Microdosing is the consumption of very low doses of psychedelic substances on a regular basis for overall wellness. The theory is that the doses of psychedelics are too low to produce a typical whole-body psychedelic trip or altered state of consciousness, but high enough to increase energy, awaken creativity, alleviate depression, and situate a feeling of well-being within the user. Studies are inconclusive but ongoing.
In The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys, Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including the study of the...
Microdosing has a bit of an avant-garde mystique around it, as though it is leading the way towards a new era for humanity. In the 60s, some psychedelics users hoped to change an unjust world in a radical way.
When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from "Lewis Carroll," Ayelet Waldman is ready to try anything. Her depression has become intolerable, severe and unmanageable; medication has failed to make a difference.