Since childhood, we’ve been told that drugs are bad and should be avoided. However, tech professionals are participating in an activity that laughs in the face of those warnings—microdosing. That’s when individuals take low doses of drugs so it has a mild effect on the body without producing whole-body effects such as a full-on high.
The term was initially used by medical researchers but it’s been given new life thanks to a group of twenty-somethings in Silicon Valley, International Business Times reports. Some say it gives them a boost of energy and helps them work through complicated problems at a much faster rate. "[You] feel a little bit of energy lift, a little bit of insight, but not so much that you are tripping," Rick Doblin, founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, told Rolling Stone Magazine.
Other have claimed microdosing can relieve depression, migraines and chronic-fatigue syndrome, and encourage out-of-the-box thinking. "People do it and they're eating better, sleeping better, they're often returning to exercise or yoga or meditation. It's as if messages are passing through their body more easily," James Fadiman, author of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide, told Motherboard Vice.
If you’re new to the practice, he recommends taking a microdose every fourth day in the morning before sticking to a daily routine.