Experiences of microdosing psychedelics in an attempt to support wellbeing and mental health


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Ryan, Rebecca (2021). Experiences of microdosing psychedelics in an attempt to support wellbeing and mental health. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This study took an open and neutral stance in exploring an increasingly growing phenomenon, microdosing psychedelics drugs. The research aimed to explore the experience of microdosing psychedelics, with a particular focus on the effects on any mental health issues and/or overall sense of wellbeing

Participants were recruited via websites and online forums. An anonymous internet text-based interview was conducted with 13 participants regarding their experiences of microdosing psychedelic drugs. Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the transcripts.

Three superordinate themes were interpreted from the interviews which were: 1) Seeking a solution: the rationale, with the subtheme The Agency and rationale in microdosing 2) Microdosers as scientists, with the subthemes of microdosers as researchers, microdosers as experimenters, and seeking logical conclusions. Finally, 3) Microdosing is a catalyst that precipitates desirable and beneficial effects, with the subthemes microdosing acts as a catalyst and microdosing does what it sets out to do.

Participants approached microdosing methodically and with purpose, with an aim in mind for what they wanted to achieve by microdosing. Participants reported beneficial effects from microdosing on their mental health, as well as cognitive, physical and social improvements. By microdosing, participants had achieved what they had set out to in terms of supporting themselves, with microdosing being described as a catalyst to achieving this. This study provides exploratory knowledge and understanding of the microdosing phenomenon which can contribute to the planning of future larger investigations.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/11950


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