Why Microdosing May Be Right For You
The current buzz about microdosing is hitting across media streams, social media, and mainstream discussions in ways that it is hard to avoid.
The reviews are coming in from a cross-section of people, and overwhelmingly the results from the practice are showing to be positive on a number of fronts.
First of all, microdosing, in its simplest definition it consuming a sub-perceptual amount of psychedelics on a schedule that maximizes the benefits, often every second or third day. We believe that humans have been doing this for centuries, maybe not in the same way we are doing it today, but simply consuming a small mushroom cap in the morning with their daily “grog” is not a far-fetched possibility.
The following list is far from comprehensive, and as studies come out, we believe that the benefits of this practice will become more clear, and a longer list of benefits will ensue.
1 Increased productivity: LSD and Psilocybin mushrooms produce their potent mind-altering effects primarily by mimicking the effects of the brain chemical serotonin, which regulates our mood. In particular, LSD activates 5-HT2A receptors in the pre-frontal cortex, which increases activity of the chemical glutamate in this region. Glutamate enables signals to be transmitted between nerve cells, and plays a role in learning and memory. People talk about being in “flow state”, and in this focused mind they are able to accomplish more than without the effects of the microdose. This is the reason the practice has taken off in the way it has in areas like Silicon Valley, where productivity and problem solving are critical to their work.
2 Anxiety: With the reports of having their “brains re-set” and having the ability to allow thoughts of anxiety to be moved through your brain rather than become a fixation, microdosing is helping many people be able to reset the anxious mind, and be able to focus on productivity, friendships, and positivity rather than the vicious circle of anxiety that binds them. In her article on Medium, Karen Grier describes how she was able to find new life and happiness through microdosing magic mushrooms.
“What microdosing seems to do is rebalance people. Here’s a generalization, which is how I’ve come to this conclusion: A number of people, by the time they’ve finished a month, say, “I’m sleeping better, I’m eating more healthy food, I’ve returned to yoga and I’m doing meditation.” They’ve improved their relationship to their body ― or their body has improved their relationship to them…What seems to happen with microdosing is that you’re more attuned to your own real needs.”
~ Dr. James Fadiman, PhDDepression:
3 In her book, “A Very Good Day”, Ayelet Waldman describes how microdosing changed her life from one of debilitating depression to being able to face each day with a smile and an inner happiness. Her regime of microdosing LSD allowed her to carry on her busy life as a mother, wife and full time writer with a new found sense of purpose and freedom from depression. Many people are finding that this practice is changing their daily mood, yet allowing them to fully function in the day to day world.
4 Addictions: With the ability to re-shape stories, past traumas, and core reasons why people become addicted to substances or activities, the practice of microdosing in its ability to reset the brain, allows those addicted to view the addiction with a new set of eyes, and find the motivation to set a new course. Addictions that flood the brain with dopamine need to be replaced with new habits that are motivated by a deep sense of purpose and intention, which the microdosing is helping to stimulate in the person seeking relief from the addiction.
“I overcame my depression with microdosing because I can consistently be productive and happy with it as a creative booster. It also eliminates any anxiety I get because I never used to raise my hand in class. I smoke a lot of cannabis and it’s unhealthy to overindulge. I found microdosing to make me feel the need to be productive so I smoke much less when I microdose and don’t indulge just to smoke.”
– Third Wave Survey Respondent
5 Increased Creativity: This groundbreaking research funded by the Beckley Foundation has shown that psychedelics increase the disorder in your brain; allowing new, unique connections to be made, and connecting areas of the brain that normally keep to themselves. It’s possible that this is the basic mechanism through which psychedelics have their effect on creativity. Many who microdose report having the ability to be much more creative, living and moving from the moment and allowing creativity to flow rather than getting stuck in analysis and self-judgement.
“In fact, true believers make it sound like it’s Adderall, Prozac, a venti Starbucks coffee, and a weeklong meditation retreat combined into a single ingestible substance.”
~ Amanda Fortini, Esquire magazine
6 Increased athletic ability: Joe Rogan, in his video podcast discusses with Dennis McKenna the benefits that microdosing has had with an individual in mixed martial arts, and how the microdosing seems to slow time down and allow him to read the intentions of the other fighter before he makes his move. Increased physical stamina and strength are also often reported from those who practice microdosing.
In addition to the items described above, reports have come back saying that microdosing has helped them with the list of things below:
- Contentment – aids in “living in the moment”
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Athletic Performance – boosted energy and stamina
- Bipolar Disorder
- Dexterity – driving, playing a musical instrument, etc.
- Empathy – increased caring and consideration for others
- Healthy choices – better adherence to meditation, yoga, exercise, and diet routines
- Job performance – increased production, greater enjoyment and satisfaction
- Learning – promotes greater focus; languages, computer programming, advanced math
- Menstruation – eases PMS symptoms, pain, and cramping
- Mood elevation
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Psychotherapy – grants greater personal insight
- Recovery from addiction
- Trauma – reduces unexpected triggers
- Writing – eliminates writer’s block
“There’s much greater connectivity — parts of the brain that rarely talk to each other … talk to each other.”
~ Dr. David Nutt, President, European Brain Council
As we do the research, and see the anecdotal evidence backed by scientific studies, we are confident that this list will not only expand, but the way in which microdosing is administered will become much more refined and pinpointed for specific applications. In the meantime, we welcome you to explore if this is something you would like to pursue for the specific reason that sparks your interest.