It started out as a “productivity hack” among the Silicon Valley elite, but microdosing is now turning into a culture that’s hard to ignore. Luckily, researchers took the cue early and findings from their studies now corroborate what psychonauts have said all along- psychedelic mushrooms can improve your outlook on life and make you more productive.
But what, if any, are the benefits of microdosing compared to taking a full dose of hallucinogens? Here, we list 10 things we think you could be missing if you’re not microdosing.
1. Unlike A Full Psychedelic Trip, You Don’t Lose the Whole Day
Taking miniscule doses of psilocybin mushrooms, aka microdosing takes you to a good place without the other drawbacks associated with a full trip, namely spending the whole day spaced out in a deep spiritual journey. Don’t get us wrong, spiritual journeys can be very revealing and can help you alter your life trajectory in a good way, but they’re best left for weekends or your day off. If you want to feel good and keep on doing the everyday things that you need to do e.g. work, parenting- the mundane stuff- then microdosing is the way to go.
2. It Can Help With Depression and Anxiety
If you suffer from symptoms of anxiety or depression, microdosing can potentially lift you out of your misery and worldly concerns especially in situations where antidepressants don’t work. We’re not saying microdosing capsules should be used as a quick fix for deep lying mental problems, but there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence out there that microdosing on psilocybin makes you feel good about yourself.
There’s also experimental evidence that can be used to draw this conclusion. In a study, published in Scientific Reports 20 patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression were given psilocybin after which they reported an improvement in mood and stress relief. MRI analysis of their brain activity showed changes in blood flow in areas of the brain that are responsible for handling emotional responses, stress, and fear.
Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, of the Imperial London College, the lead in the study, says patients who’ve received psilocybin therapy go through a cathartic emotional release, helping them come to terms with the causes for their depression. This is different from the effects of antidepressants, which only dull the patients’ emotions.
3. Microdosing Leads To Relaxation and a Better Mood
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, magic mushrooms can create feelings of relaxation that resemble the effects of low doses of marijuana. Shrooms alter the user’s perception by acting on the brain’s neural circuits via a chemical messenger known as serotonin. In particular, they affect the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which controls abstract thinking as well as thought analysis. More crucially, the visual cortex plays a key role in mood and perception. That’s the reason why, going by what NIDA says, trippers experience sensations “that are enjoyable and mentally stimulating and that produce a sense of heightened understanding”.
4. It Improves Creativity
Microdosers are more creative. That’s according to a survey done by Thomas Anderson and Rotem Petranker, both Clinical Psychology PhD students in Canada, who examined the relationship between microdosing psychedelics and mental health. Their research compared people who microdose to those who don’t and found that microdosers scored better on “key mental health and well-being measures”, specifically on wisdom, open-mindedness and creativity.
Those who scored well on wisdom were people who saw things from multiple perspectives, learned from mistakes, and were in tune with emotions and people. Creativity, on the other hand, implied discovering unusual uses for regular household objects.
5. You’re More Focused When You Microdose
In another study on Psychedelic microdosing benefits and challenges 278 microdosers reported on their various experiences with LSD and psilocybin. The research sought to know whether microdosing had helped them improve certain aspects of their lives such as mood, meditative practices, exercise, diet and sleeping habits. It found that almost 15 % of respondents reported having better focus and concentration. They also demonstrated more conscious awareness, engagement and attentiveness, as well as mindfulness.
6. It Increases Your Emotional Sensitivity
Micro-dosing makes you a warmer, more approachable person. In the two studies cited above, the researchers were able to demonstrate that microdosers had better social skills. They were more extroverted, showed more empathy and a sense of connection with other people. In some cases they even had more verbal fluency.
7. Microdosing Enables You to Control the Dosage You Take
It sounds like a no-brainer, but the ability to control how much hallucinogens you take versus the kind of high you want is critical. For a successful outcome, micro-dosing also requires the discipline to follow a predictable schedule, typically every 3 days or so. Do this, and you’ll make microdosing well-suited for most everyday activities rather than a disruptive exercise.
Microdosers generally agree that a proper microdose is about a tenth of a full dose of the psychedelic substance, and does not result in any intoxication. This is corroborated by a study that investigated how ordinary users of psychedelics approach microdosing.
Here at MagicMushroomsDispensary.com we recommend dosing yourself every two to three days, or three times a week, starting with a 0.100g or 100mg microdose. By taking our microdosing capsules, you’re guaranteed a more accurate dosage. You’ll also find that consuming in the morning enables the effects to last all day without interfering with your sleep.
8. Microdosing Can Help You Kick Bad Habits like Smoking, Opioids and Alcoholism
It seems like a paradox, doesn’t it? That one mind-altering substance can outweigh dependence on another. But that’s what magic mushrooms do, as researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered with regards to psilocybin’s capability of fighting nicotine addiction. Another team of scientists from Boston University and Harvard Medical School have also reported in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that people who abuse opioids were less likely to abuse opioids if they also had experience with psychedelic drugs, meaning psychedelics offer some kind of protection. Needless to say there are plenty of testimonials by microdosers who say they’re already microdosing to help them quit addictive habits.
9. Microdosing Can Improve You Physiologically
Some microdosers in the above experiment (3.0% or 24 reports) said miniscule doses of psilocybin taken regularly enhanced their visual senses, cardiovascular endurance, and sleep quality.
10. Microdosing Can Help in Managing Migraines
Anyone who suffers from constant treatment resistant migraines or cluster headaches knows how unbearable they can make your life. This has driven some people to seek alternative treatments online, and luckily for them microdosing on psilocybin seems to hold the answer. A study published in the Harm Reduction Journal described psychedelic tryptamines (alkaloids found in psychedelic substances) as being “remarkably effective” in treating migraines by a majority of the participants in the research. The study noted that “Only psychedelic treatments are shown to stop the recurrence of the cluster cycle.” It went on to say that sufferers used a “busting” dosing regimen as the most effective strategy to treat their headaches. The most positive news to come out of the research was that no severe adverse effects were reported, although there were some cases of discomfort.
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