Psychedelics are increasingly becoming popular globally, and young professionals in Silicon Valley are turning to small doses of psychedelic drugs to boost performance and creativity at work.
LSD microdosing popular in Silicon Valley as a work performance booster
The practice called “microdosing” involves taking small doses of drugs like LSD, mescaline, found in Peyote cactus and psilocybin after every few days. LSD is currently the most popular psychedelic drug in the globe since its counterculture heydays in the 1960s. Interestingly, LSD has a long history in Silicon Valley, with the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs experimented with it to enhance creativity.
It is important to note that LSD can alter mood, perception, and several cognitive processes when taken at high doses. Currently, LSD is the most commonly microdosed psychedelic drug. Usually, a microdose will consist around a tent of the recreational dose of 10-20 micrograms that is not strong enough to result in hallucinations. Instead, the microdose will enhance creativity, alertness, and energy.
Interestingly, LSD microdosing also enhances wellbeing. It can alleviate anxiety and stress while improving sleep and resulting in healthier habits. Despite media covering LSD microdosing widely, there is still a lack of scientific data on microdosing, making prevalence almost impossible to predict. According to reports, the practice that started offer in Silicon Valley as a secretive practice could be expanding quickly to other workplaces.
LSD microdoses mimic serotonin effects
There is still little know-how regarding the mechanism of work of the psychedelic on the brain to produce the reported effects on creativity. LSD, like most hallucinogens, produces strong mind-altering effects that mimic the effects of the serotonin hormone, which is responsible for mood. Most importantly, LSD triggers 5-HT2A receptors to enhance glutamate activity in the pre-frontal cortex region of the brain. Glutamate enables the transmission of signals between nerve cells, and it is vital in memory and learning.
LSD microdosing can result in enhanced mood and creativity due to its serotonin-mimicking effects. But high doses result in psychedelic and positive euphoria feelings.