Microdosing Psychedelics May Boost Mood and Focus. But What Are the Drawbacks?

Live Science | 7/22/2019 | Staff
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Microdosing psychedelics is a growing trend that involves ingesting very small sub-hallucinogenic amounts of substances like LSD or dried psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

We ran a large-scale, pre-registered global research study asking participants to report what they like and dislike about microdosing.

Benefits - Mood - Focus - Creativity

The three most commonly reported benefits were: improved mood, increased focus and enhanced creativity.

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Challenges - Illegality - Margin - Discomfort - Concerns

The three most common challenges were: illegality (by a wide margin), physiological discomfort and "other concerns" such as the unknown risk profile of microdosing and forgetting to take a regular dose.

What does microdosing involve?

People - Tenth - Dose - Substance - Doses

When people microdose, they normally consume about a tenth of a recreational dose of a psychedelic substance, although doses vary between people. The dose is sub-hallucinogenic; people who microdose aren't "tripping." Microdosers go about their daily lives, many taking care of children or working in offices, expecting a little boost.

Although we don't know what microdosing does (if anything), it is a growing trend. Some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are becoming microdosing coaches, touting the purported benefits of microdosing.

Community - Questions - Microdosing - People - Ground

A small scientific community has also started asking pre-defined questions about what microdosing may do, but we figured we'd ask people what they experience, from the ground up.

We recruited 909 participants from all over the world using forums like r/microdosing. In one section of our survey, 278 participants told us about the three main benefits of microdosing for them, and the three main challenges they had to cope with.

Everything - People - Paper - Data - Cost

If you're curious to see everything that people reported, our paper is available here. We are making the data available publicly, at no cost, as part of our commitment to Open Science.

The benefits our participants reported mostly match what people have been reporting anecdotally. They said microdosing helped with mood, focus, creativity, self-efficacy, energy and more.

Findings - Creativity - Research

These findings, like creativity, square well with our previous research.

Our approach was to take individual...
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