We've talked about microdosing before for other conditions. Unfortunately, it's not a covered use under the 3001 law, nor is it a likely an official "dosing guideline," and unlike the case in most medically legal states, the key role of the patient in choosing (by trying different cultivars and amounts of their choosing) is discounted. Because the Utah law is largely crafted by and under the legislative control of a pharmacist (Sen. Evan Vickers, Senate Majority Leader) who's determined to shoehorn an ethnobotanical medicine into a pharmaceutical pill-dose-side effects model that it simply doesn't fit.

That bit of control freak over-legislation aside, once a patient has a quantity of medicine in hand more like the maximum allowed, there is nothing to stop someone from using LESS of it (i.e., micro-dosing). And given that cannabis even in the recommended maximum amounts under the law is probably the safest potent therapeutic drug in the history of therapeutic drugs, in microdoses there is almost no possibility of negative side effects.

Still as always, cannabis is powerful and needs to be treated with respect especially by new users or for new purposes. Patient education and self-education is an important component of cannabis therapeutics even if, as the old saying from Charles Dickens (in Oliver Twist) has it, "the law is an ass"…..


PS: There is also the question of just how much Sen. Vickers and the other lawmakers and interests who have control of the law want it to actually succeed given that most were vehement opponents (for years before it became clear that Prop 2 was clearly going to pass), who came together to scuttle it in the name of "compromise." But we can't really know the answer to that, just that we still see the need for large improvements.

Either way, we still feel that the medicalized micromanagement adds virtually nothing (from a patient's POV) but complication, wrong-headed limitations, and unnecessary costs and inconvenience.

Back in 2016 Rep. Daw, a loooong term foe turned compromise law player, spoke on the floor of the legislature during debate on SB73 or SB89 and said (we're paraphrasing, and not in a negative way), "We need to let doctors be doctors and do what they do best and let legislators take care of legislating."

And yet he's become an integral part of a bill where a pharmacist/legislator is telling both doctors and other legislators what to do… …isn't it funny how things work out….?


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