Microdosing, have you heard or it, tried it, or perhaps wondered what it is exactly?
Microdosing is the practice of administering small, precise amounts of a drug substance to reap specific, measurable and effective health benefits without altering or impairing the functionality of an individual.
Let’s break it down.
Micro comes from a Greek derivative (mikros), meaning small.
Dose comes from the Greek words (didonai and dosis) which mean give and gift respectively. It means, a quantity of medicine or drug taken at a specific time
History of Microdosing
Hallucinogenic drugs such as mushrooms and LSD have been used for thousands of years by indigenous people.
Mushrooms and psychedelic fungi have been around much longer than the human race.
1936 – Swiss scientist, Albert Hofmann synthesized LSD and began taking it years later and was said to have used the process of microdosing.
1950’s and on – Since the 50’s psychedelics have been stigmatized due to their recreational usage of ingesting high doses which sent and send users on a trip.
Today we still carry around this taboo from a cultural perspective which prevents many individuals from learning or trying microdosing.
1971 – President Nixon began the “War on Drugs” campaign in hopes to raise awareness on drug abuse.
2011 – James Fadiman wrote The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide.Fadiman conducted one of the first microdosing studies.
Today – Studies are still being conducted in controlled environments and will continue to be documented to raise awareness and pool data.
The intention of microdosing is to enhance the overall wellbeing of an individual, including but not limited to some of these outlined benefits
- Enhanced cognitive process
- Elevated moods
- Increased productivity
- Stress and anxiety reduction
- Depression treatment
The goal is to embody any one, all, or additional health benefits from a small dose of a hallucinogenic plant-based drug rather than taking conventional chemically processed pills for alleviation.
How Does Microdosing Work?
Taking “sub-perceptual” doses of a psychedelic drug such as “magic mushrooms” is equivalent to roughly 1/10th of the recreational dose usage (10-20 micrograms).
This micro amount is too small to trigger hallucinating properties (sub-perceptual) but just enough to spark creativity, treat anxiety and depression and experience many other health benefits.
The scientific interest in microdosing spawns from reports of users experiencing a host of beneficial properties from psilocybin (halluceneginic property in mushrooms) that have antidepressant and
anti-anxiety effects. This raises eyebrows in hopes for a guide to better psychiatric drugs and the use of plants as medicine.
Microdosing, while still in its infancy with societal knowledge, it has many plant-based benefits that are transformative and helpful for the body’s well-being.
As humans, we all seek to experience happiness, productivity, creativity, and clarity in our thought process which is why so many of us are taking prescription drugs to alleviate the negative attributes we possess and are diagnosed with