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See Below For Blog Entry on this episode as well as a complete topic breakdown.

Microdosing means taking a subperceptual dose of a substance.

Psilocybe Quebecensis, CC, courtesy of Mushroom Observer and WikiCommon

In the case of psychedelics, it means taking just enough that you almost feel the effects, but not really. Although the most common psychedelics being microdosed today are psilocybin mushrooms and LSD, there is a full range of different psychedelics whose microdosing potential are being explored.

Proponents of microdosing claim that despite there being no noticeable alteration of consciousness, there is a profound impact on the manner in which they relate to their lives. There have been claims that microdosing psychedelics benefits everything from attention and creativity to depression and PTSD, to menstrual cramps and skin conditions. There isn’t much hard science on microdosing as of yet, but what is emerging in scientific surveys of microdosers all seems to support that, at the very least, the impact people are claiming microdosing is having on their lives is a valid phenomenon, worthy of deeper considerations.

What microdosing may offer the individual is profound and important, but a deeper consideration comes into play as well. That we, as a culture and as a society in the modern world, are the amalgamation of individual values and relationships evolving over time. What impact on society can we expect from a massively growing body of people increasing their quality of life, their compassion, their creativity, and the general health of their relationships by using psychedelics? Perhaps a good one. Although, that invites a deeper question: is society ready to accept microdosing psychedelics? Furthermore, are we ready to accept psychedelics at all?

Stewie on LSD, from the cartoon Family Guy

The second question brings some trepidation as the established narrative of psychedelics in the western world is still strongly associated to 60s counterculture and the 30+ year political stigma campaign against psychedelic since prohibition was enacted. Recent progressions in science and in culture, however, suggest that the modern world is much more receptive than a generation back. Advances in psychedelic research suggest that psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) can successfully treat chronic depression; MDMA (the active ingredient in street ecstasy) can successfully treat Post-traumatic stress disorder; ibogaine (the active ingredient in the west African root bark Iboga) can successfully treat opiate addiction. Then consider that a multiple new york times best-selling author, Micheal Pollen, has just released his new book on psychedelics research and his own explorations and the fact that, according to inside scoop, most of Silicon Valley seems to be microdosing psychedelics to get the edge on innovation.

So here we are, at the cusp of some massive, positive change in society, led by the progressive incorporation of psychedelics into the mainstream. What will this all mean and how do we get the masses on board without them freaking out and repeated the draconian clampdown of government prohibition like we saw in the 60s? Well, according to today’s guest, the key to familiarizing society with psychedelics is the very method of used we started this article off with, microdosing.

Paul Austin is the founder of The Third Wave, an organization “providing reliable, well-researched information about psychedelics; incubating online and in-person psychedelic community; and working within mainstream culture through constructive conversations with thought-leaders across all major fields and disciplines.” [source]

Paul Austin is also a microdosing expert and microdosing coach. He joins us on the show to talk all things microdosing, as well as the role microdosing will play in the integration of psychedelics into the modern world through increasing psychedelic literacy.

Full Episode Breakdown Below.

EDIT | August 22, 2018 :

There is an important piece of info regarding iboga/ibogaine microdsoing that was recently represented by former guest of the show, Elizabeth Bast that warrants representation on this discussion.

Microdosing psychedelic medicine is a hot topic these days! Check out this awesome podcast interview with Paul Austin on Adventures Through The Mind / James W. Jesso. I would only add that whenever speaking on microdosing it is critical to advise doing research on contraindicated drugs. For example, in the case of Iboga & ibogaine: Seroquel, other antipsychotics, antidepressants, and many mood stabilizers can cause QT interval prolongation, leading to cardiac emergencies, and/or seratonin problems. Similarly with ayahuasca: SSRIs can cause seratonin syndrome.

Personally, I do not advise microdosing with Iboga & ibogaine until one has had extensive experience with these medicines while supervised by an experienced provider. Dosing can be unpredictable, especially with total alkaloid forms, & I’m aware of many cases where very small amounts caused people to fall, pass out, or have psychiatric emergencies (when left without qualified support). Many other psychedelic medicines are much safer for novice explorers seeking to microdose.

Safe journeys, beloveds! [source]



Episode Breakdown

  • What is microdosing? What is microdosing is good for?
  • Paul’s journey with microdosing and his current microdosing protocol
  • Microdosing for creative projects and flow states, and the treatment of depression and social anxiety
  • Current microdosing research
  • How to safely microdose psilocybin mushrooms and LSD
  • The subjective differences between microdosing mushrooms and microdosing LSD
  • Paul responds to the criticism of microdosing as a tool to make us better agents in the global industrial machine
  • “Psychedelic literacy”
  • The ‘microdosing vs. institutionalised psychedelic research’ controversy
  • The psychedelic subculture is going mainstream and all the problems that come with that
  • Giant psychedelic egos
  • Is microdosing LSD and psilocybin dangerous for your heart? Other dangers.
  • Paul’s experience microdosing 4-ACO-DMT and 1-P LSD; my experience with 2C-D

Relevant Links

The Third Wave

The Third Wave is an informational hub for psychedelics, with a particular focus on microdosing. They also have a Podcast. I was recently on their podcast. Check me out!


Here is Paul’s dedicated homepage where you can find info about his coaching services.

Buy A Third Wave Microdosing kit  (this kit is no longer available) article on the commercialization of psychedelic therapy
Microdosing 2C-D (Erowid)

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