10-04 | By Rachael
Certain psychedelic drugs, such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), magic mushrooms, Ayahuasca, etc., have their own benefits. However, in recent times, microdosing on these mood-altering drugs has become a fad among students and professionals to enhance their performance. As per a Forbes report, microdosing has been popular among smart and young entrepreneurs.
In brief, microdosing refers to the practice of taking certain psychedelic drugs in lower doses, but on a regular basis. Compared to the other methods of abusing psychedelic drugs, it may appear harmless and safe. Moreover, a large section of people has glamorized psychedelic drugs as a way to cure different symptoms of mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Though many experts and studies have highlighted the advantages of LSD microdosing, there is a need to focus on the dangers of such a practice.
Some of the major beliefs pertaining to microdosing are that it heightens energy, concentration, mood and creativity. This misconception that “microdosing causes less harmful effects” has emerged as one of the reasons behind the increased number of emergency department (ED) visits compared to the previous years.
Long-term effects of LSD microdosing
Categorized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Schedule I controlled substance, there is no approved medicinal value of LSD. So, its consumption can only be considered as abuse. The concept of microdosing is known to exist since 2011, especially after the release of the book “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide” by psychologist James Fadiman.
In the book, Fadiman talks about the positive aspects of taking the small amounts of LSD regularly. He says that microdosing every fourth day, including taking the drug in the morning and then sticking to it in the daily routine, can help in overcoming a host of disorders, such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, etc. He also insists that LSD microdosing assists in enhancing one’s perspectives, thoughts, creativity, etc.
Whatsoever the benefits, the primary danger of using psychedelic drugs as per medical experts is their potential to alter the brain’s neurotransmitters. As stated by David Nutt, the director of the Center for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, during a psychedelic trip, the normal hubs that control and regulate the brain function are ruptured and hence there is a greater connectivity.
Whether it is a regular or a smaller dose, using psychedelic drugs can have serious consequences. One of the potential dangers of abusing LSD, even in small doses, is experiencing flashbacks. Moreover, these series of flashbacks tend to recur after days, months or years.
As such, the effects of LSD may vary from person to person. Some people may experience distorted perceptions related to shape, size, etc., as well as differences in other senses. A person exposed to bad trips may witness a panic attack. As a result, there are chances of him or her becoming a paranoid person or suffering from psychosis. Apart from the above, depression is a common side effect of using such mind-altering drugs.
Such drugs also affect the level of serotonin, the chemical messengers responsible for rewarding pleasure, in the brain. Due to an interruption in these natural pathways, the brain circuitry is likely to be rewired, thereby making people feel less good without the interference of the drug. Another factor responsible for triggering negative effects is the huge differences in chemical compounds of psychedelic drugs produced in illegal laboratories.
It is imperative to know that no amount of LSD is safe and that individuals addicted to such drugs are likely to face troubles related to decision-making or motor functions. Often, such people suffer from impulsive behavior and poor judgment.
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