People microdose for a lot of different reasons. Ranging from gaining more creativity to decreasing certain medical complaints. The fact that microdosing is actually effective in all the reported points has not been officially demonstrated and therefore certainly cannot be claimed yet. Feel free to question when people suggest that it works for everything. This is partly caused by the hype about microdosing!
With our platform, we map out why people microdose. Since the start of the website, our team has also been coaching and guiding people during their microdosing processes and assisting scientists who do research on microdosing. Because psychedelics are so-called ‘non specific mental amplifiers’, the reasons reported below will not apply to everyone. Some of these benefits are now being scientifically investigated. Microdosing is a tool but certainly not a solution to all your problems. We are witnesses to research in motion.
Possible Benefits of Microdosing:
- Improved concentration and focus, particularly in ADHD
- Getting into the flow more easily at work, hobby or study
- Staying in your creative flow longer
- Increased productivity
- Improved problem-solving capability
- Improved sleep
- More physical energy
- Enhanced sensory perception
- Less procrastination
- Less trouble from mood swings
- Improved mood
- Increased emotional awareness
- Ability to make better decisions
- Being more positive in life
- Feeling more connected with the people around you (family, friends, colleagues)
- Making more conscious choices about health, lifestyle, well-being
- Being more aware in life
- Better ability to live in the moment
- Reduced premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Decrease in depression (in a range from mild symptoms to clinical depression)
- Less stuttering
- Quitting smoking and other addictions
- Stronger sense of gratitude for life
- More openness
- Increased wonder
- Being more in touch with your spiritual intentions or life mission
- Sense of belonging to all that is there
- Sense of unity with the universe
After 3 years of research in the field of microdosing, we are convinced that if you want to get “more out of microdosing” it is important to keep making notes in the diary. Our team has put together a unique Microdosing Notebook (A6 format) filled with tips and tools to get more out of your microdosing experience. Available at our partner online shop microdose.nl.
What Are the Disadvantages of Microdosing?
That list is way shorter! Out of the 1800 reports James Fadiman has received so far, 75 were from people who did not have a positive experience. The most often mentioned reasons to stop microdosing are usually consequences of the positive effects.
- Fatigue may occur (probably by living a more active life, or by processing more impressions)
- There is a chance that tolerance occurs, and it’s therefore less effective. Tolerance has not been scientifically proven yet, but Fadiman’s findings show that people report it when microdosing every day.
- Some people with color blindness report seeing slight hallucinations and rays or “after-images”.
- Dealing with changes in your consciousness and your sensitivity can be challenging.
- Some people experience mild nausea. Ginger can then help with that.
- Some people can sweat more of it.
It is recommended to stop microdosing after 8 to 10 weeks, to re-experience your life and daily routine without a “microdosing tool”. After a break you can always start over again or consciously choose to do so when you feel the need.
Read more about the risks of microdosing.
The Placebo Effect
Skeptics attribute the benefits of microdosing to the placebo effect. “The scientific basis isn’t really solid right now”, says Matthew Johnson, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University. He studies psilocybin and other hallucinogens. “The benefits are credible and very interesting. But the claim that everything coincides and goes well and you’re in a good mood and you’re in the right flow, well, we all have those kinds of days. Even without pharmaceutical help”, he adds. “If you expect to get days like that, you’re more likely to get that’ he continues. ‘It’s actually not that different from the feeling you get from a very low dose of amphetamine or some other stimulant”.
According to Fadiman, Johnson is a conscientious skeptic: someone who thinks microdosers may have a placebo-like reaction, but nevertheless thinks further research needs to be done. He himself relies on the 1400 reports he has received. The majority of them mention similar effects and experiences. These people have never spoken to each other, nor have they been able to influence each other in their experiences. This, he says, is proof enough that it should be more than a placebo.
The Trimbos Institute also talks about the possibility of the placebo effect. So far they are sceptical about the success stories about microdosing. “The big point is the placebo effect. It may well be that people think that it affects their creativity and therefore become more creative”.
Embrace the Placebo Effect
The suggestion that microdosing would only be a placebo effect weakens the strength of the placebo effect itself. It is well known that your expectations influence the outcome. This is widely used in the medical world. It only proves once again how powerful the mind is. This works both in a positive and a negative sense. So now that you are aware of this, “embrace the placebo effect” and use this insight to drive a positive outcome in your life.