Powerful substances in tiny bits: The microdosing practice among Dutch students

Ioana Pop, Jannis Dinkelacker

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Microdosing is defined as the ingestion of sub-threshold doses of psychedelic drugs in an attempt to enhance cognitive tasks, to boost physical energy levels, to promote emotional balance, and to treat anxiety, depression and addiction. In the present project, we examine how the microdosing practice manifests itself among student population.

We invited 20 students from any background, who already have experience in microdosing psychedelics, for a single interview of around 60 minutes. During the interview, we explored their motivations and the effects that the practice of microdosing has had on their life. Our observation is that at this moment there is little that we know about the subjective experience with this practice and that the accounts in the media are highly polarized, between very positive to very negative. We aim to provide an impartial account of the experience of microdosing and enable the voices of those engaged in this practice to be heard.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research 2020, Sep 24 - 27, 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • microdosing
  • psychedelics
  • qualitative analysis
  • Experience Sampling Method


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