I Tried Micro-Dosing With Weed Instead of Drinking—and My Mood Skyrocketed


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I'd be lying if I said that the highlight of my weekend didn't revolve around alcohol. Whether it be enjoying a glass of red wine with some friends or downing several tequila shots and dancing to Drake, drinking has long been my way to let loose once Friday or Saturday night rolls around. Having a few drinks never fails to give me that euphoric feeling of being uninhibited, confident, and bubbly (my favorite version of myself). The only issue? Having one too many quickly leads to feeling groggy, bloated, and even anxiety-ridden the next day. These days, my hangovers have gotten much worse. I attribute it to getting older (sigh), and I'm no longer down to throw away the entire day after a night of drinking. Nope, I needed to find an alternative that wasn't as harsh on my body.


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Now, I realize that simply not drinking would solve all these issues (maybe I'll try it one day, who knows!), but I prefer to feel at least a slight buzz when I'm in social situations. I blame it on being an introverted person. For me, going to a party, a concert, or a bar with a buzz is far more enjoyable than going completely sober. So when the cannabis brand Kiva Confections invited me to enjoy a weekend at Outside Lands music festival testing out its products, I was intrigued. I know that cannabis has been legal for recreational use in California for a while now, but I'd never thought of using it in a social setting like a music festival as a replacement for alcohol before. This year's Outside Lands was the perfect setting to test it out since it marked the first one in California where cannabis was completely legal for the 21-plus crowd to buy and use during the festival. I micro-dosed Kiva's weed edibles without the goal of getting high—and it gave me the subtle buzz I was craving.

What is Microdosing?

I'd heard the term referenced before since it's trending in the wellness community, but what does it really mean? Micro-dosing refers to taking a fraction of the dose that's required to experience any psychoactive effects. My goal with micro-dosing weed was to take just enough to feel something but not enough to feel everything. I wanted to feel a slight buzz without being completely high. Considering that I had a less-than-fun experience with edibles once during college that made me swear them off completely (I'm sure I'm not alone here), I was motivated to try them once again with an emphasis on the micro in micro-dosing.


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My Experience

Like I said, I was hesitant to try edibles in general, but Kiva's products made things super accessible and uncomplicated. Each of its mints, gummies, and chocolates has a specific amount of THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis), which made it really clear to understand how much to take and when. I tried both the Petra Mints and the Camino Gummies but ended up favoring the gummies for their flavors and specific effects—the flavors are made for different moods like social, uplifting, balanced, and chill.

I rotated between the gummies with a social and uplifting effect, eating half of one (a 2.5MG dose of THC) every two to four hours. I specifically remember having a light and bubbly energy throughout the weekend, but it was never enough to reach that phase of being uncomfortably high. Half of the time I even questioned whether or not the edibles had taken effect—the keyword here is subtle. Compared to having a beer or a glass of wine every few hours, the edibles had a much less noticeable effect on my mood and energy, but overall what I felt was much more consistent than it would have been had I been drinking.

For one, I didn't feel that crash that happens when alcohol begins to wear off. When one of my gummies started to wear off, it was a smooth transition from feeling something to feeling nothing. This meant I could sustain my energy levels well into the evening instead of eventually passing out as I would after a night of drinking. And, as you can imagine, I didn't experience a crazy hangover or any of the anxiety or sluggishness that comes with one.

What I Used

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This press trip was paid for by Kiva Confections. Editor's opinions are her own.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.