Microdosing has become increasingly popular in recent years, as a way to address health issues as well as to support personal development. So there are benefits to microdosing. But on the other hand, microdosing has not been done for so long and therefore many people wonder, what are the risks of microdosing in the long run. In this blog, we are going to try to answer this question.
The benefits of microdosing
Before we get into the potential risks that microdosing might pose in the long run, it is helpful to clarify why people use this method in the first place. When you microdose, you take a very low dose of a psychedelic drug (think truffles, magic mushrooms or mescaline). Because this is a very small dose, you won’t experience hallucinations and the like. But you may find that the drug can have a positive effect on your physical and mental state.
Microdosers have reported noticing that their concentration improves and that they feel more creative. It has a positive effect on their mood and their whole attitude to life becomes more positive. Microdosing can provide support for anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD and other mental symptoms. It can also help with lack of energy, headaches, sleep problems and PMS.
Microdosing is a natural way to address your symptoms. But there remains a barrier for some people to take a mind-altering drug. There may be risks associated with microdosing, especially in the long term. For example, a common question is whether it is addictive.
Is microdosing addictive?
Microdosing is what you do with a mind-altering drug. When you consider doing this, you may encounter resistance. It is good to know then that mind-altering drugs such as magic mushrooms and truffles do not cause physical addiction. But since microdosing, as you could read above, can have a positive impact on your health, it is not so simple to say that it cannot cause mental dependence.
In some people it helps them get over fears, it helps them develop a sense of self-confidence. Whether microdosing helps alleviate symptoms of PTSD. So how and why would you want to stop using? Still, it is wise to realize that you are taking a psychedelic drug, which affects your mind and body. Applying a schedule, a routine, can help you avoid developing dependence (physical or mental).
Are there long-term risks associated with microdosing?
It is possible that microdosing may also have drawbacks. Although side effects are infrequent and generally mild, it is good to be aware of them. Microdosers who suffer from anxiety report that their anxiety increases on the days they microdose.
Often this is caused by the dose being just a little too high. But stress can also play a role. Mind-altering drugs can intensify anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety, then it is wise to take this into account and start with a very low dose and on a quiet day without stress.
It is also possible that microdosing may have a long-term negative effect on digestion and sleep patterns. In people who are sensitive to it, it can cause mood swings. Should this bother you, it is advisable to reduce the dosage. You can also take advantage of a temporary break from microdosing. You may have no more symptoms if you move on after that.
Impact on physical health
Looking at the possible long-term risks of microdosing, there is also the question of what effects it may have on physical health. It is difficult to give a definitive answer to this. It is possible that microdosing may increase the risk of heart disease. But the only evidence for this comes from studies on the effects of MDMA (XTC).
Taking high doses of MDMA several times a week increases the risk of heart valve disease. There is no evidence that lower doses also cause this, but there is of course the possibility of this. But there is also no evidence that psilocybin and other natural psychedelics also carry this risk. It is just that psilocybin and MDMA affect the same serotonin receptor (5-HT2B) on the heart. Although the doses you take when microdosing are also very low, it is still wise to keep this information in mind.
If you are concerned about this, then for safety’s sake, after three months of microdosing, you can take a longer break during which you temporarily do not take microdoses. If you already suffer from heart problems, it is wise to seek advice from your doctor on whether microdosing is right for you.
Supporting your health with microdosing
After discussing the possible long-term risks of microdosing, you may still be wondering what to make of this. The risk of health problems is only very small. Microdosing with magic mushrooms or truffles is not addictive, but it is wise to use the drug consciously. You can avoid many problems by using the Fadiman routine. It is specially designed to prevent dependency.
But as with other drugs and supplements, be careful. Don’t use too much, use a routine and keep track of your own symptoms and progress. In this way, microdosing can be a valuable ally in your journey through life.