Microdosing might seem like a trend that's just emerged. It's all over social media, every news outlet and blog is covering it, and your friends have even mentioned cutting up LSD tabs... But what the hell is it?
Microdosing is the act of taking small doses of a psychedelic substance such as LSD or Psilocybin mushrooms to enhance mood, increase creativity and provide a physical boost in energy. There are reports of people experimenting with other drugs, such as MDMA and Mescaline, but we're focusing on the ones listed above.
Where did it come from?
There's some anecdotal evidence of indigenous people from across the world using small doses of mind-altering substances. However there's no research in this field, and very little solid evidence.
It all really began in 1938...
Albert Hofmann synthesised lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and took what is considered the first intentional LSD trip 5 years later on April 19th, now known as Bicycle day!
For Hofmann, Microdosing came a little later in life. A few decades after discovering the psychoactive drug, in fact the father of psychedelics, who lived to be 102, found that the act of consuming LSD in small amounts and taking walks in nature helped to clarify his thinking.
Some of the Silicon Valley elite recently admitted to adopting microdosing to increase focus and creativity. Microdosers have reported many other benefits, including relief from the symptoms of depression, reduced social anxiety, a feeling of clear-mindedness, and a sense of being present and sharp.
This is all without the typical physical signs that they've been using any form of any mind altering substance. There's no jaw swinging, pupil dilation, excessive sweating or other similar indicators.
The first brain imaging study to investigate the effects of microdosing LSD will take place at the Beckley/Imperial research programme based in London. This is excellent news, as it will allow scientists to figure out how microdosing LSD affects the brain and whether it does in fact increase creativity and problem solving.
Is It For You?
Microdosing isn’t for everybody. People with generalised anxiety (different to social anxiety) have suffered from increased symptoms after use. Don’t try and self medicate with LSD or Psilocybin Mushrooms.
However, if you already have a healthy lifestyle that involves eating well, exercising and getting quality sleep then microdosing could be for you! It's important to note that there's still no existing study into the benefits or harm associated with microdosing psychedelics, so it's currently a case of trial and error. Make sure you’re healthy and happy before you begin, and if not, speak to a medical professional!
The legality of microdosing depends on where you are in the world. In most countries, it’s illegal to purchase, hold or supply LSD, Psilocybin and many other psychedelics. There are some legal alternatives out there, but some of these can be more dangerous than the illegal ones. Always do your research and stay safe! Read more here.
How Do I Microdose?
Take 5-20μg (μg=microgram, one millionth of a gram) of LSD, Psilocybin or preferably a legal alternative once every four days. Simple.
Volumetric dosing is the most popular, and safest way to microdose. Instead of trying to split a tiny tab into 10 pieces, use distilled water, a small bottle and an oral syringe. We’ve made it as easy as possible with this handy little kit and included instructions.