A New Prescription: Microdosing

Jacqueline Lopez-Ortega, staff writer

Have you developed a habit that boosts your self-esteem? Perhaps while studying, you reward yourself with sweets after every chapter. If you do, then you are microdosing…..sort of.
Consuming small amounts of a substance, to boost your mental/physical state is a similar form of microdosing. Microdosing is defined as, “The act of integrating sub-perceptual doses of psychedelics into your weekly routine for higher levels of creativity, more energy, increased focused, and improved relational skills,” according to The Third Wave- a group intending to educate about psychedelics.
Studies show that the consumption of hallucinogens can improve the mental health of patients. According to James Fadiman, psychologist and writer who is known for his extensive psychedelic research, states “Microdosing, if you do it correctly, it will help you”. While they recommend that a certain group of people who do not meet the criteria should not microdose, supporters of microdosing claim that it can help several people and their mental state. Fadiman states that microdosing is beneficial, but to me this seems like a frightening idea- distributing hallucinogens with the intended purpose of consuming meticulously. How can he be so sure this concept won’t be misapplied?
Microdosing is intending to target people who have depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other severe mental illnesses. This concept is desired to help people with mental disorders, not to be mistaken with the recreational use of drugs. Several of the drugs that are used in microdosing are illegal, these include: LSD, Ecstasy, Methadone, Mushrooms, Metamfetamine, and etc. In layman’s terms, Microdosing is the act of consuming sub-perceptual amounts of psychedelics (drugs).
Keep in mind that psychedelics are illegal!
Even then, this concept is similar to common forms of medicine that is distributed. Prescribed medicine is recommended to take in attentive doses for a certain amount of time to aid your health. It is reported that fifteen of the twenty largest pharmaceutical companies have now used microdosing in drug development, and the use of the technique has been provisionally endorsed by both the European Medicines Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Microdosing is similar to the intake of other prescription drugs. So it makes sense how microdosing wold work
But why is microdosing so controversial? Because of its positive outlook on psychedelics! Microdosing creates a feedback that separates two groups. The Third Wave provides an online “chatroom” that allows people to provide their input- all for research purposes. There are people who feel that microdosing has helped them and it affects a users body positively. And there are people who feel that microdosing is not the right way to deal with mental health. The controversy remains as research still continues.
I believe therapy and other similar forms are alternatives that should be taken to consideration first. Drugs and other hallucinogens not only hurt the consumer but those around as well. And while I have not consumed any type of hallucinogenic drug, I hope there are other ways to deal with mental health without the use of psychedelics.
While this research started back in the 1950’s, Dr.Fadiman’s ongoing research is still the most popular modern study into the effects of microdosing, for the intended purpose to deal with specific therapeutic outcomes.