LSD – microdosing LSD in the name of self-improvement | DW Documentary

LSD – microdosing LSD in the name of self-improvement | DW Documentary

the hallucinogenic drug known as LSD is
making a comeback but only in very small doses the effects
are barely perceptible still many users report a positive experience you just
feel a little bit happier you feel a little bit lighter you feel a little bit
more open you have a little bit more energy you’re a little more cognitive
like on top of things LSD has helped some people to deal effectively with
psychological problems virgins are nestled esteem and liberal attitude in
fact I believe that LSD saved my life it gave me hope again
Vidar flourished many users say that LSD has allowed them
to rediscover themselves but this process can sometimes produce strong
emotions I feel this hand grabbed me and it’s my younger self it’s the it’s the
very person I saw when I looked in the mirror as a child and he said O’Keefe
that I’ve been looking for you this whole time but the use of psychedelic
substances can also end in tragedy for a number of different reasons does Steve you don’t know where these
drugs came from look what they’re made of or how much you’re taking style in
versus industry walk for Vic she’s often diabolical drug or miracle cure is it
simply a matter of dosage in a kitchen somewhere in Berlin this
young man is preparing ice cubes that are laced with LSD I put in two drops of
liquid LSD 12 micrograms per cube that’s the pleasant micro doses we’ve agreed
not to use the man’s real name we’ll call him Ben Oh in higher doses LSD can
cause hallucinations but Ben Oh is using just 12 micrograms per cube a fraction
of the amount that some people use to get high for several hours that’s not
the sort of trip he’s looking for Ben oh says that a micro dose of LSD will
produce an enjoyable experience I feel more awake my mind is clearer I’m
more focused and my overall performance improves some positive paranoid benno ignores the fact that the
possession of LSD is illegal in Germany he buys his drugs from a dealer he
consumes about 10 euros worth per month like many other people who micro dose he
uses LSD for just a few weeks and then takes a break for several months he’s
confident that he won’t become addicted the my snorted into a person most people
who end up hooked are looking for an escape they want to feel numb or to get
a euphoric high for a while that’s not what I want and I wouldn’t get it anyway
with such a small dose I saw this with Nintendo after three quarters of an hour
sometimes up to two hours benno experiences a change in his
consciousness you start feeling really good more like yourself you feel rested
and motivational like you’re having a great day just Google Talk we’ll talk to benno later to find out
how he’s doing for this film we interviewed several
other people who micro dose they all know that using LSD is illegal that’s why we’ve agreed not to show
their faces by this disaster Martha the first time I tried it I noticed a very
subtle effect after half an hour things were a little more intense and that was
my focus yeah if I constantly attack as a family uses an absolutism
it was a groundbreaking experience and a turning point in my life for me micro
dosing is like taking medicine uten Pharma didn’t seem Gant’s was on on days
what I’m expected to do a lot of work it really helps me to focus when the micro
goes on a micro dose I feel like I’m switched on the whole day goosed LSD was created in 1938 by Albert
Hofmann a Swiss scientist who was trying to develop a respiratory and circulatory
stimulant Hoffman worked with substances that
included a grain fungus called ergot he was the first to synthesize lysergic
acid diethylamide or LSD for short in April 1943 Hofmann tested a high dose
of 250 micrograms and experienced the first
LSD trip in history later the pharmaceutical company Sandoz his
employer marketed the drug under the trade name della CID and claimed it
could successfully treat a number of psychiatric problems in the 1960’s LSD found its way from the
laboratory to the street a German news program reported on the drugs rise in
1966 didn’t enough anyone who takes LSD
becomes intoxicated and we’ll never see life the same way again opens evening benno certainly doesn’t feel intoxicated
right now he’s in a good mood a micro dose of LSD has become part of his
everyday life he uses the drug at work and during his free time I don’t feel
high at all oh I hardly noticed the effects yes but it’s just kind of there
but it’s a good feeling cause if you drive the Nishikado harbour it’s sort of
like the way you feel when you come back from vacation you’re relaxed and you can
still ignore the stress of everyday life you know in Japan alone benno started micro dosing five years
ago his goal self-realization and personal optimization he says LSD makes
it easier for him to set priorities and carry out tasks he believes the drug can
help him stay focused when he’s stressed out for example when I’m in a new
situation and I’m afraid I can’t handle it LSD helps me to concentrate I feel
better and have more confidence to do this but it’s a fine line between
personal optimization and loss of control large doses of LSD can cause
paranoia anxiety and impaired judgment benno is unfazed micro dosing as a
phenomenon originated in San Francisco and Silicon Valley where it’s viewed as
an insider’s tip to enhance performance and creativity Paul Austin has become something of a
micro dosing guru he’s the founder and CEO of an organization that advocates
the use of psychedelics as a means of personal development and collective
well-being I’d say I’m on a mission yeah to educate
people about like the benefits and the potential risks of not only micro dosing
but generally like psychedelics more than anything I’m a teacher I teach
people about micro dose and I teach people generally about psychedelics and
I’d like to like approach them in terms of where they’re at and just help guide
them further along in terms of you know what they need to learn about these
substances Austin’s organization is called the
third wave a reference to the use of psychedelics over centuries he organizes seminars and online courses
to educate people about the responsible use of these drugs these events attract
people who care and who want to learn more and who want to be part of
something it’s very rare that you’ll have someone who comes to these events
who is anti psychedelics or anti micro dosing so that energy here is like it’s
thyself because it’s usually very positive and supportive and like open
and curious and that’s it’s just refreshing compared to most people most
places so one question I want to start with as they everyone here done
psychedelics Austin doesn’t need to win anyone over most are here to find out
more about these drugs and about micro dosing but he warns that buying LSD in
the US and many other Western countries is illegal it’s usually best practice
not to try to get drugs at an event like this so although we have a psychedelic
website and we are putting on event this is not a great place to actively pursue
that this is a great place to build connections and build relationships but
attitudes are changing for example the possession of psilocybin mushrooms has
been decriminalized in several US cities more and more people seem to be trying
these drugs you have people from every walk of life who are micro dosing from
college students in the Midwest to stay-at-home moms in California to tech
executives in New York to people who are retired who you know live on farms and
New Zealand you literally have people from all walks of life who are becoming
interested in this it’s not just limited to tech executives in Silicon Valley who
are micro dosing with LSD Austin is convinced that legal
restrictions on the sale and possession of LSD in the US will eventually be
lifted he won’t have to worry about being arrested when he uses it Austin has soaked a small shred of
cardboard with a liquid micro dose of the drug he’s not too concerned about
administering an exact amount when I’m mic reducing I don’t worry about that as
much because I’ve been doing acid now for nine years and so I tend to have a
pretty good fit if it’s a little bit too less or a little bit too much I can
handle it and kind of go with it and just go with the flow after Austin has taken a dose of LSD he
enjoys walking around outside in the forest or at the seashore
the effects of the drug with this amount are mild but Pleasant I feel good I feel like euphoric I feel just my sense of touch my sense of smell
everything’s a little bit high and more sensitive to like everything that’s
going on around me so yeah I feel great I feel really good in the u.s. the use
of LSD has become popular among a well educated and professionally successful
demographic this is the group that Paul Austin is targeting with his business
model and his public information campaign the drugs that I’ve chosen to use happen
to be highly illegal and not yet and that’s a keyword they’re not yet
accepted culturally but they will be very soon and I just happen to be one of
the pioneers who’s talking about this in a more public way Austin is always on the lookout for new
investors he earns money from online courses which started $49 each and
personalized coaching sessions at just under $400 per half-hour I want to
welcome you to the first video that we’re doing for the third way of micro
dosing course and community I’m your instructor Paul Austin his goal is to
legitimize the responsible use of psychedelic substances starting with
Mike reducing so the best way to calibrate your dose level is to start
low and go slow he’s in a legal gray area the thing with the third wave is
you know we don’t sell drugs we only sell information so we’re just creating
the space so that people if they make that decision to do it they can do it
safely and effectively but in terms of actually crossing any sort of legal
issue we’re very careful about you know what we do because psychedelics still
you know are very legal in most countries in 2011 psychologist and researcher
James Fadiman published a book which claimed that ultra low doses of
psychedelic drugs can improve cognitive functioning emotional balance and
physical stamina I have called the godfather of micro dosing which is more
amusing and embarrassing I would say that I rediscovered micro dosing through
more mistakes than wisdom but in discovering it I found something that
people found generally safe and for many people useful Fadiman began his research
on these substances in the 1960s he says that the purpose of micro dosing is not
mind-bending intoxication but the enhancement of normal functionality
micro dosing is far and away the most boring form of consuming psychedelics no
visions no angels no being eaten by snakes no seeing all of your relatives
for 15 generations no becoming one with all humanity and with all matter and
finding that you were part of divinity none of that in the mid-1960s San Francisco became
the epicenter of the countercultural movement the use of illegal drugs was
widespread in 1967 tens of thousands of young people flocked to the city to
experience the Summer of Love many had their first acid trip here the movement in the 60s wanted to create
a counterculture they wanted to create something that was opposite of
mainstream culture whereas today we want to integrate psychedelics into
mainstream culture to actually transform culture itself many young people taking
LSD felt liberated from social constraints but for some the use of
hallucinogens ended in bad trips and overdoses the u.s. banned LSD in 1970
and a UN treaty that outlawed psychotropic substances was approved a
year later high doses are different world and are scary and take preparation
and take a full day out of your busy life micro dosing is something that you
do as part of your life it doesn’t interfere it actually improves your
normal behavior but there is no conclusive clinical
evidence to support Fatima’s claims he recommends that a micro dose should be
taken only once every three days so that the body doesn’t develop a tolerance for
the drug Fadiman has conducted a survey on his website in which he asks micro
dosers to comment on their use of psychedelics most of the 1,600 responses
were positive but how credible are these testimonials it sounds like a wonder
drug as long as you’re thinking of it as a pharmaceutical because how can
something both be interesting for migraines for depression and change
people’s eating habits so they eat healthier that makes no sense at all
from a pharmaceutical point of view so what we’re seeing is micro dosing seems
to increase the body’s natural healing capacity the German micro dosers we
interviewed would agree with that assessment jovan mentioned tag on some days I feel
like I’ve been given a superpower plan it’s like a small tool that gives you
huge energy it gives me creative insights and abilities that I wouldn’t
normally have my my textbook was signage hittin a button when I’m at work it
definitely helps me to concentrate I’m wide awake and more focused on theater Mike Eruzione allows me to focus more
quickly and ignore all the stuff that’s not important it really helps me to
concentrate have never considered soon this person hold this DC guns Kleinert
finer and spun on it gives me a very subtle sense of relaxation micro dosing
allows me to get in touch with myself my body and my feelings I’m calm I’m
furious but is there scientific evidence to
support such claims or are these people simply imagining that a micro dose of
LSD improves their performance we travel to the Netherlands to find out more at the University of Maastricht we meet
johannes rama cares a professor of psychopharmacology he’s conducting one
of the first lab based studies on micro dosing nobody has actually been able to
assess whether this claim is true or false right now we’re just being
presented with case reports of individuals that support the claim but
objective evidence of whether such a tiny dose because it really is a tiny
dose really has a positive effect has not been established ROM occurs gave the
test participants five ten or twenty micrograms of LSD he wanted to determine
the short-term effects that the various doses would have so far he believes that
small amounts posed no serious risks in general psychedelics are relatively
harmless in the sense that I do not produce any toxic effects on
physiological parameters or health health outcome params so in that respect
they are really safe the but at the same time at subside Alec that plays around
with your mind and that’s where the potential risks can be found but this is
particularly true for when people use high doses open your mouth and it is
poured into cheek and the participants were given either LSD or a placebo and
were then tested over a 24-hour period ramicus and his team showed how the
micro dose has affected the subjects mood creativity concentration and
general sensitivity the smallest dose produced no effects
but the researchers noticed a change at ten micrograms participants reported a
small increase in their moods a particularly positive mood and even
though this increase was not very big and she would not expect also for micro
dose it was very consistent and it occurred directly after the intake of
the micro dose and it lasted for as long as the drug is actually active so for a
number of about 10 hours or so the study found that the micro dose helped the
participants to concentrate better but it did not make them more creative these
results are only preliminary and further research will be required also rum
occurs wants to find out how micro dosing would affect test subjects over a
period of several weeks but he advises that the results will probably show that
micro dosing is not a miracle cure as some have claimed you can’t expect that
a mic could also convert you into the next Nobel Prize winner mica dose is not
a one of those and the changes that it produce by definition will be mild so a
person that is not creative will not become creative but some micro doses are
not interested in improving their performance productivity or creativity
they use LSD to treat depression Julian is studying for his doctorate degree in
chemistry Julian has battled severe depression for seven years one analyst
tea without LSD I probably wouldn’t be here right now LSD saved my life it
helps to restore my sense of hope after four or five years of despair – fian
often occurred yulian tried everything to combat his
depression including psychotherapy alternative medicine hypnosis and
antidepressants but nothing worked and he was desperate
to find a solution spa dozen zips inverter sweetsie – 2017
was the worst for his dismay oh I thought seriously several times about
suicide and just giving up this eternal struggle and find for me I gave him one
Suzanne I asked myself what I was getting out of life is definitely and
and the answer was nothing on infinite Oscar food then you lee undiscovered psychedelics
some friends and the netherlands introduced him to truffles laced with
LSD and for the first time in years he felt better later he found that micro
dosing helped to relieve his depression symptoms in the fossil specifically hard
work I don’t do some really tough time there were days when I didn’t even get
out of bed I had no motivation at all does micro dosing but micro dosing gave
me new hope it showed me that life really was worth living and helped me to
start enjoying things again I was much more aware of my surroundings and I was
able to get in touch with them Julien spoke to his psychologist about micro
dosing but she couldn’t prescribe LSD therapy because the drug is illegal in
Germany in Switzerland where LSD was discovered 80 years ago scientists are
studying whether the drug can be used effectively to treat depression at the psychiatric university hospital
in Zurich researchers are studying the effects that this drug has on the human
body test participants are given a full dose of LSD not a micro dose and the
medical staff monitors their reactions they’ve found that the drug changes more
than sensory perceptions as even if and oldest among innovation we’ve observed
changes in mood emotional perception and self perception the participants have
more empathy they also experience less social anxiety that is they don’t feel
like they’re being ostracized and eager for and then mention oh gosh Lawson some
bias beer after the test subjects ingest a dose of LSD they undergo an MRI brain
scan analysis of these scans indicates that the drug changes communication
patterns among various regions of the brain including activity and networking
in areas where such exchanges rarely take place LSD seems to affect the way
we think and our emotions and self perceptions the results indicate for
example that these drugs can be used to treat depression many people who suffer
from mental disorders simply withdraw from society it’s essential to bring
them back into a social environment and we hope that psychedelic drugs can help
in that process the concept of using LSD to help treat mental illness is not new
but these days the idea is getting a lot of attention from researchers Katrine brother and psychiatrist funds
full inviter are now studying how hallucinogens
particularly psilocybin could be used to treat depression both Monheit devices
that the siffredi cannot we have learned something new called it’s a luminary
studies indicate that one or two doses of saw Simon can over a period of three
to six months she helped to reduce depression symptoms by b61 Arthur Debra
thief is symptomatic at CERN in a recent study 60 patients who suffer from
intermediate level depression took part in a study on the effects of psilocybin
30 test subjects were actually given the drug the others a placebo their
reactions were constantly monitored by a therapist in case the psilocybin brought
back traumatic memories the participants were a sleep mask and
listened to relaxing music to help them concentrate on the experience the earth
metals disease of stands and I hope that this will help the patients to escape at
least for a while this downward spiral of emotions and negative self-assessment
we can help to reduce their depressions on items over the long term even d/deaf
resumes informal and fuzzy arts begin this would be a major step forward in
depression therapy only 7 sessions are involved three four preliminary
discussions one for the actual ingestion of the drug and three for debriefing the
results seem promising an Academy of calm depth is one of the main effects of
psychedelics is that they blur one’s perception of the external environment
from thoughtful there’s a loss of the sense of self command of inhibitions and
this allows people to interact more effectively with others of course it all
depends on the dosage the systole is a panic but the researchers warned that it could
be dangerous for people to take a full dose of psilocybin or LSD without proper
preparation and medical supervision it’s browsed Naha this treatment is
complicated and it involves therapy before and after the drug is taken
patients have to go through the entire process otherwise they’ll just have a
single pleasant experience that will mean little antennae partition process
but yulian did not have access to this kind of therapy he decided to treat his
depression symptoms with LSD without medical supervision his girlfriend Nayla
has been with him through good times in bed she has doubts about whether micro
dosing will help a long-term I have to trust him when he says that he knows
what he’s doing but he’s been suffering from serious depression and it’s often
got out of hand so I’m still worried about him but I
also see that the drugs seem to help him he feels better now and I’d really
missed seeing him happy for house an infamous table english julian has now
stopped micro dosing he feels better today than at any time since his
symptoms first appeared he’s glad that he used psychedelics but he also
realizes that he was taking a risk in surviving these drugs have a huge
potential but they can also be dangerous so they’re not for everyone
dominus inviting him I wouldn’t recommend self-medicating with LSD for
everybody I really prepared myself before I started using alpha but I did medical experts point out that taking
LSD without proper supervision can make existing psychological problems even
worse is micro dancing can be a real problem if people do it on their own but
at this point we don’t know enough about the effects to be able to properly
assess the risks Vitas goofy le so we strongly advise against people using
psychedelic drugs to treat themselves and far as Memphians feared as we’ve
said LSD and psilocybin are still illegal in most countries but a number
of alternative therapists have been experimenting with these and other
hallucinogens anyway in 2015 in the town of Honda low near Hamburg nearly 30
people were hospitalized after they ingested a drug called 2c e which is
similar to LSD they had been attending a seminar on how to expand their
consciousness and were given the drug by the therapists to organize the event thus SD these substances have a dark
side there’s always the potential for abuse in this bout what’s more than you
don’t know where these drugs came from what they’re made of or how much you’re
taking the therapists often have no idea either this is off I’ll finish Waseda
English on men but some medical experts believe that
LSD could be used in certain kinds of therapy the topic was discussed at a
recent conference in Berlin one of their participants dr. Gerhard Grunder plans
to launch a clinical study on the possible therapeutic use of
hallucinogens concerns and definitive cook it’s definitely time to re-evaluate
the status of psychedelics if people use substances that are pharmacologically
pure administered in specific doses by experienced therapists and are given
appropriate preparation and follow-up we can substantially reduce the risks I
don’t love it a solution one finished maqam
one of those who believes that LSD can play a role in medical treatment is the
berlin-based researcher henrik young Avella he heads an organization that
promotes the study of psychedelic drugs unless the yield up to the subpoenas for
now the medical benefits are limited to the treatment of depression and anxiety
the preliminary data suggests these drugs could also be used to treat
post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism don’t echo whole isthmus
this light machine can mimic the effects of psychedelic drugs some who have used
it report that the experience enhances their sense of well-being for decades
research into LSD was ridiculed but now that’s changing young Avila says that
it’s time for government regulators and ethics committees to take a second look
at the drug because there are drugs out that are supposed to be Wonder drugs
hope based on the drugs and actually how can we how can we respond to these
beliefs and to these hopes by showing people if they were one person convinced
that LSD works is in the audience Julian has travelled to Berlin to attend
the conference and share his experiences with the experts this is a finished us
estimate this is the first time that I’ve had the chance to meet people who
are actually doing research in this field
O’Malley India I’m really looking forward to learning from them the goal is to regulate LSD for
therapeutic purposes but some here believe it should be legalized so anyone
can take a trip by Moses Tony samehada unzips a lot of people are looking for a
new spiritual experience for whatever reason and they shouldn’t have to go to
a shaman or self-proclaimed therapist to get their drugs I believe
that we should take LSD off the illegal underground market and provide a safe
and professional environment for those who want to use it for self exploration
which is explore Hudson atonium could demand for chemically induced self
exploration is nothing new and the Netherlands is one of the few countries
where it can be indulged in publicly truffles laced with psilocybin are legal
and sold openly the effects of psilocybin are similar to those of LSD this is the synthesis retreat near
Amsterdam a privately run facility that gives its customers the opportunity to
experiment with psychedelic drugs in a medically supervised environment keith is a 49 year old doctor from the
US this is his second stay here I want to reconnect with my younger self
that that person who was not jaded by life who was not guarded by
disappointment who had not adapted to the circumstances in a way that had
changed the underlying person which I felt my life had done so the difference
between many of these people are going to try psychedelic drugs for the first
time the staff provides an extensive preparation program we want to create
this safe space and container that will allow you to surrender fully into the
experience so that you can go as deeply as possible into the experience trust in
the truffles that they know exactly what you need and they’re going to help you
have the experience that you’re supposed to have most of the clients come from
Europe and the u.s. a three days day costs about two thousand euros the company’s director of business
development miles Katz explains the renewed interest in the use of
psychedelic drugs we live in a world that’s like highly digitalized and so
we’re always looking at screens and you know our societal norms for work-life
balance aren’t really healthy and so people really feel themselves going
through the motions of things but not really living a fulfilling life or to
their full potential they’re really feeling connected to anything at all and
that’s often one of the most powerful outcomes from these experiences people
just feel this immense sense of connection to themselves again to the
natural world to the other people in the group that they share these experiences
with we weren’t allowed to film the clients actually experiencing a
psychedelic trip but we did watch the staff prepare the drugs after the
clients have consumed a psilocybin truffle they lie down and wait for the
hallucinogen to take effect an average experience lasts up to eight
hours a nurse is present at all times but not a qualified drug therapist the
next day Keith tells us how it went he saw no bright colors or mythical
creatures but he did encounter his younger self I started walking down this
hallway and I feel this I’m gonna cry because I always do with this stupid
thing I feel his hand grabbed me and it’s my younger self it’s the it’s the
very person I saw when I looked in the mirror as a child and he said Oh Keith
I’ve been looking for you this whole time where have you been the shift
between me being a responsible adults trying to make this connection for my
own health and then seeing what to my mind was absolutely me looking up to me
saying I’ve been looking for you this whole time it was just so profound staff members later interview the
clients about their experience miles Katz says that synthesis has developed a
profitable business model and the company hopes to expand it looking out
20-30 years into the future as legislation change maybe every major
city will have one or two synthesis type centers where people are going on a
regular basis maybe every six months or every 12 months to go have these
experiences where they can kind of reconnect reset check in with themselves Katz has helped to develop one of the
world’s first facilities where psychedelic drugs can be consumed
legally and safely the German micro dosers we spoke to
earlier say that LSD has become part of their daily lives yeah Dilek yes it
definitely has my consciousness has been liberated and I won’t let anyone take
that away from me and others should have that freedom as well so decision if I
disposed sense namely listen I don’t really care what people say these drugs
help me the big question is what will happen if I don’t take them as finishes
knees name the future mayor of Clairol public needs
to be informed of the benefits of these drugs and they need to be legalized so
everyone can choose whether they want to take them in Canoga that’s marked with
only Brno has experimented with LSD in both large and small doses so far he’s
pleased with the results we get sued well I’m doing fine and it’s
a good feeling but they’ve also been times in my life when I wasn’t doing so
well I hadn’t discovered micro dosing yet and now I’m grateful that I have
done better benno says he’s not addicted to the
drugs and could stop at any time so why doesn’t he
I simply noticed that when I use them I feel better I’m sure it’s possible to
experience the same journey that you take on micro dosing without using drugs
one was up sponson but it’s quite possibly a harder road to travel like
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100 thoughts on “LSD – microdosing LSD in the name of self-improvement | DW Documentary

  1. yes absolutely MAKE LSD GREAT AGAIN .. my personal experience is that its a mean .. it can help understand the false dependency on emotions body and mind .. ultimately to realise not to be depend upon itself for escape !

  2. Microdosing is nothing more than a cover and excuse to go around telling people you’re a drug addict by simply attempting to change the agenda of ones bad habits and desires. I knew someone who tried convincing me of the “medical need” for this and he totally failed. As did this episode and the podcasts I heard on the topic. This only masks symptoms very temporarily but increases problems long term. There are better answers to solve people’s problems besides legal and illegal drugs alike. It’s called learning life skills. Parents can only teach their children what they know & generations before didn’t have access to knowledge at their fingertips like we do now. We need to teach ourselves good communication and coping skills so we don’t have mental health issues. Stop allowing anyone to make you feel you need substances of any kind to cope. It removes your power and control. Take back your own power by researching and understanding yourself and getting to the root of your problem so you can finally overcome it. Don’t compile more problems by introducing idiotic things like this into your life. Your life will only get worse, trust me, I’ve watched it unfold many times. Good luck to those out there struggling. You got this. 💪🏻

  3. Reintroduce Crack Cocaine to the hood in small doses and an entire neighborhood's property value will fall. Drugs are drugs and junkies are junkies, whether they are well groomed or not.

  4. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
    It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed,
    the lips acquire stains.
    The stains become a warning.
    It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

  5. I'd rather micro-dose mushrooms. Plus, the corner of a blotter piece might be drenched, while another corner has almost nothing. Happy that DW is doing the episode though.

  6. A drugged induced "high' is comparable to a very low level of consciousness in comparison to ones unraveling of 'self' or one's 'ego' towards enlightenment. LSD is escapism, whilst 'dying to self' is the real and true journey to the inner most accountability regardless of how painful it is.

  7. Research is the best possible option for any new or old drug humans have found… discussion and education on these substances will reduce anxiety and curiosity around them and that may reduce fatalities.
    Help people with a open heart and soul, it makes everything better… that's what one should be aiming to do in the world.

  8. LSD is amazing. Only took it once but spent the first 3 hrs in my friends backyard, laying on my back on a trampoline… middle of the night… pitch black… staring at the stars, perfectly clear sky as a light breeze kept blowing the trampoline up & down… and my body would bounce in the wind… then starts staring shooting across the sky… and eventually I got off the trampoline and realized I was just peaking. Like the trip was just getting started around the 3 hr mark. Then I went inside and spent the next 4 hrs laughing so hard my stomach literally hurt for days. Only about 15 mins of the trip was bad, where I hallucinated that a tiger was chasing me. But most was beautiful. And what's weird, I still remember exactly what my friends backyard looked like. How the landscaping was done, the flowers, the bushes, the pool, the lights, I remember almost every detail about that yard. But I can't remember anyone elses backyard at that age. If LSD was legal I would definitely microdose once a month. It's like it created this beautifully intense memory… but that memory was a consolidation of all memories from my youth. So by thinking of 1 night I can almost remember my whole adolescence just by remembering so vividly how I felt on 1 night. You remember your fears, your insecurities, what you were worrying about, thinking about, but it's not wrapped in some dark, depressing event it's wrapped in pure beauty. To be able to reflect back on youth like that… and have a positive, consolidated memory that strong…. I just don't see how LSD is illegal. Even if it kills a few people which it hasn't… sugar kills millions more.

  9. Congratulations for providing such an insightful perspective on this topic. Hats off for maintaining this rich level of content and way of presentation. Keep up the good work 👏🏻👏🏻 DW 👍🏻

  10. I truly recommend it to everyone!
    It enhanced my intellect, my creativity and smoking marihuana, after taking small dose is also great. 😉 😄 But it's better if You smoke after 1/2 bears or few shots of vodka (vodka is better), coz alcohol is a trigger in this combination! 😉

  11. Wtf, The documentary producers should have done something about Beno's tattoos, piercings, height and eye color if they wanted to safeguard his identity

  12. The comments about becoming addicted to LSD are nonsensical. I used it during the 60s and 70s and it has no addictive qualities. This is nonsense propaganda made up by people who had no idea what they were talking about. Used with moderation it was always an interesting and at times an enlightening experience. I have no doubt that even micro doses can effect one in positive ways. The only crime here is that governments have made this beneficial experience illegal while the real and serious threats to health and well being, alcohol and tobacco are legal so they can be taxed and used as revenue sources. Obviously, the best interest of the citizen is not the important issue here, only how much revenue can be generated matters.

  13. For decades there are test kits to know if its lsd, mdma and other as cocaine. Ehrlich test for example. Amazing documentart

  14. Once again West is running into usage of a drug to find spirituality. It's like escaping out from one trap but falling into another one. Instead of it working and social conditions should be revised. It has to be built upon humanistic communal values rather than being used as producing machines for the needs of Corporate World.

  15. At 55 seconds is enough for me to know this is bullshit PMSL what a fucking melt. He should definitely not be doing drugs 😆

  16. The amount of acid I have taken in my life (alot), I have never heard voices or saw someone or something that wasn't there… Ever…

  17. I understand microdosing, let's say, psilocybin but yall are taking this shit way too far. Using LSD is not something that should be encouraged. Not to mention, microdosing any psychedelic should only be done under very certain circumstances and only small percentage of people are suffering the actual kind of symptoms that would justify use. Were talking neurotransmitter issues, the related depression and ptsd related issues. All the rest of you smelly hippys just need a shave, a father figure and a simple moment of self reflection.

  18. Thank you for bringing this show on LSD , I agree, but for an reasonably regular person should learn to appreciate life with all its ups and down – learn to love , help others, meditate , do yoga or exercise and also drink occasionally, but to depend on LSD – that is for the very depressed person who’s unable to handle his mind !

  19. I always suffered from depression. Huge depression. A lot of deaths and suicides in my family. I tested LSD at a music festival twice in my life (normal dosing) and I felt great for month after. However, where I live I can't procure it, and also I'm not to happy into dropping street stuff. Let's not forget the legal status. With all my depression they put me in prison. Great.. we are living a very "humanist" era.

  20. its like everything to much of anything is bad, Cocaine is used in the medical industry. Just to out right ban a substance without exploring its possible benefits is just fucking retarded. I can confirm after years of taking SSRI for depression THEY DONT WORK. My doctor put it into perspective for me when I just said I feel Numb on them and she said "some people just want to be numb" WOW that's a medical professional opinion.

  21. FYI DW: Showing their partial profiles and exposed tattoos guarantees that the interviewees in this story are quite recognizable.

  22. Wenn du die Droge brauchst, dann bist du Drogenabhängiger. Punkt. Egal ob Microdose oder Highdose. Was hier gezeigt wird sind funktionierende Drogenabhängige. Gibt es auch bei Alkoholikern. Funktionierende Alkoholiker haben ein Job, haben eine Frau und Kinder. Sie sind aber meist die schlimmeren weil sie ihr Problem nicht sehen wollen, dennoch aber viele Probleme verursachen.

  23. Two Words – Timothy Leary – AKA – "The Most Dangerous Man in America" (in Nixon era)

    Watch "Dying to know" – a documentary about Timothy Leary and Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) two students that advocated the use of LSD in the 60's for the expansion of consciousness and the treatment of mental illnesses. Both were psychologists at Harvard, both were sacked, LSD was classified as a high risk drug and banned.

  24. I mean all these people start off like this. I’ve seen my pharmacist friend take this every week. He then went paranoid and could not go out anymore.

  25. Doent want his face shown, but then clearly shows close up of beard, lips, eyes, and very unique tattoos. Yeah….okay

  26. Given the severe & long term side effects of anti-depressants & their poor performance, this therapy should be offered as an alternative. In the USA, most policy is dictated by the pharmaceutical companies who only want to make money, NOT provide cures. Almost ALL pharmaceuticals state " the mechanism of action in humans is poorly understood". Why NOT try psilocybin or LSD? I don't like extreme doses & not a big fan of loss of control but WOULD like to do shrooms with my grown daughter, I think we'd laugh our butts off!

  27. Believe it or not, the Bible spoke about these times thousands of years ago, the only book with 100% accuracy of the prophecies, it's time to repent, we are living in the last days on earth, you must be born again by the Spirit of God, so repent and believe the gospel believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again the third day and with that atoned for your sin by shedding of His blood. Repent world, repent
    and seek the LORD while He still may be found!

  28. microdosing, the word junkie use to justify their drug usage. "It's only 1 milligram of heroin dude! for my mind's health!"

  29. Durgs: cigarette, TV, cinema, Facebook, mobiles, cocaine, gossip, the internet, pain killers, and the list goes on. What really matters? Who's in control, the user or the drug.

  30. Thanks for the awesome video well done cheers to those in the video getting help an telling their stories if it helps your health legal or not who cares what other people think health is #1 thanks again great video 👍👍

  31. I'd like to microdose with testosterone and win a gold medal for my country in the Olympics. Can DW hook me up with a reliable supplier?

  32. I've experienced LSD sometimes, but i think they kind expensive here (Brazilian Here) and you can never be sure what you buying. Now i'm Psilocybe Cubensis amateur grower. Well, there is a strain (M.D.K) that seems really good for micro dosing. 0.5 of dried mushroom (M.D.K) makes you feel really good. Now i'm considering take 0.2 grams and see what happens.

  33. Tyler Durden: Self-improvement is masturbation. Junkies: microdosing LSD in the name of self-improvement.
    1) when it will be legal, pharma companies will produce it and distribute, it wont be cheap. The same applies for legal marijuana.
    2) why using LSD under medical supervision is also tied with eastern religions ie Buddhism?

  34. I would have gloves on touching that bottle of pure acid. You'd be in another world for a month if you got that on your hands. Hallucinogens like acid are not adicting like heroin and come or even weed. I agree about dangerous. My friend fell off a roof when we were kids doing wild shit.

  35. Micro-dosing has saved my life living with chronic cluster headaches. In fact, I am currently watching this while dosing.

  36. Sounds good.
    But …….
    (And I'm just being real….)

    A) you have to locate someone competent and educated, trust that they minimum 5 years exp. around legimate organic chem, and aren't in a lab that's dirty from being clandestine, and/or quick scary, paranoid operations. ..

    B) you have to procure from said "clandestine chemist" or his minions, and consistently break the law.

    C) where is said chemist procuring HIS precursors, agents, labworks, etc etc (?)

    D) it's an awesome thought, but unrealistic for 80-90% of the populace, at least in the world I Live in ….

  37. I experienced LSD in the form of Purple Microdots back in the late 1970s when I was a teenager. I had several really, REALLY, wonderful experiences. But, the first time I tried the LSD, I did it with a good friend of mine, and he had a bad experience, a "bad trip" as they say. You cannot be in a bad mood, or in a "bad space" mentally and/or spiritually when using any drugs, in my opinion. I have not tried LSD since that time in my teens. I have never felt the need or desire to do so. But, I would love it if my worthless government (U.S.) weren't so fucked up and totally USELESS when it comes to regulating hallucinogenic drugs for the use of therapy.

    My daughter I think would greatly benefit from the type of therapy this video documentary showed that is being studied in the Netherlands. She suffers from social anxiety and depression. I DON'T want her taking any of the dangerous corporate pharmaceuticals that they dole out to patients here in the U.S. like it's candy. I've seen and read so many horror stories from people who have had really, incredibly bad experiences on corporate pharmaceuticals. I don't trust Big Pharma anymore than I can throw them. Our federal government is so big, and so out of control and so CORRUPT, that there is no way to trust any of our government agencies anymore.

  38. I have never had a psychedelic experience, and honestly I'm terrified to do so. But I would love to micro dose LSD or something to see if it helps.

  39. Good documentary but the female narrator was annoying and uneducated.
    Her negative tone was uncalled for.
    "Truffles laced with Psilocybin", i mean c'mon.

  40. The sad thing is if this is found to be viable for humanity, you can guarantee big pharma will lobby to block it. Develop it as a medication, and charge massive amounts for said medication requiring a prescription.

  41. Just become passive and dumb….it's the SOMA of Brave New World.
    Risk becoming psychotic and crazy, lose control of your mind, turn yourself into a zombie. Instead of changing their lives, these kids are looking for a shortcut, a quick fix.

  42. Here in Brazil people are using ayuasca and becoming psychotic. Murders, suicides. In the newspapers all the time. Some people lose their minds and have to be institutionalized. Others get so crazy and start walking the highways without a destination for weeks.
    There is a very dark and evil spiritual dimension to these drugs, sometimes the effects are immediate, sometimes they take a long time to destroy a life. One can't substitute God for a drug.

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