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As our society becomes more open to discussions about drugs, more scientific experiments are being conducted on microdosing with psychedelics, exposing possible avenues for mental and physical health improvements. Although psychedelic drugs like LSD are still classified as schedule 1 drugs, microdosing is becoming even more researchable with the DEA loosening up certain laws surrounding psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Even some cities like Denver are looking to decriminalize psilocybin to be used medicinally.
When an individual microdoses, he or she is essentially taking a small portion of a psychedelic substance, usually 1/10th or 1/15th a normal dosage. A typical microdosing schedule involves taking this small dosage amount every few days for an extended period of time, usually a month or two. This amount is below the level of perception and does not cause hallucinatory or psychedelic effects. However, many individuals have reported microdosing to have helped with various life-changing conditions.
One of the most common usages for microdosing is to help manage depression and its ensuing symptoms, such as lethargy, anti-social tendencies and concentration. People that have microdosed for depression have noticed a general sense of calm and rebalancing of emotions and tumultuous thoughts. This is a common report amongst many that have taken psychedelics for depression. In the following video, BBC News takes a closer look at the daily lives of those who are improving their mental health with microdosing.
Even ketamine, which is commonly used to induce and maintain anesthesia, has been found to rapidly eliminate thoughts of suicide in microdoses. It does so by stimulating the repair of broken neural connections involved with emotional control, a natural ability known as neural plasticity. While the science behind this phenomenon is yet to be revealed by excited researchers, the truth is that real improvements are felt by those experimenting with microdosing.
Another area of interest for scientists studying microdosing is its use in treating addiction. Psychedelics can be a way of making your brain more open to new ideas and ways of thinking, including behavior modification. According to a study conducted by T. Krebs and P. Johansen, researchers found that of the 536 participants, 59% of those given a small dosage of LSD reported reduced levels of alcohol abuse, compared to 38% in the placebo control group. This has given hope to many individuals searching for answers as they struggle with addiction.
Microdosing with psychedelics is also being used by artists, writers and programmers to help remove creativity blocks and improve concentration. Again, while this won’t result in full psychedelic trips, it’s just enough mental stimulation to get past writing a particular chapter or find inspiration for your next oil painting. One of the characteristics of psychedelics is that they help improve the connectivity of the neural network in your brain. Psychedelics also allow your subconscious to access more parts at greater speeds, meaning it can help to improve recall and memory as well.
Finally, microdosing has also been shown to reduce the effects of social anxiety. Social anxiety is a complex and varied problem, and can also be a very debilitating one. Microdosing psychedelics is believed to reduce social anxiety not only by lifting your mood, but also by lowering the “inner chatter” that can make you worry about even the smallest thing. While you might not necessarily see yourself as more confident, you may find that you are less self-conscious and care less about what people think of you.
The health benefits of microdosing psychedelics are still being explored by scientists around the world but have shown some promising results by those experimenting with its effects. If you’re considering microdosing psychedelics, it’s important to research thoroughly so you can make informed decisions about its benefits and risks. For example, microdosing has been known to bring about increased neuroticism in some, leading to heightened negative emotions such as feelings of guilt, anger and/or jealousy. It affects everyone differently depending on many factors, so it can be helpful to keep a journal to capture how the microdosing process is altering your behavior, both good and bad.