Microdosing LSD: In the legal aspect of the legalization of drugs, microdosing LSD and other such hallucinogenic drugs has become more common in some countries. But the question is whether it improves the mental health condition of an individual.
In the past, there have been many TV shows like “Nine Perfect Strangers” promoting globally to take tiny amounts of psychedelics to improve health conditions among people.
As per a new study conducted in this regard to analyze the effects of taking tiny amounts of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD, it was shown that it doesn’t cause any sort of any dramatic improvement to a patient’s mental health.
Harriet de Wit, who was the lead researcher to conduct the above findings stated that they were highly disappointed after the results were shared. He said that they didn’t observe any sort of dramatic improvements in overall mental health condition including mood or cognition.
Harriet de Wit is the professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago
There were 56 participants who were chosen to conduct the above test to know the effects of microdosing LSD. In the original study conducted under the supervision of Harriet de Wit, the team gave participants of extremely low doses of LSD that were in the amounts of 13 or 26 micro grams.
Microdising LSD is Safe: Study
The study later pointed out that microdosing LSD is quite safe as they didn’t notice any type of negative effects to blood pressure, heart rate along with other vital signs.
It also showed that participants started building a slight tolerance level to LSD. They also revealed that participants started showing a diminished drug effect during each subsequent session.
de Wit said that LSD basically works on the serotonin system which happens to be the same neurotransmitter where a number of known antidepressants (SSRIs) tend to work. He said there is some sort of neurobiological reason while giving validity to it.