Microdosing, or taking a very low dose of a substance, is becoming more popular in the world of holistic medicine. Quite a bit of new research has shed light on the positive effects that microdosing has on certain individuals.
The process has been shown to “promote cognitive flexibility, creativity, and single-solution problem-solving,” (Psychology Today). It even has treatment potential for those with mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. It is becoming obvious that many different types of people can benefit from microdosing psilocybin.
Who doesn’t want those capabilities and mental health benefits?
You might be wondering exactly how much psilocybin one might take as a microdose. The typical amount of mushrooms one would consume for psychedelic and recreational purposes is about 3.5 grams for a person of average weight. To take a microdose of psilocybin would be to take about 1/10th or even just 1/20th of that hallucinogenic amount (Psychedelic Times).
Those who want to microdose should consult an expert and do more research on the dosing amount because there are other factors that come into play.
The point of microdosing is not to hallucinate or feel high, but to open your mind, ease anxiety and worry, and bring forth the creative side. Those who practice this are able to function in society and if you were around them you would be none the wiser.
According to a study in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, some reasons one may choose to begin microdosing are to:
Induce a positive mood
Increase focus and concentration
Alleviate psychological symptoms
The same study even states that “anecdotal reports suggest that microdosing is fairly prevalent, particularly in a work environment, with an increasing trend in Silicon Valley among young science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals,” (Hutten, et al., 2019).
This makes sense if the above effects of microdosing are true. Those who need to problem-solve and engage themselves in critical thinking often, as well as those who need to use the creative side of their brain to be successful may be able to enhance their work and project performance if currently on a microdosing schedule of psilocybin.
It is no wonder that people are choosing to microdose in order to boost their mood. In another study, researchers found out that 26.6% of their participants reported an improved mood while microdosing with psilocybin.
“This most frequently reported benefit-category captures all codes related to mood improvements: happiness, well-being, peace, calm, and reductions in depressive symptoms. Also included are reports of improved outlook, appreciation of life, optimism, spiritual and emotional insights, and being more in touch with emotions,” (Anderson, et al., 2019).
Someone who is suffering from depression or anxiety, microdosing with psilocybin might be an option to naturally treat their symptoms; although, it is best to seek medical advice from a psychiatrist or physician before getting off any prescribed medications to go holistic.
While the effects psilocybin are still being studied, many people out there are enjoying the benefits of microdosing. With more studies conducted and with scientists, researchers, and doctors spreading the news, microdosing may soon become the right choice for many who need it.