Psilocybin mushrooms are a safe and legal alternative to other psychedelics like LSD. They are naturally occurring fungi that grow in the wild, but some people get them through cultivation. This article will teach you everything you need to know about psilocybin microdosing and dosage!
The content of this blog post is geared towards those who want to try out a new drug or substance for the first time without overwhelming themselves with an intense experience.
What is Microdosing Mushrooms?
Microdosing is a term coined by psychologist Dr James Fadiman in his book ‘The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide. The term refers to the act of taking a very low dose of psychedelic substances regularly, not strong enough to produce any hallucinogenic effects, but still able to produce some amount of positive benefits for your mental and physical health.
Microdosing allows you to experience some of the positive benefits without negative effects like anxiety and paranoia that may come with high doses of psychedelics, especially if you are less experienced with them.
What Dosage Is Recommended For Microdosing?
Microdosing involves taking about 1/10 to 1/20 of the usual psychedelic dose. A standard psilocybin mushroom dosage for a first time user is around 2-3.5 grams of dried weight. A microdose would be about 0.01-0.35 grams.
These dosages vary based on the person, their body weight, and tolerance to psychedelics. It’s very important to understand that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everyone, and that’s why it is essential to find the proper dosage for you.
Unfortunately, trial and error is the only way to find an accurate dosage that works for you. The more often and the longer you microdose, the better you will be at determining a good personal dose.
How Often Should You Take Microdoses?
Again, the frequency of microdosing largely depends on your individual physiology and what purpose you are trying to achieve by using it. The consensus suggests taking a microdose every 3-4 days, which is most effective for cognitive purposes and mental health. For physical health purposes, the agreement varies from once every two weeks to once a week.
A microdosing schedule should be closely monitored and adjusted for an individual, as some people might find that daily microdosing works best. Some individuals have constructed elaborate charts and programs based on the frequency and patterns of their usage.
How to Consume a Microdose?
There are many ways you can microdose mushrooms. The end goal is to get 0.1-0.35 g of dried psilocybin mushrooms in your stomach. It’s easier to microdose if you get a hold of high-quality dried mushrooms as the taste is masked.
The most mundane way is simply eating them whole, either straight from a fresh mushroom or mixed with food such as cookies or brownies. Many people use capsules because it bypasses the taste often and allows for maximum absorption since it is metabolized directly in the stomach. You can also brew your mushrooms into tea, but this is more often reserved for full larger quantities.
What Are The Advantages Of Taking Microdoses?
Though the benefits of psychedelics have been studied since Albert Hoffman and LSD, it is only recently that microdosing has made headlines. This resurgence is partly due to regulations loosening and because Silicone Valley executives and Silicon Valley engineers are beginning to embrace microdosing. The reasoning behind this comes from recent studies that suggest psychedelics might possess some health benefits:
- Increase in Creativity,
- Improved Fluidity of Thought
- Better Problem Solving Ability
- Inhibition of Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior & Repetitive Behaviors
- Decreased Anxiety
- Helps With PTSD
- Increased Energy
It is believed that these improvements are due to a slight increase in neuroplasticity created by psychedelics and an increase in sensory perception. Your brain is slightly more malleable while on a microdose of mushrooms, allowing it to think and act in unique ways you might not be able through sober means.
Scientists have also been studying the effects of psychedelic microdosing on depression patients. Larger doses of psychedelics like psilocybin are shown to treat severe depression, but studies with lower doses suggest that microdosing might even be better than antidepressants. These studies are still new and will need much more research before obtaining conclusive evidence, but they do show promise. A recent study showed that 70% of patients with depression experienced significant decreases in depression.
How Long Should You Microdose For?
It is recommended by Dr. Fadiman and other psychedelic researchers that you dose every day for three days at a time. This is important because it allows your body to absorb the psilocybin and become accustomed to its effects fully.
Many people report no noticeable effects after their first microdose, but some experience initial nausea or high doses of anxiety. It’s important not to let this deter you from continuing your microdosing schedule.
Some people need to increase their dosage slightly for the effects to appear, but you should only do this if someone with experience in microdosing recommends it.
You should take a break from microdosing after one or two months of dosing every day. This is because your brain will start to build a tolerance if you dose too often, and the health benefits of microdosing will diminish.
What Is The Best Mushroom Species For Microdosing?
It is important to note that not every batch of mushrooms you ingest will have the same dosage. Every batch of mushrooms is different, and many are particularly weak.
Golden Teachers are usually recommended as the best species of psilocybin mushroom to attain for microdosing because they are considered potent but not overwhelming. Beginners are encouraged to start with a low dose of about 3g or so and slowly increase the dosage.
What Are The Risks Of Microdosing?
There haven’t been any definitive long-term studies on microdosing, but decades of studies have shown that larger doses are safe, especially at the lower end.
Some potential short-term side effects may occur including:
- Nausea or Vomiting
- High levels of anxiety
These are usually due to dosage errors. Psychedelics are very powerful substances, and even the slightest miscalculation can result in unpleasant effects.
What Happens If I Take Too Much Mushrooms When Microdosing?
If your dosage is too high, you’ll leave the act of microdosing and enter the world of “tripping.” Tripping is when you are hallucinating, and your mind is overwhelmed with sensory input. You’ll start to have very intense psychedelic experiences that might be the most magical experience of your life or very uncomfortable and frightening.
In conclusion, it is known that there are many benefits to microdosing. Many people have reported feeling healthier, happier and more productive while microdosing.
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