Silicone Valley is well known as the center of innovation and technology, home to some of the most brilliant, entrepreneurial minds in the world. This Californian tech hub is best known for the creation of Facebook, Twitter, and Apple. Recently, they’ve become well known for something other than technology though: micro-dosing psychedelics. Even big house names like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk have been known to indulge in this mind-altering medicine.
What Is Microdosing?
Microdosing is when you take a very small dose of any psychedelic drug so that you can harness the benefits without going on a “trip”. This small dose will only be 1-10% of what you would normally take and will not cause hallucinations. There are multiple benefits, including uplifted mood, clarity, and relaxation while offering very little to no side effects. This could be an opportunity to take a step back from addictive modern pharmaceuticals and walk down a more natural path towards healing. It should be noted that you should only take a dose every 3-4 days so as not to build a tolerance to it.
Taking a large dose of psilocybin can lead to deeper understanding and spirituality if done in a safe, therapeutic environment. A big trip is better suited for a study or retreat where you will have the appropriate support to navigate your mind. In smaller doses, it’s easy to incorporate into your everyday life while still reaping all of the medicinal benefits of this magical fungus.
Enhances Creativity: Micro-dosing psilocybin can bring a whole new perspective into your life. Magic mushrooms affect the brain’s frontal cortex, which is responsible for abstract thinking, thought analysis, and plays an important role in mood and perception. This can give you that extra push to think outside of the box and can lead to innovation.
Improves Energy: These little doses of psilocybin should be taken at the beginning of your day as they lead to a higher level of energy. This can help you get more done during the day, maybe even without your second cup of coffee.
Reduces Anxiety: Millions of people globally suffer from anxiety and the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed are hard on the body. Making micro-dosing part of your morning routine will leave you feeling more relaxed and able to take on the day without the negative side effects.
Improves Focus: I do not know anyone that wouldn’t benefit from a little bit more focus throughout their day. Whether you have errands to run or a big deadline to meet, taking a little middle of a mushroom cap may give you the edge to get more done during your day.
Silicone Valley Is Full Of Brilliant Minds, So Why Do They Need Psychedelics?
These hard-working, innovative techies aren’t using magic mushrooms recreationally but rather as tools to harness creativity and solve some of their more complex problems. This is a completely new way to look at drugs: less of a way to let off steam and more of a way to improve the mind.
“What they don’t teach you in programming school is how to cope with the emotional labor that comes with a tech job in the Valley,” says a Google intern.
He left college brimming with excitement but quickly began to fade with the high demands of the job. When one of his coworkers suggested micro-dosing he quickly jumped on the opportunity. He immediately felt less anxious and everything seemed to become more clear.
Micro-dosing has also become popular with the aging techies that are earning more who can be replaced by younger, less expensive workers. In this older crowd, it becomes exceedingly important to stay relevant and to keep up with social media trends. Grey hair doesn’t support their young, hot image so appearing younger than your age becomes important in keeping any job.
“Psychedelics give me a new sense of emotional freedom, and a new perspective, over the subsequent days and weeks, I start to integrate it with more practical ideas and things come out of that.” says another young Silicone Valley resident, who would prefer to remain anonymous.
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