Polito et al. 2018 – MicrodosingFri 02 November 2018
Still, the literature around microdosing is very slim and the hype is strong. So Polito 2018 is a welcome addition.
What did they find?
- Increased subjective well-being & declines in depression (in healthy-typed participants)
- Decreased mind-wandering & increased absorption
- No increase in creativity, which is a common claim of microdosing advocates
These results matched with participants expectations, except for creativity (which participants expected to increase).
So the microdosing didn't do precisely what the participants were expecting, though it did have positive-valence effects & the participants were generally expecting something positive.
Unfortunately, there was no blinding, so all of these results are vulnerable to placebo & expectancy effects.
His interest in pharmacology dates to 1944, when a military nurse gave him some orange juice just before his surgery for a thumb infection. Convinced that the undissolved crystals at the bottom of the glass were a sedative, Shulgin fell unconscious, only to find upon waking that the substance had been sugar. It was a revelatory, tantalizing hint of the mind's odd strength.