In the evolving landscape of workplace trends, a subtle yet eye-opening shift towards psilocybin mushrooms is taking place. This new shift involves the integration of microdosing psilocybin (typically less than 0.2g) and sometimes LSD into the morning routines of working class professionals. Far from the negative and sometimes intimidating images of psychedelic experiences, microdosing small amounts of psilocybin has emerged as a nootropic tool for enhancing creativity, focus, energy and holistic well-being in the workplace.
Psilocybin Shifts in Workplace Productivity:
In recent years, the concept of microdosing psilocybin mushrooms (consuming tiny doses of psychedelics) has gained traction. This new shift in thinking is challenging traditional Americana views on workplace productivity and cognitive enhancement. Unlike larger recreational doses this new frontier of microdosing in the office is not about mind-altering trips or hallucinogenic adventures. Microdosing is about harnessing the potential benefits of substances like psilocybin in a predictable and measured dosage manner. This is a big shift from the typical ADHD medications prescribed to millions of Americans like aderrall and ritalin. Now some Americans, especially tech types in Silicone Valley are taking small doses of psilocybin alongside a cup of coffee.
Microdosing Psilocybin for Workplace Creativity:
Many anecdotal reports from the mouths of workplace professionals suggest that microdosing psilocybin may be linked to increased creativity and applications of creativity. Silicon Valley (the hub of technical innovation) and other West Coast regions, , have been at the forefront of this trend. Workplace professionals ranging from front end engineers and marketing c-level execs have shared stories of a renewed passion for their work thanks to psilocybin.
Early Research from the Journal of Psychopharmacology indicates that microdosing psilocybin, may stimulate neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to rewire and reorganize itself by forming new connections. This early research could be a key indicator in the reported boosts in creativity among workplace microdosers. The creativity gains have aided visual creatives like graphic designers as well as non-visual creatives such as marketing executives.
Does Microdosing Psilocybin Help Focus and Flow State?
One aspect of microdosing psilocybin is its potential to induce an enhanced flow state. Flow state is a mental state where individuals are fully immersed in, engaged and energized by the task at hand. Some workplace employees are vocalizing that this heightened focus can result in increased productivity, overall enjoyment and efficiency in the workplace.
Another study published in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology has suggested that microdosing psychedelics may impact what we refer to as "convergent thinking", an important component of creative problem-solving. This lightly researched finding adds a somewhat scientific element to the subjective and anecdotal experiences of workplace microdosers who claim their ability to concentrate on new solutions has improved.
Legalities in Workplace Microdosing?
The legal and ethical dimensions surrounding microdosing psilocybin state to state remains complex. Psilocybin is a controlled substance in most (virtually all) USA jurisdictions, even in very small amounts. There are still very real legal consequences for possessing psilocybin in any capacity. Most companies that contemplate microdosing policies in the workplace are carefully considering the ethical and legal implications of endorsing employee psilocybin use. Some progressive thinking employers are using a "don't ask, don't tell" policy off the record to avoid legal issues. It's safe to say that consumption of any amount of psilocybin is against company workplace policies and the law in 99% of cases.
Back in November 2020, on the state level both California and Oregon have passed measures to allow certain exemptions on the use and possession of psilocybin. At this time Denver, Colorado, Oakland and Santa Cruz, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan have decriminalized psilocybin mushrooms.
Conclusion on Microdosing for Workplace Wellness
Over the last 5 years, conversations around mental health and work-life balance have gained prominence. Microdosing psilocybin on the clock challenges traditional notions about what substances are acceptable for increased productivity and creativity in the workplace. While the research phase is early in regards to science and medical standards, curious employees want to fully understand the long-term effects and risks of microdosing. The newfound interest in microdosing psilocybin in the workplace signals a change in how modern society views mental well-being and professional performance.
The workplace is evolving rapidly, and so are the nootropic methods individuals are exploring. As white and blue collar professionals alike seek new ways to energize their careers, microdosing psilocybin may well be the next frontier in optimizing performance and mental well-being.
Disclaimer: Psilocybin mushrooms are an illicit controlled substance. Microdosers does not offer any legal advice on the topic of psilocybin, microdosing or substance ingestion.