Today, cannabinoid-based supplements are the norm—approaching a time when it becomes nearly impossible to separate them from the traditional American pharmacopeia.
Imagine a microdose of THC created for the professionally-minded of the world, indistinguishable from pills or tablets. At an ultra-low dose—lower than typical microdose products—it’s useful for the pressing need to be alert at all times.
Sometimes even a microdose of THC is too much.
Enter Zeno, the first product to introduce a true cannabis microdose—at only 0.4mg THC—with L-theanine, designed to increase cognitive function and reduce anxiety, without the high associated with cannabis. At 0.4mg of THC, it’s most likely far out of the realm of impairment associated with motor functions.
It’s this specifically low dose that Zeno developers bet will rise in popularity for people who want the cognitive benefits minus the buzz.
“We believe low-dose THC will have a significant positive impact in the lives of many, particularly the cannabis curious or non-cannabis consumer open to alternative, more natural daily ways to improve everyday mood, energy levels, creativity and focus,” says Zeno Founder and CEO Jack Dreifuss.
More importantly, Zeno is designed for situations when too much THC is counter-productive, because consumers often seek out too much of the active compound, for situations such as anxiety—even in microdoses.
Zeno—named after the ancient Greek philosopher—is the result of Dreifuss’s personal quest for a better way to battle ADHD, anxiety and other mental disorders. The company’s mission “is driven by the first-hand experience that ultra-low doses are actually the best way to bring the benefits of cannabis to the world,” Dreifuss said.
Cannabis consumers may be doing themselves a disservice when chasing after high-THC levels to abate anxiety levels. If it’s lessening anxiety you want—true microdoses are the answer.
Researchers associated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago reported that “low levels tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, does reduce stress… very low doses lessened the jitters of a public-speaking task, while slightly higher doses—enough to produce a mild ‘high’—actually increased anxiety.” People prone to anxiety or ADHD could be chasing after the wrong solution altogether.
Like a daily nootropic supplement, it’s designed for daily use, and with a safe, sterilized look—light-years away from the stinky smoke associated with raw cannabis. Think of it as a vitamin.
Medical cannabis is now widely believed to relieve pain, restore diet, reduce nausea, and so on. But recent studies are increasingly showing promise that THC may carry neurological benefits as well. That’s the logic behind Zeno’s formula, as L-theanine is proven to enhance focus and calm. That could come in handy for people who have things to do.
That’s one of the reasons people gravitate towards green tea, because it offers a more balanced lift than coffee without stimulating jitters or anxiety.
It turns out that now there’s new research, published in January in the Journal of Neuroscience suggesting that L-theanine modulates THC, smoothing out the effects—cognitively speaking.
The result of the combination of THC and L-theanine, according to Zeno, is a balanced boost of well-being, so you can be your everyday best self. It’s polished look makes it “safe” and “digestible” enough to share with just about anyone who is curious about cannabis.
A Zeno tablet is indistinguishable from a tablet of aspirin, and on a side note, probably safer than aspirin.
Zeno tablets are intended to be consumed as part of a morning routine—like a vitamin or nootropic—and can be taken every few hours to maintain an elevated flow state throughout the day, customizable to each consumer.
As Zeno contains THC, it is now available through Grassdoor in a small pack of 18 tablets or a standard vial of 60 tablets. It’s sold as a daily supplement.