Microdosing psilocybin is when the consumed dosage of the psychedelic is sub-perceptual (unnoticeable) in terms of any psychedelic effects. A fast growing community of people who have made micro dosing part of their weekly routine have found an increase of energy, focus, creativity, a reduction of depression, stress and anxiety as well as improved relational skills. Some individuals have found microdosing psilocybin provided enhanced senses along with a heightened spiritual awareness. Recently there has been progress made in legalisation of psilocybin due to research showing it shows long-term positive results for patients with treatment-resistant depression.
Psilocybin has also been an effective treatment for addiction. A research conducted at John Hopkins found that 80% of smokers who took psilocybin as part of a cognitive behavioural treatment were successful in quitting tobacco completely.
The Harm Reduction Journal published a study where they found some of the many benefits of microdosing included:
Improved Mood (26.6%) – Peacefulness, overall well-being, calmness, happiness, and a reduction in the symptoms of depression. Also includes more emotional connection, a general sense of optimism, and an improved outlook on life.
Improved Focus (14.8%) – Covers skill sets like the ability to focus or concentrate, and enhanced self-awareness.
Creativity (12.9%) – Aside from a general sense of improved creativity, this also includes behaviors such as being more open, enhanced curiosity, ability to shift perspectives, and divergent thinking.
Self-Efficacy (11.3%) – This applies to such behaviors as ambition, self-motivation, self-confidence, and a sense of agency. It also relates to improved mental health, including increased introspection, the practice of meditation, and other aspects behaviors tied to self-care.
Improved Energy (10.5%) – In this case, “energy” refers to things like mental stimulation, wakefulness, and alertness.
Social Benefits (7.6%) – Outside of more engagement with others, this category also includes more empathy, greater sense of connection, and more extroversion.
Cognitive Benefits (5.8%) – When microdosing, user experience heightened mental clarity, better memory recall, and an improvement in problem-solving ability.
Reduced Anxiety (4.2%) – This applies to a reduction in both general and social anxiety.
Physiological Enhancement (3.0%) – Includes enhanced visual acuity, cardio endurance, reduction of migraines and headaches, and higher quality of sleep.