Expats here are experimenting with tiny amounts of hallucinogens as alternative medicine.
Microdosing, using micro amounts of recreational drugs, often LSD or psilocybin, has reached Mexico, and one of its epicenters is San Miguel de Allende, a popular destination for American and Canadian ex-pats living abroad.
Two years ago there were rumors of microdosing activities (using a tenth or twentieth of a typical recreational dose on a regular basis) in Mexico City. And today, San Miguel ex-pats are asking about acquiring the drugs locally.
The U.S. government had categorized both LSD and psilocybin as Category 1 drugs. Scientific research on them became impossibly bogged down in bureaucracy and restrictions.
In the year 2000, a Johns Hopkins University psychedelic research group was the first to get regulatory approval in the U.S. to research microdosing on healthy patients who had never used drugs before.
In recent years, a new form of substance abuse is becoming increasingly common among stay-at-home moms and CEOs alike: microdosing LSD. Microdosing refers to taking a small fraction of what is considered a recreational dose of LSD or other hallucinogen (like psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms).
Reportedly, microdosing certain psychedelic drugs can improve mood, induce physical and mental stimulation, and encourage creative thinking. Emerging studies support the notion that hallucinogenic drugs, taken in small doses or under the supervision and guidance of a medical professional, can be used to treat mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
However, taking consistent and frequent doses of any drug, especially one as potent as LSD, is by no means safe for all individuals and may put certain people at a high risk for developing addiction.