How microdosing can help with depression
Can microdosing support depression? Stress, anxiety and depression are mental symptoms that are very common in our modern society (especially this year). The symptoms can be controlled with medication, which is why tranquilizers and antidepressants are used. But there are some drawbacks to this.
There is an increasing interest in the possibilities of microdosing. Mushrooms and truffles contain the mind-altering substance psilocybin and its effects can have a positive effect on depression. Are you wondering if microdosing can mean something to you, read on below.
The characteristics of depression
We all say sometimes, I feel a bit depressed. But being really depressed is something else. If you have a depression, the feelings are more intense, the symptoms more serious and you suffer for a long time. About 5% of the population is more or less depressed. In a mild depression the symptoms can still be managed, but in a severe depression you usually cannot function normally. The best thing to do then is to seek help and it may be that you need medication.
Symptoms of depression:
- Lack of energy, fatigue
- Little interest and pleasure in life
- Being sad
- Lack of motivation
- Concentration problems
In principle, anyone can suffer from depression. It is true that more women than men suffer from depressive symptoms. Furthermore, age, education level and ethnic origin do not matter. On average, people suffer from symptoms for about three months, after which they recover. However, a fifth of the people continue to suffer and recovery can take years.
Microdosing in depression: what does research say?
Microdosing is using a psychedelic drug in very small amounts. You take a tenth part, instead of a normal dose. Because of this you will notice the positive effects and you can deal with your complaints, without getting high.
The advantages of microdosing are getting more and more attention. Because of this, more and more research is being done, especially on the possibilities of microdosing for mental problems, such as depression. One of the researchers that focuses on the power of psychedelics for depression is Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris. He works at the British Imperial College as head of the research group Centre for Psychedelic Research.
For 15 years he has been researching the influence of drugs like LSD and psilocybin on the brain. He is also very interested in how these drugs could be used in disorders such as depression. In his research He tries to find out if psilocybin can be used in treatment, next to psychotherapy, for depressions that are difficult to treat. He indicates that the results are positive. Psilocybin makes a big difference, where conventional antidepressants have given no results.
At the moment, a large-scale study is underway. Participants get psilocybin for six weeks together with an antidepressant (an SSRI, similar to Prozac). Carhart-Harris says that the first results are impressive. But unfortunately, no data from this study is public at this time.
The difference between psychedelics and regular medication
The use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) has several disadvantages. Firstly, they are addictive and it is difficult to stop taking them. But people also say that they feel numb, because both negative and positive emotions are suppressed. When you use psilocybin, this is not the case.
Dr. Carhart-Harris reports that the participants in his studies experienced something quite different. They felt an emotional release, which allowed them to reconnect with themselves. Another advantage of psilocybin is that it works fast. Normal antidepressants need several months to do their work and even then it is often difficult to find the right dose. Also, these drugs have many (serious) side effects, especially in the long run. This is not the case with psilocybin either. The substance is not addictive and has only minimal side effects.
Why microdosing for depression?
Although in this research normal doses of psilocybin are used, microdosing might also give good results. Because you take a small dose each time, your brain still gets the stimuli from the psychoactive substance. Only in a lighter degree. Psychedelics seem to stimulate the plasticity of the brain, according to a review of several investigate. They can therefore deal with change more flexibly and adapt better.
With normal use of a psychedelic drug, when you are high, you experience a completely different reality. When you take a microdose, you don't get high, but on a subtle level your brain is stimulated to think more creatively, to be open to possibilities. This can help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression.
It seems that the opinion about psychedelics is changing. This is only proven by the fact that the FDA in America has allowed several studies on psilocybin as a treatment for depression. Would you like to try microdosing for depression? Try our handy ready-made packs Microdosing XL Truffles. Each dose of 1 gram is individually wrapped, so you always have the right amount and the truffles have a long shelf life.