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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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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

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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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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.

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