How to Microdose Safely with LSD

The Third Wave are dedicated to providing harm reduction information and resources – and to address potential safety issues of microdosing with LSD, we’ve decided to team up with MicroKits. Their kits allow you to test your LSD (to make sure it’s not a harmful imitator), and accurately measure out your doses. We hope this will encourage safer microdosing practices, and help you get the most out of microdosing.

When it comes to microdosing, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. A simple google search can reveal forum after forum of ‘advice’ on how to microdose. Most of it is relevant, well researched and helpful. The rest of the time it’s filled with the kind of guidance that can be off-putting, confusing and sometimes dangerous.

There are four potential problems when it comes to microdosing for a newcomer:

1: Finding the Psychedelic

The first problem is something that will depend on your location. There are certain psychedelics that are legal and those that are illegal. What’s recommended is to do your research, make sure you are following the law and being careful. If you’re buying online, read the reviews, especially the bad ones. Make sure you know what you’re doing, or ask a friend who has some experience with the dark markets, it’s incredibly simple to use, but does involve some learning along the way.

Read our guides on the legality of research chemicals, psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca and ibogaine.

2: Taking the Right Substance

This one is important. LSD is very hard to produce, for this reason there are plenty of fake tabs in circulation. Most of these fakes are at best just blank blotter paper, or at worst lethal chemicals. One particularly dangerous alternative used is 25C-NBOMe. There have been no studies shown on how microdosing 25C-NBOMe could affect the body, but a full dose can lead to nausea, diarrhoea, vasoconstriction and even death. It’s incredibly important that if you want to use LSD, make sure it’s real! A simple way around this is to use a testing kit – which are included in our MicroKits!

3: Taking the Correct Dosage

The vast majority of microdosing information will advise you to not have any big plans on your first day, and rightly so. You don’t know how receptive you are going to be to the drug and wouldn’t want to be spaced out at work or panicking in the gym. Also, you want to reap the benefits that microdosing provides, so it’s a good idea to dose the right amount. Volumetric microdosing is the easiest and safest way to ensure the correct dose is taken every single time. You simply make a solution from your chosen psychedelic and distilled water, and use a tool to measure the exact right amount every time.

4: Sourcing all the Individual Items Needed

For volumetric microdosing to be effective, you’re going to need the right tools for the job. A container for the solution, a way to administer the right amount, something to check the psychedelic is real, some gloves, scissors and maybe a box to store it all in discreetly. We’ve done all the leg work for you with our easy-to-use Microdosing Kits.

Microdosing has the potential to help you in your day to day life in many ways. But you’ve got to be well informed and well equipped, otherwise you could be doing harm to yourself without even knowing it.


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