Quite possibly the very first to recognize the powerful potential of microdosing was Albert Hofmann. Alber Hofmann was the Swiss scientist behind the well known psychedelic drug, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
Before he died in 2008 at the ripe old age of 102, Hofmann spoke with the founder of MAPS, Dr. Rick Doblin, signaling that the most crucial aspect of research on psychedelics would involve a technique known as “microdosing.”
What is Microdosing?
Microdosing refers to a technique used by researchers when studying the behavior of drugs in humans. The administration of doses so low that they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects. But these “sub-therapeutic” doses are just high enough to allow scientists and researchers to gauge the subjects’ cellular responses.
Psychedelic vs. Psychotropic
Although microdosing was first applied to psychedelics, the end of the marijuana prohibition has heralded something. A new way for patients to look at marijuana. Microdosing has a definite role to play. When it comes to knowing the difference between marijuana and other drugs, it’s imperative to know the difference between psychedelic and psychotropic.
These two terms are closely linked. Also, marijuana has unfairly earned a reputation for causing people to “trip out.” If you’ve ever heard the term “reefer madness,” you know what we’re talking about. Maybe, you’ve even heard these words yourself and are curious about the differences. Read on to learn more.
Psychotropic and psychedelic as adjectives:
Psychotropic is typically used in pharmacology, the branch of medicine that looks at the uses and effects of drugs. It means “affecting the mind or mental processes.”
Psychedelic, on the other hand, refers to “containing, generating, or re-living drug-induced hallucinations, distortions of perception and altered awareness.
Psychotropic and psychedelic as nouns:
- Psychotropic, in pharmacology, is used to refer to any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior of those who use it. Many are legal, like the lithium often prescribed for bipolar disorder. Another term used to refer to psychotropics is “psychodynamic.”
- Alternately, psychedelic is used to refer to those psychoactive substances like LSD or psilocybin mushrooms which cause perceptual changes when consumed. These experiences are known for being erratic and uncontrollable at times and accompanied by visual hallucinations as well as an altered awareness of the body and mind.
Microdosing as a Therapeutic Technique
Since Hofmann’s death and the dawning of new, modern psychedelic culture, microdosing has become one of the methods most experimented with by people who are interested in the therapeutic effects of psychedelic and psychotropic drugs.
Increasingly, patients and researchers are studying not only with microdosing mushrooms and LSD to enhance their productivity and uplift their moods but also to treat a variety of mental health conditions.
With newer, healthier forms of consuming marijuana on the horizon, recreational marijuana users and patients alike are also exploring the idea of “less is more” when it comes to consuming their flowers or concentrates. Not only does microdosing allow you to experience the “mental opening” that many cannabis users associate with their first few puffs, but it also lets users enjoy the benefits of marijuana without the side effects.
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