HUFFPOST PERSONAL 12/04/2018 03:18 pm ET Christie MatherneGuest Writer It was a little over a year ago that I first heard about microdosing, which has become popular with Silicon Valley types in recent years. The basic premise of microdosing is, instead of taking the traditional “hit” of LSD, you take a fraction of a hit (anywhere from one-fifth to 1/16 of a full dose) once every three days or so, which allows you to reap the supposed creative and social benefits. I was in need of some creative problem-solving at the time, so I decided to do some more research. I had been having trouble feeling good about myself, my decisions and my life in general since I’d moved to the isolating Colorado mountains with my husband in the previous year. My creativity and motivation had tanked as well. My troubles seemed to multiply when winter rolled around, so I suspected the depression might be seasonal, but it failed to fully evaporate when the snow melted. I took … [Read more...] about I Microdosed LSD To Ease Depression And Gain Creative Clarity
A portrait of late Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman at the Swiss National Library. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP. Lysergic acid diethylamide was labelled a "problem child" by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image. The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD's psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz. He wanted the drug to be medically researched, convinced it could be a valuable psychiatric tool and lead to a deeper understanding of human consciousness. But through the 1960s, LSD became synonymous with counterculture and anti-authority protests. By the early 1970s, it had been widely criminalised in the West, prompting Hofmann to publish his 1979 memoir, "LSD: My Problem Child". The book, in which Hofmann sought to reassert LSD's potential medical benefits, is … [Read more...] about From ‘problem child’ to ‘prodigy’? LSD, made in Switzerland, turns 75
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Theater Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMatt Trueman Oct. 10, 2018 BIRMINGHAM, England — Half a century after Timothy Leary urged the world to “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” there’s a surge of interest in lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. The psychedelic drug was outlawed in Britain in the 1960s and the United States later followed suit, but a new wave of scientists, authors and artists are now intent on changing our perceptions. LSD’s colorful and contested history is the subject of Michael Pollan’s best-selling book “How to Change Your Mind,” which details his own transformative experience of taking LSD, while Ayelet Waldman diarized 30 days of microdosing — a practice that involves taking minuscule doses of the psychedelic at regular intervals — in her new book … [Read more...] about A Playwright’s LSD Trip Becomes a Psychedelic Journey
SCIENCE 09/03/2018 09:11 am ET Researchers are launching one of the first ever placebo-controlled trials of microdosing to answer this very question. By Dominique Mosbergen A powerful distortion and alteration of perception, mood and cognitive function: The effects of taking larger amounts of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms are fairly well documented and understood. But when it comes to the growing trend of microdosing or taking very small quantities of these drugs on a regular basis, the science is hazy. Anecdotally, people who microdose with psychedelics have claimed the drugs deliver a range of benefits such as heightened focus, productivity and creativity, as well as psychological and emotional well-being. The effects are apparently so positive that microdosing has been described as the “life hack du jour” in Silicon Valley, where the practice first gained widespread popularity. Yet, despite the burgeoning interest in the … [Read more...] about Microdosing LSD Is A Growing Silicon Valley Trend. But Does It Actually Work?
So-called "Magic Mushrooms" have played their part in America's long, strange trip toward an understanding of mind-altering drugs. Illegal though most of these drugs may be, Faith Salie tells us recent research suggests some of them could have legitimate uses (Originally broadcast March 18, 2018): "Celexa, Effexor, Zoloft, Trazodone …" Ayelet Waldman is no stranger to drugs. "I'm not going to get them all. Lexapro, Wellbutrin …" Diagnosed with a mood disorder, this author and mother of four had tried everything. "I was profoundly, profoundly depressed, suicidally depressed," she said. "I had never been like that in my life." That's when she turned to a drug that might blow your mind… "Kids, mommy's gonna tell you all about the first time she tried acid!" That's right: LSD. In secret, Waldman actually began taking a miniscule amount every three days. It's called microdosing, and it's a controversial yet growing trend among the Silicon Valley crowd. But for her, she … [Read more...] about Can LSD help solve mental health issues?