What is Microdosing?
Benefits of Microdosing
According to a study in the Harm Reduction Journal, the benefits of microdosing include:
Improved Mood – Peacefulness, overall well-being, calmness, happiness, and a reduction in the symptoms of depression. Also includes more emotional connection, a general sense of optimism, and an improved outlook on life.
Improved Focus – Covers skill sets like the ability to focus or concentrate, and enhanced self-awareness.
Creativity – Aside from a general sense of improved creativity, this also includes behaviors such as being more open, enhanced curiosity, ability to shift perspectives, and divergent thinking.
Self-Efficacy – This applies to such behaviors as ambition, self-motivation, self-confidence, and a sense of agency. It also relates to improved mental health, including increased introspection, the practice of meditation, and other aspects behaviors tied to self-care.
Improved Energy – In this case, “energy” refers to things like mental stimulation, wakefulness, and alertness.
Social Benefits – Outside of more engagement with others, this category also includes more empathy, greater sense of connection, and more extroversion.
Cognitive Benefits – When microdosing, user experience heightened mental clarity, better memory recall, and an improvement in problem-solving ability.
Reduced Anxiety – This applies to a reduction in both general and social anxiety.
Physiological Enhancement – Includes enhanced visual acuity, cardio endurance, reduction of migraines and headaches, and higher quality of sleep.
Guide to Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms
Disclaimer: Psilocybin is a potentially illegal substance, and we do not encourage or condone the use of this substance where it is against the law. This guide is designed to ensure the safety of those who decide to use the substance legally.
What is Psilocybin Mushroom Microdosing?
Microdosing is the act of consuming sub-perceptual – unnoticeable – amounts of a psychedelic substance. Many individuals who have integrated microdosing psilocybin mushrooms into their weekly routine report higher levels of creativity, more energy, increased focus, and improved relational skills.
Some enthusiasts also report that microdosing psilocybin helps to heighten spiritual awareness and enhance their senses.
Eminent psychedelic researchers have also found largely positive effects of psilocybin mushrooms on mood disorders and anxiety.
In fact, The Beckley Foundation is spearheading the push for the legalization of psilocybin mushrooms, backed by long-term positive effects found in their research conducted on treatment-resistant depression patients. Recently, Oakland, California decriminalized all plant medicines including psilocybin mushrooms, a move that followed Denver Colorado’s successful referendum to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms.
Even addictions, such as smoking, can be overcome with psilocybin. Researchers at Johns Hopkins reported an 80 percent abstinence rate among a group of longtime smokers who took psilocybin as part of their cognitive behavioral therapy.
Aside from psychological issues, mushrooms (and LSD) have been found to be “comparable to or more efficacious than most conventional medications” in treating cluster headaches. Many people have experienced extended periods of remission after taking them.
With all these encouraging results reported from full doses, there’s reason to believe that microdosing psilocybin could bring about similarly positive life changes.
How do you Microdose with Psilocybin Mushrooms?
Ideally, a psilocybin microdose will not cause a substantial change in mood, disposition, or mindset. Instead, its effect will be subtle but present.
Preparing psilocybin mushrooms for microdosing involves more steps than microdosing with LSD, but is still straightforward.
Not only will fresh and dried psilocybin mushrooms contain different quantities of psilocybin, but different strains of mushrooms will have different psilocybin contents. Even different parts of the mushroom contain slightly different amounts of psilocybin!
We recommend drying a batch of mushrooms, grinding them into a powder, and measuring out around 0.1g of powder as your starter microdose. You can then adjust the amount accordingly after your first attempt. When you take an amount that makes you feel some changes (most notably drowsiness, the first effect that comes on in a psilocybin trip), roll back to the dose just under it, and you will have found your mushroom microdose sweet spot.
You can use any kind of psilocybin mushrooms for your microdosing. The most popular ones are Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe semilanceata, Psilocybe azurecens, Psilocybe cyanescens, and Panaeolus. Just be aware how much psilocybin content your strain has (for example, the last two are rich in psilocybin), and adjust your microdose accordingly. You can learn about the potency levels of different Psilocybe strains at Erowid.
Read our full guide on preparing Psilocybin Mushrooms for microdosing!
There are several ways to take your mushroom microdose. The most practical one is to measure out your dosages precisely, and fill up some empty capsules with the powder. This will ensure even distribution throughout your regimen, and will mitigate the taste issue that some people have with psilocybin mushrooms.
Another way is to prepare a psilocybin tea. You can dissolve your desired dose of mushroom powder in hot water, and even add some honey. Otherwise, you are free to experiment and mix the powder into any drink you take to start your day.