Microdosing psilocybin has been growing in popularity over the past few years. With a catastrophic mental health crisis sweeping the globe, it is no wonder many people are looking for proven, natural solutions to take control of their mental health.
Many people still do not feel comfortable disclosing this mental health habit. The stigma against this practice is similar to what cannabis experienced years ago, with some states still being caught in an outdated mindset
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing is the practice of taking sub-perceptive (not physically noticeable) amounts of an entheogen which produces perceptive effects when taken at higher dosages.
One of the most common entheogens for microdosing is psilocybin. When taken at 40 or 50mg, this microdosing protocol can lead to long term reduction in anxiety, depression, create better connections with others, as well as allow for creative problem solving.
Psychedelics & The Brain
New research is beginning to unveil the effects of drugs and psychedelics, for example, Psilocybin. It interrupts your regularly scheduled programming known as the Default Mode Network. Default networks of the brain quiet down, making way for new channels and connections. This causes previously segregated regions of the brain to communicate, like modern lighting, dimming fluorescents, and brightening the shadows in your mind. Illuminating corridors you never knew existed.
There are also hypotheses going around that psychedelics can reroute neural pathways, replace outdated pharmacology for depression and maybe even contribute to small amounts of neurogenesis. This means that microdosing entheogens such as Psilocybin can have positive effects on the brain.
Effects Of Microdosing
Research has shown that people microdosing tend to seem happier, more open-minded, experience better moods, feel more creative, more “present, more confident, and less anxious. If you have noticed a positive change in a friend’s behavior such as being more self-aware and connected, they could be microdosing.
Adults who microdose psychedelics report health-related motivations and lower levels of anxiety and depression as compared to non-microdosers.
Microdosing highlights the things you need to embrace or change about your habits, behavior, and environment in order to get closer to your congruent self. It feels more like long-term cognitive behavioral therapy, which addresses the root causes of depression and anxiety, rather than a psychiatric solution that masks the symptoms, like antidepressants or antipsychotics.
Further studies have shown evidence that psilocybin significantly reduces anxiety in patients with life-threatening illnesses like cancer, that ketamine might have benefits as a rapid-fire antidepressant, and that MDMA (ecstasy) improves outcomes for people who have PTSD.
In one scientific study, microdosers and non-microdosers displayed interesting patterns of differences with regard to the use of other substances. Microdosers were less likely to use alcohol regularly and were more likely to abstain from alcohol entirely. Similarly, findings showed that microdosers were more likely to abstain from the use of nicotine and even lowered their desire for unhealthy food choices.
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