'Microdosing' Psychedelics in Daily Life Shows Increased Focus, Emotional Clarity

By Victoria Kim 06/30/15

Taking a small amount of psychedelics as part of your daily routine can potentially have positive results.

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The effects of microdosing—the practice of taking small doses of psychedelics while going about one’s daily activities—have been overwhelmingly positive, according to a small study conducted by veteran psychedelic researcher, Dr. James Fadiman, AlterNet reports.

Fadiman began his study in 2010 with a network of self-reporting volunteers, since LSD research is still banned, who administered their own doses and reported the results to Fadiman via email.

Since the doses are so small, they are imperceptible, allowing one to experience a “sub-perceptual” effect of the psychedelic. Study participants reported increased focus, emotional clarity, and creativity as they went about their daily routines. “Microdosing turns out to be a totally different world,” said Fadiman.

“As someone said, the rocks don’t glow, even a little bit," Fadiman continued. "But what many people are reporting is, at the end of the day, they say, ‘That was a really good day.’ You know, that kind of day when things kind of work. You’re doing a task you normally couldn’t stand for two hours, but you do it for three or four. You eat properly. Maybe you do one more set of reps. Just a good day. That seems to be what we’re discovering.”

But it’s not only Fadiman’s subjects who are reporting a positive experience with microdosing. A 65-year-old woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told AlterNet about her experience, which began in 1980.

“I just took a tiny sliver and found that it made me alert and energized all day. I wasn’t high or anything. It was more like having a coffee buzz that lasted all day long.” She took a long break after running out of her shrooms back then, but started again recently after coming across a new supply.

The results of Fadiman's study are not surprising, considering what the current research has demonstrated. Studies on psychedelics have found that they are associated with lower levels of psychological distress and suicide risk, relieving end-of-life anxiety in terminally ill patients, and even lower rates of prison recidivism.

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