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Why Is Microdosing Psychedelics Illegal?

Why Is Microdosing Psychedelics Illegal?

What if you could put life and energy back into your work instead of sitting listless at your desk, day in and day out? What if there was a way to feel a boost of enthusiasm, creativity, and focus without putting your well-being at risk? Well, now there is.

Microdosing is a unique practice that involves taking small amounts of psychedelic drugs – roughly equal to a tenth of the amount of a recreational dose – in order to trigger a slightly altered state of being that can yield results without intense intoxication. Documented in publications ranging from The New York Times to Wired, the compelling nature of microdosing is sweeping the ranks of the high and mighty.

If you're wondering why this isn't a worldwide phenomenon, you're not alone. With plenty of evidence for successful use, what's stopping the business world from embracing the art of microdosing for productivity, ingenuity, and innovation?

Legality, unfortunately, is this burgeoning trend's biggest opponent.

Is Microdosing Legal?

The short answer? No.

Technically, microdosing psychedelics is not a legal activity, despite the benefits that have thus far been outlined by scientific study and anecdotal evidence. While the equipment used to microdose is not monitored or controlled, the actual practice itself isn't endorsed by any medical body or, currently, the law.

Why Is Microdosing Illegal?

Simply put, microdosing is illegal because the drugs used to microdose – namely LSD – are illegal, both in the UK as well as in the US, Australia, and most other first world countries.

The illegality of psychedelics is, of course, hotly debated. Due to their largely harmless nature and lack of strong connection to addiction, many recreational users and scientists alike do not stand behind the illegal nature of LSD, mushrooms, and other hallucinogenics.

In spite of current perceptions, LSD wasn't always seen as a dangerous and dastardly illicit substance. In fact, it was once valued for its medicinal properties. In the 1950s and into the 1960s, doctors in the UK and America experimented with LSD and other hallucinogenics to help patients with mental illness to regain repressed thoughts and feelings. While ultimately unsuccessful, the US government also attempted short-lived trials on enemy troops utilising LSD as a truth serum.

However, as soon as LSD began to attract attention as a recreational substance, everything changed. Suddenly, a substance that showed promise as a psychiatric treatment was viewed instead as a scourge on society. In 1966, LSD was officially made illegal in the UK for recreational use. A ban on medical applications came quick on its heels, with the passage of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Today, LSD classified as a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which means that possessing, producing, giving away, or selling LSD is not legal in any way. The same is true for magic mushrooms, although some European cities, like Amsterdam, do offer legal options.

There are alternatives to LSD, such as 1p-LSD and ALD-25 which are legal in the US, but unfortunately were classified as illegal in the UK as part of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, to combat the use of synthetic cannabinoids such as Spice and Black Mamba. 

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Should I Microdose?

If the opportunities in microdosing LSD still sound appealing, you're not alone. With growing usage trends around the world, professionals from all walks of life are dabbling in minuscule doses and reaping the benefits. While logic tells us to avoid mixing business and pleasure, microdosing proves that a little bit might not be so bad.

Offering kits specifically designed to maximise safety and enhance results, we're prepared to provide the perfect introduction to an exciting new approach to work.

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