Microdosing psychedelics refers to the practice of taking tiny amounts of drugs such as LSD or magic mushrooms. Some people claim that microdosing brings them benefits such as improved mood, focus or creativity. But there’s very little scientific evidence to show which effects microdosing actually has – or if it has any at all.
Now, several groups of researchers are running placebo-controlled studies to explore what microdosing does. They ask participants to take either microdoses or placebos, without telling them which they are getting, then have them complete tasks testing things like cognitive function and psychological wellbeing. Having a placebo control is particularly important, as otherwise the reported effects of microdosing could be down to a placebo response rather than a physiological effect of the drug.
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The second season of WIRED’s Future Cities series takes us inside one of the world’s biggest startup nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation. WIRED’s five-part series will look beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicentre to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cybersecurity hub of Beersheba. And we will learn how the fertile innovation ecosystem of Silicon Wadi has evolved as a result of its unique political, geographical and cultural situation and explore the future challenges – and solutions – these nations are facing.