Perhaps you work for a startup or run your own business. Or maybe you’re just a busy person, period, in need of a stress reliever. There are a million of things to get done. You’re knee deep in work, and with what little brain function you have left, you can barely think straight. This happens everyday, even when you’ve downed about 10 cups of coffee, which only lasts for about 30 minutes each because your body has already begun to build up an immunity to the caffeine. As a result, you to feel run down and ragged because of the constant highs and lows. Now isn’t the time to slow down, so what’s an innovator like yourself to do?
Enter LSD microdosing, a new trend taking 20-something creatives, workaholics and people in need of inspiration, by storm. Although LSD has gotten a bad rap as a “trippy” drug, in moderation, more people than you may realize are using small doses of the stimulant for focus, clarity and revitalization.
A microdose, which is classified as 0.2-0.5 grams of mushrooms or about 10 micrograms of LSD, helps with many otherwise seemingly useful functions such as motor skills, the ability to think through complex situations and according to Rick Doblin, the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, “to feel a little bit of energy life, a little bit of insight, but not so much that you are tripping.”
James Fadiman, a researcher on the drug and author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, found in a 2011 psychedelic analysis that “It’s an extremely healthy alternative to Adderall,” a popular drug of choice for programmers seeking mental acuity. Many athletes have reportedly used LSD as well, to gain a better sense of balance. Other positive claims of LSD have been linked to alleviating depression, migraines as well as chronic-fatigue syndrome, while others prefer the narcotic for it’s thinking-outside-the-box abilities.
Fadiman suggests that LSD be taken every four days, in the morning, as a regular routine. While higher doses of LSD may cause visual hallucinations, lower doses, according to anecdotal evidence, results in better function. However, scientists have not yet run clinical trials to look through the risks and effects of microdosing.
Another cause for concern, according to Matt Johnson, psychologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is the long-term effects the drug may cause, even when taken in low dosages. But with many positive anecdotal reports from microdosers around the world, the results suggest a better way of living. “What people say is that whaever they’re doing, they seem to be doing it a little better, says Fadiman. “ They’re a little kinder, a little bit nicer with their kids.”
Case in point. If you’re brave enough to enter uncharted territory when it comes to LSD, microdosing might be for you. The pros, according to found evidence, certainly seem to outweigh the cons. Only time will tell as new research develops regarding its usage.