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With everyone and their mom catching on to the benefits of psychedelics, microdosing is taking off as a practice of choice. But how is it done? And why all the hype?
Originally catching on in the “tech bro” scene, the practice of microdosing has begun to spread out to broader reaches of society, including microdosing moms, aging adults, and people looking to take control of their mental health during the pandemic.
Hollywood has caught on, too, with Nicole Kidman’s character (secretly) microdosing her retreat guests in the hit show Nine Perfect Strangers, and Jon Stewart saying he would “love to” try it, and even asking for a microdosing sponsor for his podcast.
New brands have arisen, mainly in Canada and the west coast US, with sleek packaging, aiming to bring psychedelics into the modern person’s routine.
As with any psychoactive substance, a mindful approach is the best way to maximize benefit and minimize risk.
The concept of “set & setting” is popular within the psychedelic therapy ecosystem and is centered around the idea of curating one’s mindset and environment to optimize the psychedelic experience.
This concept can and should be applied to microdosing, as well – at least if one wants to maximize the chances of achieving their desired outcome.
This was the impetus behind launching Houston, a microdosing companion app.
Houston provides microdosers with a digital set & setting, allowing them to select a dosing schedule, set intentions, log moods and notes, connect with a community, and reflect on their journey with insights on their data.
Houston, a microdosing companion app, launched on the App Store in December 2021 – developed by people formerly working at Headspace and Field Trip Health. (Photo courtesy of Houston)
When getting started, it’s useful to understand the fundamentals mentioned above: (1) dosing amounts; (2) dosing protocols; (3) intention and goal-setting; and (4) tracking progress (moods, energy levels, thoughts, etc.).
It’s important to understand where you’re getting the substance from – ideally a trusted source. Testing kits for LSD are a good way to take safety into your own hands.
It’s also important to understand the legal status of the substances in your jurisdiction. While a psychedelic “gray market” has made trustable products more available at less risk, most of these substances are illegal in most countries – though many cities around North America have begun to decriminalize possession.
Cannabis is a very suitable and approachable legal option in most places.
One thing that’s certain is that this trend will continue to grow thanks to a wave of conscious consumers, and celebrities, that look to more natural, mindful ways of improving their health, unlocking their potential and exploring their inner worlds.
Watch this space.
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