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I’m obsessed with microdosing 1 mg edibles. Here’s why.


Every day for the past week I have enjoyed the effects of one of the most enjoyable cannabis products I have come across in a long time.

When I say “the most enjoyable”, however, I don’t mean the one that gave me the most pleasure. Far from there.

Yes, my friends, I’m talking about one of the underrated and unsung heroes of cannabis: the microdose edible. Specifically, the 1 mg Relief 5:1:5 Ginger Mints of the multi-state brand At Mr. Moxey’s.

Before continuing, I want to clarify that this is not a paid ad. Ginger mints caught my eye at the awesome shop in Seattle At dockAnd the rest is history.

I was drawn to mints for reasons other than their tiny amount of THC: they also contain 5mg of CBD and 5mg of Super Soothing CBG. Taken together, this bouquet of minor cannabinoids has proven to be far more potent and effective than the sum of its parts. In other words, the entourage effect in action.

And look, I don’t have too much trouble picturing you, dear reader, rolling your eyes right now. Don’t worry, many of my friends have already beaten you to it. I understand. Microphone microdosed products are not suitable for everyone.

But I only ask one thing: don’t knock before you’ve tried.

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Microdosed Foods Offer Many Benefits

I first came across microdosed foods a few years ago, thanks to Kiva’s 2.5 milligrams Petra Mints.

Even though mints seemed like an outlier in the market, similar products exist in almost every legal state: Goodship balance 2.5 milligram lozenges in Washington State, Colorado’s Lucky Edibles slings 2 milligrams of candyand in California, Zeno offers a 0.4 milligram tabletJust to name a few.

These products offer a handful of benefits. They make cannabis more accessible to novice consumers. They allow exceptionally precise dosing. And for those of us who are prone to cannabis-induced anxiety (hello to you, too), they offer a near-guaranteed solution.

Product Name Dosage Where can I buy it?
Zeno Tablet 0.4mg of THC California
Mints from Mr. Moxey’s Relief 1mg THC, 5mg CBD, 5mg CBG CA, CO, MA, OR, WA
WYLD Strawberry Candy 1mg THC, 20mg CBD CA, CO, NV, OR
Mindy’s gummies (various flavors) 2mg of THC AZ, FL, IL, MA, OH, NY, PA
Sweets pastilles 2.5mg of THC Washington
Kiva Petra Peppermints 2.5mg of THC AZ, CA, HI, IL, MI, NV
High Road Refill Mints 2.5mg of THC MT
Grön chocolate chips 2.5mg of THC AZ, NV, OK, OR
Wynk Seltzer 2.5mg THC, 2.5mg CBD AZ, AR, MA, MI, ME, MO, OH, NM
1906 drops of genius 2.5mg THC, 2.5mg CBD AZ, CO, IL, MA, OK
Ripple’s Green Tea Mango Gummies 2.5mg THC, 2.5mg CBD CO, MI

CBG pulls through with a little help from his friends

I was especially pleased to see that the Relief mints contain CBG (cannabigerol). This non-intoxicating cannabinoid is often referred to as the mother of all cannabinoids: As a cannabis plant grows, CBG is one of the first cannabinoids to appear. Over time, the plant converts it into THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. By the time the plant is harvested, only traces of CBG remain.

CBG has a reputation for providing substantial pain relief. Plus, like Leafly’s Amelia Williams reported earlier this year, it shows promise as a remedy for anxiety and insomnia.

vertical white and orange box of mints, with a handful of mints scattered in front
Sugar and spice and all things good: Mr. Moxey’s Ginger Mints 1mg.

Low-dose products like these mints can be particularly effective when taken in conjunction with each other – this reaction is known as the entourage effect.

Like Nick Jikomes recently noted in his Leafly column, the entourage effect allows cannabis products containing multiple cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, to reduce pain far more than a single cannabinoid.

I was curious if this would be the case with these happy gingers, and in particular, if the entourage effect would amplify the effects of CBG.

The short answer? Damn, yes.

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Every time I’ve taken a Relief Mint, I’ve experienced surprisingly strong CBD and CBG effects.

I felt the soothing properties of these cannabinoids especially in my knees and upper back muscles. The tension there – in my case caused by both prolonged, hunched over computer work (including, yes, right now) and rock climbing – dissipated.

Moreover, my mind felt at ease, completely tranquil. I felt centered, lucid and extremely calm.

Despite the small dose of THC, I still felt a little spaced out and slowed down, and I don’t recommend taking the Relief mints if you’re trying to engage in high-intensity physical activity.

As I mentioned, I’ve had one of the mints every day since I bought them last week. My favorite experience with them was at a mellow gig in Missoula. I felt myself sinking, relaxed, into my theater seat and was able to enjoy the music in an extremely chilled state. At the end of the show, I left the concert feeling not only soothed, but also mentally refreshed.

Honestly, though, the most gratifying thing about these microdose mints was that they reminded me that cannabis can serve us all in so many ways. Sometimes you have to embrace a product that your smoking friends might laugh at. Otherwise, you risk missing out on a new, positive and empowering cannabis experience.

Max Savage Levenson

Max Savage Levenson probably has the lowest cannabis tolerance of any cannabis beat writer. He also writes about music for Pitchfork, Bandcamp and other bespectacled folks. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. His dream interview is Tyler the Creator.

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