Microdosing Workouts: The 411
The last few years we’ve witnessed the surge of people taking small amounts of psychedelics, particularly psilocybin, to improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. The multiple research trials have concluded and one unanimous decision has been reached: Psilocybin can and should be used to treat people with depression, PTSD, anxiety and substance addiction issues. So what about exercising while microdosing psilocybin? The short answer is yes, it improves endurance and enhances the entire experience. Read more below!
Benefits: Microdosing Psychedelics
In addition to offering limitless opportunities for consciousness expansion, psychedelics are typically associated with improved mood, reduced anxiety and depression, and increased creativity and focus. Most people who microdose take small amounts of entheogenic substances every few days in order to gain these potential benefits without the overarching psychoactivity (or emotional roller coaster) of a regular journey.
In terms of athletic performance, elevated mental health combined with razor-sharp senses may indeed provide a psycho-spirtual boost. But what about the rest of the body?
Psychedelics and Physical Health
Many of the arguments in favor of microdosing psychedelics are similar in nature to those for microdosing exercise: You can boost your energy levels, improve your mood, and sharpen your focus (to name a
few). Amazing how a tiny amount ofcmushrooms could help your workout game! The potential is certainly striking.
In addition to promoting psychological and emotional wellness, psychedelics may improve physical health
in a number of ways. There have been several anecdotal examples of people healing their chronic illnesses utilizing entheogens, but the scientific research remains limited. The small number of studies in
existence do point to certain psychedelics having neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory capabilities.
For athletes, this latter may be particularly useful, whether engaging in micro or macro workouts. Inflammation of joints and muscles is common in this realm, especially in contact sports like football,
hockey, or endurance competition.
Microdosing For Athletic Performance
For those looking to gain a competitive edge, microdosing for athletic performance may be worth a shot. In holisitic terms, entheogens influence the body vis-à-vis the mind. People who engage in psychedelic
journeys tend to become more in-tune with their bodies. In addition, the neurological activity these chemicals interact with plays a key role in regulating other physiological systems within the body (see below).
People who engage in psychedelic journeys tend to become more in-tune with their bodies.
Competing, especially at an elite level, can also take a massive toll on the psyche as the pressure to win and sustain your career can lead to stress and anxiety. Psychedelics may level the emotional playing
field and encourage the consumer to be at peace with who they are in the moment, allowing them the freedom to focus on the game.
Do Professional Athletes Microdose Psychedelics?
Knowing entheogens may help take their performances (and lives) to the next level, more and more athletes are coming out of the proverbial psychonaut closet. Famed boxer Mike Tyson claimed he was tripping on 5-MeO-DMT when he decided to rejoin the sport; he also seemingly introduced the substance to UFC fighter Henry Cejudo, who said the trip was “one of the best things to ever happen to him.” And let’s not forget the infamous Dock Ellis no-no, wherein the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher threw the first and only no-hitter of his baseball career while on LSD.
It’s not known how many professional athletes have dabbled in the psychedelic world, but these examples certainly make it seem as though the culture is expanding in ways it never has before, as they should!
Exercise Smarter, Not Harder
For many out there, a good day includes a long and hardcore fitness routine. But for those who struggle to make it to the gym or who simply don’t have enough hours in the day to improve their athletic
performance, microdosing workouts may be the answer. Drop into a daytryp microdose, take a brisk walk or hit a yoga class. The goal is to move your body, feel the flow of the microdose and notice how you feel during and after your workout. Depending on your typical activity levels, dropping into a microdose, pre-workout / physical activity may put you on a path to better health!
Please remember to always consult with a primary care doctor to get accurate medical advice on what’s best for you.