There are foods that have tiny nutrients that occur in nature. The arguments supporting whole foods and natural diets focus on phytonutrients as factors offering more complete nutrition than vitamin supplements. Some fruits may have over 50 phytonutients, as might teas or coffees. The doses may be measured in microns, about 39 millionths of an inch. Dosage is very tiny.
Understanding a microdose is associated with opening a bag of chips and eating just one chip. Getting a slice of pizza and eating only one bite. It seems impossible. For those into microdosing LSD, the impossibilities outweigh the possibilities.
These micronutrients might be what ancients alchemists found as therapies for many ailments. For examples, pu-erh tea has phytonutients that users claim to help promote weight loss, reduce serum LDL (bad) cholesterol, and other cardiovascular conditions. Cinnamon helps stabilize sugar levels. These microdoses of natural tiny components from whole foods offer many possible health benefits. Surprisingly, some believe that microdosing LSD or microdosing magic mushrooms (containing Psilocybin as a phytonutrient) offer healthy benefits. Both are considered psychedelic hallucinogens that some believe are routine performance enhancers. Any sense here?
It’s a subtle secret of Silicon Valley and its stars, such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, that microdosing LSD and other hallucinogens helped activate creativity while also reducing stress. In the United Kingdom, hundreds practice microdosing LSD to their breakfastnutrition before work.
At a gathering of psychedelic enthusiasts, 4/21/2017, microdosing LSD seemed to be a hot topic.
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies or MAPS is performing research on microdosing to assess the values of microdosing LSD with safe performance enhancement. So far, however, small studies have been inconclusive regarding safety and claims.
Unlike phytonutrients studied by nutritionists, microdosing LSD or magic mushrooms have several roadblocks for scientific study. These are controlled or illegal substances. “Street” drugs can’t be tested for purity. Another obstacle might be how microdosing is tested in a lab. Usually dosing for a subject animal suffers inaccuracies. Should microdosing LSD studies use humans over longitudinal periods? How can you render side effects.
For example, while phytonutrients found in Pu-erh tea may aid weight management and reduce bad serum cholesterol, used frequently side effects may develop. These may include mild to serious side effects such as headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heartburn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and muscular weakness. The muscular weakness is due to a specific phytonutrient in Pu-erh tea that resembles (or metabolizes into a statin substance. Statins are a form of drugs used to reduce cholesterol in many patients. Some people are allergic or sensitive to statins. Even the best phytonutrients have chemicals that may produce side-effects. Fortunately, these have gone through scientific testing.
According to information published by Rolling Stone magazine, microdosing LSD may be used by some to alleviate symptoms of depression, chronic fatigue, and migraines. Microdosing gained notoriety in 2011 after a book was published by the psychologist James Fadiman, titled The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, about the potential for positive perceptual changes due to taking regular and small amounts of LSD. This practice has not been studied extensively. While serious, even dangerous, side effects have been produced by small to large doses of LSD or magic mushrooms, is microdosing LSD safe? Is it addicting?
Many are addicted to caffeine (from coffee or tea), nicotine, tar, carbohydrates, analgesics and other substances found in food. Aspirin is derived from a phytonutrient found in the bark of a willow tree in 1763. Over time, these have become common (but commonly safe) addictions.
With the popularity of microdosing LSD, people strive for more pain relief amd greater performance. People tend to abuse and overdose. Vitamins are good for you but too much of certain vitamins can lead to a vitamin overdose, which can be dangerous and, in some cases, life threatening. From 1999 to 2015 over 160,000 deaths were due to opioid prescription overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These prescriptions were (likely) labeled with safe dosage instructions.
People have at least one form of addiction. Do you think you do or don’t? Are you always in control? Take this test. Then add a potentially addictive drug as a microdose. Can you take just one? Attempts to control through adoptive diets often fail. Those that microdose LSD as a habit might be safer than those taking higher doses. There is no research, beyond those sponsored by psychedelics, that reliably indicate safety over time – any time! Until such time there is, relief is a personal pipe dream.
While microdosing LSD and magic mushrooms might help manage depressive symptoms, boost creative thinking, and enhance performance, the variant to achieve more may lead to overdosing. Until medical agencies in the USA and Europe approve pf microdosing LSD, seek medical help toward relieving your symptoms. There are alternatives. A licensed health counselor or physician might be more helpful.
Are hallucinogenics nutritious? Some parts of the world think so. Where science is regarded as authoritative, microdosing LSD is not.