What is Microdosing?
Microdosing for Beginners
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What is microdosing?
Essentially, microdosing is the practice of using sub-threshold doses (microdoses) of serotonergic psychedelic substances.
The motive of this practice is to improve brain function, creativity, energy levels, focus, emotional balance, performance and much more.
In some cases, microdosing has worked as an effective tool to treat depression, anxiety and addiction.
The 2 most popular substances to microdose are LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) and magic mushrooms/magic truffles (psilocybin/psilocin).
LSD – This substance falls into the Lysergamide category. This specific psychedelic binds to the serotonin receptors in the CNS, acting as a serotonin agonist. Lysergamids come from a naturally occurring fungus called ergot.
Psilocybin – This active compound can be found in multiple naturally occurring mushrooms and truffles. This compound stimulates the serotonin 2A receptors (5-HT2ARs) through psilocybin’s active metabolite, psilocin.
Who invented microdosing?
While there is strong evidence of our ancient ancestors using small doses of magic mushrooms (psilocybin) to heighten their senses and improve their hunting abilities, microdosing only became an actual concept thanks to one of the most iconic individuals in the psychedelic community. His name is Albert Hofmann!
Hofmann was a Swiss pharmacological researcher. In 1938, he accidentally synthesized what would become one of the world’s most well-known psychedelic substances; LSD. He created it using ergot fungus, which is the base of all Lysergamides, a category of hallucinogenics. This marked the beginning of the second wave of psychedelics in Western society, kick-starting the famous counter-culture/hippie movement and a lot of profound research into psychedelic substances.
Mr Hofmann was the one who properly introduced microdosing to the world. He said that when he took a microdose, he would take walks in the forest where he felt he could feel and think more clearly. Without his powerful voice in this unique field of science, microdosing may have taken much longer to really catch on. Not only did he spread the word about this practice, but he also publicly announced that he thought it should be researched scientifically so it can become available to all and be applied in an optimized way.
Something that many individuals may not be aware of is that Hofmann is not only responsible for birthing LSD. He was also the first person to isolate, synthesize and name the compounds psilocybin and psilocin (see above). A true legend in both the microdosing and psychedelic communities.
RIP. Albert Hofmann. 11 January 1906 – 29th April 2008.
Eventually, Dr James Fadiman learned about the phenomenon and began to independently investigate microdosing, collecting reports from different experiments. His book, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, is the first published book to discuss microdosing to such an extent. To this day, the most scientific articles about microdosing were completed thanks to the work and dedication of Dr James Fadiman.
Common Benefits of Microdosing
So, what is so great about microdosing? What does it actually have to offer? As mentioned above, the studies conducted on this topic are minimal. However, here is a list of the most commonly reported benefits from the microdosing community and the few studies that we do have.
Increased brain function (specifically cognitive function)
- Boosted creativity
- Stabilized mood
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Heightened focus and concentration
- Improved productivity
- Enhanced motivation and inspiration
- Promotes wellbeing
- Boosts energy
The microdosing experience looks different for everyone. We are unique creatures with specific needs. Our bodies are extremely complex and react differently to compounds. Our inner world is extremely affected by our outer world.
Something we love about the ‘microdosing journey’ is how special everyone’s individual experience is.
Our motive is to provide individuals with 3 things.
1) Accurate and up-to-date information about microdosing.
2)Access to legal microdosing products that are optimizable.
3) Community and open discussion without limitation.
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