A small movement of people are experimenting with LSD microdosing and it’s gaining steam. But its not just laymen – researchers and writers, too, are curious if a microdose can help a person overcome addictive habits.
A regular dose of LSD can produce euphoria and heightened sensory perception, but people are starting to ascribe other benefits to microdosing. Benefits that are not as highly charged but impressive nonetheless.
One subset of people dabbling in microdosing are “productivity hounds.” Ironically, Facebook and other social media sites are responsible for derailing productivity. We’ve reported before on the dopamine feedback loop created by the anticipation of “logging in.” Make no mistake – Facebook deserves a place among addiction scourges.
A writer working with psychedelics researcher Dr James Fadiman – who worked with LSD until it was banned until 1966 – took a tiny dose of LSD for breakfast… and found that he gave up Facebook.
A growing movement of people are ‘microdosing’ LSD in the morning – taking 10-15 micrograms, instead of the larger doses used for drug trips – and claim that it can cure anxiety and insomnia.
Psychedelics researcher Dr Fadiman said, ‘People do it and they’re eating better, sleeping better, they’re often returning to exercise or yoga or meditation. It’s as if messages are passing through their body more easily.
Until now, the beneficial effects on your Facebook habit haven’t been recorded, though.
Writer Baynard Woods told Vox at the time,
The most remarkable effect of the microdose, which I noticed on the first day, was that it broke — or significantly disrupted — my addiction to the internet. ‘Like many people, I often find myself scrolling aimlessly through Facebook when I tell myself I’m too tired for anything else. But that day, I stayed away from it almost completely. ‘I didn’t really want to go online much the next day either. I rode the bus around town a lot.
Instead of sinking into my own private digital mindset, I was aware that we, carless Baltimoreans, were all in the same boat as we stood around waiting for the ever-elusive next bus. I felt we were all in this together, and often ended up in actual conversations rather than virtual ones.
Woods didn’t avoid the Internet completely during that time. In fact, he could do his normal activities such as work email and Twitter shares. But noticeably, it was the compulsion of turning to the Internet that was refreshingly missing.
“I could take it or leave it. It felt great.” he said.
“When I dosed again, my addiction vanished again. For another three days I felt no desire for online stimulation.”
Coincidentally, since that time, researchers have been studying psychedelics for their effects on depression, addiction and PTSD.
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