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We exist in an age of endless mental distraction and clutter, whereby finding moments of clarity within creativity can often feel like an elusive objective. The demands of daily life, work, and the constant buzz of social media can leave us feeling mentally exhausted and creatively blocked. However, there’s an emerging movement that is gaining traction among those seeking a path to enhanced cognitive function, heightened creativity, and improved mental health: microdosing psychedelics to enter the coveted “flow state.”
In this article, we’ll explore the concept of flow, the benefits of microdosing psychedelics, and how functional mushrooms and other plant medicines can play a pivotal role in achieving mental well-being and unlocking creativity. So, let’s dive into the world of flow state microdosing.
Understanding the Flow State
The “flow state,” also known as being “in the zone,” is a mental state where a person is fully immersed in an activity, experiencing a deep sense of focus, creativity, and optimal performance. Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi first coined the term “flow” to describe this state of mind. It is characterized by a feeling of being in control, losing track of time, and experiencing an almost effortless sense of progress and accomplishment. Participants have comparatively experienced this state with the application of breath work and intermittent fasting.
The state of flow is often associated with athletes, artists, and professionals who need to perform at their peak in the moment. Achieving flow is like tapping into a limitless reservoir of creativity and mental clarity. Many enthusiasts, from professional athletes to artists, have reported that they experience flow state when they’re at their most productive and creative best.
Default Mode Network
The Default Mode Network (DMN) is a critical concept to understand when exploring the realm of flow state and microdosing psychedelics. This network in the brain is often active during periods of mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts. Interestingly, it tends to become less active during activities that require intense focus and creativity—precisely the mental states associated with achieving flow. Research suggests that microdosing psychedelics, such as psilocybin or LSD, may influence the DMN by reducing its activity, effectively quieting the inner chatter and self-doubt that can hinder creative and cognitive processes. By doing so, microdosing can help individuals enter the flow state more readily, where distractions fade away, and untapped creative potential can flourish. Understanding the role of the DMN adds another layer of insight into how microdosing can be a valuable tool for enhancing mental well-being and unlocking creativity.
Opening the Gateway to Flow State
Microdosing is the practice of consuming small, sub-perceptual doses of psychedelic drugs on a regular, often daily, basis. Unlike higher doses of the chemical that induce hallucinations and altered perceptions, microdosing involves taking such a small amount that it doesn’t produce psychedelic effects. Instead of causing the psychonaut to “trip”, it enhances cognitive function, creativity, and overall mental health.
One prominent figure in the world of microdosing is Adam Bramlage, the host of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast. He has been a pivotable advocate for the responsible use of psychedelics to achieve the flow state to unlock creative potential. Many individuals have reported that microdosing psychedelics helps them stay in the present moment, leading to heightened awareness and creativity.
“Psychedelics have an afterglow, or a 48-hour effect, so you don’t need to microdose seven days a week. You can take it on a Monday, take Tuesday off, and you’re still getting benefits. So what I see over time with microdosing is the more people use it, the less they need it. This isn’t a Western medical model of: you’re going to take microdoses five days a week because it regulates your blood pressure and your heart condition. It’s not like that. This is more like: the more people are microdosing over time, the less they need it. …When I’m coaching people or working with clients, the goal is to eventually not microdose.”
– Adam Bramlage
A podcast by Adam.
Functional and Medicinal Mushrooms: A Perfect Pair
Functional mushrooms have a history of being used in traditional medicine for their medicinal properties. They have gained popularity in recent years for their potential to enhance mental well-being. Mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Chaga are known to support cognitive function, improve energy levels, and boost the circulatory system. These mushrooms can complement the microdosing experience by providing a solid foundation for mental clarity and focus.
Incorporating mushrooms like Lion’s Mane into your microdosing protocol can be a game-changer. Lion’s Mane contains compounds that stimulate the growth of brain cells, enhancing cognitive function and potentially contributing to the state of flow. Additionally, functional mushrooms can be easily integrated into your daily life, whether through teas, capsules, or powder blends.
In addition to functional mushrooms, other natural supplements like Rhodiola Rosea (a perennial flowering plant) and Mucuna Pruriens (a tropical vine), have a long documented history in traditional medicine, and are now being explored for their potential to enhance mental well-being. Rhodiola Rosea is known for its adaptogenic properties, helping the body cope with stress and fatigue. Mucuna Pruriens is one of the only naturally occurring sources of L-DOPA, a compound that can positively impact mood and motivation.
When combined with microdosing, these supplements may provide a synergistic effect, contributing to improved mental health and creativity.
The Role of Microdosing in Physical & Mental Health
Beyond creativity and flow states, microdosing has gained attention for it’s therapeutic value in treating conditions like treatment-resistant depression, addiction and PTSD. Recent studies and clinical trials have shown promising results in the context of psychedelic integration therapy. Although more research is needed to establish a global standard for microdosing, anecdotal reports and self-selected samples indicate positive effects on mental health.
For those looking to incorporate microdosing into their daily life, physical activity can be one of areas of greatest benefit. Many runners, have reported experiencing flow while engaging in their sport while using small amounts of psychedelics. The combination of microdosing and physical activity can enhance the mind-body connection, further contributing to a state of flow and improved mental well-being.
As an interest in microdosing grows, so do the resources available to individuals who want to explore this practice. Online courses and educational platforms offer valuable education into the practise of microdosing, including best practices, potential risks, and solutions. These resources empower psychonauts to embark on microdosing with safety and confidence.
It’s worth noting that the use of low doses of psychedelics and plant medicines isn’t entirely new. Traditional forms of alternative medicine in a multitude of cultures have embraced the therapeutic potential throughout history. From the ritualistic use of psychedelic mushrooms in indigenous communities to the holy basil (tulsi leaves) in Ayurvedic traditions, the concept of using plant medicine to enhance well-being has a long history.
Unlocking Your Flow State
In the quest for enhanced cognitive function, creativity, and improved mental health, the concept of flow state microdosing is gaining significant attention.
As research in this field continues to evolve, it is essential to approach microdosing with caution in regard to local laws and a commitment to responsible use. While the path to flow state may vary for each individual, the potential for positive change in everyday life is an exciting new frontier in mental health research. Whether you’re an athlete seeking peak performance or someone on a personal growth journey, the world of microdosing offers a promising avenue for unlocking your full potential and experiencing life in the state of flow.
Mush Love xo