Dear Stoner: How do you feel about microdosing edibles of 2.5 or 5 milligrams? Is it unhealthy to consume edibles every day, as the edibles are processed through your liver?
Dear Cole: It depends on how much you plan to consume and whether you’re using those edibles to treat a medical condition. Microdosing edibles daily is a much healthier alternative for your lungs than smoking or vaporizing cannabis, and it’s generally much more productive than eating higher amounts of THC. However, ingesting cannabinoids every day would undoubtedly raise your tolerance level, and you’d eventually need to eat more cannabis to feel the same effects. That’s a slippery slope, but if you’re responsible about consumption, it’s definitely better than suffering through Crohn’s disease or muscle spasms.
Studies are extremely limited on how cannabis affects the liver, and most scientists are still figuring out how to analyze the effects based on various consumption methods, including smoking, dabbing and oral ingestion. On the definite upside, a study published in the medical journal Liver International in February showed that regular cannabis use was associated with a decrease in progressive stages of alcoholic liver disease. However, the study didn’t indicate how the participants had consumed the cannabis.
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.