What are psychedelics?
Drugs can be used for different purposes. Some are used for anesthesia, some for sleeping, And some, according to the recent microdosing trend, can be used for creativity and creative breakthroughs. Let’s take a look at the type of drugs used in microdosing: psychedelics. What are psychedelics and microdosing?
Psychedelics are a type of drugs that primarily affect the perception and cognition of the users. These drugs are part of a larger class called hallucinogens. Like other drugs, psychedelics affect the way people perceive the world and their own bodies. Psychedelics have a long history of being used for self-discovery and opening one’s mind, although this has been done with mixed results.
What are the effects of psychedelic drugs?
Psychedelic drugs have different effects, but tend to share some of the same qualities, like inducing hallucinations or affecting the mind. The effects of psychedelics might significantly depend on the mood of the user, the situations where it’s taken, and other factors, so experiences may vary a lot. What are psychedelics effects (in general):
- Intensify the perception of colors and shapes
- Keener awareness of one’s body
- Blending of the senses: people might hear a color, for example
- Distorted perception of time
- Seeing things and patterns
- Profound feelings and mood shift
- Feelings of insight and reflections
- Alterations in memory
When taking a normal dose of drugs, some people experience what is called a bad trip. A bad trip is a state of high anxiety, worry, stress, and unpleasant hallucinations.
Types of psychedelics
What are psychedelics? Some psychedelics are natural psychedelics. For example the famous psychedelic mushrooms are an example of these natural drugs. Others are synthetic. LSD is a synthetic drug that was developed in a laboratory.
Some common psychedelics include both natural and synthetic drugs. Common examples are:
- LSD or acid
- Magic mushrooms (psilocybin),
- Peyote with the active component of mescaline,
- Ayahuasca (the main active component DMT)
- Salvia, ayahuasca, peyote, and psychedelic mushrooms are all natural drugs.
- Other drugs are used in shamanic traditions and are used by different cultures to induce a spirit journey through an altered state of consciousness.
What are the dangers of psychedelics?
What are psychedelics danger level? It’s worth noting that these drugs can be dangerous at times. . However, even natural drugs like psychedelic mushrooms might not be right for everyone and can lead to very bad experiences.
The main dangers of psychedelics are associated with several aspects. First of all, there is the possibility of a bad trip where the person feels panic and fear. The hallucinations they experience are scary and last for a while. A bad trip can be a traumatizing experience. In addition to this, during a bad trip people might feel the drive to harm themselves or others. In a state of altered perception and emotion, people might enter a panicked state and end up hurting themselves unintentionally. I someone is mentally unstable they should avoid psychedelics. The setting is very important.
And when I say setting I mean the individual’s mind. Set I consider the physical location and who someone is with it etc. Psychedelics are not for everyone but for some the provide important life changing insights. You should be a stable enough responible adult with the proper setting and set.
What is microdosing?
What are psychedelics at the microdosing level? Microdosing is a new trend where people take sub-perceptual doses of psychedelic drugs in order to boost their creativity, relationships, and energy. A common drug of choice involves magic mushrooms, but other people have chosen other types of drugs.
A microdose is a 6-25 microgram for LSD, 0.2-0.5 grams of dried mushrooms, and 50-75 micrograms of mescaline. People choose these doses and take them a couple times a day during breakfast. The people who use microdosing describe the drugs as making them feel more relaxed, more focused, more centered, and more engaged with their relationships. Although many of these drugs can be illegal, people still choose to use them.
The idea behind microdosing is using such a small amount that the subjective effects, like altered perception or hallucinations, are not felt.
The Third Wave is an organization pioneering this area……
You can find the Third Wave here:
In fact, I went to an event by the Third Wave held at a place called the Alchemist’s Kitchen in NYC. Paul Austin the Founder was there to speak as were other guests. I plan to do a separate blog post specifically about that event. Here was the description:
“Join us for the first ‘Psychedelics for Professionals’ event at the Alchemist’s Kitchen.
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
As psychedelic stigma continues to wane, more and more successful people are ‘coming out of the closet’ about their psychedelic use.
In an article from January 2015 on CNN money, Tim Ferriss, a successful Silicon Valley investor and author of the ‘4-Hour Work Week’, said:
“The billionaires I know, almost without exception, use hallucinogens on a regular basis,” Ferriss said. “[They’re] trying to be very disruptive and look at the problems in the world … and ask completely new questions.”
Psychedelics are tremendous tools that, when used within an appropriate context, can catalyze personal and professional transformation.
In this 2.5 hour seminar we will:
– Learn how psychedelics augment creativity and efficiency, and can help cultivate better relationships in your professional life.
– Hear accounts from professionals who have leveraged the power of psychedelics including micro-dosing, ayahuasca, and moderate doses of LSD and mushrooms, to find purpose and meaning in the work they do.
– Discover the best ways to openly navigate your professional work life as a ‘psychedelic user’.
Establish contacts and relationships with other successful professionals who use, or are interested in, psychedelics. Discover the connection between your own personal transformation with psychedelics and how it could help you live a professional life aligned with your core principles and values.
We hope you will join us!”
Is microdosing safe?
At this time, despite what are psychedelics effects in general, it is not entirely clear what types of long term effects can microdosing have. This occurs for several reasons. First of all, microdosing is a new trend that has recently emerged and gained some popularity.
It’s not clear what the long-term effects for the users may be in the future. Another problem is that many of the drugs are illegal in most places. This can make it difficult for researchers to study them clinically or do a randomized control trial.
So, the short answer to the question is that it is not yet clear whether microdosing is safe physically.
The downsides of microdosing
What are psychedelics and microdosing downsides? Although the question of safety is still up in the air, there are some downsides worth mentioning. People with a family or personal history of schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, or bipolar disorder should not use psychedelics. Why? Psychedelics have been found in some studies to induce psychosis or trigger episodes of mental health disorders. I think the boundary dissolution can be problematic for some.
Another possible danger is that many of the drugs recommended for microdosing are illegal. Some countries have harsher laws than others, so a person caught with even a tiny dose might face serious legal consequences. Using illegal drugs can land the person in jail, even if they only have a little or use a few micrograms at a time.
Another danger of microdosing is the possibility of accidentally amping the dose. For example, a person might take a bit too much LSD and start having a trip. It might be a bad trip or it just might be hugely inconvenient, as many people take microdoses to help them focus at work or in school, so they might feel the effects while in those environements.
In relation to addiction, there is a gray area in psychedelics, especially natural psychedelics. Some might become addicted to them, even if it’s mostly psychological. Some people might need to increase the dosage to feel the effects (tolerance).
Another important issue to consider with microdosing is that illegal drugs you don’t always know what you are getting. Many people who sell drugs pass some dangerous substances off as others. Therefore, it is possible that things put in it can be toxic or dangerous. There is no quality control for drugs. There are sometimes materials one can buy to test the make-up of the drug to ensure quality.
Does microdosing really work?
This is hard to answer definitely at this time. There seems to be some promise as many have reported experiencing very positive effects.
These positive effects include feeling:
- Calmer and more centered
- More dis-inhibited socially
- Energized and full of stamina
- More creative (in flow, etc)
Many people have found that microdosing with natural psychedelics or magic mushrooms or LSD has helped them have a better quality of life. They report feeling better emotionally and feeling a boost of creativity.
The person taking microdose does not feel any strong disruptive effects of a drug trip. Rather they can go on with their day and feel more energized, relaxed, and creative. There are many anecdotal reports from people who eat a bit at breakfast or do it a couple times a week and feel it’s been very beneficial for them.
However, it’s not yet clear whether this practice will have any negative effects on the long term on the person’s functioning and brain.
What’s the verdict about microdosing?
Right now, there is still not enough information about this growing trend.
At the moment, microdosing is a recent, though growing trend. Thus, it seems likely that more information will emerge as more people use them.
However, it’s still unclear whether it’s safe to do this regularly and whether there are negative consequences long-term.
I do think, however, that a healthy adult should be able to choose what he or she wants to do with their mind and soul. This includes the use of psychedelics at the users chosen quantity. Whether that is a microdose, a normal dose or a heroic dose depends on the individual. This is an area to pay attention to for those interested in conscious evolution.
PS if you enjoyed this brief introduction to what are psychedelics be sure to be on the look out for my review of the live Third Wave event that featured founder Paul Austin. Stay tuned……..