Is microdosing a miraculous tool or placebo? | Praha, 21. 11. 2019

Is microdosing a miraculous tool or placebo?

Dr. Balasz Szigeti will present current evidence and the study on microdosing by Imperial College and Beckley Foundation he is leading.

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that psychedelics microdosing can improve mood, creativity and cognitive functioning. Such anecdotes have hypothesis generating power, but it is critical to recognize that they are a weak form of scientific evidence. Most importantly, self-experimentation lacks placebo control, thus, anecdotal reports are unable to distinguish between psychological expectations and pharmacological effects.

To overcome this limitation, we introduce the Imperial College – Beckley self-blinding microdose study. The study uses an innovative ‘self-blinding’ methodology that enables voluntary self-experimenters to add placebo control to their microdosing routine. Briefly, self-blinding is implemented by hiding microdoses inside non-transparent gel capsules, while empty capsules are used as placebos. The self-blinding protocol allows to investigate whether the reported benefits of microdosing are due to the pharmacological action of low-dose psychedelics or due to placebo-like expectation effects. It is a global study that is run through the internet, therefore, any microdoser can participate from anywhere.

During the presentation, first the current scientific literature of microdosing will be reviewed. Then, the self-blinding methodology will be discussed and that how this study fits into the big picture of psychedelics research. Finally, practical information will be provided about how to participate in the project.

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Is microdosing a miraculous tool or placebo?
When: 21.11.2019
Where: prostor39
Price: 190 / 120 / 350 CZK – 8 / 5 / 14 EUR – standard / student / supporter
The talk will be held in English.
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