Psychedelics were once equated with intense hallucinatory experiences and woo-woo mind-expansion. (If your parents went to Woodstock, you’ve heard the stories.) But today, the role of psychedelics has shifted a bit, thanks to microdosing. As the name implies, microdosing means taking a tiny dose of something, and it’s not expected to be enough to get the “high” associated with that substance. It isn’t considered especially trippy or counterculture; instead, people tend to think of microdoses as alternative medication. Microdosing has been used by everyone from tech gurus innovating programming and problem-solving strategies to people aiming to ease anxiety in hospice settings. As for what people are dosing with, there are a few different substances besides LSD gaining popularity in the modern psychedelic microdosing renaissance, including psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), ayahuasca, and ibogaine. For all of these substances, people take around one-tenth of a recreational dose. As for the benefits, many people who microdose for wellness say using these substances leaves them feeling more upbeat, creative, focused, and energetic. It’s definitely worth noting that the scientific community does not recommend large doses of psychedelics, which can cause unwanted side effects, aka a “bad trip.” As mentioned, you shouldn’t feel high at all after microdosing, although some people are more sensitive. (Like any drugs, microdosing substances might have side effects, like feeling neurotic or more anxious.) Think of this treatment more along the lines of modern antidepressants: They don’t change your personality, but might help you be a happier, more creative version of who you already are. Put that way, it makes sense people are curious!
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Any advice or opinions on MICRODOSING for depression and PTSD? I've been diagnosed with severe depressive episodes and daily chronic anxiety, mixed with PTSD. I've tried countless prescription medications, with no help and do external work on myself, and exercise as well. The last year Ive been stuck in a never ending depression.
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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable Book The #1 New York Times bestseller. A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.
Microdosing Psychedelics: A Practical Guide to Upgrade Your Life
Microdosing Psychedelics: A Practical Guide to Upgrade Your Life by Paul Austin is a comprehensive guide to all the necessary information on the practice of microdosing – including protocols, benefits, drawbacks, and sourcing. Weaving together anecdotal narratives and preliminary research on the use of small amounts of psychedelics, Microdosing Psychedelics is oriented toward anyone interested in microdosing to improve their general well-being, particularly those in leadership and creative positions. Over the last few years, microdosing has entered the cultural zeitgeist. From bio-hackers in Silicon Valley seeking to improve their focus, to writers and artists looking for a creative edge, to suburban moms struggling with depression, to everyday people who want to achieve emotional balance, microdosing has led the way in mainstreaming and normalizing psychedelics. In the most comprehensive book of its kind, author, public speaker, and microdosing expert Paul Austin provides a thorough overview of how just about anyone can benefit from an intentional, structured microdosing protocol. In Microdosing Psychedelics, Austin provides readers with everything they need to know about microdosing, including: •What exactly is microdosing and how did it become a “thing?” •How to set up a weekly schedule if you want to experiment with microdosing •Three ways microdosing can benefit your professional career •The safest and easiest ways to obtain psychedelics if you wish to experiment with microdosing
A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life
“Relentlessly honest and surprisingly funny.” – The Washington Post “Genuinely brave and human.” —The New York Times “Wildly brilliant.” —Elle The true story of how a renowned writer’s struggle with mood storms led her to try a remedy as drastic as it is forbidden: microdoses of LSD. Her fascinating journey provides a window into one family and the complex world of a once-infamous drug seen through new eyes. 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. Married with four children and a robust career, she "should" be happy, but instead her family and her work are suffering at the mercy of her mood disorder. So she opens the vial, places two drops on her tongue, and becomes part of a burgeoning underground group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD. As Waldman charts her experience over the course of a month, during which she achieved a newfound feeling of serenity, she also explores the history and mythology of LSD, the cutting-edge research into the drug, and the byzantine policies that control it. Drawing on her experience as a federal public defender, and as the mother of teenagers, and her research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Waldman has produced a book that is candid, revealing and completely enthralling.
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Ben Greenfield Fitness: An Interview With "The Smartest Physician On The Planet": Crazy Biohacking Stacks For Cognitive Function, Microdosing CBD, The Rolls Royce Of Jet Lag Hacking & Much More
Ben Greenfield Fitness: Smart Drugs, Nootropics, Microdosing With Psychedelics, Enhancing Deep Sleep, Rites Of Passage & Much More With Kyle Kingsbury Of Onnit
The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast: Santa Sold Shrooms w/ Four Sigmatic Founder Tero Isokauppila Pt. 2 - Psychedelics, Microdosing, & The History Of Santa Clause
The Ultimate Health Podcast: Dr. Andrew Weil - Cooking As A Form Of Meditation, Moods Are Contagious, Microdosing Psilocybin
Recovering From Reality: Exploring cannabinoids and the effects of micro-dosing w/ Joseph Sheehey and Lo Bondi
In this Episode I am sitting down with Joseph Sheehey, founder and CEO of Cured Nutrition, and his girlfriend, Lo Bondi. Joseph comes on the podcast to talk about how his attempted suicide turned his life and focus towards starting up a company that uses cannabinoids to help people heal. Lo is also in recovery for an eating disorder. Together, they explore the benefits of using plant medicine as a way to heal.
Ben Greenfield Fitness: CBD vs. THC For Sleep, Microdosing Psilocybin, Can You Overdo Modafinil, How To Re-Program Your Body Language & Much More With Jordan Harbinger
Jordan Harbinger is back! In my first podcast episode with Jordan we talked about: -What kind of body language mistakes that fit people with nice bodies make which hold them back socially… -How to reprogram your brain to actually like and appreciate things like kale smoothies and ginger juice… -A simple eye trick to get you to “fake it until you make it” with extreme social confidence… -Why bars and clubs are not necessarily the places to go to to enhance your social intelligence and ability to build relationships… -How I went from eating fast food, being ultra-shy and reading fantasy novels to being named as one of the world's top 100 most influential people in health and fitness… Jordan has always had an affinity for Social Influence, Interpersonal Dynamics and Social Engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was even old enough to drive. He has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war-zones and been kidnapped -twice. He’ll tell you - the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of), just about any type of situation. On his podcast, he gets deep into the untapped wisdom of the world's top performers -- from legendary musicians to intelligence operatives, iconoclastic writers to visionary change-makers, deconstructing the playbooks of the most successful people on earth. Among the many things Jordan and I discussed here in Round 2: -Various drug-related topics...2:42 Hefty CBD doses enhance deep sleep Throw THC into the mix, sleep latency drops Does it affect your health negatively during the day? You are rested, just a little bit groggy. Ultimate coffee mix to turn on the brain during the day Ghee Put in Four Sigmatic Lions Mane extract Salt Trace amount of Psilocybin MiCacao Stevia Jordan's adverse reaction to taking Modafinil and the reasons I use it yourbrainonporn.com Erectile dysfunction vs. brain dysfunction Jordan set the record on the Kegel Camp App -About Robert Greene and his book, The Laws of Human Nature...24:40 Non-verbal communication Appearance is more important than words for first impressions Much of what we believe is either flawed or just wrong Jordan called out a former spy because of his NV communication Codified a system of personality archetypes geared toward high performers Why do Athletes and high achievers come across as intimidating? Shame for their own inactivity The more we look at someone and think they're relatable to us, the more any change in them makes us more uncomfortable or resentful Rather than congratulate them, people find excuses why achievers are snobby, arrogant, etc. People don't like their shortcomings highlighted -Non-verbal communication techniques Jordan teaches to be better received if you're an athlete or high achiever...43:40 Hidden anxiety regarding sense of self Motivations change as you progress through life; Comparison can be efficacious to your self-development and also very unhealthy High achievers shirk others because they don't provide any motivation Soon you realize you have no close friends, it's affecting your emotional health. How to behave when you're "that guy" to allow others to be more comfortable around you. Make yourself more relatable Smile more; loosen the jaw -Recreating "authentic" body language, even if it feels inauthentic...57:30 What we think is "authentic" is often us manipulating our body language to give off a desired vibe. -Jordan's observations on an annoying body language quirk that I have...1:03:40 -And much more! Resources from this episode: -Jordan's website and podcast -Jordan's interview with Robert Greene -Jordan's interview with David Buss -MiCacao -FourSigmatic Lion's Mane -The Kegel Camp app -Ben's article on The Private Gym -Book: The Laws Of Human Nature -Dr. David Buss books -Mini Post-It Notes Episode Sponsors: -Kion Check out our steep discounts on product bundles (like the Daily Life Bundle). Check it out if you're looking for ways to use those holiday gift cards! -Organifi delivers quality nutrition to the world with delicious, easy-to-mix superfood drinks. Get 20% off your order when you use code "Greenfield" at check out. -Birdwell Beach Britches "Quality is our Gimmick" isn’t just our slogan, it’s a commitment we honor with every stitch we sew. Use discount code "ben" at check out and get 10% off your order + free shipping on orders over $99. Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Jordan or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!