Microdosing Is On The Rise But Is It Healthy?
One or several of your coworkers might be microdosing psychedelics throughout the workday. The question is whether you would know. Furthermore, many are asking whether microdosing should be relevant to employers as the jury is still out on its impact on the mind and the body. Perhaps what matters most in the context of the microdosing movement is whether it is beneficial to mental health. Let’s take a quick look at whether microdosing is worthy of the hype.
The Impact Of Microdosing
A recent study published in the journal Addiction Biology shows the short-term impact of microdosing psychedelics does not spur any meaningful enhancement of an individual’s brainpower or disposition. These results are somewhat of a letdown as many industry experts anticipated a significant improvement in cognition and mood. However, it must be noted that microdosing does not cause any significant health changes, meaning it might not pose a threat to human health.
The study referenced above involved 56 individuals who took low doses of LSD. Between 100 and 200 micrograms of LSD are necessary to embark on a psychedelic trip. Though microdosing LSD did not significantly improve brain power or mood, what matters most is that the individual in question obtains the intended benefit. If an individual who microdoses finds the substance makes him or her feel better or prove more productive, the treatment modality is worth considering.
Prioritizing Health Above All
The study revealed microdosing LSD is completely safe. The participants in the study did not suffer any negative side effects in terms of blood pressure, heart rate or other vital signs. It is interesting to note the study results show participants built up a tolerance to the psychedelic.
In other words, those who continue to microdose at length have the potential to feel less of an effect as microdosing continues. However, there is a question as to whether a tolerance break will mitigate the diminished impact of the substance.
The Stimulation People Are Looking For
Read through the details of the study linked above and you will find the participants enjoyed a positive effect when first microdosing. These individuals report feeling more stimulated, meaning microdosing certainly has potential in the context of the workplace and possibly even exercising. The study participants also felt more energetic and alert. The caveat is that the impact of microdosing waned after the initial four sessions.
As time progresses, we might observe a societal transition to the acceptance of microdosing prior to events that require significant effort, stamina and concentration such as athletic competitions and even competitive video game tournaments.
Those who are still skeptical about the merits of microdosing should consider the results of the 2021 Global Drug survey. The survey reveals that microdosing causes slight euphoria yet does not deteriorate human health. Of the individuals included in the survey, 75% reported zero adverse mental and physical health side effects from microdosing. The results of this survey and other related studies are clearly bullish signs for psychedelics investors.
The Future Of Psychedelic Microdosing
At the moment, LSD is a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it is considered a substance that does not have an accepted medical use. Furthermore, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) insists the psychedelic has an elevated potential for abuse. However, microdosing is quickly becoming more socially normative by the day.
If additional studies show microdosing does not compromise human health yet boosts mood and even enhances social skills, there is a good chance we will all be surrounded by psychedelic microdosers at some point in the near future. This development should be construed as a positive for individuals and society as a whole.