Understanding Microdosing In 2019: Can It Be Dangerous?

Microdosing is a technique that started out in labs for testing, but it has become more popular in recent years. Essentially,microdosing is taking psychedelic drugs in very low doses to experience benefits mentally, emotionally, or physically.

The general idea is to take a low dose of the drug every few days. The amount of the drug taken is too low to experience the normal high or “trip.” The amount would, however, be enough to where the effects can be studied at a cellular level.  

More than just a lab technique, microdosing is a growing fad among those in the artistic scene. It is popular to microdose if you’re an artist, writer, or anyone who is a self-starter.

Microdosing in the sense of recreational drug use involves mainly psychedelic drugs. You take a little bit of a psychedelic. Not enough to make you think the walls are breathing or the trees are talking to you, but enough to feel a slight difference. It provides a subtle change to how you perceive the world instead of the huge facelift that normally occurs.

Some drugs that are popular to take in microdoses include LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), psilocybin mushrooms, acid, DMT (N, N-Dimethyltryptamine), and MDMA (3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine).

These microdoses are oftentimes done with the intent to help assist you in your creative endeavors. It’s not so much that it will affect your day, but it is meant to help improve focus, creativity, productivity, and more.



Why Would People Microdose?

The effects of drugs like LSD on problems like anxiety and depression have been shown in multiple studies over the years. It has been suggested that they’ve been able to treat eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The biggest qualm about research is that it’s mostly done on rats rather than humans.

More research has been done in recent years, which has also shown thatpsychedelics can broaden the way our minds think. That means they get the neurons firing off so that we can expand creatively and have improved problem-solving skills.

Of course, most people aren’t exactly into the idea of “tripping” on some of the more popular psychoactive drugs. As many people as there are who describe LSD as some type of spiritual experience, there are just as many anecdotes about bad trips and very uncomfortable experiences.


One bad trip can be enough to turn you off to psychedelics forever. That’s because it can really mess with your head and cause you to see and believe all sorts of horrible things. Most people don’t want to risk feeling that sort of discomfort or terror.

Microdosing is an alternative to just taking these drugs in the normal dosage, and it is much less likely to cause negative responses. That’s why many people might prefer to try certain drugs this way and decrease their risk of having a bad trip.

Choosing to microdose on a psychedelic drug, as opposed to taking a larger dose, is just a much more practical idea. Psychedelic trips can continue for hours and involve much preparation. Smaller doses tend to be more manageable.

Is Microdosing MDMA Dangerous?

Sometimes people try microdosing other drugs, generally for similar reasons. One of those drugs would be MDMA, also known as Molly or ecstasy. This drug is one that’s popular to take at raves or clubs, and people report that it enhances their experience.

Is microdosing MDMA dangerous? Health experts say it is dangerous because it is a methamphetamine, or astimulant. MDMA is toxic to the body and can seriously damage the heart. In large doses, of course, MDMA can be dangerous or deadly. But even in small doses, as in microdosing, MDMA can have harm the heart.

Microdosing on MDMA is generally not even recommended by the crowds that enjoy the fad. That’s because many are aware of the risks and dangers associated with it.  Those that are interested in microdosing are much more apt to use LSD over MDMA, as they feel it’s less dangerous.

What Are the Dangers of Microdosing?

The important concerns that have to do with microdosing are that the medical professionals don’t really yet understand the long-term physiological or psychological effects of it. There’s not enough clear evidence or research completed yet. While microdosing might be helping someone deal with anxiety or depression now, they could find out five years from now that it has damaged their body in some way.

Taking large doses of MDMA often can cause plenty of high-risk problems, including causing valvular heart disease. MDMA is a bit of a different type of drug, but it is often classed with drugs like LSD because of its similar effects.

Microdosing every day or every few days is something that you should not partake in. This is because, as with any drug, psychedelics can still cause a tolerance over time. Tolerance is when your body grows used to the effects of the drug and needs more over time for the effects to be experienced as strongly.

This is how drug use eventually leads to addiction; it happens because the body needs more of the substance to feel its effects. Over time, the body feels that it needs the drug to function. Psychedelics don’t usually cause a physical addiction the way other drugs do, but they can still cause a mental addiction.

Since microdosing is meant to improve your awareness and creativity, it can be easy to become addicted to that sensation and want to continue to feel it. Microdosing most likely shouldn’t be done repeatedly over a long period. The long-term effects that are known yet, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.  

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Are You Microdosing?

Though microdosing is illegal in many parts of the world, there are still people who are usingpsychedelic drugs at the microdose level to see if they can experience benefits. If you’re microdosing and you’ve found that you want to stop, but can’t, you may need to reach out for help from anaddiction specialist. Without knowing the long-term negative effects that can occur, it’s best to stop microdosing and try alternative, healthier options for what you’re seeking.

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