We’ve all heard of microdosing LSD, it’s that thing your mate who’s really into cryptocurrencies and the Joe Rogan Experience keeps harping on about. While taking small doses of LSD is known to improve focus and mental health, now it’s being touted as a safer alternative to antidepressants.
When talking to Ayelet Waldman in her book A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, professor of neurobiology at the University of California David Presti says he “Absolutely believes microdosing is just as safe as taking antidepressants.”
“I really think there’s something going on with microdosing,” Presti told her. “I think when people do get around to researching it, it’s going to be relatively easy to demonstrate positive effects that are better than conventional antidepressants, which are awful.”
According to Presti, the problem with prescription antidepressants is “they have all kinds of side effects, and we have no idea, really, what they’re doing,” Presti said. “They cost a lot of money and they’re marketed with all kinds of flimflam.”
Unfortunately, what LSD microdosing lacks is the clinical research to back up that it is a safe and efficient alternative. Pharmaceutical companies are hesitant to research drugs that they can’t patent and obviously the government can’t exactly be seen investing in illicit substances.
However, we DO know that psychedelics are quite safe, while bad trips can happen no one has actually taken enough to warrant permanent damage or even death. It seems to be one of those things that work well for some people, but ultimately has no effect on another.
Whatever happens, you can bet that the microdosing conversation is going to continue, hopefully, one day we’ll see it talked about as a bonafide way to treat someone as opposed to another topic that you chat about with your mates.
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