Microdosing for Creativity
Unlock your creative potential with microdosing!
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Microdosing and creativity go hand in hand! For much of history, psychedelics in psychoactive doses have been known to have remarkable creativity boosting properties-but what about psychedelics in smaller doses? Can taking a micro-amount of a psychedelic substance really have much of an effect on your creative thinking? Let’s start with the basics.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is the act of ingesting a micro-amount of a psychedelics substance, often Lysergamides or Tryptamines (eg, magic mushrooms , magic ruffles or LSD). To microdose successfully, your dose must be so small that it results in no psychoactive effects. Essentially, you should not feel any kind of high from your doses, if done correctly.
Microdosing and creativity: What does the science say?
Once upon a time, psychedelic research was booming. Over 60 years ago, Albert Hofmann (a Swiss chemist) first synthesized LSD, also known as Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. Shortly after LSD made its way to the public it was prohibited by law, banning psychedelic research from being conducted. This led to a large gap of time where there were no legitimate studies completed on psychedelics whatsoever. In more recent years, some lobbyists have relaxed laws and permissions, allowing the study of these magical compounds to occur. The results? Remarkable!
There is one study in particular that stands out when discussing microdosing and creativity. On October 25th (2018), a fascinating study was published with the help of the Dutch Psychedelic Society (DPS). They are advocates for responsible, safe and informed use of psychedelics, exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness with the motive of finding therapeutic results.
For some helpful background information, magic truffles are legal in the Netherlands. Magic truffles are basically small bunches of mycelium that contain Psilocybin, which converts to Psilocin. This is the same active compound found in magic mushrooms that provide the famous magic mushroom high. That being said, with the adjusted doses, magic truffles can offer the exact effects that magic mushrooms can. These truffles are legal in the Netherlands for sale, possession and consumption! This makes them the perfect gateway to legally studying the effects of psilocybin in the Netherlands with great accuracy!
The result of this particular study was that both convergent and divergent thinking performance was improved due to microdosing psilocybin. While this displays quantitative support for the cognitive enhancing benefits of this practice, as usual, further research is needed to confirm these preliminary findings. The results of this study have stimulated speculation that psychedelics may affect cognitive metacontrol policies by optimizing the balance between cognitive flexibility and persistence. While more research is needed to concrete these findings, hopefully, this promising study will motivate further studies!
Microdosing for creativity: How does it work?
How microdosing directly affects creativity is still an open question as more research is needed. Looking at the data we have collected so far can give us some insight into the plausible answer(s). A team of individuals at Yale that have had a longstanding interest in studying antidepressants were amazed at the positive results of previous research on psilocybin and conducted their own study. They found that psilocybin increases the number of neuronal connections in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. Previous studies have also found that this compound rapidly increases the expression of several genes that are related to neuroplasticity in the brain.
Why is this important and what does it have to do with creativity? The frontal cortex, found to be positively affected during research, is known as the center or hub of creativity! It seems to be responsible for many of the brain’s functions that contribute to creative thinking.
To put it in short, this research has found that psilocybin induces persistent and rapid growth of neural connections in the brain’s frontal cortex which is the part of the brain that governs our creative thinking. This definitely connects some dots and may be one of the factors behind the correlation between microdosing and creativity!
“Psychedelics like psilocybin can give mystical-like experiences and have exciting therapeutic potentials, but we still don’t know much about what they do to the brain. Here we study what psilocybin does in a mouse brain. The data suggest that there is a growth of new neuronal connections in mice after one dose of psilocybin. This happened in the frontal cortex, a brain region important for mood and cognition,” – Quote by Alex Kwan, the study author.
Additionally, boosting your creativity also promotes neuroplasticity in the brain! Essentially, neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experiencing or following an injury.
When we are young, our neuroplasticity is functioning at an all-time high. This is why children are able to learn new things with such ease. Thanks to their neuroplasticity, their brains act as sponges. As we age, this function naturally declines at a rapid rate. We used to think our neuroplasticity came to a complete halt when we reach senior age. Thanks to new research, we know that is not true. However, the decline is severe, making it extremely difficult for the elderly to exercise this function of the brain.
When we are functioning as our most creative selves, our neuroplasticity increases, opening us up to new ideas that allow us to reach a new depth. This is vital for self-development, which can cause a ripple effect, enhancing your life as a whole. As you can see, microdosing for creativity can have a knock-on effect and can improve your life in unpredictable ways.
Creative thinking is useful in many aspects. You do not need to be a full-time musician or painter to benefit from thinking outside of the box. Even business-minded individuals, stay at home mothers and many other individuals rely on their creative thinking to get them through specific situations.
Everyone has and will face many problems in their life. This is an inevitable part of the human experience. When you take a creative approach to life, solving problems can be done more effectively and with less effort. Additionally, you are likely to make wiser decisions and may react to life more productively. This can minimize unnecessary suffering.
We are unique beings that are designed to think creatively. Perhaps, microdosing is an effective solution to getting those creative juices flowing!
Are you a creative minded individual?
Look no further!
Whether you have managed to create a career out of your creative mind or your hobbies revolve around your ability to think/act creatively, microdosing may be your new best friend!
Creative droughts occur, no matter who you are. There is nothing wrong with needing a little boost here and there. Microdosing has helped countless creative individuals across the globe thrive as their true selves!
Creativity is best enjoyed with consistency. Are you ready to take the leap? Start microdosing today and dive into your authentic creative self!
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