“I-dosing” has been around for some years but has recently grown in popularity and is the latest trend being engaged in by teens. It involves listening to two-toned audio files to experience a hallucinogenic effect. The files are advertised as being of no physical or mental harm but nonetheless, caregivers are concerned about the trend. Particularly due to reports that the files do just the opposite; videos on youtube and persons’ reports suggest what resembles “tripping.” Caregivers are also concerned because at least one i-doser website also advertises the sale of “legal” drugs.
Given that drugs are taken in doses, I’m pretty sure that’s the target these developers had in mind. Can it possibly be a gateway drug, with teens trying this and then moving along to bigger highs elsewhere? Possibly. What’s scary about this trend is that it’s free, and available to the majority of teens.
Adolescence is a fragile time and teens are particularly susceptible to peer pressures and risky behaviours. Handling this new trend will involve, among other things, caregivers’ awareness of i-dosing, of their teen’s internet usage (both within and outside the home, on computers, phones, etc.), as well as discussions about making responsible choices, drug usage and addictions. Such discussions should take place in a non-threatening mode. It won’t be helpful to get your teen into a defensive mode.
It is frustrating for caregivers to have some new threat popping up seemingly every week. However, it is better to address them than to pretend they don’t exist.
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Warning Parents About I-Dosing