Are you tired of feeling easily distracted, constantly in motion and unable to focus on your day-to-day tasks? Are you looking for innovative ways to manage your symptoms and find relief?
Well, have you heard of microdosing? It’s the latest movement that’s got everybody talking! Microdosing is known to stimulate cognitive function, enhance creativity and improve mood. These are the kind of benefits that we are pretty certain about at this point in time, but the list of possible benefits is growing… Recent studies suggest that microdosing may even help individuals with ADHD better manage their symptoms!
In an interesting study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, researchers found that microdosing psilocybin (found in some mushrooms and truffles) can lead to a notable decrease in hyperactivity, inattention and other ADHD symptoms, while also boosting overall functioning and improving mood. It’s an exciting prospect for those looking to explore alternative treatments that are not loaded with side effects like traditional ADHD medications.
It is essential to seek advice from a healthcare professional before embarking on the microdosing journey, considering its potential health implications. However, if you have ADHD and are looking for alternative ways to manage your symptoms without resorting to traditional medicine, microdosing psychedelics could be a non-traditional approach to explore. Be sure to educate yourself on the practice—its risks and benefits, and most importantly, proceed with caution. Who knows, microdosing may be the solution that works for you!
Before moving forward, let’s look at the basics of ADHD so we can understand microdosings place in the topic a bit better.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the behaviour and attention of individuals. It is a chronic condition usually diagnosed during childhood but, in some cases, can be diagnosed in adulthood.
The symptoms of ADHD can vary but are characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Individuals with ADHD may have trouble focusing on tasks for extended periods, be distracted easily/forgetful and have difficulty organizing tasks and time management. In addition, they may exhibit impulsive behaviour, act without thinking and struggle with self-control.
ADHD is a complex disorder that can be caused by a range of factors, including genetics, environment and brain functioning. There is no known cure for ADHD at this point in time but there are various treatments to manage symptoms.
In the past, ADHD was often ignored or dismissed as just a behaviour problem or a lack of discipline in children. However, the condition is increasingly recognized as a real and serious medical condition that requires attention and care.
Moving on, let’s have a quick look at microdosing.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is a technique that involves consuming a microdose of a psychedelic substance, generally LSD or magic mushrooms/truffles, usually every few days or during periods of time when one is in need of a mental ‘boost’. A typical microdose is around one-tenth of a regular dose. The practice has gained tons of popularity in recent years, with many around the Globe claiming its effectiveness.
Some anecdotal evidence has suggested that microdosing could have various benefits, including increased cognitive function, enhanced creativity, improved mental clarity, better mood regulation and more. However, we need more studies to optimize this practice and apply it accordingly.
The idea behind microdosing is that small amounts of hallucinogens can stimulate the brain without causing intense trips or other unpleasant side effects that may arise from a full dose. The motive is to hit a sweet spot where your dose is non-psychoactive but allows you to feel sharper and more ready for the obstacles of the day! Many individuals describe the effects of microdosing as subtle, with a slight increase in energy or focus that can last for several hours.
Additionally, depending on the dosage and individual’s sensitivity, microdosing can have unintended negative side effects such as over-stimulation. This can be avoided by having the correct dose for yourself (this varies from person to person) and steering away from other stimulants (such as coffee) on microdose days.
How can Microdosing improve the lives of those with ADHD?
Stimulant medications such as Adderall and Ritalin are commonly used to manage ADHD symptoms, but they can lead to unwanted side effects and are associated with potential abuse and addiction. In recent years, microdosing with psychedelics has emerged as a potential alternative treatment for ADHD, with some individuals reporting positive effects on attention, mood and overall functioning. A recent study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders (as mentioned above) investigated the effects of microdosing psilocybin (found in magic truffles) on adult ADHD symptoms.
The study found that participants who received psilocybin reported significant reductions in inattention and hyperactivity symptoms, as well as improved mood, anxiety and overall functioning compared to the placebo group. The effects of the microdoses ranged from subtle and barely perceptible to more pronounced sensations. In general, participants reported feeling more focused, alert, motivated and calm after taking the psilocybin microdose. This kind of results can be extremely beneficial for those suffering from ADHD! They also reported fewer side effects compared to the traditional ADHD medications, which is to be expected when examining the typically prescribed medication for this condition.
It is important to note that the study was small, and the findings are preliminary. More research is needed to explore the potential benefits and risks of microdosing as an alternative treatment for ADHD, as well as the optimal dose, frequency and safety protocols. As we learn more about the relationship between the two, the better we can apply microdosing to ADHD. Nevertheless, these preliminary results suggest that microdosing with psychedelics such as psilocybin may hold promise as a novel approach to treating ADHD with fewer side effects.
Suggested protocol for microdosing with ADHD
If you are looking for an overall effect from microdosing, we always suggest microdosing on a schedule. If you are only using microdosing as a tool for a specific area in your life, eg studying, then a schedule isn’t exactly necessary. When it comes to microdosing psychedelics, the correct protocol is crucial for reaping its benefits safely and is to be adjusted to each individual. Although there isn’t an established standard protocol, most microdosers follow the “1 day on 2 days off” practice, where they take a small dose of the psychedelic every third day.
A standard microdose of LSD is between 5-10 micrograms, while for psilocybin, it’s between 0.1-0.3 grams of dried mushrooms or 0.3-0.5 dried truffles, depending on the strength.
For example, our Lysergamide (1PD) is 10 micrograms. Our tablets are breakable so our clients can optimize their dose and take 5 or 10 micrograms. Our magic truffles (MicroMush) have been specifically grown as ‘microdosing truffles’ by the best grower in the Netherlands. He created this special species of magic truffles and doses them out at 0.5 grams, which he believes is optimal. However, it is best to start small and work your way up. See for yourself and make sure to listen to your mind and body.
Lastly, taking regular breaks is critical to avoid developing a tolerance to the substance and to avoid other potential side effects, hence why we suggest a 1 day on, 2 days off schedule. To optimize the effects, striking the right balance with dosing and an appropriate schedule is key to an effective and pleasant microdosing experience.
To wrap things up, I’d like to highlight the importance of recognizing that everyone’s path to optimal wellness will differ. What works for one person may not work for another. If you’re struggling to manage your ADHD symptoms, don’t lose hope! There are many safe alternative treatments available, such as microdosing psychedelics.
By educating yourself about different options and working with healthcare professionals, you can find the best treatment plan for your well-being. Remember, the key to healing is to be kind and gentle with yourself and to be open to exploring new paths. Experimentation is key- we are all unique creatures with unique requirements to thrive. You will get there!