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248: Microdosing Psychedelics – with Paul Austin

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for personal development and mental health. 

Among the various approaches to psychedelic use, microdosing has emerged as a particularly intriguing practice. 

What is Microdosing?

Microdosing involves taking small, sub-perceptual doses of psychedelics such as LSD or psilocybin mushrooms on a periodic basis. 

Unlike traditional psychedelic experiences where individuals take larger doses to induce profound alterations in consciousness, microdosing aims to harness the subtle effects of these substances without causing noticeable changes in perception.

Typically, microdoses are about one-tenth to one-fifth of a recreational dose, and they are often taken every few days over a period of several weeks. 

The goal is not to experience a psychedelic trip but rather to enhance mood, creativity, focus, and overall wellbeing in a subtle and sustainable manner.

The Benefits of Microdosing

There are several benefits of microdosing. The most common are:

  • Enhanced Mood and Wellbeing: Many users report improvements in mood, reduced anxiety, and increased feelings of well-being while microdosing. 
  • These subtle shifts in emotional state can contribute to a greater sense of overall happiness and contentment in daily life.
  • Increased Creativity and Productivity: Microdosing has been associated with heightened creativity, improved problem-solving abilities, and increased productivity. Some users find that they are better able to focus on tasks, think outside the box, and generate new ideas while microdosing.
  • Cognitive Enhancement: Research suggests that microdosing may have cognitive benefits, such as enhanced learning, memory, and cognitive flexibility. This may be due in part to the effects of psychedelics on neuroplasticity and brain function.
  • Emotional Healing and Self-Discovery: Microdosing can facilitate emotional healing and self-discovery by promoting introspection, insight, and personal growth. Many users report gaining new perspectives on their lives, relationships, and challenges while microdosing.
  • Stress Reduction and Resilience: Microdosing may help individuals better cope with stress and adversity by promoting relaxation, emotional resilience, and a sense of inner peace. This can be particularly beneficial for those dealing with chronic stress, anxiety, or depression.

Integrating Microdosing into Daily Life

When considering microdosing, it’s essential to approach it with intention, mindfulness, and responsibility. Here are some tips for integrating microdosing into your daily life:

  • Start Low and Go Slow: Begin with a low dose and gradually increase as needed, paying close attention to how you respond to each microdose.
  • Set Intentions: Before microdosing, take a moment to set clear intentions for what you hope to achieve or experience. This can help guide your microdosing practice and enhance its effectiveness.
  • Create a Supportive Environment: Surround yourself with a supportive environment conducive to personal growth and self-exploration. This may include engaging in activities that nourish your mind, body, and spirit, such as meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature.
  • Practice Mindfulness: Cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness during your microdosing journey, paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: If you’re new to microdosing or have specific mental health concerns, consider seeking guidance from a qualified healthcare professional or psychedelic integration therapist who can provide personalized support and guidance.

The Legal Landscape and Future Outlook

The legal status of psychedelics varies widely around the world, with some countries embracing research and therapeutic use while others maintain strict prohibition. 

However, there has been a growing movement to decriminalize or legalize psychedelics for therapeutic purposes, driven by emerging research and shifting public attitudes.

In this podcast, you will explore:

  • Microdosing, which involves taking small, sub-perceptual doses of psychedelics like LSD or psilocybin mushrooms periodically.
  • The benefits of microdosing, including enhanced mood, increased creativity, improved cognitive function, emotional healing, and stress reduction.
  • How to approach microdosing with intention, mindfulness, and responsibility by setting clear intentions and creating a supportive environment.
  • The importance of seeking guidance from qualified healthcare professionals or psychedelic integration therapists, especially if you’re new to microdosing or dealing with specific mental health concerns.
  • Staying informed about the legal landscape surrounding psychedelics to prioritize safety, legality, and informed decision-making when considering microdosing.

And much more.



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