What is a microdose?
Updated: Jan 2
Microdosing refers to the new trend of consuming very small doses (unnoticeable) of a psychedelic substance. Similarly, Low doses allow for a subtle effect that is definitely noticeable but still functional.
In recent years, taking a microdose or low dose of psychedelics has been embraced by professionals. In many ways, peyote is the ideal psychedelic option. The reason it is not more popular is that peyote is so rare and expensive.
“Shedding the stigma of yesteryear, the new psychedelic movement is led by serious professionals across many industries who report microdosing and low doses improve their happiness, creativity, and productivity."
There is a lot of confusion over terminology with respect to microdose vs low dose psychedelic protocols. The issue centers around the idea of a sub-perceptible dose and a near-threshold dose. To some people, microdosing means taking such a small dose that they are not able to notice (perceive) its effect. Many people report that despite not feeling the "high" they do experience increased energy, alertness, creativity, and more. However, when scientists have tried to study this, they found that the positive effects were just as likely to be reported from the control group who consumed a placebo.
"Results revealed increased self-reported psychological well-being, emotional stability and reductions in state anxiety and depressive symptoms at the four-week primary endpoint, plus increases in psychological resilience, social connectedness, agreeableness, nature relatedness and aspects of psychological flexibility. However, positive expectancy scores at baseline predicted subsequent improvements in well-being, suggestive of a significant placebo response. This study highlights a role for positive expectancy in predicting positive outcomes following psychedelic microdosing and cautions against zealous inferences on its putative therapeutic value."
This is not the end of the story, because it turns out that what many people think of as a "microdose" would technically be considered a low dose. At low doses, the effects of these powerful drugs are noticeable, but not at all overwhelming. Many of the testimonials from people who claim to have benefited enormously from microdosing are describing experiences where they are clearly able to perceive that they have taken the psychedelic. This means that the pop-cultural definition of microdose also includes low-dose protocols. Rather than getting hung up on labels, the bottom line is that finding the best dose for you is going to take some methodical trial and error. Ideally, you should structure your experiments to include placebo controls. That is what mesearch is all about! To learn more about including a placebo in you mesearch, check out 3 Tips for cannabis & peyote mesearch
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I want to again remind everyone that I am not a doctor, and this is not intended to be medical advice. For those of you who are going to be using peyote and cannabis anyway, I hope that you are inspired to take a more scientific approach. Always talk to your health care professional before attempting any mesearch experiments.