Microdosing Psychedelics: When Less Is More
When you think about tripping on magic mushrooms or other psychedelics, you think about the retinal circus, vivid mental imagery, and exploring the depth of the internal universe. And of course, this is what happens when you take a large dose. But what is now becoming apparent is that there is a entire new dimension of practical use opening up when they are used in sub-tripping doses - microdosing.
Microdosing refers to taking tiny amounts of hallucinogens below the psychedelic threshold. At the same time, you keep up with the usual daily activities. These tiny dose are so small that they are sub-perceptual, meaning they don’t inhibit the functioning of the ego, or plunge you into the depths of your mind. This makes it much easier to do things that are not usually associated with psychedelic use. The does usually equates to about 10 micrograms of LSD, 50 micrograms of mescaline, or 0.2 grams of dried magic mushrooms. Finding you dose takes some experimentation.
WHAT MAKES MICRODOSING SO INTERESTING?
So what’s the benefit of microdosing you ask? According to our own experience, and those by many others, in the doses the psychedelics elevate your overall state of being - enhanced cognitive function, better emotional balance, improved psychical prowess, heightened creativity, and deeper spiritual appreciation. This is well documented by authors such as James Oroc („Tryptamine Palace“), and even Albert Hofman, the discoverer of LSD, believed LSD to hold the most potential in those doses. In fact, he went as far as to say that if LSD had not been made illegal, it probably would have taken the place of Ritalin, a legal stimulant often used as a daily supplement.
PRACTICAL USES OF PSYCHEDELIC MICRODOSING
Microdosing acts as a ‚non-specific amplifier’, meaning it can have all manner of beneficial application. Since microdoses do not affect your functionality, you are not limited to your trip-room or couch, but instead can venture out and continue business as usual, although on an enhanced level.
One application of microdosing that has been firmly established is the use of psychedelics in extreme sports – to the point where some consider microdosing to be a form of doping.
James Oroc wrote, “Virtually all athletes who learn to use LSD at psycholytic dosages believe that the use of these compounds improves both their stamina and their abilities. According to the combined reports of 40 years of use by the extreme sports underground, LSD can increase your re- flex time to lightning speed, improve your balance to the point of perfection, increase your concentration until you experience “tunnel vision,” and make you impervious to weakness or pain. LSD’s effects in these regards amongst the extreme-sport community are in fact legendary, universal, and without dispute. ”
Maybe this is the reason why so many people at psychedelic festivals are juggling - psychedelics simply increase the affinity for it.
Creativity And Problem Solving
Another use of microdosing is enhanced creativity and problem solving. This has been shown in reports dating back all the way to the 60’s, where a group of intellectuals where given 100 micrograms of LSD to see if it helped them solve various difficult problems they had been tussling with for months. The solutions they concocted whilst under its effects were reviewed by other experts and intellectuals in the same field of expertise.
It was found “LSD absolutely had helped them solve their complex, seemingly intractable problems. And the establishment agreed. The 26 men unleashed a slew of widely embraced innovations shortly after their LSD experiences, including a mathematical theorem for NOR gate circuits, a conceptual model of a photon, a linear electron accelerator beam-steering device, a new design for the vibratory microtome, a technical improvement of the magnetic tape recorder, blueprints for a private residency and an arts-and-crafts shopping plaza, and a space probe experiment designed to measure solar properties.” For more information on this topic have a look at the book „LSD - The Problem-Solving Psychedelic“ by P.G. Stafford and B.H. Golightly.
Spirituality And Meditation
Back in 1999, Myron Stolaroff, a famous psychedelic psychotherapy researcher, outlined how microdoses of hallucinogens could help improve upon our spirituality and find mental peace in his paper on the use of psychedelics in Buddhism. He describes how low doses can make us confront discomforting feelings that we would otherwise ignore, or transcend with higher doses, and how this confrontation can eventually lead to the cleansing of the being:
“The use of low doses often can be much more effective in dealing with our “psychic garbage.” Many do not care for low doses because they can stir up uncomfortable feelings, and they prefer to transcend them by pushing on into higher states, but it is precisely these uncomfortable feelings that must be resolved to achieve true freedom.
With low doses, by focusing directly on the feelings and staying with them without aversion and without grasping, they will in time dissipate. Resolving one’s repressed feelings in this manner clears the inner being, permitting the True Self to manifest more steadily. Such a result provides greater energy, deeper peace, more perceptive awareness, greater clarity, keener intuition, and greater compassion. It permits the deepening of one’s meditation practice. The surfacing of buried feelings that this procedure permits often can bring new understanding of one’s personality dynamics.”
A Learning Tool
Microdosing psychedelics has even been found to improve learning ability – which we explore in greater depth in another article. To give you an idea however, Stafford and Golightly wrote in their paper “LSD — The Problem-Solving Psychedelic”, how microdoses of LSD appeared to dramatically enhance the progress of a student trying to learn German.
It just goes to show that we have only really scratched the surface when it comes to the real applications of hallucinogens. They not only have the potential to take us to a higher state of being, but also impart psychological benefit, help medically treat those who are stuck in negative though processes, and now, even act as an all enhancing stimulant. Whatever will be next? Perhaps the question should be, how can’t hallucinogens benefit us?