5 Mental Health Benefits of Microdosing Psilocybin
Microdosing psilocybin, also known as ‘magic mushrooms’ has been found to have positive effects on mental health. Before we go into the benefits of microdosing psilocybin, let’s first define what microdosing is.
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing is a recent phenomenon which involves taking a very small dose of a hallucinogenic substance, in a regular schedule. The idea of microdosing is to take such small amounts that you can still go about your daily life, yet notice very small effects throughout your day to improve productivity, creativity and focus.
Microdosing psilocybin is said to have mental health benefits, from reducing anxiety and depression to improving creativity and focus. Let’s look more closely at the benefits of microdosing mushrooms…
5 Benefits of Microdosing
#1 Improves Creativity
A study was conducted comparing creativity in microdosers and non-microdosers, and the study concluded that those who microdose found an increased level of creativity.
#2 Helps Reduce Anxiety & Depression
Microdosing psilocybin is said to have an effect on the blood flow in your brain, which can have a positive effect on mood, emotion and stress. People who microdose report reduced anxious and depressed feelings. Unlike medication like antidepressants which reduce emotion, microdosing psilocybin can help sufferers come to terms with the causes of their anxiety or depression. Microdosing is said to provide a cathartic emotional release.
#3 Increased Relaxation
According to studies, microdosing mushrooms can prompt a relaxing feeding that replicates that of the effects of small doses of marijuana. Mushrooms alter the serotonin levels in the user’s brain. In particular, they affect the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which controls thought analysis and abstract thinking. This prefrontal cortex plays a key role in mood and perception, so the use of mushrooms in small doses improves this mood and perception.
#4 More focused
Increased focus is also another benefit of microdosing psilocybin. It’s said to streamline your thoughts and allow the user to focus on specific tasks. Microdosing has been dubbed the ‘productivity hack’ in the past due to it’s enhanced focus benefits.
#5 Helps Manage Migraines
Migraine sufferers have reported that microdosing mushrooms helps ease the pain of migraines and makes them more manageable.
While studies and research into microdosing is relatively new and still in progress, it’s evident that there are several mental health benefits to microdosing psilocybin. Having the ability to control dosage and ensure you are really microdosing is important to gain these benefits, and to ensure you don’t experience adverse effects of mushrooms.
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