What are the advantages of microdosing?
Microdosing means that you take very small quantities of a psychedelic substance. Just taking such a small amount, causes a different reaction than if you would take more. It doesn't get you high, but it does have a subtle influence on how you feel. People take microdoses because they experience benefits. This can range from more creativity to a more positive mood.
Many people struggle with their health, emotions, stress and relationships. Complaints ranging from anxiety to concentration problems are common. With microdosing you can support your health. Psychedelic drugs are known for their mind-altering effects. But by taking just a tiny amount (10% of the normal dose), you can enjoy a whole host of health benefits without getting high.
The effects of microdosing are different for everyone. More research is certainly needed to get clear about what microdosing with a certain psychedelic can do for our health. Many people use it to be able to function better, at work, at home, in relationships and in their free time. It affects your emotions, your thinking and your creativity.
Some of the benefits of microdosing include:
- More energy
- Improved concentration (also in ADHD)
- Deeper, healthier sleep
- A better mood
- Feeling more connected with family, friends or colleagues
- You get into the flow more easily
- More productive in work and study
- Easier to decide
- Less menstrual discomfort
- Feeling better in your own skin
- A more positive outlook on life
- Being able to stop addictions (smoking, sugar)
- Less procrastination
- More stable mood(s)
- Reduction of depressive feelings
- More openness
- Get a better sense of your life mission
- Connection with the universe/life
Microdosing is not always about causing enormous changes. The effects are more subtle, but definitely noticeable. You may find that you deal with stress more easily, that you have more energy for fun things at the end of the day or that you can concentrate better despite the noise around you. People report that microdosing makes them feel and perform better on an emotional level.
Research into the benefits of microdosing
One of the great advocates of microdosing is doctor James Fadiman. He is a psychologist and did a lot of research on the influence of psychedelics. In the sixties, he was part of a team that researched the influence of psychedelics on creativity. Test subjects were given a mill dose of LSD (which is slightly more than a micro dose, but less than a normal dose). They had to come up with a creative solution for a number of problems. The test subjects were more able to think out of the box and came up with a number of innovative solutions.
In addition, the participants reported that they also performed better in other areas. Among other things, they felt less anxious, less inhibited, could place problems in a larger context, could visualize and fantasize better, and their concentration was also better.
Although psychedelics are seen by many people as dangerous and unhelpful, these studies show that by microdosing they can have a positive impact. In this way we can increase our well-being and it can help us function better. Unfortunately for Fadiman, psychedelics were no longer allowed to be experimented with. But since 2010 he has resumed his research and is collecting data on microdosing.
Also in the Netherlands research is done on the effects of microdosing. The effect of microdosing has been investigated. microdosing of psilocybin on intelligence. It was found that this microdosing increased convergent and divergent solution skills.
At the University of Toronto in 2018 research done on the effects of microdosing. People who were currently microdosing and those who had done so before participated in the study. These people scored higher on wisdom, creativity and openness. On the other hand, they suffered less from negative emotions and behaviors.
In general, people who microdose psilocybin say that they see patterns more quickly and sometimes get sudden good ideas. They also feel that they have more energy. They are more motivated to solve problems, the execution of creative projects goes better and they manage to train regularly.
Microdosing can be done with magic mushrooms or truffles. The effect will last for 4 to 6 hours. We recommend, if you want to try microdosing, to do it on a day off so you can see how you react.
Positive effects or placebo effect?
Because not much research has been done on microdosing, some skeptics claim a placebo effect. This is also because the benefits of microdosing are not easy to describe or quantify. It's hard to say how much more energy you have or how much happier you feel with a microdose than without. It is also difficult to prove that your improved mood is due to the microdose. It could also be coincidence.
The very fact that you take something to support your health already affects the outcome, skeptics claim. Your expectation is already doing a lot to make you feel better. The placebo effect can indeed be very strong and make you feel optimistic, stronger and more energetic. However, this doesn't mean that microdosing can't have an effect on its own.
Fortunately, there are also enough researchers who want to build on the research that has already been done. In this respect, Fadiman has already collected a large amount of data. This clearly shows that users have many similar, positive experiences. It is certainly worthwhile to do more research into what microdoses can do for us.