I don’t want to oversimplify microdosing, so let’s go to the fine folks at Wikipedia for the official definition:
Microdosing, or micro-dosing, is a technique for studying the behaviour of drugs in humans through the administration of doses so low (“sub-therapeutic”) they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular response to be studied.
Individuals typically take up microdosing for one of two different reasons: 1. To decrease the frequency and intensity of undesirable mental states, or 2. To improve the frequency and intensity of desirable mental states.
This would lead us to conclude that microdosing may be a preferred treatment for someone suffering some sort of “mental illness” or mental distress. Microdosing would be an effective mood-altering treatment to stabilize someone who suffers from depression where it brings them to a more normal state. Similarly, microdosing could be used as a treatment for combat veterans and first responders to bring them out of their hyper vigilant states and calm them down.
Some of the mental illnesses that may benefit from microdosing would be:
- Anxiety (i.e. Generalized or Social)
- ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
- Mood disorders
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
· Studies are currently underway to see if the effects of using low doses of Psilocybin can be used to harness certain mental states that naturally occur in the brain. For example, someone with chronic fatigue and low energy might use Psilocybin to attempt to influence the brain into a more energetic state, so that the individual feels more energized. An example of some of the desirable states or outcomes are:
- Flow states
- Improved relationships/increased empathy
- Athletic coordination
- Leadership development
We’re not fond of the term “Mental Illness” because it pathologizes what is often a part of one’s natural progression towards a more coherent, actualized self.
But for those struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, mood disorders and/or addiction (to name a few), microdosing can create a number of positive changes.
Clinical research has shown that larger doses of psychedelics are effective at treating depression, anxiety and addiction. Anecdotal evidence backs up the idea that a regular microdosing regimen can also have healing benefits for sufferers of various mental health conditions:
Having said that, psychedelics are powerful substances, and even microdoses have a risk potential.
Emotional turbulence or anxiety is possible while microdosing, largely due to psychedelics’ ‘amplifying effect’. Psilocybin tends to amplify your current mood, rather than act as a stimulant or numbing agent. For this reason, it is important to assess your mindset before consuming a microdose.
Since Psilocybin Mushrooms have the potential to amplify your current mind state, we recommend discussing the risks with your physician if you suffer from psychosis, schizophrenia or severe anxiety, before you decide to begin microdosing. When overdone, microdosing can lead to manic states, which could exacerbate underlying conditions.
Since there is no clinical research on the safety of microdosing, it’s best to avoid microdosing for extended periods of time (longer than a few months). There is a potential heart risk of taking too many large doses of psychedelics over a long period of time – although we don’t know how this translates to microdosing.
Part One of this series http://www.litrx.ca/psilocybin-mushroom-microdosing-part-1-of-5/