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The Benefits And Dangers Of Microdosing Magic Mushrooms & LSD

As the world of medicine starts to accept alternative drugs such as cannabis as legitimate treatments for pain, anxiety and in some cases depression, there are still a number of illicit substances that researchers believe could aid with various conditions. 

For instance, some researchers believe that micro-dosing LCD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) or magic mushrooms could have therapeutic benefits. 

First, let’s break down exactly what these drugs are. LSD or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, is a synthetic chemical which is produced entirely in a lab. The chemical was first discovered as a growth that spread in rye, causing a hallucinogenic effect when consumed. 

Magic mushrooms contain a chemical called Psilocybin, which is what makes them psychotropics. 

Both of these substances are classified as hallucinogenic drugs and can both affect the body in different ways. Both psilocybin and LSD affect serotonin receptors which can alter a person’s emotions and thoughts but can also change someone’s perspective of the world – enhancing colours or messing with time. 

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While having a significant dose of magic mushrooms or LSD could send you on a 12-hour trip, micro-dosing could leave you with all of the helpful benefits without the lengthy trip. 

A number of studies have been run where groups of people have been micro-dosed with LSD or mushrooms while others are given a placebo. Some people found that the drugs helped to improve mood, concentration and creativity while subjects on the placebo tablets also reported elevated moods. So, the results were fairly inclusive. 

But most importantly, is consuming these drugs dangerous? Cosmos Magazine journalist Jacinta Bowler acts as our spirit guide through the weird, wonderful and unpredictable world of hallucinogenic drugs, revealing the science and benefits behind micro-dosing and whether these drugs can cause any long-term side effects.

Tune into the full chat below… 

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