Microdosing sounds a little trippy. The idea is to take non-psychoactive doses of psilocybin mushrooms or even LSD in order to boost creativity and focus. Though the effectiveness and long-term effects are yet untested there is science behind it. Taken in trace amounts psychedelics can dampen activity in the part of the brain known as the Default Mode Network (DMN). The DMN is responsible for daydreaming, self-reflection, thoughts about the past and future, good stuff, except when the maybes and what-ifs pile up.
We’d all like to dampen the DMN from time-to-time but mushrooms and LSD aren’t exactly supermarket items and in most states neither are cannabis products. Fortunately, there is a safe, effective and widely available microdosing alternative: kava.
Kava reduces anxiety and stress while allowing the user to maintain an unaltered state-of-mind. What makes kava perfect for microdosing is the fact that it increases both calmness and clarity. Many anti-anxiety remedies dampen emotions and focus. Not kava. Kava helps you tune-in to the best version of you.
A how-to guide for Microdosing Kava:
Choose a well-sourced kava tincture Use a product that allows for precise dosage levels, such as a tincture like 1Hour Break, would be the ideal choice for microdosing kava. It’s easily measured and incorporates additional relaxants like lemon balm and passion flower to compliment the effects of kava.
Start with a very low dosage Begin your microdosing regimen with 2-3 sprays of 1Hour Break. See how you feel. It’s always easier to add a bit more than it is to wait for the kava to leave your system. Repeat every 3-4 hours while you're awake.
Develop a consistent schedule Try to microdose kava at the same time every day. This will allow you to develop a routine and benefit from a consistent and more permanent reduction in your overall anxiety. It will also allow you to measure how you are feeling to increase or decrease your dosage as needed, and to monitor progress.
Supplement with healthy lifestyle changes Combine microdosing kava with gradual healthy lifestyle changes. Consider cutting out caffeine, alcohol or other drugs you have become dependent on in an attempt to control your anxiety. Develop a consistent schedule, get enough sleep, and exercise. All of these habits work together with kava to improve your overall health and state of being.
Microdosing psychedelics sits on the far-edge of alternative medicine but it’s focus on suppressing our often hyper-active Default Mode Network is commendable and necessary. Kava is a safe alternative that helps you stay out of your head and in the moment. It’s also a much more flexible option. If you take more mushrooms life is going to take a quick detour, if you take more kava you’re just going chill out and tune-in. Give it try!