A small group of researchers have spent a large portion of their lives studying LSD and, in particular, microdosing, which involves ingesting small amounts to get the benefits of a drug without losing all cognitive ability and staring at a fan for eight hours. The research- which is only now bubbling to the public surface – is spearheaded by Phillip Smith, who’s using Dr. James Fadiman’s book The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys as a heavy point of reference.
In a recent article for Raw Story, Smith explains the dosing in simplicity:
To trip brains (or have a transcendental experience) on LSD, a dose of 400 micrograms or more is called for; to explore your inner self, take 200 micrograms; for creative problem solving, try 100 mikes; but for microdosing, take only 10 to 15 micrograms. Similar microdoses for other psychedelics would include 0.2-0.5 grams of dried mushrooms (about one-fifth the normal dose) or about 50-75 micrograms of mescaline.
The premise of microdosing is that things ‘just work’. Participants in studies find that their work life is greatly improved, and that menial tasks are completed with ease, void of frustration. While participant’s findings are not yet peer-reviewed, they are fairly consistent across the board. One user named Madeline offered this explanation:
“Microdosing of 10 to 20 micrograms (of LSD) allow me to increase my focus, open my heart, and achieve breakthrough results while remaining integrated within my routine. My wit, response time, and visual and mental acuity seem greater than normal on it.”
There’s also plenty of information outside of the study that mimics this notion. A 65-year-old businesswoman from Sonoma County, California, is also used as reference. “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.”
The info gets even more interesting when taking into account the findings of James Oroc, who completed a Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies monograph titled “Psychedelics and Extreme Sports,” and found that microdosing was beneficial for athletes.
As with most studies in the modern day, peer forums have served as a very valuable source of information. The microdosing forum on Reddit has gained significant momentum and gives an entire spectrum of experiences on the matter, both positive and negative. One of the common questions is “why stop?”, which often brings forth the interesting subject of tolerance.
One Reddit user under the alias Microtrooper compiled a comprehensive report after seven months of microdosing on LSD. His findings were a mix of positive and negative and provide a relatively balanced perspective on the topic.