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Microdosing Psychedelics – Is it Safe? 

Microdosing Psychedelics – Is it Safe? 

“Drugs” have garnered quite a negative reputation over the years. Indeed, taking it in large doses at irregular timings is a surefire way to negatively affect your physical and mental health, perhaps even permanently. Because so many people are prone to unhealthy consumption of these substances, they tend to develop disorders and psychological issues over time. The good news is that microdosing psychedelics has become more mainstream in recent years.

However, that does not mean that the substance itself is harmful. What is dangerous in this case is the way that it is consumed. Any item taken in unhealthy dosages will prove detrimental to one’s health; such an effect is not limited to the supposed “harmful” substances and drugs. 

For centuries, our ancestors have incorporated alcoholic substances and drugs into their diets and medicines to improve one’s health. Because these amounts and frequencies are so controlled, they’ve only improved the health of the ill or injured instead of worsening it as we commonly assume these days. Although this technique has been used for centuries beyond the present, it has only recently gained a proper term to define it and increased popularity. 

All you need to know about microdosing

Taking substances or drugs generally involves consuming them in larger quantities. In such cases, the reason for consuming is recreation or leisure, so it makes sense why one would want to ruin such substances in increased amounts. However, in contrast to this approach to substances, many have begun employing the technique of microdosing. 

Unlike usual intakes, microdosing involves taking minimal doses of a particular substance, which, in this case, is psychedelic mushrooms. As suggested by the name, people who engage in microdosing may consume up to 10% of any given substance. 

A guide to microdosing on psychedelic mushrooms 

As mentioned earlier, microdosing involves taking a tenth of the regular amount of substance. Generally, mushroom users intake about one gram a day. This means that microdosing would only require 0.1 grams or 100 milligrams. 

High doses of psychedelic mushrooms taken for leisure and recreation may result in a highly altered psychological and physical state. People who regularly abuse this drug may suffer from an altered sense of perception and self, a changed state of mind, and extreme hallucinations. These effects are a result of the psilocybin within the mushrooms, which is one of the most potent ingredients within this substance. The psilocybin stimulates specific receptors within the brain that boost serotonin. Taken in extremely high doses, it eventually leads to altered minds and perceptions. 

Hallucinogenic effects may be the primary reason an individual tends to use these mushrooms for recreation. However, as expected, such an amount will not produce the chronic effects of intaking psychedelic mushrooms. When microdosing, the minimal amount intake by an individual does not result in hallucinations or any effect of the sort. In contrast, rather than completely altering one’s state of mind to forget the existence of adversity, it reduces the pain caused by such symptoms. In other words, it acts like pain relief and may even improve one’s cognition.

These findings are not innovations by any means. As mentioned earlier, substances like mushrooms have long since been used for healing unhealthy minds. However, recently, this method has been increasingly gaining traction. 

Does it help? 

It is almost always better to microdose rather than abuse a substance in larger quantities. At this point, one may wonder: does microdosing even help?

One of the most significant benefits of microdosing is improving your mood. Psilocybin leads to an increased amount of serotonin regulated within your body. As the “happiness booster,” it makes sense why your mood may improve. Psychedelic mushrooms generally lead to a euphoric state, but that is only the case if the quantities taken are more significant than the recommended amount. In the case of microdosing, the ecstatic state will be numbed down to an improvement in mood and perhaps even focus. 

With the improvement in mood comes improved mental health. The state of your mind is directly proportional to your disposition; if your mood is sour and upset for long periods, you’ll find that your mental health is relatively poor. In contrast, improved mood directly leads to improved mental health – this is also a result of the serotonin boost you receive from intaking psilocybin. 

All that said, there is no doubt that more research is needed. Despite its apparent health benefits, it is common knowledge that substances such as psychedelic mushrooms are still largely illegal worldwide. Even if some regions have legalized the substances, a significant problem still stands: who controls the distribution? 

Unfortunately, there is no formal body that controls the regulation of drugs. Whether or not an individual intake the recommended amount for microdosing or not goes unnoticed. Therefore, it is impossible to confirm whether the health benefits result from microdosing or whether the data is inherently skewed.

Because of the strict laws and regulations surrounding the consumption of these drugs yet the absence of regulatory authorities in areas where consumption is accepted, the actual effect of these drugs goes unnoticed. There is not enough scientific research to confirm whether these drugs can be used in therapies and treatments today. Furthermore, due to the lack of experiments, it is also challenging to reaffirm the accuracy and reliability of the self-reports that show that the drug is indeed helpful.

In Closing

Lastly, keep in mind that different people react to other drugs in different ways. There is no way to say what effect a microdose of psychedelic mushrooms may produce on a person who is addicted and a person who is trying it for the first time. In any case, the target population for microdosing includes those who are unhealthy. Because this population is already vulnerable, it is essential to ensure they are not being put at risk for an experiment that can potentially harm their lives permanently. 

Today Show Cast Left Astounded after Iraq War Veteran Overcomes PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Therapy

Today Show Cast Left Astounded after Iraq War Veteran Overcomes PTSD with MDMA-Assisted Therapy

Everyone on the Today Show was amazed after Saannah Guthrie’s interview with Iraq War veteran Jon Lubecky. In the interview, Lubecky talked about how he used to want to end his life and suffered from a severe level of post-traumatic stress disorder. This was before he participated in three eight-hour MDMA-assisted therapy sessions led by a group of experts from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

“Every single day, no matter how good or how bad the day was, my brain was trying to figure out how to kill myself,” Lubecky informed Guthrie. He also mentioned in the interview that in his 2014 therapy sessions, he was able to give voice to things he never shared with anyone.

When he was asked if he was still living with the symptoms of PTSD, he mentioned that he no longer does and is fully healed.

The other participants in the pioneering MAPS clinical trial also shared similar experiences to Lubecky. The trial revealed that MDMA had no significant side effects and had healed more than half of the participants living with PTSD.

Dr. Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of MAPS, mentioned that if the study flourishes in the second Phase-3 study, it will prove the whole field of psychedelic psychotherapy in one initial go. Furthermore, Doblin mentions how revolutionary this study is and anticipates a full FDA approval for MDMA and DEA rescheduling by 2023. 

“This treatment is why my son has a father instead of a folded flag,” Lubecky mentioned to Guthrie when asked what he would say to other veterans suffering from PTSD. “I want all of you to be around when this is FDA approved. I know you can make it; I know what your suffering is like. I will tell you, and it’s all gone.”

Psychedelics and Journaling: Live a Happier and Healthier Phone-free Life

Psychedelics and Journaling: Live a Happier and Healthier Phone-free Life

Keeping notes in a journal has been a vital way to integrate psychedelic experiences into our everyday lives. It has also proven to be an effective way to realign our lives amidst all the chaos brought about by the digital world. 

With everything happening online nowadays, the best way to start a new chapter in life may be to put the phone down, pick up a pen, and start journaling for a happier and healthier tomorrow.

Wakeful Travel is a start-up that is a few thousand dollars away from reaching its Kickstarter fundraising goal to create the first group of psychedelic integration and travel journals with guided prompts to help thoughts and feelings flow from the mind to a page.

“When I first started working with plant medicine, I stared at a blank notebook for so long,” founder Jenalle Dion told Psychedelic Spotlight. “Because I wanted something to prompt me and ask me questions. And I think that the questions are really what help you tune into that wisdom that you already have within you.”

Journaling is not just for psychedelic explorers.

Dion believes this is an effective way to unplug the current day-to-day technology to reconnect with yourself.

“We are constantly on our phones. We are addicted as a society,” Dion mentions. “We’re on our phones to work, we’re on our phones to socialize, we’re on our phones to do our banking, and to date. Screen time is all of the time, and we’re overwhelmed by notifications.”

The hit Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma has brought to light this very concern. The documentary highlighted Silicon Valley insiders raising concern about the harmful effects social media has on our society. It has also brought into light the many questionable tactics employed by the biggest corporations to trap users into these social platforms while influencing and manipulating their behavior.

A study made by the Addiction Center showed that almost 5-10% of the entire American population fit the benchmark for social media addiction. This addiction has been defined as “being overly concerned about social media, driven by an uncontrollable urge to log on to or use social media, and devoting so much time and effort to social media that it impairs other important life areas.”

The Impact of Social Media

Even though video-based platforms such as Tiktok, Snapchat, and Twitch are now dominating the whole space that Facebook and Twitter once ruled, social media is still the 21st-century version of journaling, whether typed or recorded on a video. However, this model is not perfect – your thoughts and feelings will be judged, and it may cost you more than your followers.

In the 15 years since Twitter’s inception in 2006, we’ve collectively witnessed countless relationships, reputations, and careers burn to the ground due to carelessly shared thoughts and feelings on the platform. This reactionary domino effect has been dubbed “cancel culture,” It has become a rallying cry for pundits, politicians, and celebrities who believe they are unfairly held accountable for simply expressing ideas that others do not agree with.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution may prohibit congress from enacting laws restricting the freedom of speech of its citizens and the press. Still, it does not shield individuals from the personal judgment of others. And because communication is faster than ever, those judgmental opinions spread faster and furiously than ever before. Although public outrage is not new, the channels through which we express it are. And they’re all at our disposal, round the clock tempting us to interact. 

This may be the best time to go old school with your deepest thoughts and write them down in a safe place to be read only by you. After all, venting can be very healthy and beneficial in dealing with difficult situations. 

“Honestly, I started journaling when my parents divorced,” Dion says. “That’s how I would process my emotions.”

You can debate all you want on the internet, but you’ll never find that peace of mind you would need to get through conflict. Real work for personal growth is done internally. Dion joined an ayahuasca ceremony with the intent to heal some of her childhood wounds. There she discovered the capacity journaling has to empower that internal work.

“Things just started pouring out of me, and the emotions were being released differently. It was like I didn’t need to suffer in my body, and I could process these things on paper,” she explained. “As I continued to write, the heaviness started to lift, and then I started getting downloads of my childhood, and my family, where I could forgive, and where I could let go of anger.”

That was a “pivotal moment” in her healing journey, she says. “Journaling is a medicine in itself, and pairing it with ayahuasca, or whatever medicine you choose, was very powerful for me. Because when we use these tools, we go on a deeper integration journey. We make it a commitment to ourselves to actually change, instead of ‘rushing our healing,’ trying to sit in a ceremony every single weekend, without taking the space to really reflect and go inward.”

How Journaling Changes Your View

Journaling has also altered her link with social media and has mentioned that if she did not have a business, she would no longer be on it.

“It’s almost like once I started doing the internal work, I didn’t need to be so loud externally on those platforms,” she explains. “There’s a lot of preaching going on on the internet, and now, for me, it’s easy to see who is really looking at their shadow side and devoting themselves to being of service and who might not be.”

Dion also points out that anything we place on social media is not fully under our ownership. So given that these platforms store enormous amounts of data, there would be instances that the platform would lag and even seize up. She recalled losing a treasured inventory of beautifully edited photos and those she will never return. So with journaling, there is no big risk of losing everything.

“I mean, I guess you can forget your journal somewhere,” she explains. “But there’s a page at the beginning of the Wakeful Travel Journals where you can write down all your information. You can have an address there in case the journal gets lost, and I also encourage people to take photos of the journal often so that you have a backup.”

According to a Psychedelics Study, Story Telling Can Transform “Bad Trips”

According to a Psychedelics Study, Story Telling Can Transform “Bad Trips”

There is proof that the potentially terrible nature of the hallucinogenic experience is a vital piece of its helpful advantages.

Hallucinogenic occurrences can change lives. However, this isn’t generally  beneficial for those clients that have upsetting and startling encounters, frequently marked “bad trips.”

Despite all this, a new report has tracked down that utilizing narrative work and narrating — or plainly, discussing the experience subsequently — can reexamine what is originally seen as a negative encounter into a positive one and work with the continued utilization of hallucinogens even after a negative encounter.

The review, distributed in the International Journal of Drug Policy recently, depended on subjective interviews with 50 Norwegian hallucinogenic users. Most members had utilized hallucinogens somewhere in the range of 10 and 50 times. Practically every one of them had terrifying encounters while utilizing hallucinogens generally, a loss of identity and self-image disintegration frequently come about because of high doses of psilocybin, LSD, or DMT.

The writers proposed that investigating the descriptive work that awful excursion stories do in the outcome of such an encounter might give valuable experiences. “Stories are not just ‘talk.’ They are powerful and have real therapeutic effects,” the specialists said. “The trauma literature has recognized that narrative mechanisms are essential in coping with trauma and other unpleasant experiences..”

“Thus, some of the paradoxical effects of bad trips, that something bad can be good may be explained by the narrative work that takes place after the experience itself, in and through storytelling.”

Transforming Frightening Experiences

An examination of every one of the 50 interviews, which had a duration of a few hours each and zeroed in on the members’ utilization of hallucinogens, found that while practically all members had encountered startling “bad trips,” they accepted these were significant encounters bringing about profound experiences. “Although sometimes hesitant to use the term itself, bad trips were typically narrated as valuable, sometimes as an important turning point in a larger life history,” the researchers stated.

They reasoned that terrible excursion stories accomplish significant story work for hallucinogenic clients. “They establish the narrators as credible drug culture insiders, draw boundaries to outsiders, and uphold a community of users,” the researchers mentioned. “Their most important job is to make sense of confusing experiences and transform scary and unpleasant experiences into something good. Bad trip stories also gave users an opportunity to delve into ambiguous life stories and relationships, as well as raise and discuss existential and moral questions.”

The researchers additionally noticed that stories could impact the future, as well as the past. “From this perspective, narratives are constitutive; we act upon our stories, that is, they are fundamental in understanding why we continue certain behaviors,” they said. “These stories make it easier, or at least more likely, to continue the use of psychedelics. When even bad experiences become good, an important threshold against psychedelic drug use disappears.”

Do ‘Bad Trips’ Really Exist?

Proof backings that the perhaps upsetting nature of hallucinogenic encounters is an indispensable piece of its restorative advantages.

The Fireside Project is an association that expects to assist individuals with expanding the capability of their hallucinogenic encounters, with their work including working a free Psychedelic Peer Support Line intended to give peer backing to current or past hallucinogenic encounters.

Talking about the review’s discoveries, the association’s Co-Founder and Director, Joshua White, lets Psychedelic Spotlight know that he accepts any hallucinogenic experience as an unmatched chance to learn.

“We prefer not to use the term ‘bad trip’ — psychedelics are non-specific amplifiers of the consciousness,” White says. “Sometimes what arises during psychedelic experiences are encounters with the parts of ourselves that we have suppressed or attempted to suppress.”

“By getting to know every part of ourselves, we can hopefully work towards acceptance and ultimately love. This can certainly be terrifying, but far from being ‘bad,’ it can be an unparalleled opportunity for learning.”

White says reevaluating “awful excursions” as troublesome ones can welcome individuals to gain from them as opposed to dismissing them.

“Part of what’s important going into a psychedelic experience is the awareness that difficult material may arise, but that when it does, we should attempt to turn towards it with curiosity and compassion,” he expounds. “We love the Stan Grof quote that says psychedelics are to the mind what the microscope is to biology and the telescope is to astronomy. Seeing the experience as an opportunity to learn rather than a bad thing that occurred can help unlock its meaning.”

Methods Getting Through Psychedelic Experiences

White’s guidance for an individual having a troublesome hallucinogenic encounter is to connect for help, including from companions, relatives, a specialist, a sharing circle, or a friend support volunteer on the Psychedelic Peer Support Line.

“Our goal on the Psychedelic Peer Support Line is to meet people wherever they are and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for a person to turn towards their experience,” White says. “We have no other goal than to be, as Ram Dass says, a loving rock.”

He makes sense that giving a friend support through a troublesome encounter appears to be unique from one call to another. “Sometimes it can mean suggesting that a caller adjust their setting — find a blanket, change the music, get some water, and so on,” he says.

“Building trust and connection is also essential. This can happen by assuring the person they’re no longer alone and normalizing and validating their experience. Reflective listening can also be an important part of creating a safe space because it tends to encourage people to observe their experience rather than run from it.”

He adds that there are numerous means an individual ought to finish to get ready for a hallucinogenic outing, taking note that the Fireside Project doesn’t suggest that anybody participate in any unlawful direct, including the utilization of hallucinogens.

“Some of these steps include testing their substance (we recommend DanceSafe), learning about any contraindications, educating themselves about the substance they plan on taking, including proper dosage, and finding someone to tripsit for them because tripping alone is risky, carefully thinking about their set and setting, cultivating a sense of reverence for the substance they plan on taking, setting an intention, and making time for integration after,” White proposes.

Happy World Psychedelic Day!

Happy World Psychedelic Day!

Imagine giving a toddler a priceless china vase 🏺 to hold … What would inevitably happen? 😳

Happy World Psychedelic Day!! 6/20

Are you aware that we’re in the second great Psychedelic renaissance?

The first was not handled well. Only a few treated it with the respect and care it deserved. 

Most took advantage of it – not understanding it – not exercising proper “set and setting”. Some even used it to control people. 

So, Imagine giving a toddler a priceless china vase 🏺 to hold … What would inevitably happen? Thus was the 60’s thru 80’s 🤦🏼‍♂️

But mother nature has given us another opportunity, believing that we’ve adulted into more enlightenment. 

So what will you do with this opportunity? 

Here at The Mushroom Doctor, we encourage you to educate yourself before working with this powerful gift. 

Always exercise proper “set and setting”… And always have the intention of:

* Falling more in love with yourself ♥️
* seeing the beautiful inner child within you
* Healing your heart, so you can realize the best version of yourself… 🙏🏼

The world NEEDS you to be the best version of you. 

The Mushroom Doctor wishes you a happy and enlightening World Psychedelic Day!!🍄

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