Microdosing and Meditation

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👥 Status: Recruiting
⏰ Time Commitment: 3 months (about 15 min per day, 4.5 hours once a month)
📋 Study Type: Observational Study
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Beckley Foundation

Meditation

You are being invited to take part in this study on the potential effects that microdosing psychedelic substances have on meditation practice. ‘Microdosing’ means the practice of taking psychedelic substances (e.g. psilocybin or lysergic acid diethylamide; LSD) in small, sub-perceptual amounts on a regular basis. 

You are being invited to take part in this study on the potential effects that microdosing psychedelic substances have on meditation practice. ‘Microdosing’ means the practice of taking psychedelic substances (e.g. psilocybin or lysergic acid diethylamide; LSD) in small, sub-perceptual amounts on a regular basis. 

‘Enhancing Mindfulness’ was reported as the most widely endorsed motivation for microdosing in the largest microdosing study to date, which was conducted by our collaborators at Quantified Citizen between 2019 and 2021, and comprised over 17,000 participants. Yet, no research to date has specifically assessed the effect of microdosing on meditation practice. In this study, we aim to shed some light on the effects that combining microdosing with meditation have on regular meditators ‘practice. There are many reports online, on blogs, and in books, on the effects of but there are few research studies about microdosing. The effects of microdosing on cognitive performance and mental health is not well known. This study will gather data from both a microdosing and non-microdosing group.

The results of this study will help guide future research and improve understanding of the effects of microdosing. Ideally, this will lead to better safety and insight into potential benefits and risk factors.

 

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1. Download our secure research platform Quantified Citizen from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

2. Sign up. You will be 100% anonymous. No personally identifiable information is ever collected.

3. Enroll in the Microdose.me study on the Quantified Citizen app. Microdose.me shares standardized assessments with the Micro-Meditation study to avoid repetition. After this first step, you will unlock the Micro-Meditation onboarding process.

Amanda Feilding                

Amanda Feilding

Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation, Co-Investigator        

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Marco Schlosser

 

Marco Schlosser

Former researcher at UCL, now fully committed to his contemplative practice, Designer of the study

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Valerie Bonnelle 

Valerie Bonnelle

Scientific Officer at the Beckley Foundation, Co-designer of the study

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Otto Simonsson                  

Otto Simonsson

Researcher at the Karolinska Institute and Meditator, Principal Investigator

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Carla Pallavicini

 

Carla Pallavicini

Neuroscientist from the University of Buenos Aires, Principal Investigator

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Enzo Tagliazucchi

 

Enzo Tagliazucchi

Professor of Physics and Neuroscience at the University of Buenos Aires, Co-Investigator

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By agreeing to participate in this study, you acknowledge that all of your questions pertaining to the current study have been answered. A copy of this consent form is available through the app at any time for your reference. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw from the study at any time. If you DO NOT CONSENT to participate, please exit the study app.

Prior to consenting to take part to the study, please read the notice below:

You are advised not to microdose if you meet any of the following risk factors. By accepting this consent document, you acknowledge that you are proceeding at your own risk if you choose to microdose.

  • History, family history (first or second-degree relative) or active diagnosis of psychotic disorders or other severe psychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar, schizophrenia, major affective disorder, etc.)

All information obtained during the study will be entirely anonymous. All digital data collection will be self-administered. You will get a unique, randomly generated username and your identity will remain anonymous. Please write down this username and keep it in a secure location. You will need it to login into the app should you lose your phone as well as to access your individual data summary and aggregated data. If for any reason you no longer have access to your QC account, and you do not remember your username, QC will not be able to regenerate your account.

You will never be asked to provide your real name, address, or date of birth. Averaged group data may be published or publicly presented, but it will not be possible to identify individual participants from this data. The Quantified Citizen app will not have access to any of your personal identifying information. Quantified Citizen will only access IP addresses from server logs for security and quality control and will delete them every 48 hours to limit indirect identifiers. Only authorized QC staff can access server logs based on their role and a need-to-know basis in order to fulfill their duties. IP addresses are not included in the data that will be analyzed in this study.

All of the data you enter into the Quantified Citizen app will be encrypted and stored in perpetuity on servers located in Canada. Anonymous data will be accessible to all researchers involved with this study. The data may be accessible to other researchers in the future. Any data you have previously entered into the app regarding the microdosing study will be used in addition to any data you enter in the future.

Data will be kept for 5 years following publication of the research at which point the data on the external hard drive and university’s server will be wiped clean.

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How Do I Register?

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Step 1. First Download the Quantified Citizen App here

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Note: You do have access to these words inside the app using the dropdown hamburger menu in the top left and selecting "My Account".

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What happens to my data?

All of your data is completely anonymous. When you use the Quantified Citizen app you are the owner of your own personal information.

Rest assured all of your data is completely anonymous. When you use the Quantified Citizen app you are the owner of your own personal information. By using our services we do not have ownership, right, title, or interest in your personal information.

 

Do I receive my personal data during or after a study?

Not yet, but could be coming soon!

Currently, no personal data is shared during or after a study. This has been a popular request from the Quantified Citizen community and we are making strides to make this possible!

Quantified Citizen does not control the data of the customer (you). In order to keep your data anonymous and secure we are not permitted to transmit any customer data to any third party companies or publish it without explicit written consent. You can read more in our Privacy Policy.

Mental Health & Substance Use

✅ Wellness Together Canada: Call 1-866-585-0445

This is a free, confidential, 24/7 hotline providing free mental health and substance use support. Their platform offers various services ranging from basic wellness information, to one-on-one sessions with a counselor, to participating in a community of support. Whatever it is you’re looking for, visit https://wellnesstogether.ca

Crisis Text Line Canada: Text “HOME” to 686868 or visit https://crisistextline.ca
Crisis Text Line USA: Text “HOME” to 741741 or visit https://crisistextline.org

These are 24-hour, free, support lines (via text medium) for people experiencing all kinds of crises, including suicidal thoughts. 

✅ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

This is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. For Spanish (Español), dial 1-888-628-9454.  You can also use the Lifeline Chat on the web https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat

✅ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (USA): Call 800-662-HELP (4357)

This is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use challenges.

✅ Fireside Project (USA): Call or text (3pm to 3am PST) 62-FIRESIDE > 623-473-7433

This is a peer support for those in the midst of psychedelic experiences, those sitting for others, and those integrating past psychedelic experiences. You can also access support via an app: https://firesideproject.org/app

✅ Psychedelic Support Therapy

This an online directory of experienced providers, information about integration groups/circles, and online education in the psychedelic space, for more information, visit https://psychedelic.support

✅ Organization of Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses

This organization represents nurses, at all levels of training, who work with patients utilizing therapeutic psychedelic medicines. They offer a list of clinical resources for those seeking integration and harm reduction, as well as psychedelic societies/communities, and professional organizations. If you want to learn more, visit https://openurses.org/clinical-resources.

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