How does microdosing with LSD affect sleep? MindMed study seeks answers

The New York-based psychedelic company announces recruitment for research.

Kim Kuypers of Maastricht University will conduct the investigation into LSD microdosing and sleep. fizkes/Getty Images


On March 30, 2021, CannCentral reported about the results of a research on microdosing with psychedelics.

Investigators in Germany and Austrlia found that consuming small quantities of LSD and psilocybin leads to a person’s greater awareness of their emotions.

They observed “significant increases in conscientiousness and decreases in neuroticism”.

The Journal of Psychedelic Studies published the paper online on March 24, 2021.

The study is titled “Exploring the relationship between microdosing, personality and emotional insight: A prospective study”.

Now, how do psychedelics, and particularly LSD, affect sleep when taken in small quantities?

A study by Mind Medicine Inc. will hopefully find some answers.

The New York-based psychedelics company, also known as MindMed, announced Tuesday (November 16) that it is recruiting participants for the research.

The study will be conducted by Kim Kuypers of Maastricht University in The Netherlands.

LSD stands for lysergic acid diethylamide. It is a potent hallucinogenic drug.

The substance goes by different names on the street, like acid.

Previously, MindMed announced that it was collaborating Kuypers in a clinical trial on microdosing LSD for adult ADHD.

ADHD is a medical condition, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The November 16, 2021 media release also indicated that the study will look at the effects of LSD microdosing on “cognitive measures”.

“We are investigating whether the repeated intake of lower doses could lead to realignment of patterns of thinking that would enable individuals to access levels of self-awareness that can provide an enriched experience of life,” Kuypers said in the release.

The release also quoted MindMed’s executive president Miri Halperin Wernli saying scientific evidence backing claims about the benefits of microdosing has been “lacking”.

On its website, the company notes “extensive anecdotal evidence”, which suggests microdosing with LSD and psilocybin increases focus and creativity, decreases anxiety, and improves mood.

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