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Can microdosing psychedelics improve your mental health? Here’s what the science says

When Simone Surgeoner returned to Melbourne after living in the United States for six years, she felt like her life had fallen apart.

“I was in a really, really dark place and I just couldn’t get myself out of it,” the 49-year-old therapist said.

“It felt like all the colours had been washed out of life … I just had no motivation.”

Ms Surgeoner had never taken any illicit drugs, but she was curious about whether taking tiny doses of psilocybin mushrooms — otherwise known as magic mushrooms — could help her clear the fog.

So, she started taking 120 milligrams — roughly 10 per cent of a standard recreational dose — of the hallucinogen a couple of times a week, an approach known as microdosing.

The dose was too small to trigger kaleidoscopic visuals or profound visions, but it was just enough to feel like the sun was shining again, Ms Surgeoner said.

“It gave me back days where I just went, ‘Oh, this is what it feels like to be happy and normal again,’” she said.

Ms Surgeoner is among a growing number of people who are microdosing psychedelics, particularly psilocybin and LSD, to ease anxiety and depression, improve wellbeing, and boost creativity and focus.

Microdosing psychedelics — such as psilocybin mushrooms — is growing in popularity as a mental health boost. But does it work?(Getty Images: Alexander_Volkov)

While no-one knows how many people microdose in Australia or overseas, online discussion groups suggest the trend is picking up.

One Reddit microdosing community has grown to over 200,000 members since launching in 2013, and a Facebook group called “Psilocybin Microdosing 101” has gathered 14,000 members in two years.

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