A newly published study in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs illustrates the growing popularity of microdosing—or using small doses of psychedelics to improve mental and emotional functioning, PsyPost reports.
“About 9 years ago, I heard about microdosing, and followed up since the information I was told was so different from higher dose reports,” study author James Fadiman of Sofia University said. "I have been involved in psychedelic research on and off for 50 years."
Fadima and his co-author Sophia Korb recruited over a thousand volunteers from 59 different countries through their website, microdosingpsychedelics.com. Volunteers were instructed to microdose twice a week for a month and completed evaluations of their emotions every day. They also gave the researchers journals of their experiences.
The researchers found that volunteers frequently reported feeling more positive emotions, finding socializing easier, and experiencing fewer headaches. “Feeling productive, able to focus on what I choose, enjoying relationships, good energy, and not recalling that I took anything,” one participant wrote.
The findings of the preliminary study suggest that “microdosing has none of the classic exciting effects of psychedelics, is safer, and many people all over the world report taking these low doses to be beneficial,” Fadiman said.
One study on microdosing found that taking small amounts of psychedelic drugs can increase creative thinking. Another study showed that, while participants felt more connected, focused, productive, and happy, they also experienced higher levels of neuroticism.