Authors Thomas Anderson and Rotem Petranker are Canadian PHD students from Toronto who ran the first pre-registered scientific study on microdosing psychedelics. They are very excited about the results!
Key takeaways are that microdosers score higher on measures of wisdom, open-mindedness, and creativity. I think we can agree these are all values that we seek to cultivate! In addition, microdosers scored lower on measures of dysfunctional attitudes and negative emotions.
As you may already know, the practice of microdosing psychedelics is the practice of ingesting minute amounts of a psychedelic substance. With psilocybin mushrooms, a Microdose is commonly between 0.1 and 0.3 grams. By following this method, the goal is to garner positive effects without actually “tripping out”. If you are actually feeling the effects, this is known as a Threshold Dose, which sits anywhere between 0.5 grams and 5 grams, depending on your tolerance. A Hero Dose is…. Well, you’ll probably know when you get there. However conventionally, a Hero Dose weighs in at 5 grams of dried mushrooms.
With a Microdose, the idea is to go about your day as normal. Study, head to work, take care of the kids at home. Indulge in your regular hobbies. In an ideal situation the user only experience subtle changes, many of which are only noticed upon reflection the day after, or later that evening.
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