Psychedelic microdosing is a practice of using sub-threshold doses of psychedelic drugs in an attempt to improve creativity, boost physical energy level, increase performance on problem-solving tasks and to treat depression, anxiety and addiction. Taking microdoses of psychedelic substances has recently gained popularity.
Recent research has shown that psychedelic drugs are used to treat mental health issues. Moderate to large doses of psychedelics induce changes in mood, perception, and overall consciousness, often described as a state similar to deep meditative or transcendental states.
The latest research, published in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, – finds both potential benefits and risks of using psychedelic microdosing to treat mental health problems. The study reveals effects on cognitive skills and sociability, as well as metabolic and neural consequences. Throughout the 1960s in the US, recreational doses of psychedelics were used in experimental research. After many decades, psychedelics have once again started to reappear as a promising area of study within experimental and clinical psychology.
Major news outlets worldwide are reporting on the growing number of professionals using small doses of psychedelics (like truffles, magic mushrooms, or peyote) to boost their creativity and productivity at work. Microdosing refers to taking one-tenth of the regular dose to get a “high”.
What is Microdosing?
The use of psychedelics enhances the mental well being in humans. In other words, it is the act of integrating sub-perceptual doses of psychedelics in your regular routine for increased focus, higher levels of creativity, more energy and improved relational skills.
In the recent past, there was research done to examine the effects of microdosing on animal behavior. But new research has tried to investigate the effects of the hallucinogen N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) on both male and female rodents to study its impact on mental and physical health. The lead researcher of this study is David Olson, Ph.D., at the University of California, Davis.
Positive Effects of DMT Microdosing – Reduced Anxiety and Fear Behaviors
The researchers selected DMT because the compound is easily found in Ayahuasca ( a brew used as traditional spiritual medicine), and its molecular structure is comparable to other microdosing drugs, such as psilocybin and LSD.
Olson and his team gave rats 1 milligram per kilogram of body weight, which is one-tenth the dose that would be necessary to induce a hallucinogenic experience in a rat. The rats were given these doses in a scheduled manner for two months. Behavioral tests were conducted to test the behavioral changes and the way they responded to anxiety and fear-inducing situations. They also examined how microdosing affected the rats’ sociability and aspects of cognitive function.
Scientists who experiment with microdosing claim that it can help a person to feel less anxious, think more creatively and sharpen focus. Sources claim that these positive effects are real, scientists still can’t definitively say that microdosing – would actually work. Further research showed that microdosing can indeed have beneficial effects — but not without potential downsides.
The Downside of DMT Microdosing
Oslon’s team discovered some adverse effects: The male rats treated with DMT gained significant body weight, and the female rats were said to experience neuronal atrophy – a breakdown of neurons. The team were not sure of the reasons but said it needed further investigation. So, before you start microdosing DMT at work, it’s probably worth waiting for more data – as more research is needed.