Microdosing LSD: Exploring Sub-Perceptual Doses

The article Microdosing LSD: Exploring Sub-Perceptual Doses was originally published on Microdose.

In recent years, the practice of microdosing LSD (and other psychedelics) has garnered significant attention and curiosity. From Silicon Valley tech execs looking to enhance performance to common folk hoping to improve mental health, adding a microdose of psychedelics to your routine is growing in popularity.

But how to microdose LSD? How much do you take? What are the effects of microdosing LSD? 


Microdosing LSD: An introduction

Microdosing involves the taking of sub-perceptual doses of psychedelic substances like LSD to achieve subtle and non-hallucinogenic effects. A microdose is typically around one-tenth of a full dose (but can range from one-fifth to one-twentieth, depending on the substance and your personal preferences and goals). By taking such small amounts, users aim to experience benefits such as increased creativity, mental clarity, and improved mood, without the mind-altering effects associated with higher doses of LSD.


How to Microdose LSD

Microdosing takes place at substantially lower doses than full psychedelic experiences, so you’ll most likely barely notice any obvious or surface effects (no tripping or visuals). Yet it’s still important to understand the process and best practices for a safe and effective experience. 

  1. Measuring a microdose of LSD: Since a microdose is a fraction of a standard dose, it’s essential to measure it accurately, which can be tricky with LSD. Cutting blotting paper or “tabs” can work but is not the best option. Volumetric dosing is a popular method that involves dissolving a known amount of LSD in a liquid, such as distilled water or alcohol, to achieve a consistent concentration. Then use a dropper to deliver a drop or two (or more), depending on the dilution. 
  2. What’s a microdose of LSD?: A full dose of LSD is generally 100 micrograms. Therefore one-tenth will give you 10 micrograms — a solid microdose of LSD. But as mentioned above, there is a range and you can start smaller and work your way up. Most users keep their microdosing of LSD between 8 to 20 micrograms (with 20 definitely reaching the higher end of microdoses).
  3. Find the right schedule: Microdosing is typically done on a schedule to avoid developing a tolerance and to give you time to note the effects. A common approach is the “Fadiman protocol,” which suggests taking a microdose every three days (one day on, two days off). 
  4. Keep a journal: Recording your experiences, feelings, and observations while microdosing can provide valuable insights and help you fine-tune the process to maximize benefits.
  5. Listen to yourself: Pay attention to how your body and mind react to microdosing and make adjustments as needed. Remember that every individual’s experience with LSD may differ, and it’s essential to find what works best for you.



Effects of Microdosing LSD

While research on microdosing is still in its infancy, user experience and preliminary studies suggest several potential benefits. Some effects of microdosing LSD include:

  1. Enhanced creativity: Users often report an increase in creative thinking and problem-solving abilities while microdosing.
  2. Improved focus and mental clarity: Microdosing may help some individuals maintain a sharp mind and heightened attention span throughout the day.
  3. Better mood and emotional well-being: Many microdosers report a positive shift in their mood and a reduction in anxiety or depressive symptoms.
  4. Increased energy and motivation: Some users claim that microdosing provides them with a subtle boost of energy and motivation, allowing them to be more productive.
  5. Enhanced self-awareness: Some individuals find that microdosing LSD can lead to a heightened sense of introspection, facilitating personal growth and self-improvement.


You can check out this study on the effects of microdosing on a group of thousands of respondents (this study used psilocybin instead of LSD). 

In conclusion, this article aims to provide a general guideline for microdosing LSD, but please continue to educate and inform yourself about best practices and what might work best for you. This page from the Microdosing Institute provides more information.



Note: The information in this article is meant for educational purposes only. Microdose does not promote the use of any illegal substances.


Editor’s Note: Some passages of this text were produced using ChatGPT


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