Recently, the topic of Microdosing Psilocybin – a psychoactive compound that is found in mushrooms – has been gaining traction. Sub-perceptual doses are taken to increase creativity, mood and cognitive abilities, without the strong hallucinogenic effect associated with high dosages. In this piece, we examine microdosing, its benefits and scientific environment, as well as the things to think about before taking on such an adventure.
Microdosing Psilocybin, a subset within the wider microdosing movements, involves the ingestion of small doses psychedelic substances with the intention of improving cognitive abilities and therapeutic outcomes. Many people who microdose psilocybin claim to experience improved focus and creativity. They also report feeling a sense of emotional well-being and relief of symptoms such as depression or anxiety.
Potential benefits and mechanisms
Some people believe that microdosing of psilocybin can improve brain connectivity and neuroplasticity. This may lead to an increase in cognitive flexibility that leads to greater problem-solving ability and creativity. The impact of the compound on serotonin is said to also contribute to potential mood-enhancing or anxiety-reducing properties.
Due to the restrictions imposed by law and regulation on psychedelic substances, despite anecdotal reports of psilocybin being microdosed sparking interest among some people, there is still a lack of rigorous research. Some preliminary studies have started to investigate the effect of this practice on mood disorders. Researchers strive to create reliable methodologies for a more complete understanding of both the risks and potential benefits associated with microdosing.
Considering and challenging
There are a number of considerations and challenges when microdosing. As individual responses vary, there’s no one universally agreed upon dosing routine. What may be beneficial to one person, might not necessarily work well for another. Also, legalization of psilocybin differs globally. This raises ethical and law concerns. The intricacies of microdosing must be navigated by those who wish to become them.
Personal responsibility and guidance
People who want to take micro-doses of psilocybin need to be aware of their personal responsibility, and they should do extensive research. To ensure that you are making the best decision, it is worth seeking advice from professionals who have experience with psychedelics.