What's the difference between a microdose and a museum dose?
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D
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OK let's get something straight.
"Microdosing" isn't something that you feel just a little. Microdosing is something that you don't feel at all (or see or hear), but that after a month, you begin to feel in a way that generally only comes in the days after a strong, beautiful trip.
So for example, if LSD is just noticeable at 25 to 40 µg, a microdose would be maybe 5-15 µg, where you wouldn't notice it at all, until a few weeks in, when you would notice positive effects.
One way to think of it is like this: let's say you have a spectacularly beautiful and rewarding psychedelic experience on a Saturday night. Let's say that all day Sunday, you're feeling wonderful and writing in your diary and that Monday you're still feeling great and maybe there's even a little bit of the drug still in you. But by Wednesday or Thursday, although you're still feeling incredibly wonderful, there is certainly zero amount of the substance in you anymore. That's the feeling that microdosing is meant to create.
So, according to Jim Fadiman, the only real expert on microdosing, if you take a subnoticeable amount of a psychedelic no more than twice a week (to account for tolerance), after a few weeks you should begin feeling as if you had had a wonderful psychedelic trip, but without the stress of actually going through that very intense experience.
(It's also worth noting here that spagyric or homeopathic preparations are definitely not microdosing. While subperceptual, a microdose still represents a significant amount - perhaps 10 percent - of an actual substance, not just its essence.)
If you notice anything at all when you take a small dose of a psychedelic, it's a "museum dose," not a "microdose."
Neal M. Goldsmith, PhD is a psychotherapist, and host of the annual Horizons Perspectives on Psychedelics conference in New York City. He's also the author of Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development.
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