What is microdosing?
Microdosing is the act of consuming low (1/20 to 1/10 of a regular dose), sub-hallucinogenic doses of a psychedelic substance with the intention of gaining long term therapeutic physiological and mental benefits. Gaining widespread popularity among the nootropics and brain-hacking innovator community, microdosing provides a wide range of benefits.
What types of substances can you microdose?
A variety of psychedelic substances are gaining popularity among the brain hacker and microdosing communities. Popular substances to microdose include THC, Psilocybin, and LSD, but can include substances such as DMT and Mescaline or other varieties of hallucinogenic or psychedelic plant medicines.
What are the benefits of microdosing?
Studies have shown that regular microdosing of psychedelic and/or hallucinogenic substances can improve mood and concentration, stimulate creative thought processes and treat certain disorders such as anxiety, depression, ptsd and addiction.
How often should I microdose?
It is recommended to micro dose for three days followed by a two day break. It is important to take breaks during your regimen in order to allow your body to not create a tolerance.
Are there any risks in microdosing?
Currently no adverse effects have been reported among the microdosing communities but it is important to note that frequent and consistent use of any substance can be a risk for people with addictive tendencies. While microdosing Psilocybin is reported to decrease addictive tendencies, other potent substances such as LSD requires additional caution for use in a microdosing regimen.
Microdosing THC can vary based on the users medical needs and route of administration (oral or inhalation). When consumed orally, a microdose for THC should be less 5mg. Microdosing THC through inhalation is less common as it requires a very precise dosage of less than 3mg upon inhalation, but new companies targeting the THC microdosing community have made this route of administration more accessible by providing low dose THC vape pens for added control. THC works by activating and balancing the endocannabinoid system and can help in the treatment of anxiety, epilepsy and ptsd.
When microdosing psilocybin, it I recommended to consume between 100mg to 300mg of psilocybin orally. Benefits of microdosing psilocybin include the treatment of anxiety, depression and migraine headaches. Psilocybin works by activating seratonin receptors, the neurotransmitter that controls mood, body temperature and certain motor and muscular responses.
An LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) microdose is consumed orally and requires a precise dosage in the range of 5-10 micrograms. LSD activates both the Dopamine and Seratonin receptors. The neurotransmitter Dopamine is responsible for our pleasure responses and plays an active role in our ability to focus and maintain drive during various activities. Activation of the Dopamine receptors can therefore help improve focus and control over our pleasure and reward responses while the activation of Seratonin receptors directly impacts our mood regulation. For these reasons and combined neurotransmitter activity, microdosing LSD has largely gained popularity among the entrepreneurial communities with widespread use in the coding and scientific population of Silicone valley starting in 2010 to 2013 with notable LSD micodosers including Steve Jobs and Big Gates.
Should I microdose?
Choosing to microdose is a personal health choice and should be made with an understanding of your wants and expectations in your health journey. After assessing the various substances useful in microdosing regimens, consult a resource center or advisor online to assess if microdosing is right for you.