Study: Microdosing Magic Mushrooms Enhances Creativity, Problem Solving Abilities

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Microdosing psychedelics — such as magic mushrooms, LSD, or peyote — to improve cognition, productivity, and creativity is no longer thought to be a controversial practice in some circles.

As the Independent recently observed, microdosing psychedelics is no longer an underground Silicon Valley tradition — the trend has spread to other workplaces.

Previous research had indicated that there may be some substantiation of widespread anecdotal praise of psychedelic microdosing, but a new study from Leiden University in the Netherlands shows that microdosing magic mushrooms enhances creativity and problem solving abilities as well as convergent and divergent thinking.

Titled “Exploring the effect of microdosing psychedelics on creativity in an open-label natural setting,” published in the Springer-branded journal Psychopharmacology — and authored by Luisa Prochazkova, Dominique P. Lippelt, Lorenza S. Colzato, Martin Kuchar, Zsuzsika Sjoerds, and Bernhard Hommel — the study probes the effects of minute doses of magic mushrooms on cognition.

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