The techies at Silicone Valley are amongst some of the most brilliant minds of our time, destined to propel us into an exciting and technologically advanced future.
So it’s interesting that these are the very people who are using psychadelics while they work. They aren’t using enough to trip out and lose their shit, but instead ‘microdosing’. This involves taking 10mg of acid or 0.2 – 0.5 grams of magic mushrooms if you’re a purist and prefer the au naturel route.
‘Microdosing’ is an emerging and slowly expanding trend. Coffee, exercise or Adderall are just not cutting it for some who see microdosing as a much better alternative. So what effects are being reported?
- More creative problem solving;
- Feeling inspired, playful or excited;
- Positive mood;
- Enhanced but steady energy levels;
- Better reflex time; and
- Increased concentration.
On the flip side, there have been some effects reported that have not been quite as pleasant. Microdosing can force you to deal with personal/emotional issues, or you may feel an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach or get more tired towards the end of the day.
It’s important to follow your normal routine of eating, sleeping and working whilst experimenting. It’s also recommended to microdose every four days in order to achieve the above noted benefits.
First synthesised by Dr Albert Hoffman in Switzerland in 1938, LSD has usually been something you take in a field with your friends if you want to laugh your ass off and see the world change, weave and breathe- bathed in a brilliance of colour. So the transition from recreational to vocational is an interesting arena that’s currently being explored.
James Oroc, the author of Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and Sonoran Desert Toad wrote about the connection between psychedelics and extreme sports and said that the mixture of the two when using micro-dosing; improves cognitive functioning, emotional balance, and physical stamina.
‘’Virtually all athletes who learn to use LSD at psycholytic dosages believe that the use of these compounds improves both their stamina and their abilities. According to the combined reports of 40 years of use by the extreme sports underground, LSD can increase your reflex time to lightning speed, improve your balance to the point of perfection, increase your concentration until you experience “tunnel vision”, and make you impervious to weakness or pain. LSD’s effects in this regard, amongst the extreme-sport community are in fact legendary, universal, and without dispute.’’
P.G. Stafford and B.H. Golightly write in LSD — The Problem-Solving Psychedelic about a guy who has done what most of us have at one time; procrastinating like a mofo for months and then freaking out when it’s crunch time and you have to sit for an exam. Cramming sessions usually just don’t work. Our brain doesn’t have the capacity to deal with them; that and our concentration wanes pretty quickly. Here a student explains what happened when he decided to microdose in preparation for a german exam.
‘’It was a week before registration and it depressed me tremendously that I had not spent the summer learning German, as I had planned. I had intended to give myself a crash course so I could take second-year German, which I needed for my study in physics. I had heard of a woman who had learned enough Spanish in a few days, via LSD, to speak it fluently when she had to go to Mexico on business.
I had taken LSD before, and while I couldn’t see how she did this, I decided it was worth a try. I hadn’t even gotten around to picking up a textbook, but I did have a close friend who knew German well and who said he was willing to “sit in” while I took the drug and try to teach me the language.
Fortunately, I knew something about conjugation and declension, so I wasn’t completely at sea. I wanted to get worked up and feel involved with the language, as it seemed that this must be at least part of the key to the problem, so I asked my friend to tell me about Schiller and Goethe, and why the verb came at the end. Almost immediately, after just a story or two, I knew I had been missing a lot in ignoring the Germans, and I really got excited. The thing that impressed me at first was the delicacy of the language (he was now giving me some simple words and phrases), and though I really messed it up, I was trying hard to imitate his pronunciation as I had never tried to mimic anything before.
For most people German may be “guttural,” but for me it was light and lacey. Before long, I was catching on even to the umlauts. Things were speeding up like mad, and there were floods of associations. My friend had only to give me a German word, and almost immediately I knew what it was through cognates. It turned out that it wasn’t even necessary for him to ask me what it sounded like.
Memory, of course, is a matter of association, and boy, was I ever linking up to things! I had no difficulty recalling words he had given me—in fact, I was eager to string them together. In a couple of hours after that I was reading even some simple German, and it all made sense.
The whole experience was an explosion of discoveries. Normally, when you’ve been working on something for a long time and finally discover a solution, you get excited, and you can see implications everywhere. Much more than if you heard someone else discovering the same-thing. Now this discovery thing, that’s what was happening with me—but all the time.
The threshold of understanding was extremely low, so that with every new phrase I felt I was making major discoveries. When I was reading, it was as though I had discovered the Rosetta Stone and the world was waiting for my translation. Really wild.’’
Fascinating. Especially when a lot of participants of this phenomenon have gone on to say it’s alleviated other stuff they never expected such as chronic fatigue, migraines, depression or anxiety.
But Silicone Valley are not the first to dabble with the drug and find its positive benefits. Steve Jobs has claimed that LSD changed his life. “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”
Although not everyone thinks LSD is a gateway drug to awesomeness.