A rigorous analysis of the effects of LSD on people’s moods and productivity, claims that a tiny daily dose of LSD actually fights depression, improves focus and reduces stress.
The research shows that in spite — or perhaps because — of all the hype, there’s a lot that we don’t know or incorrectly assume about microdosing, and scientists will need to continue studying the practice to cut through all of the bad information out there.
Long advocated by people who claim that a tiny daily dose of LSD helps them with their high-pressure jobs, microdosing has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms and stress while boosting focus and levels of neuroticism.
“Over the last few years there has been intense media interest in microdosing,” Vince Polito, a researcher at Macquarie University who worked on the study, told PsyPost.
“There are thousands of news stories and personal accounts online that describe a wide range of benefits associated with microdosing but there is very little scientific evidence on the topic. We wanted to see whether these claims were justified or whether the effects of microdosing could be explained by expectations or placebo.”
People tend to assume that microdosing would have profound, wide-reaching, spiritual effects on people’s lives. In contrast to those expectations, people’s responses to the psychedelics were fairly subtle. They focused a bit better, and felt less stressed. But they didn’t go on any mind-bending trips in the meantime.