We can now observe a gradual change in the status of psilocybin mushrooms in the United States and the world community. The decriminalization of magical plants in several states makes hallucinogens come out of the shadows. This hot topic is constantly raised in society, establishing some rules of life for different strata of our population. You must have heard about the use of various podcasts, like the one hosted by Joe Rogan.
It would seem that the wave of hype around shrooms should have stayed far away in the 70s of the twentieth century. Since then, however, there have been many changes in the way scientists and consumers view psychedelic drugs. The key difference from earlier times is the purpose of the mushroom intake.
Previously, it was about experiencing previously unknown sensations. Still, now it is taken as a drug for some mental illnesses and problems with the nervous system or to increase productivity.
What is microdosing?
Micro dosing mushrooms is a technique that involves consuming small amounts of psilocybin regularly. A prerequisite for correct microdosing is using a psychoactive substance not to change one’s consciousness.
Why take psilocybin microdose?
As we mentioned earlier, taking small amounts of magic mushrooms is necessary for some patients with diagnosed depressive disorder, ADHD, seasonal affective disorder, seizures (such as epilepsy and nervous tics), PTSD, and Alzheimer’s.
In addition, cancer patients who want to reduce pain often resort to microdosing mushrooms every day.
Employees of IT companies, the fashion industry, show businesses, and even creative professions are often ready to use this technique. They argue that low-dose mushrooms significantly increase the specialist’s productivity and contribute to a non-standard approach when creating works of art or other projects.
How proven are these assumptions?
To consider any theory as actual knowledge, you need to have irrefutable evidence and a lot of research to support it.
At the moment, the effect of psilocybin on the individual’s brain, psyche, and nervous system has not been sufficiently studied. The reason lies in the difficulty of conducting large-scale experiments under the conditions of an official ban on the use, sale, and possession of psychedelic drugs.
But a vast number of different factors indicate that the science of microdosing helps a person’s consciousness to function normally. The following types of research evidence:
- Those in the course of which observations are made of small groups of test subjects.
- Studying feedback on the effects of microdosing on the Internet, social networks, and special forums.
- International surveys organized by medical journals like Psychopharmacology.
In one of the last of these (from 2018), more than a thousand people had problems with the psyche, the nervous system, and subjects with alcohol and drug addiction. The results showed that 44 percent of consumers of magic mushrooms in small doses experienced significant health improvements. Half of the participants said they were finally able to stop taking antidepressants. And 40 percent said they had stopped taking drugs to correct and treat mental disorders. Just over one percent of the total number of respondents say that they began to feel worse than before the start of the course.
The data is also confirmed by a 2019 survey published in 2020 in a scientific medical journal. A study of the participants’ microdosing mushrooms experiences led to the excellent headline, “Benefits outweigh the challenges.”