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158: Paul Austin LSD Microdosing & Peak Performance

May 25, 2018
Paul Austin is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave. Paul wants to help others understand how microdosing could be used as a tool for personal growth and understanding.

“Microdosing sits at that avenue where it becomes this palpable way to try psychedelics without being intimidated by the potential of a bad trip or a challenging experience.” - Paul Austin


Three Things We Learned
  • Psychedelic use and computer evolution bloomed around the same time
Initial research in the 60s showed a relationship between moderate dose on LSD use and breakthroughs in creativity and problem-solving. The research, however, got nipped in the bud when the use of psychedelics was made illegal by the turn of the decade. Still, this didn’t invalidate the claim of some association between higher psychedelic use and the birth of Silicon Valley.

  • What was then counter-cultural is now mainstream
A lot of the things frowned upon in the 60s became rising stars in this age of technology. Psychedelics are no exception. This stands to reason, given its role in the process of molding the technological center we all celebrate today.

“Yoga, mindfulness meditation, psychedelics, even collective or communal living… a lot of those counter-cultural things are now becoming more mainstream culture in the here and now.” - Paul Austin
  • Psychedelic use is now beyond a medical research model
Psychedelics offer the same non-dual, mystical experience related to yoga, meditation, and even a connection with the higher power, as some groups would say. It’s euphoric as much as it is therapeutic. Scientific evidence has made it more acceptable for practical use, particularly in inducing peak performances.

Psychedelics bolster creativity and problem-solving. However, there's a need for continued research and dialogue in order to take advantage of the potential of these substances. Utility of microdosing technique to ease people into their effects and make use of them without pitfalls is also just as important. 
BIO

Paul Austin is committed to changing the cultural conversation about psychedelics through his platform, The Third Wave. Because of his work with microdosing, Paul has been featured in Rolling Stone and Business Insider, with additional pieces in the New York Times, Playboy, and Lifehacker.

In June 2015 Paul began his first microdosing protocol. Immediately, he noticed improvements in his energy levels, creativity, and a general sense of well-being.

The impact of microdosing was so profound on his life that Paul wanted to help others understand how microdosing could be used as a tool for personal growth and understanding.
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