I probably sounds like a total pot head by now, but I’m not actually walking around high all day. If I can’t sleep, I’ll eat some or smoke before bed. During the day, if I want to calm myself in a moment of crisis, I stick to forms that are non-psychoactive, like CBD (cannabidiol). While CBD is having a moment, there’s another trend I’ve wanted to try out: microdosing.
Microdosing means ingesting small amounts of cannabis, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol — the psychoactive part of weed), throughout the day. Not enough to leave you stoned, hence the “micro” part. THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that the DEA has labeled a Schedule I drug. THC is what got cannabis ranked alongside heroin and meth. Curious if microdosing had any personal benefits (note: I am not a doctor), or, if, in the words of Jeff Sessions, it would turn me into a bad person, I decided to spend an entire week eating edibles and taking tinctures.
Published: April 20, 2018
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News