Benefits Of Magic Mushrooms
A new trend that has emerged in silicone valley in the last couple of years is to microdose psychedelics such as psilocybin (the psychoactive chemical compound in magic mushrooms) and LSD. Microdosing means taking a minuscule quantity of the drug that allows you to still be functional; no hallucinations are experienced.
You may ask, what is the purpose of microdosing psychedelics? While no double-blind placebo-controlled trials have been done, many users report many benefits from microdosing magic mushrooms and LSD.
These benefits include:
- Increased focus
- Increased work productivity
- Increased creativity
- Improved mood
- A greater appreciation for life and nature
- Improved relationships
- Improved awareness of one’s surroundings
In particular, high doses of magic mushrooms have been shown to help with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety related to terminal cancer, alcohol cravings and a general sense of well-being. Because psychedelics are still classified under Schedule I drugs, no recommendations or advice can be given regarding its use.
But it is interesting to note that psychedelics have been used for centuries by native Indian tribes across the world for medical, spiritual and mystical experiences. It is not physically possible to die from psychedelics; deaths occur if irresponsibility while tripping occurs, leading to trauma or dangerous situations.
Is there a risk to microdosing? The answer is yes. The problem lies with the quantity. Every stem or cap of a mushroom contains different amounts of psilocybin, so even if you take the same size stem or cap as the previous day, there is no guarantee that you will ingest a smiliar quantity of psilocybin.
This becomes a problem because on any given day, what you think might be microdosing, can in fact turn into a full-blown trip while at work, driving or taking care of important errands. This can be very frightening and dangerous because “set and setting” are very important before experiencing a trip.
“Set and setting” stand for one’s mindset and location of where the trip will be experienced. If you microdose and you start experiencing a trip when you did not expect it, you might not be mentally ready when the hallucinations emerge. This can be a big problem!
With the decriminalization of psilocybin in Denver, Colorado and Oakland, California and the push to legalize psilocybin for recreational use in Idaho and Oregon in 2020, it is no secret the psychedelics have hit the mainstream! The question now becomes: will microdosing become a widespread trend and are their any long-term mental health risks?
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