Microdosing is an action in which very small doses of certain substances are ingested with the aim of experiencing subtle effects without a full hallucinogenic experience. It is a phenomenon that has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among people interested in self-improvement, creativity, and mental performance. Want to know more about this? Then be sure to read the blog below! This way, you'll learn about the benefits of microdosing and how it works!
What is microdosing?
Microdosing refers to the regular intake of minimal amounts of psychedelic substances, such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or psilocybin (the active ingredient in mushrooms). You take around 5-10% of a normal dose. The idea is to keep the dose so low that it doesn't cause strong hallucinogenic effects but still has sub-perceptual effects on mood, perception, and cognitive functions. Sub-perceptual sounds fancy, but it's not. Think of it as the word 'subtle.' You notice subtle effects that don't necessarily come to the mental or physical foreground, in other words: you don't trip.
How does microdosing work?
Psychedelics act on the serotonin receptors in our central nervous system. These 5-HT receptors influence things like our digestion, mood, and thinking. By using only a small dose of a psychedelic substance, the brain is actually boosted to perform its cognitive functions better.
What is microdosing good for?
Many people practicing microdosing claim that it helps them to create:
- Enhanced presence
- Increased focus
- More energy
- A better emotional connection with people
- More creativity
- Increased awareness
- Clearer thinking
- A more positive mood
- Increased problem-solving ability
Which substances are used in microdosing?
Research has shown that some substances are certainly safe to use in microdosing, such as psilocybin, LSD, mescaline, and B. Caapi. Microdosing with truffles and mushrooms is relatively safe. Read more about microdosing with truffles here. We offer specific truffles suitable for microdosing. Click on this link to see the range of truffles. The effects of some substances have not been well studied, but they are likely suitable for microdosing as well: cannabis, LSA, Ibogaine, and salvia divinorum. Learn more about salvia divinorum and get your microdose today!
Which substances should not be used for microdosing?
Some people try to use non-psychedelic substances for microdosing. Due to the toxicity of these substances, taking a microdose of these substances does not yield favorable effects. Microdosing MDMA, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, coffee, sugar, alcohol, and nicotine is not advisable as a result.
Is microdosing dangerous?
Since you're taking only a microdose of a psychedelic substance, the risks are also much smaller. However, you need to take the substance more frequently to perceive the effects. This leads to the following possible risks:
- Heart issues, but with a regular break of 1 to 2 weeks, this risk would be significantly reduced.
- Existing psychological issues can worsen, such as anxiety.
- Microdosing requires precision, so there's a chance you might take more than intended.
- It can be dangerous when combined with other drugs or medications.
Experiences with microdosing
There is already research available on microdosing, but more research is needed for further clarity. Some people claim that a placebo effect causes the effects of microdosing, but previous research by Dr. James Fadiman actually indicates mental, physical, and emotional improvements in the subjects. Read more about Fadiman's research in his book.