UBC Study Shows Psychedelic Drug Microdoses Show Promise Against Mental Illnesses

December 6, 2021 15:50:14

Psychedelic substances have been used for centuries among the pre-Columbian Aztec and Mayan societies as well as indigenous peoples of the Americas, which include the Huichol and the Mazatec. The use of smaller doses of psychedelics in societies such as the Mazatec people to support the healing of various physical conditions is common despite scanty documentation on it.

Microdosing refers to the practice of consuming small doses of a psychedelic substance to benefit from it while minimizing the drug’s undesirable side effects. For years, researchers have conducted studies on psychedelic microdosing in order to learn its benefits, with a recent global study led by the Okanagan campus at the University of British Columbia finding that small doses of psychedelic substances may be useful in the treatment of mental health conditions.

For their study, the researchers recruited more than 8,000 participants through a mobile application, 4,050 of whom had microdosed on psychedelics.

The study’s findings show that grownups who consumed daily microdoses of psilocybin or LSD displayed fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, in comparison with adults who didn’t. The researchers also found that the individuals who microdosed also reported greater feelings of well-being.

In a news release, Joseph Rootman, a doctoral student at UBC Okanagan and the lead author of the study, stated that there was a clear link between less symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and microdosing of psychedelic substances, which is crucial given the epidemic of mental health issues and the considerable suffering they cause.

Psilocybin mushrooms were the most commonly used substances, with researchers noting that participants reported different practices, frequencies and dosages. These practices included stacking, which is combining the use of magic mushrooms with nonpsychedelic substances such as lion’s mane mushrooms, niacin and chocolate.

This research is the first to comprehensively study stacking, according to scientists at the University of British Columbia. A psychology professor at the institution, Dr. Zach Walsh, stated that current treatments weren’t effective for every individual, and given the prevalence of mental health conditions, it was important for researchers to follow the lead of patients who were taking the initiative to reduce their suffering and improve their well-being.

In the study, the researchers reported that wellness and health were the leading motivations for participants who engaged in microdosing, noting that this was even more prominent in women with mental health conditions.

The study’s authors note that the research highlights the need for more studies on the consequences of microdosing and mental health, including studies with detailed longitudinal designs.

Plenty of research is currently ongoing to get a better understanding of psychedelics and their effects, and entities such as Mydecine Innovations Group Inc. (NEO: MYCO) (OTC: MYCOF) are focused on developing mental health treatments from these substances.

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