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What is Microdosing Acid?
Microdosing acid is the act of taking very small amounts of the psychedelic drug LSD every day or every few days. Rather than take a full dose of LSD, microdosing allows the user to take a smaller amount of a drug. The purpose of microdosing acid is to improve mood, induce stimulation, and treat mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, or anxiety.
Unfortunately, taking frequent doses of any drug is not safe, and microdosing LSD can lead to addiction or dependency for many people. Most people who believe in acid microdosing believe that they are doing so for health reasons. These people may have read articles with false information and take positive claims made regarding the drug as fact.
What is LSD?
LSD is a synthetic compound manufactured in laboratories and sold in tablets or liquid form. Typically when in liquid form, it dissolves onto blotter paper.
It is then cut into squares and called a “tab.” Other names for LSD include acid, blotter, windowpane, dots, mellow yellow, boomers, and yellow sunshine.
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How Microdosing Acid Gained Popularity
Microdosing acid has gained popularity among drug users. Many online community forums have been places for information regarding microdosing, including the “benefits” of doing it. Microdosing also occurs with magic mushrooms, even though both of these drugs are illegal in the United States.
People began to share their thoughts, stating that they felt focused, creative, or productive while microdosing acid. Rather than one group of people claiming to enjoy microdosing on acid, there are people from all different groups. Tech industry employees, young children, CEOs, parents, and artists alike have claimed to enjoy microdosing acid.
Is Microdosing Acid Addictive?
LSD is a non-addictive drug. Despite this, you can become addicted to the “revelations” experienced while on the drug. With microdosing LSD, you can become dependent on the drug, which is essentially an addiction. Also, the long-term negative side effects of LSD are paranoia or psychosis.
Dangers of Microdosing Acid
Many people believe that hallucinogenic drugs are safe because they are not as physically addictive as other drugs. It is true, benzodiazepines, opioids, and street drugs such as meth or heroin are extremely addictive. Despite this, although hallucinogens do not produce severe physical withdrawal symptoms, they can be very mentally addictive.
Microdosing can create feelings of euphoria and general positive well-being. The neurotransmitters that are responsible for creating these feelings can put you at risk for a mental addiction. Regardless of the positive benefits of anything, dependence and mental addiction are always harmful. Addiction can take over different aspects of your life and become your main center of thought.
Studies Are Not Long-Term
Moreover, the other problem with microdosing is the fact that most side effects are unknown. There are currently no long-term studies on the effects of microdosing. Users themselves do most of the “studies” on microdosing LSD. These studies are very biased and should not be taken seriously.
LSD also stimulates the 5-HT2B receptor, which is a serotonin receptor. The prolonged stimulus of a serotonin receptor can lead to your body being unable to produce serotonin. You are at risk for full dependence, and it can cause depression when not using the drug.
Dangers of Purchasing Acid on The Street
Taking any illegal substance is dangerous. Especially since LSD is not legal, there is always the potential for the drugs to be laced by drug dealers. Drug dealers can lace acid with drugs like ketamine, meth, or fentanyl, which is highly addictive. These drugs can also cause a fatal overdose.
Effects and Abuse of Microdosing Acid
Although microdosing acid avoids a full “trip” of the drug, it is still possible to accidentally take a full dose. In this case, you would feel extremely scared since you are not anticipating it. LSD’s effects usually last around 8-10 hours, and common side effects can include:
- Excessive sweating
- Dry mouth
- Panic attacks
The risk of overdose is very rare when taking LSD, especially when microdosing. Microdosing is the one positive aspect of the drug, as fatal overdose is almost nonexistent. LSD is still not a “safe” drug, and microdosing can increase risky behaviors. These can go along with social, legal, or professional trouble.
LSD is also dangerous when mixed with other drugs. Never take LSD with antidepressants such as lithium. This interaction can lead to rare cases of hyperthermia, suicidal thoughts, psychosis, comatose states, or seizures when taken in combination with LSD.
Mental illness and Microdosing Acid
There is a large amount of research emerging regarding the possible benefits for mental illnesses and microdosing psychedelics. This research is limited, and not proven, but states that microdosing LSD can help to treat mental illnesses. These mental illnesses include depression, anxiety, PTSD, or addiction to other substances.
Once again, these are not proven but are typically one of the reasons why users turn to abuse and microdosing acid. The positive aspects of these studies are that they showed no side-effects as compared to conventional antidepressants. Effects, such as mood swings or suicidal tendencies, are not experienced with microdosing.
Not Proven Scientifically
The results of these studies are mainly positive, but there are not enough peer reviews or validated research. Lack of valid research makes it dangerous for those microdosing acid on their own without the supervision of medical professionals.
Remember, these claims regarding the benefits of microdosing acid do not come from doctors or any psychiatric professionals. Using microdosing acid as a mental health treatment is not necessarily a good idea. It can cause medical, social, and legal complications.
Treatment Types for Addiction to Microdosing Acid
Inpatient or Outpatient
If you or someone you love feels that they cannot control their addiction to microdosing LSD, then there are many different options. Whether you are more comfortable with an inpatient or outpatient program, both options can work for this type of addition
DBT or CBT
Dialectical behavioral therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, known as DBT and CBT, can have an incredible effect on helping you overcome your microdosing addiction. There are also options, such as lifestyle skills therapy, which is proven to help hallucinogenic dependency.
Groups can be extremely helpful when it comes to overcoming any addiction. Relapse prevention is a very common option, and these can include support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous. Any support group should pair with one-on-one therapy.
Getting Help for a Microdosing Acid Addiction
Microdosing exposes users to doses of a very potent drug, very often. You are activating one part of your brain repeatedly, and this will increase the risk of addiction or dependence on the drug.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to LSD or microdosing LSD, contact us at Resurgence Behavioral Health today. We offer a free insurance verification for treatment, which can help you to get into treatment as quickly as possible.
Do not delay, come to Resurgence Behavioral Health, and start on your path to recovery today.