Hallucinogens fall into several different classes, as broadly defined by pharmacological mechanism of action and chemical structure. Although these classes do not share a common primary mechanism of action (ie: the chemical triggers differ between substances), they do exhibit important similarities in their ability to bring about temporary, and yet very profound, alterations of consciousness, involving significant changes in how we percieve and consider the world around us. Such effects likely contribute to their recreational use. However, a growing body of evidence indicates that these drugs may have therapeutic applications beyond their potential for abuse.
Clinical studies are showing that using small amounts, known as “micro-dosing,” can have a big impact on helping individuals unwind some of their more troublesome psychological issues and ultimately contribute to a healthier lived experience and outlook on life.
Check out this new study, published just last week in the Journal of Psychadelic Studies, which explores the relationship between microdosing, personality, and emotional insight.