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Does microdosing LSD make you smarter? | WIRED Explains


Microdosing psychedelics refers to the practice of taking tiny amounts of drugs such as LSD or magic mushrooms. Some people claim that microdosing brings them benefits such as improved mood, focus or creativity. But there’s very little scientific evidence to show which effects microdosing actually has – or if it has any at all.

Now, several groups of researchers are running placebo-controlled studies to explore what microdosing does. They ask participants to take either microdoses or placebos, without telling them which they are getting, then have them complete tasks testing things like cognitive function and psychological wellbeing. Having a placebo control is particularly important, as otherwise the reported effects of microdosing could be down to a placebo response rather than a physiological effect of the drug.

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