Put down that fourth cup of coffee and pay attention, because apparently there’s a trendy new way of staying awake.
In this fast moving world, sometimes there just isn’t time to grab that extra shot of espresso, which is where hallucinogenic drugs come into the equation.
According to a recent article in December’s Rolling Stone, instead of grabbing a swift cappuccino, young business folk in Silicon Valley are stopping themselves from flagging in the afternoon by taking a tiny hit of LSD.
Apparently, the minuscule amount of acid (about a tenth the size of the usual dose), acts as an energy boost and is considered a remedy against chronic fatigue.
Don’t worry though, this tiny dose is only enough to feel the wake-up effects, you won’t start tripping out and seeing pink elephants crawling out of the walls in the middle of an important meeting or anything.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, James Fadiman, author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide explained that LSD is “an extremely healthy alternative to Adderall” and, according to one of the guy’s Fadiman chatted to for his book, the idea is “crazy awesome”.
And, to be fair, given that microdoses of LSD can also reportedly increase creativity, alleviate migraines and headaches, and relieve symptoms of depression, it sounds like this could be especially useful in a dull office environment.
For now, however, the microdosing craze seems to be limited to San Francisco among “übersmart twentysomethings”. But with the idea on the rise, maybe people will be taking LSD breaks on this side of the pond sooner than we think?