The use of mind-altering drugs, especially microdosing, has become increasingly well known in recent years. People use it to improve their mood, boost their creativity and improve concentration. They are more comfortable in their own skin and enjoy life more. By combining microdosing with the following three techniques, you can optimize your microdosing experience.
What is microdosing and what is it good for?
Mind-altering drugs make you hallucinate, which is what most people know about this. However, there is another important side to psychedelics that is not as well known, and that is that these drugs can also have a positive effect on mental and physical health. Such drugs (for example, LSD and psilocybin) are already occasionally used to treat conditions such as depression and PTSD.
In everyday life, however, it is quite difficult to use psychedelics precisely because of their mind-altering effects. Then it is convenient that you can do microdosing. Here you take only a very small amount of with drug (for example, psilocybin in magic truffles). Because the dose is so low, you won’t experience hallucinations, but you can still notice the positive effects.
Microdosing can therefore be used to support your health, both physical and mental. Everyone experiences the effects of microdosing differently and it also depends on your symptoms, in what area and to what extent you will notice improvement. This could be in the area of your mood, creativity, anxiety or concentration. You can further enhance the effects of microdosing, by also employing one (or more) of the following three techniques: yoga, breathwork and meditation.
Three techniques to combine with microdosing Yoga
Are you already doing yoga? If not, it is high time to start doing so. Yoga can increase the neuroplasticity of your brain, meaning more new connections are created between nerve cells. This allows your brain to better store new information and also retrieve it. Research shows that people who practice yoga and microdose suffered less from depression and anxiety than those who practiced yoga alone or microdosed alone.
Yoga is further excellent for helping you relax. The exercises improve your ability to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, making it easier to relax. Doing yoga regularly will help you cope better with stress and anxiety.
Which type of yoga is best?
There are all kinds of different types of yoga to choose from. It is important to choose a form that suits you. If you like an athletic challenge, you can go for Ashtanga or Hatha yoga. If you are looking for more relaxation and peace, then a more tranquil form, such as Yin Yoga or Yoga Nidra will suit you better. Whatever you choose, yoga can help you get closer to yourself, as can microdosing. That’s why yoga is one of the three techniques you can combine well with microdosing.
The breath also affects the nervous system. Taking slow, deep breaths makes it easier for your body to relax. A special form of breathwork is holotropic breathwork. This involves rapid, deep breathing, which is similar to hyperventilation. This way of breathing can have an almost mind-blowing effect, amplifying your emotions and allowing you to take a deep dive into your own consciousness. By combining microdosing and breathwork, your breathwork can give even more powerful results.
Choosing a form of breathwork
There are different forms of breath work. Again, you can start from what you need, what you are looking for. A well-known technique is Wim Hof’s breath work, in which you breathe deeply and rhythmically. This can potentially help improve your physical fitness by allowing you to take in more oxygen.
Breathing exercises called Pranayama are also done in the yoga tradition. These exercises also combine well with microdosing. Calming exercises are Nadi Sodhana (alternate nasal breathing) or deep abdominal breathing, where you make sure your exhalation is always longer than the inhalation (for example, inhalation 4 seconds, exhalation 6 seconds). These exercises can help reduce anxiety and stress. As you can see, these techniques can be well combined with microdosing to give you a better chance of achieving your personal goals.
Meditation has also become increasingly popular in the West in recent years. It is not looked at strangely if you say you meditate regularly. And that makes sense, too. Meditation can help well with stress and anxiety and helps your body return to a state of calm. Meditation is also a good way to get to know yourself, to find out where your blocks or fixed patterns are. In silence, it is easier to hear the different voices within yourself and feel your emotions, making you more aware of how they affect you.
Because in meditation you practice how to distance yourself from those voices, you can learn to cope better with stress and anxiety. This goes well with microdosing. Many users report experiencing increased self-confidence and inner peace. So you can optimize your microdosing experience by using these techniques.
How can I meditate?
There are many meditation techniques you can use. You can get to work focusing on something other than your thoughts, that is, on your body (Yoga Nidra), breathing or a mantra. You can also do a visualization, such as imagining yourself on a quiet beach, listening to the soothing murmur of the sea. So visualizing can be very calming and you give your restless mind something to do.
All three techniques mentioned above are suitable to support your microdosing journey. They can boost the effects of microdosing. Which one you choose is, of course, entirely your choice. Above all, go for something that appeals to you and suits you, then you have the greatest chance of success.