A Guide To Microdosing Magic Mushrooms

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A Guide To Microdosing Magic Mushrooms


Although psilocybin mushrooms are typically associate with powerful psychedelic experiences, when taken in smaller doses they may be able to boost creativity and even take the edge off of depression and anxiety.

Psilocybin “magic” mushrooms are often associated with profound psychedelic experiences in which the user’s perception of reality changes, sometimes resulting in mind-expanding spiritual experiences. However, a new method of using psilocybin mushrooms is emerging that doesn’t induce a full-blown psychedelic state, but may still offer some of the benefits that people experience after taking a larger dose.

MICRODOSING

This relatively new method is called microdosing, and the key to it really is in the name. Microdosing magic mushrooms involves taking such a small dose that it is called as sub-perceptual, meaning that a psychedelic experience is not initiated. You might be asking what the point in this is? Why take mushrooms in such a small dose? Isn’t the point in ingesting them to experience what the chemicals within have to offer?

Well, it turns out a lot can still be gained while taking microdoses. For example, people are reporting positive effects such as boosted creativity, enhanced energy and improved focused from consuming mushrooms in minute amounts. So much so, that there is an apparent trend developing in highly competitive and innovative environments such as silicon valley involving microdosing psychedelic compounds to bolster problem-solving and to gain the edge on competing companies.

Microdosing Magic Mushrooms to powder

Perhaps more profoundly, microdosing has been found to be effective not only in creative fields, but perhaps medical and psychological ones also. Reports have emerged that suggest microdosing psilocybin mushrooms may be effective at relieving depression, assisting quitting smoking and aiding in general mental well being.

Such effects come as no real surprise when considering scientific research has witnessed psilocybin has the potential to ease anxiety and depression in cases as severe as those suffering from a terminal illness such as cancer.

MICRODOSING RESEARCH

Microdosing is an under-researched area, which makes sense considering the substances required to carry it out are largely prohibited in many parts of the world, making research extremely difficult, if not impossible, to execute.

A man by the name of Dr James Fadiman, author of “The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide” has been involved in psychedelic research for some time and carried out one of the last studies involving LSD before research bans were put in place. Fadiman is leading the way in microdosing research and is utilising somewhat of a loophole in order to gather data on the phenomena and build a clearer picture in terms of dosage and effect. He is the process of collecting testimonies from people across the world who are trailing microdosing for a plethora of reasons such as battling anxiety and ADHD all the way to seeking enhanced focus and creativity.

Fadiman has received large amounts of positive feedback from peoples experiences with the method of microdosing. 99 percent of people have stated positive results, with a minority explaining they experience rather uncomfortable emotions during the experience.

HOW TO MICRODOSE

The aim of a microdose is to ingest a sub-perceptual dose, a small enough amount that will not bring amount large changes in mood, perception and mindset. The feeling obtained, if any, should be extremely subtle, enabling the person ingesting the dose to go about their daily work as they would when entirely sober.

Magic mushroom microdosing capsule

Fadiman has stated, “Someone taking a dose this low functions, as far as the world is concerned, a little better than normal. To date, I received no reports that sub-perceptual doses have caused any social disruption, personal upset, or any form of work-related difficulty.”

Obviously, there are variables at play when microdosing, with factors such as the body weight of the individual involved and the amount of food eaten beforehand playing a role, among other things such as the strength of the strain of mushroom or truffle.

SCHEDULE

A standard microdose is stated to be between 0.2-0.5g of dried mushrooms. Fadiman suggests that a person looking to experience microdosing take this amounts every fourth day. An example of this routine would look something like this:

Sunday: take microdose
Monday: observe residual effects
Tuesday: day off
Wednesday: take microdose
Thursday: observe residual effects
Friday: day off
Saturday: day off

Microdosing Schedule

Fadiman suggests that this cycle takes place over a period of ten weeks, with the subject observing their experience, taking notes and following their normal daily routine while doing so. Interesting changes to look out for are any modification in behaviour, outlook, emotions and energy levels. Obviously, if any negative effects are experienced that make a person feel uncomfortable, they may choose to cease their intake of microdoses.

Fadiman has stated in his book the Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, “People are saying ‘After a month or more of microdosing, I’m eating better; I’m nicer to my kids; I’m not as upset when people behave badly’. One man was saying, ‘I’m so much more in the present. I used to, even when I was enjoying something, really be thinking about what I was going to do when it was over and so forth. Now when I'm doing something, I'm actually doing it’.”

Without sufficient research in place, microdosing at this present time is really about self-experimentation in order to find out the exact dose that works with your own body and mind. People have very different metabolisms and react differently to substances that alter consciousness. For this reason, it is better to start off at the lower end of the spectrum and slowly increase the dose by tiny amounts in order to really feel out the experience.

GROWING YOUR OWN

If anybody out there decides that microdosing is something they may benefit from and want to try, the obvious next step in the procedure is sourcing some mushrooms to use throughout the process. With psilocybin mushrooms being classified as illegal substances in many places in the world, this may prove to be quite problematic. Perhaps the easiest way to obtain mushrooms, without having to set up some dodgy back alley deal, is to simply to grow them yourself.

Growing mushrooms comes with an obvious risk, so be careful and aware the entire times. Grow kits can be purchased from websites such as Zamnesia that offer a wide variety of strains that grow fast and offer several flushes of mushrooms after the first harvest has occurred. Strains include the “Golden Teacher”, “Brazil”, “McKennaii”, “Cambodia” and “Ecuador”.

TAKING THE DOSE

Once your mushrooms have grown to full size and you have successfully harvested and dried them, it’s time to set up a dosing mechanism. First things first, grind up your bounty into a fine powder in order to make weighing and dosing generally a bit easier. One way to do would simply involve placing the desired amount onto a sensitive scale and using a spoon to ingest.

Taking Microdosing capsule

However, easier methods exist to avoid having to do this each time and potentially creating a mess. For example capsules and capsule machines can be purchased to prepare all of your doses and saving you any hassle further down the line. Encapsulating each dose allows the user to easily consume a microdose when desired straight from a capsule jar.

 

         
  Luke Sumpter  

Written by: Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter is a journalist based in the United Kingdom, specialising in health, alternative medicine, herbs and psychedelic healing. He has written for outlets such as Reset.me, Medical Daily and The Mind Unleashed, covering these and other areas.

 
 
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