Canadian researchers are trying to find out more about the effectiveness of microscopy, the practice of taking small amounts of psychedelic drugs to help with the challenges of mood and mental health, such as depression.
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The online questionnaire was published at the r-microdosing sub-Reddit forum, as well as other social media sites. Participants were asked to report their behavior with a microscope and how they relate to "dysfunctional attitudes, wisdom, negative emotionality, openness and mood." Respondents were also asked to perform a task to find many unusual uses for common household items knife or brick to assess their creativity.
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He says he and his colleagues intend to do a laboratory study, which will be the first of its kind in Canada. They are currently working to get relief from Health Canada, because psychedelic substances such as LSD and psilocybin are considered as drugs in Annex III, under the Law on Drugs and Drugs Controlled. A private donor has already been drawn to fund the study, and the Goo Fund Foundation was also set up.
An online survey showed that the prevailing reluctance to microdisation was indirect, not physical. Respondents reported that they feel anxious about the use of illegal drugs.
"The fact that it is illegal makes people a little anxious," says Anderson. "Having to interact with a drug dealer, you do not have to know what you get … we would be more cautious to take Tylenol if each pill has a different amount of Tylenol in it."
Insights into microdosing may prove helpful in exploring alternative treatments for depression and other mental health problems. Although there are many drugs to treat these problems, they do not work for everyone.
"Depression, anxiety and substance abuse are prevalent in society," says Anderson. "Pathways to new potential pharmacologic agents that will help in these problems will be good. Microdosing seems to have great potential for mood, but we can not say that we do it because we did not test it, so we need to test it, it could ".
Anderson expects to see some kind of regulation of a microscope in the future, which could mean that one day it can be prescribed by a doctor.
"There is a conversation right now between people in this area about how we will go forward," he says.