MICRODOSING AND PMS

Move over chocolate, psilocybin is quickly becoming the medicine of choice when it comes to women’s health.

One way or another, women are figuring out that psychedelics are powerful allies in their menstrual health. These voices are making themselves known and prompting the medical industry to finally take notice.

Medicine for women

Since the dawn of time, women have had to independently figure out what works best for them. Over the centuries medical research in all areas, not only psychedelic, has been woefully absent and/or altogether dismissive. Elinor Cleghorn explains it all in her recent book: Unwell Women

As a general rule of thumb, it is arguable that the medical industry has always deemed the monthly hormonal changes in women to be too complicated to study, even though men also have hormonal changes, but daily rather than monthly.

And so, in 1993, an attempt was made to expand on current medical knowledge regarding female physiology. Women were added to a 1993 Act requiring women and animals to be included at equal rates for all scientific testing. One would assume that this was intended to repair any gaps or oversights.

Needless to say, the results of this 1993 Act have been underwhelming at best.

Women’s health today

According to the American Psychiatric Association, every year, one in five women in the US has a mental health problem such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or an eating disorder. Depression is the most common mental health issue for women, and twice as many women experience depression in their lifetime than men.

Also, women are twice as likely to experience anxiety and PTSD than men. Of people suffering from anorexia or bulimia, 85%-95% are women and women account for 65% of those with binge eating disorders.

And so due to this ongoing lack, when it comes to all health-related topics women have always shared anecdotal findings, whispers on the street, and attempted personal experimentation to move forward.

Going mainstream

Psilocybin and other psychedelics and compounds like MDMA, ketamine, and LSD are being used experimentally by women all over the world promoting women to begin sharing their stories online.

These medicines are being used by women to help with ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-partum symptoms, PMS/PMDD, or even as part of a midwife’s set of skills.

This excellent podcast approached the topic of psychedelics and women’s health. They discuss many of the topics we mention here plus they also introduce a new point of view like; does the menstrual cycle affect our experience during a ceremonial dose of psychedelics?

 

Last year DoubleBlind posted an article titled: Do Psychedelics Alter the Menstrual Cycle? This article tells the stories of women who noticed significant changes in their cycles after taking psychedelics recreationally.

Welcome Dr. Fadiman

All over the world, women are experiencing deeply profound and unexpected changes in their menstrual health that it is pushing the scientific community to take notice, a little.

In 2019, James Fadiman included the surprising reports he’d heard from women regarding the benefits of microdosing and menstrual periods. According to Dr. Fadiman, women reported the troubling symptoms changing from horrible to normal when they microdose.

Watch him talk about it here.

What is PMDD?

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a term we’ve all heard, but did you know there is such a thing as PMDD? 

Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder is an extreme version of PMS. A condition that triggers strong physical and behavioral symptoms. PMDD can cause strong mood swings ranging from sadness to hopelessness to annoyance and anger.

The extremity of the symptoms is what distinguishes PMDD from any other disorder. Aside from its severe effects on women’s lives, it is often a chronic condition.

Cue the psilocybin.

Psilocybin impacts PMDD on a psychological level

Psychologically, psilocybin’s direct impact on serotonin receptors is where the magic happens.

PsychedelicTimes wrote about it way back in 2017 saying that:

“Psilocybin also activates the serotonin system but works slightly differently than SSRIs. It binds to serotonin receptors in the brain, making the brain think there is more serotonin in your system than there is. But it does not increase the actual amount of serotonin, so you will not be at risk of serotonin syndrome when taking psilocybin. This action produces the effects of serotonin, including more stable energy levels, better sleep, and fewer symptoms of depression. At the same time, psilocybin reduces the functioning of the area of your brain that causes anxiety and fear responses, which can help control sensations of irritability, anger, and anxiety.”

Psilocybin impacts PMDD on a physical level

Physically, low doses of psilocybin are vasoconstricting meaning that blood flow is reduced to certain areas, therefore, reducing cramps, headaches, or muscle soreness.

Recently, I thought: If I had a dollar for every time I asked myself “Is there anything mushrooms can’t do?!”

Our internal poll

We recently ran a poll in our Facebook group, our female members reported that microdosing psilocybin has helped them manage PMS/PMDD symptoms in addition to reducing mood swings.

Microdosing is the practice of consuming a minimal effective dose at intervals. Even at such small amounts of psilocybin, women are noticing big differences in their lives.

One member said for the first time in her life she’s not had any PMS symptoms at all and considered it to be a miracle!

Not only are women feeling better but also people around us are noticing a difference. One of our male group members also commented by saying he’s noticed positive improvements he’s in his wife since microdosing psilocybin.

For women by women

More and more psychedelic companies created by women for women are coming out of the woodwork. Companies like Felicity Pharma and Aphrodite Health are leading the way in medical science and research.

With company ethos such as this one, it’s safe to say that exciting times in medical discoveries are ahead!

“We have a mission to elevate women’s health and our autonomy in psychedelic medicine discovery,” says La Touche. “Our vision is rooted in evidence-based functional and personalized medicine, and that, I think, is the biggest game changer… it’s time for the market to self-correct, and deliver more options for self-directed care, as a general rule of thumb around our approach to healthcare.”

On the learning curve

Psychedelics are equally showing great promise for women’s health in so many aspects of life.

The pervasive but persistent pressure from the psychedelic subculture has forced the mainstream and the scientific community to finally pay attention.

Markets are changing fast and data is wildly available thanks to new tech companies that now value women’s health.

Sooner or later, the scientific reports will be completed and what we have known all along will be confirmed.

Until then we must continue to share our experiences in the kitchen, in chat rooms, or your apps.

The possibility that psilocybin can be beneficial in reducing menstrual pains is truly great news and something we need to continue learning from each other.

Be part of the conversation

Write us a message and tell us about your experiences with psychedelics. We want to hear about what you’ve learned and how you’ve healed.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

Shine bright ✨

Asha

Sources

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https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210604005455/en/First-Female-founded-Psychedelic-Biotech-Company-Launches 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAkUcsoALjU

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