Mental Mondays: What Is Microdosing And Its Potential Effects
icrodosing is a hot topic right now. This phenomenon has recently gained popularity as a way to boost productivity, creativity, and focus. Although there is little research on the subject, many supporters of microdosing assert that it will transform the creative game. Most individuals are exploring what microdosing is, the research that has been done so far, and any potential effects it might have on a person.
Whether you’re curious or simply interested in learning more about this phenomenon, a comprehensive overview of the topic will help you understand it better. As a millennial actively living in Gen Z times, let’s investigate the concept of microdosing and how it affects both our physical and mental health.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is a practice that involves the consumption of small doses of psychedelic substances in a way that would not produce hallucinogenic effects. But would rather have a positive mental effect on the patient. It began to gain popularity in recent years, with many people reporting positive effects from taking them.
Recent studies have been conducted to investigate the potential therapeutic benefits of microdosing psychedelics. A 2019 study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that microdosing psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, improved levels of cognitive flexibility and divergent thinking in healthy individuals.
The concept of microdosing first gained popularity in Silicon Valley, where tech professionals began experimenting with small amounts of psychedelics to enhance their productivity and creativity. Since then, the practice has spread to other fields and industries, with people from all walks of life experimenting with microdosing in hopes of improving their mental and emotional states.
One of the earliest studies on microdosing was conducted by James Fadiman, a psychologist and co-founder of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
(now Sofia University). He has written extensively on the topic and surveyed more than 1000 people who had engaged in microdosing. Fadiman found that many reported positive effects, such as increased creativity, improved focus, and reduced anxiety and depression. Note this study was not a formal clinical trial and relied on self-reported data, hence the findings should be interpreted with caution.
Individuals sometimes use the self-administration of psychedelic drugs to treat depression, anxiety, and headaches. This is not the best course of action, because it is illegal to self-administer psychedelic chemicals, even though they may reduce anxiety or depression. Overdosing or drug addiction could result from this, which would be detrimental rather than beneficial. Moreover, psychedelics remain illegal in most countries, making it difficult for scientists to conduct large-scale clinical trials to study their effects.
Why do individuals still dig microdosing?
One of the key benefits of microdosing is that it allows individuals to experience the positive effects of psychedelics without the intense and sometimes overwhelming visual and cognitive experiences associated with higher doses. This, many have said, makes it a safer and more manageable way to use these substances.
Proponents of microdosing argue that it can improve focus and concentration. It can also boost mental fortitude and creativity, and increase overall well-being. It’s reported to help with anxiety, psychological distress associated with cancer, depression, and PTSD. Note that while there are many anecdotal reports of the benefits of microdosing, there is still a lack of scientific research to fully understand the effects of microdosing and its potential therapeutic benefits.
Do you wish to explore it?
When it comes to the process of microdosing, it is typically recommended to start with a low dose. Then gradually increase (a bit) over time until the desired effects are achieved. It is also important to be consistent with the dosing schedule, as the effects of psychedelics can vary depending on the timing and frequency of use.
The substances most commonly used for microdosing are LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, but other psychedelics such as DMT and mescaline can also be used. Again, psychedelics are illegal in many countries, and possession or use can lead to severe legal consequences. Furthermore, obtaining these substances can be difficult and risky.
Keep in mind that microdosing isn’t for everyone and can have negative effects on some individuals. People with a history of psychosis, bipolar disorder, or other mental health conditions should avoid micro dosing as it can worsen their symptoms. Additionally, individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding should look the other way when it comes to using psychedelics.
Although the practice has gained popularity in recent years, more research is needed to fully grasp its effects and potential therapeutic benefits. While some people report positive experiences, we need to approach the practice with caution and be aware of the risks and legal consequences. If you’re considering micro dosing, it’s a must to seek the counsel of a healthcare professional.
Disclaimer: Style Rave does not recommend the use of any illegal substances. We advocate healthier options, like seeing an expert for all mental health concerns. However, we believe in delivering reliable knowledge to minimize the damage that can occur before, during, or after usage.
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