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I-Dosing; A Digital High


I-dosing is a digital high which teenagers throughout America have started experiencing over the past few years. I-dosing is the new high un-reliant on any illegal substances but instead can be downloaded over the internet at prices of around $15.00 for a 15 minute track, depending on sites. I-dosing tracks supposedly use music to stimulate areas of the brain that control moods and experiences. Apparently similar to the reactions felt from drugs such as mushrooms and cocaine. Binaural beats are used to achieve this. Binaural beats are sounds specifically generated to alter brainwave patterns; they are experienced as two different tones felt as a pulsating beat when heard through stereo headphones. This method was actually discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839 through his research on ways to better help people sleep and meditate.

Different tracks can be downloaded for different specific affects such as ‘Aspirin’ track relieves headaches, ‘Super Brain’ helps with problem-solving tasks, ‘Astral-projection’ which apparently aids in attempts to achieve an astral-project state and there are even tracks such as ‘Stop Alcohol Abuse’ which can be used as a treatment for alcoholism. More commonly used by teenagers however are tracks such as ‘Cocaine’ which is supposed to mimic the effects of cocaine on the brain and ‘Shrooms’ which can create hallucinations such as those experienced when on Magic Mushrooms.

Dr. Helane Wahbeh, a Naturopathic Physician and Clinical Researcher at the Oregon Health and Science University, amongst many other professionals in the Neurobiology and Cognitive Science fields discredit the science behind I-dosing. Dr. Wahbeh did a study and did not see any brain wave activity to match the binaural beats listened to by the participants in the study. (1) Some professionals do admit however that there is a possibility of a placebo effect that does explain the results I-dosing does appear to have in some teenagers.
On the internet one can easily find videos of and reports of experiences of teenagers during and after I-Dosing. Videos of teenagers writhing in pain or anguish and even screaming are on sites such as YouTube.

In 2010 the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs issued a warning for children to avoid using I-doses as they believed there could have been an indication a desire to move onto actual drugs. That is a commonly accepted danger of I-dosing; those teenagers who get involved in I-dosing show a curiosity and interest in feeling ‘high’ and altered state of mind affects. This could easily lead from simply downloading tracks over the internet to the curiosity of how the actual drug feels in comparison and usage of substances may begin.

Before writing this blog I listened to a track called ‘cocaine’ in the hopes of fully researching for my writings. My findings however were uneventful. I listen to an annoying beat for around 12 minutes which sounded like scratching on my brain. I can honestly say I feel no resemblance to any cocaine high or drug high in general. For me I-dosing does not appear as a threat in itself but possibly as a gate-way to other drugs which undoubtedly have a much stronger effect. My lack of sensation from the track does not entirely disapprove potential effects from I-dosing; I was not completely open-minded towards the experience so any possible placebo effect was unlikely to occur. Videos on the internet do indicate potential effects, on the assumption that videos are in fact real representation of the effects the children feel in the video and not acted out.

I-dosing in itself is probably not particularly dangerous but I would beware of the drugs that I-dosing mimics and represents.

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    I-Dose is an audio dose that is known to powerfully alter one’s mood. In fact, it is even known to duplicate the use of a prescription drug. A prescription drug is an assurance claiming the drug to be free from side effects; similarly the benevolent character of I-dose is the same.

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