Microdose, Microdosing is typically defined by experts as taking 5 percent to 10 percent of a full dose of a psychedelic, usually LSD or psilocybin, as a way to get the supposed mental health benefits of the drug without the hallucinogenic high. For instance, in a clinical setting, a 155-pound man might take 20 milligrams of psilocybin for a full psychedelic experience.

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What to know about microdosing LSD

Microdosing lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) involves taking a very small dose of the substance. Advocates of LSD microdosing claim the practice has numerous health benefits, such as improving cognition and mood and reducing pain. However, there is currently not enough scientific evidence to prove these claims are true.

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What substances can you microdose?

You may know people who have experimented with microdosing by trying small amounts of various drugs. Some people may attempt to microdose cannabis (marijuana) as well as other legal and illegal substances. But currently, two psychedelics, LSD and psilocybin, are the most commonly microdosed substances. For some groups, the term “microdosing” exclusively applies to taking a low dose of a psychedelic substance.

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Does microdosing work?

Do the results prove that microdosing psychedelics has no therapeutic benefits? Not necessarily. The authors noted that many anecdotal reports and observational studies suggest that microdosing can alleviate, at least in part, depression and anxiety, while studies involving larger doses of psychedelics suggest that the drugs can yield long-lasting psychological benefits.

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What is a typical microdosing schedule?

Since microdosing is not a professionally regulated or prescribed treatment, there is no recommended dosing schedule. Through internet forums and personal experimentation, people usually microdose 2, 3, or 4 times per week.

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