By Tom Fish , Daily Star UK
EATING tiny amounts of psychedelics like LSD can improve performance in the office and on the track, experts have shockingly claimed.
With their power to melt minds, psychedelics have a fearsome reputation.
From heightening creativity and focus at work to improving PB’s and enhancing endurance, psychedelics’ positive potential is gaining acceptance.
Hallucinogenic drugs have suffered from a stigma ever since 1960s LSD advocate Timothy Leary popularised it as a recreational substance, with the resulting dangerous doses and ‘bad trips’ making headlines.
But recent studies are showing psychedelics’ enormous potential in treating a wide range of mental health disorders, such as depression, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
And as the drugs’ benefits are better understood, an alternative method of ingestion is being explored – microdosing.
This consists of consuming only about a tenth of a recreational dose (usually 10-20 micrograms), which is usually insufficient to cause visual hallucinations.
Conversely, it reportedly heightens alertness, energy and creativity.
David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College and Chair of DrugsScience.org.uk, has 40 years experience of working in the in the sector.
“People began experimenting with microdosing in Silicon Valley around 20 years ago,” he exclusively tells Daily Star Online.
“We are not sure if microdosing does present any danger to mental health, but then we don’t know if regular use is safe.
“It certainly warrants a lot more research, but the illegal controlled status of psychedelics unfortunately means that to do so is very difficult and expensive.
“My own view if that all drugs should be decriminalised for personal use.
“The little research that has been done shows psychedelics and microdosing in particular present less harm both to users and others than almost any other drug, especially alcohol”, he said.
Daily Star Online also speaks exclusively with successful copywriter Rob, 36, a microdoser who believes psychedelics, if used responsibly, have the potential to enhance creativity.
“My job is writing, and I spend a lot of time procrastinating and thinking of angles for what I’m going to write.
“It can take a long time to come up with a creative theme for an article, or a nice metaphor or turn of phrase.
“With microdosing, I feel like I want to get down to the challenge of writing right away,” he said.
“Concentration is improved, the work ethic feels strong, you’re engaged with what you’re doing, and you feel like you’re actually using your brain rather than just going through the motions of your job.”
“When I get the dose right, the effects are very subtle, yet very noticeable”
Rob is forced to buy his supply from the dark web. “It’s not ideal, because you don’t know if your money is going to people who are also involved with incredibly evil stuff.
“That is a direct consequence of drugs policy, I’m afraid – if you treat all drugs as equally harmful, equally abused, and with equal possibilities of addiction, then supply ends up in the hands of criminals; you then end up with sensible, informed people having to skulk around the nasty, subterranean parts of the internet.”
However the copywriter wouldn’t necessarily recommend microdosing to others. “The human brain should be a powerful enough tool for its owner.
“Taking performance enhancing drugs isn’t really what the human condition is about, is it?
“It’s to make the best out of what you’ve got, to accept your limitations and, where possible, to overcome them using your own willpower and mental resources.”
“LSD can increase your reflex time to lightning speed, improve your balance to the point of perfection, increase your concentration, and make you impervious to weakness or pain,” extreme athlete James Oroc wrote in the bulletin for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.