The idea of microdosing psychedelic drugs has been around for a long time. But thanks to its trendiness among high-performance tech startup types and creative professionals, researchers are taking a new look at microdosing’s possible therapeutic potential. As with other illicit substances, there’s more anecdotal evidence about the effectiveness of microdosing than hard data. But a new study is lending some weight to the proliferating stories of its many benefits. Publishing their findings in Chemical Neuroscience, researchers from UC Davis say that microdosing DMT produces positive effects on mood and anxiety.
New Research Points to Therapeutic Uses of Psychedelic Drugs in Small Doses
N,N-dimethyltryptamine, better known as DMT, can produce some of the most intense psychedelic experiences in existence. DMT naturally occurs in both plants and animals, but humans have traditionally extracted it from the shrub Psychotria viridis by brewing a tea the Quechua people call ayahuasca. DMT is also commonly available in crystalized form, which people smoke. Both methods, brewing tea, and smoking, produce powerful hallucinogenic states. But a trip from drinking ayahuasca will last for a long time. Smoking DMT will produce a short, but extremely intense trip.
Neither of those methods, however, can produce the long-term therapeutic results