A feminist guide to microdosing & psychedelics (articles, podcasts and more)

Illustration by Monica Eunji Kim

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I do not recommend the use of any substance for any reason for any person. The choice to use substances is up to the individual. I am simply here to provide my perspective and resources to the curious mind.

If you are reading this and you are a woman, you already know that in most cases (ideas, topics, arguments and theories) women are left to react, vs lay claim.

After having a positive experience healing my depression (and boosting my inherent creativity) by experimenting with microdosing psilocybin — the active ingredient in magic mushrooms — I wanted to find as many resources as possible. I followed MAPs, I downloaded all the podcasts. I read all the articles. I wanted to relate, I wanted to contribute.

But what struck me, unsurprisingly, is that the voices dominating this new “scene” are predominantly (white) men. Sorry guys: it’s not that your voice is invalid. Rather, it’s that I believe strongly in equal representation in all fields. And that the experiences of men, women and beyond the binary may differ and are all important to higlight and examine. The narrative must be equitable, especially for a topic that relates to mental health improvement and well being for all humans.

I have a glass half full outlook when it comes to psychedelics because being at the precipice of a movement means there’s still time to make a splash and claim a narrative. The good news is there are definitely women who are sharing their stories, raising their voices in the scene. I hope to publish my own experiences soon, but for now, here is a list of resources by/for women about microdosing and psychedelics:

Articles/Essays:

  1. How One Year of Microdosing Helped My Career, Relationships, and Happiness — Janet Chang on Medium
  2. The Magic of My Mushrooms, a Depressives Journey to Microdosing — Dana Saxon on The Establishment
  3. Why I’m Microdosing — Erica Avery on Medium
  4. The Trip Treatment — by Michael Pollan about Katherine Maclean, PhD researcher for psychedelics / badass woman. She will show up a lot on my lists.
  5. Marie Claire story on Why Power Women Are Microdosing At Work

Podcasts

  1. The Psychedologist — hosted by Leia Friedman
  2. Tink Tink Club interviews Katherine Maclean (aforementioned leader in psychedelics research) *trigger warning: trauma is discussed in detail
  3. Psychedelics today interviews Zoe Helene about Feminism in psychedelics (beyond microdosing)

Centers/Resources

  1. Center for Optimal Living — Katherine MacLean left academic research to start her own space in NYC, offers psychotherapy as supplement to dosing. Even just scrolling through the site gives me hope.
  2. Cosmic Sister: Women of the Psychedelics Renaissance — aforementioned Zoe Helene’s medicinal collective to combat sexism in the scene of healing psychedelics.

Open to new suggestions ✌️