Micro-dosing is the practice of taking small, sub-hallucinogenic doses of illegal class A psychedelic drugs such as LSD/acid and magic mushrooms. The practice of micro dosing involves administering very small doses of these substances to induce positive effects on wellness and cognition. Claire Tait and Beca Hayes explore the recent rise of micro-dosing within the workplace.
Regardless of the size of the doses, possession of illegal Class A drugs carries a sentence of up to 7 years in prison. So why has the trend emerged amongst professional people?
People who micro-dose share the idea that micro-dosing enhances one’s mood, concentration, productivity, and creative thinking, while reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges with minimal side effects. However, cynics consider that the benefits could be an “expectancy effect” which means that if micro-dosers expect to feel happier by taking the substance, will feel like they are happier just from taking the substance, regardless of what is in it.
The popularity of micro-dosing psychedelics is growing, and there must be a reason for that. This however does not imply that the practice is safe or standard practice, especially if the effects of use happen within working hours.
Given its current illegality and lack of regulation, there is no safe way to know what dosage is taken. LSD is an extremely powerful and long-acting drug, meaning there is a clear risk of consuming more of the substance than intended. Psychedelics such as psilocybin and LSD can produce physiological tolerance, which might suggest that, even if micro-dosing does help, there could be diminishing returns if one stays at the same dosage.
Employers should be aware of the growing trend for micro-dosing and be alert to potential users in the workforce.
The possession of class A drugs is illegal, and you should take all reasonable precautions to prevent any crimes from taking place within your workplace.
Employers have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare of their staff.
Employees must also take reasonable care of themselves and anyone who could be affected by their work.
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