There’s a stampede of people experimenting with microdosing psilocybin (magic mushrooms) looking for ways to feel better. In fact, they are diving in and going for it – and not waiting for clinical studies or laws and public policy to be established. That’s why as I explain in this week’s video what we call “citizen science” is leading the way.

 

As a clinician, I’m aware that the research on psilocybin microdosing at this point is early and inconclusive – although there is strong compelling “anecdotal evidence” of micro-dosing’s healing effects.

Now anecdotal evidence is in the form of stories that people report about what has happened to them – yet with these personal reports there’s no conclusions yet supported by scientific data. The hard science around microdosing is way behind the blitz of experimentation going on by the public in the underground since this is all mostly illegal.

But big thanks to James Fadiman who’s become know as the “godfather of microdosing.” Dr. Fadiman, a psychologist who’s now in his 80’s, has a long and distinguished career in exploring psychedelics going back to the 60’s when he was doing work in tandem with the likes of the late Timothy Leary and the late Richard Alpert, who later became the spiritual teacher Ram Dass.

In the last number of years, Dr. Fadiman turned his attention to microdosing of psychedelics – that is a tiny dose of something… and for our purposes here, we’re focusing on psilocybin or “magic” mushrooms where connections have been made between taking small amounts of psilocybin to temper or eliminate the effects of a variety of emotional challenges including anxiety, depression, addictions.

As I say, the growing desire to self-medicate with microdoses of psilocybin is WAY out in front of the scientific research documenting “this definitely works …that doesn’t work.” But that doesn’t matter to countless people… because psilocybin has a strong safety profile and they’re more emboldened to try out this approach without the science behind it.

And Dr. Fadiman promotes what’s called “Citizen Science” where regular people research, experiment and record their results of different microdosing methods and doses. He’s collected hundreds of reports from participants reporting their experiences.

And the “Citizen Science” continues to proliferate in the vacuum of clinical studies.  Forums like the sub-Reddit “microdosing” and the shroomery forums receive thousands of anecdotal reports from ordinary people sharing their microdosing experiences. There are now at the time I’m recording this, nearly 190-thousand members of the microdosing sub-reddit where people are talking about their experiences. Now remember anecdotal reports have no scientific verification or methodology to back them up.

Yet the reporting trend in these forums is that micro-dosing provides relief from mood disorders and provides a greater overall sense of wellbeing – very much like the effect from meditation.

We also find this in my emotions work, where students are citizen scientists themselves… pairing our emotional and trauma recovery process with the micro-dosing, and it’s been a game changer for many. The micro-dosing is a tool that amplifies the integration work we do, to align the changes you’re making in your inner world to apply them to your outer world and your personal relationships.

And regardless of how positive the buzz is, micro-dosing is not going to be for everybody! Given the biochemical individuality of each and every one of us, it makes sense that while some will reap benefits, others will find it unproductive or even contraindicated (that is, not advisable).

I cautiously include this option in my work as I see microdosing psilocybin as a “next level” tool to help people who may be having challenges in breaking out of their incessant thoughts, ruminations, and dissociation.

We need to break out of these in order to clear the way to enter a meditative state. It’s firmly established that the road to training your mind and healing emotionally is learning the ability to go inward.

As a guide and a teacher, I’m embolden because psilocybin has a strong safety profile (that is, few adverse reactions) according to research on its role as a psychedelic. What we don’t know is the long-term impact of microdosing except for those experientially using it and claiming great benefit… Citizen Scientists, right?

Where are you with all this? Have you been microdosing or considering it? What’s your experience? Drop down to the comments section and let me know. I’m Becca Williams and I want you to lead your most magnificent life and I want to help you do that.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: Psilocybin is a largely illegal substance and we do not encourage or condone its use where it is against the law. However we accept that illegal drug use occurs and believe that offering responsible harm reduction information is imperative to keeping people safe. For that reason this information is designed to ensure the safety of those who decide to use plant medicine.