The benefits of microdosing the San Pedro cactus
You may have heard of the trend called microdosing. People all over the world are taking really low doses (around a tenth of an active dose) of certain psychoactive substances in an attempt to improve creativity, boost physical energy levels, emotional balance, increase performance on problem-solving tasks and to treat anxiety, depression and addiction.
Long before the trend sprung in the Silicon Valley as the ultimate creativity enhancer, Dr James Fadiman conducted pioneer research since the 1960s, where he gives LSD and other psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms to people including scientists, mathematicians and architects to see how it affects creative problem-solving.
“The general response is that they feel better. There is an actual movement towards increased health or wellness. What that means, for instance, is that people who write in for anxiety seem to get help with their anxiety. People who use it for learning, improve their learning. One Ivy League student said he was using microdosing to get through the hardest math class in the undergraduate curriculum, and he did wonderfully in the class. Another young man used it for severe stuttering, and others have used it for social anxiety. One young woman, an art historian, even found that it regulated her periods and made them painless”, says Fadiman.
What microdosing seems to do is rebalance people. They improve their relationship to their body and become more attuned to their real needs. Like this, people say they get into better patterns such as sleeping better, eating healthier, and quitting addictions. “They’ve improved their relationship to their body ― or their body has improved their relationship to them”, Dr Fadiman explains and adds that there’s a lack of further research today with the restrictions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Despite this, people all over the world are swearing by this technique by exploring the further frontiers of their consciousness and reclaiming their right to adult sovereignty over it. You can read more about Dr Fadiman’s research in his more recent book “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide”, a how-to manual for safe and therapeutic psychedelic experiences.
In the SHAMANIC ACTIVATION COURSE, we offer a San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) microdose to all our attendees that want to surrender to the power of nature in this experience. Also called Huachuma, this cactus is native to the Andes Mountains and has been used for healing and religious purposes for thousands of years by South American shamans. The active psychoactive substancw in it is mescaline, the same as in the Peyote cactus that grows mainly in Mexico.
The exact dose for each participant of the retreat will be personally adjusted as needed and they will be guided through this experience of expansion and heightened spiritual awareness by our knowledgeable teachers.
Below you can read benefits people have experienced when microdosing with San Pedro:
“… what I notice is a slightly stimulating and uplifting feeling with clear thinking. I feel less likely to block my emotions and to avoid psychological problems, but going about my day more natural and easy as I feel uplifted and noticeably happier.” @sentienttree
“The first days, I was experiencing a deep sense of calm and emotional security, total lack of any anxieties or fears. My outlook was calmly happy as were my interactions. I decided to begin a new routine of running in the mornings after my dose. My inspiration levels were increasing as the days went on, I was coming up with new ideas for my business, even drawing and painting. Never with a rushed mindset always calm and sure of my actions.” @Raddisher
"I seem to just love the therapeutic medicine these low doses give me - as with psilocybin the many alkaloid mimic serotonin and I think this is one of the most pleasant mood lifters to date that I've encountered. With San Pedro powder I'll feel for 5 minutes meditating or with my eyes closed - then go off and do something and I can come back to it again and its there. Truly an amazing spirit." @Awooga