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Benefits of Microdosing: Avoid Risks and Side Effects of Microdosing

Microdosing psychedelic substances has garnered attention for its potential benefits on mental health and overall well-being.

Some studies have indicated possible positive outcomes, such as lower levels of anxiety and depression, improved mood, reduced stress, and increased creativity. However, evidence for the benefits of microdosing is mixed, and more research is needed to understand its effects fully.

Let’s explore how microdosing can enhance our lives and learn how to make the most of the experience.

What is microdosing and how does it work?

What is microdosing and how does it work

Microdosing involves taking small, sub-therapeutic doses of psychedelic substances like LSD or psilocybin. Typically 1/5 to 1/20 of a recreational dose is considered as microdose.

The effects of microdosing have sparked debates, with proponents believing it enhances mood and empathy, while skeptics attribute perceived benefits to placebo effects.

The method of microdosing with psilocybin can vary, but it often includes preparing the substance in a way that allows for consistent and accurate dosing. This can involve using a scale to measure the desired dosage, which is typically a very small amount of the psychedelic.

Some individuals also choose to consume psilocybin mushrooms in the form of capsules, which can be prepared using ground psilocybin mushrooms.

When it comes to microdosing MDMA, the practice is less common, and the potential risks and effects are not well-researched. It’s crucial to approach the use of MDMA, even in microdoses, with caution and to be aware of the legal and health considerations associated with its use.

Benefits of microdosing psychedelics

Microdosing offers potential benefits for mental health, including reduced stress, improved mood, and alleviation of symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and more. A recent study observed greater improvements in mood, mental health, and psychomotor ability among microdosers. 

Here, we’ve compiled some of the most frequently mentioned psychological, physiological, and spiritual advantages of microdosing.

Mental Benefits of Microdosing

Microdosing has been associated with a range of mental benefits that can positively impact various aspects of life. By taking small doses of psychedelic substances, individuals have reported improved concentration and focus, allowing them to engage more effortlessly in tasks and achieve a state of flow.

Microdosing has also been linked to a more balanced mood, increased creativity, improved decision-making abilities, and a positive mindset.

These mental benefits highlight the potential of microdosing as a tool for enhancing cognitive function and well-being.

Spiritual Benefits of Microdosing

Benefits of microdosing psychedelics

Microdosing can enhance emotional awareness and improve relationships, fostering deeper connections. It can also increase overall well-being and presence, allowing individuals to fully engage in the present moment.

Microdosing can increase openness and foster a sense of belonging. It may also enhance gratitude for life and deepen spirituality. However, the spiritual effects are subjective and vary among individuals.

Microdosing and the placebo effect

Microdosers often report improved mood and focus, but scientific findings on benefits like better mental health are mixed. While the placebo effect is strong, the global consistency of user reports suggests something more. Further research is needed to untangle the true effects of microdosing from the power of belief. Understanding microdosing could unlock knowledge about psychedelics, the mind, and even the way our own expectations impact us.

Risks and Side Effects of Microdosing

Risks and side effects of microdosing psychedelics should be carefully considered before engaging in this practice. Here are some of the potential risks and side effects to be aware of:

Physiological Discomfort: Some individuals may experience physiological discomfort on microdose days, including stomachaches, headaches, or fatigue. A small percentage of users may also report insomnia, temperature dysregulation, or other discomforts.

Cardiac Concerns: Long-term use of psilocybin may pose a risk of cardiac valvopathy or valve damage. Further research is needed to understand the potential effects of psilocybin on the heart.

Psychological Effects: A subset of users may experience increased anxiety, reduced energy levels, or impaired focus during microdosing. Feelings of depression, dissociation, cognitive impairment, or migraines have also been reported, although they are relatively rare.

Variation in Dosage and Origin: Psilocybin dosage can vary significantly among different mushrooms and even within the same strain. Inconsistency in dosage may lead to unpredictable effects and challenges in determining the appropriate dose for microdosing. Synthetic versions of psilocybin aim to standardize dosage, but their availability is limited and purity concerns exist.

Legal and Safety Considerations: Psychedelics, including psilocybin, are illegal in many countries. Sourcing and purchasing psychedelics can be challenging, involving unreliable suppliers and potential exposure to impure or harmful substances.

Lack of Research and Long-Term Data: Limited clinical research on microdosing hinders a comprehensive understanding of its long-term effects and potential risks. More studies are needed to assess the safety and potential consequences of extended microdosing practices.

By considering these factors, individuals can personalize their microdosing journey and explore its potential benefits.

Final Thoughts

Microdosing psychedelic mushrooms is a personal decision that should be approached with caution and medical advice. It’s important to consider legality and ensure substance quality. Although long-term benefits and safety are still being studied, growing research suggests positive outcomes.

Remaining informed, following legal guidelines, and approaching microdosing responsibly are crucial. Microdosing holds promise for mental health, creativity, focus, and productivity. By making informed decisions and seeking proper guidance, microdosing may offer new possibilities for personal growth.

As research progresses, further insights and potential benefits may emerge. With careful consideration, microdosing psychedelics can be an avenue for exploring the potential benefits associated with these substances.

Sources:

  • Dosing Psychedelics and MDMA by (2022) Matthias E Liechti , Friederike Holze
  • Psychedelic medicines for mood disorders: current evidence and clinical considerations by (2022)
    Sarris, Jerome; Pinzon Rubiano, Diegoa; Day, Kimberleya; GalvĂŁo-Coelho, Perkins, Daniela
  • Microdosing with psilocybin mushrooms: a double-blind placebo-controlled study by (2022)
    Federico Cavanna, Stephanie Muller, Laura Alethia de la Fuente, Federico Zamberlan, MatĂ­as Palmucci, Lucie Janeckova, Martin Kuchar, Carla Pallavicini & Enzo Tagliazucchi
  • Psilocybin microdosers demonstrate greater observed improvements in mood and mental health at one month relative to non-microdosing controls by (2022) Joseph M. Rootman, Maggie Kiraga, Pamela Kryskow, Kalin Harvey, Paul Stamets, Eesmyal Santos-Brault, Kim P. C. Kuypers & Zach Walsh
Author Microdosify

By Rachel Grey

I’m Rachel Grey, a Ph.D. psychologist specializing in psychedelic therapy with psilocybin and natural plant medicines. I obtained my doctorate from the University of Toronto, where I immersed myself in the study of these transformative therapies. With over 10 years of experience, let’s embark on transformative journeys of healing, growth, and self-discovery as we explore the power of psychedelic therapy together.

Updated on November 21, 2022