Psychedelics/microdosing by Kamila Wojtylko
Disclaimer: This article is not in any shape or form encouragement to take any psychoactive substances. It’s purely self observational, based on own experience and also scientifical and medical experiments which has been carried out all the way from 1938 till very recent when they have been redone in medical college of London.
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Microdosing . It’s a new revolutionary way of taking minimal amounts of psychedelics.
microdosing is the act of consuming sub-perceptual amounts of psychedelics, most often LSD and Magic mushrooms. Sub-perceptual means very minimal quantities which can be anything between 0.2-0.5g for magic mushrooms, depending on individual threshold. With microdosing typically consumption should be integrated into weekly routine and it must be done only every third day which cancel possibility of building tolerance to it and also build up of psychoactive substance in the body, the effects are subtle but noticeable.
Individuals who have been microdosing, including myself report higher levels of creativity, more energy, increased focus, and improved relational skills. Microdosing also helps to heighten spiritual awareness and enhance all five senses.
Other claimed benefits for microdosing include
Elevated mood which can greatly improve depression
Use as an aid to help those with ADD and ADHD
Use as a tool to help overcome addictions
Microdosing is a safe and non addictive. Substance like LSD and mushrooms are often seen as ‘drugs’ altought they don’t have the same destructive and addictive nature like for example cocain.
Microdosing used wisely can be very beneficial in overcoming many psychological disfunction’s, balancing mental and emotional clarity, improving creativity and it’s also know for improving levels of energy and stamina.
Here is some facts about those substances
LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, was first synthesised in 1938 but its extraordinary psychological properties did not become clear until 1943. Throughout the 1950s and 60s the drug had a major impact on psychology and psychiatric research, but its adoption as a recreational drug and its influence on youth culture led to it being banned in the 1960s. Active substance in magic mushrooms is Called psilocybin and it showed very similar effects to Lsd.
Microdosing is often called the third wave. Led made its way from labs to clubs to medical university and everyday life.
‘The government’s former drugs advisor, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, and senior researcher on the study, said neuroscientists had waited 50 years for this moment. “This is to neuroscience what the Higgs boson was to particle physics,” he said. “We didn’t know how these profound effects were produced. It was too difficult to do. Scientists were either scared or couldn’t be bothered to overcome the enormous hurdles to get this done.”
colleague Robin Carhart-Harris, Nutt invited 20 physically and mentally healthy volunteers to attend a clinic on two separate days. One day they received an injection of 75mcg of LSD and on the other they received a placebo instead.
Using three different brain imaging techniques, named arterial spin labelling, resting state MRI and magnetoencephalography, the scientists measured blood flow, functional connections within and between brain networks, and brainwaves in the volunteers on and off the drug.
Under the influence, brain networks that deal with vision, attention, movement and hearing became far more connected, leading to what looked like a “more unified brain”, he said. But at the same time, other networks broke down. Scans revealed a loss of connections between part of the brain called the parahippocampus and another region known as the retrosplenial cortex.
The effect could underpin the altered state of consciousness long linked to LSD, and the sense of the self-disintegrating and being replaced with a sense of oneness with others and nature. “This experience is sometimes framed in a religious or spiritual way, and seems to be associated with improvements in wellbeing after the drug’s effects have subsided,” Carhart-Harris said.
The drug can be seen as reversing the more restricted thinking we develop from infancy to adulthood, said Nutt, whose study appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study could pave the way for LSD or related chemicals to be used to treat psychiatric disorders. Nutt said the drug could pull the brain out of thought patterns seen in depression and addiction through its effects on brain networks.
For some, this may not come as a surprise, since Hofmann already spoken in a now famous interview that kiser gif acid diethylamide (LSD) is related in chemical structure to nicotinic acid diethylamide, known to be an effective analeptic (central nervous stimulant.)
LSD has been also widely used by athletes who learned that microdosing improves both their stamina and their abilities.
Now it’s time to share my own experience with microdosing of magic mushrooms.
The reason I have decided to give it a go was the fact I was starting to feel I was spiralling back to my depressed state. In my teens/early twenties I have been using psychotropic medication and have been in my lowest state.
Few months back I started feeling very similar, wasn’t getting much joy from what I was doing, where my career was going, my wellbeing. I was having anger issues, low self worth, lack of motivation. Every day was just the same gray and bleeeh.
Then I ‘accidentally’ came across article about microdosing. I don’t entirely believe it was accidental as I was focusing a lot on looking to find something which would pick me up, get me going and I certainly wasn’t going to go back on meds!
It wasn’t meant to be just an easy solution, trust me I was already doing loads of other things to improve my physical and mental health. Unfortunately my pcos condition has got really negative effect on my hormones and internal homeostasis, which hugely effect my moods and emotions.
At this point I want to again stress that I’m not encouraging anyone to try microdosing for depression or any other health issues. I’m just sharing my own experience.
I won’t be going in to to many details about what doses I’ve tried and so on.
I do although stick to the rules and protocols written on microdosing.
My direct experience:
At first I felt like lot of as I like to call it mental ‘dirt’ started to come to the surface, I felt like certain old patterns, problems was brought to my attention for me to be able to deal with them ones and for all. It wasn’t all great from the beginning, there was some emotional work I had to do and lot of growing up mentally. I had to deal with it in order to become more content, enlightened. It made me realise my flows but in a loving, forgiving and accepting way. After I’ve been able to work on those issues. I’ve started to notice more positive and pleasurable effects like:
– increase in energy
– more positive outlook on everyday life
– feeling of union with all living things
– dissociation with self ego
– better meditation
– made me calmer, less reactive
– more appreciation for little things
– feeling of deep connection with others
I do wake up excited for the day and things are running much smoother. Microdosing haven’t altered my personality nor I got addicted to it, I can stop having it at any time.
It’s still me but like on a really good day- like in berocca advert 🙂
More on the subject of psychedelics in:
Medical studies conducted by professor David Nutt in Imperial College of London
Albert Hofmann books
DMT: the spirit molecule by Rick Strassman MD
Articles/books of Terence McKenna