Magic mushrooms offer a whole range of benefits, but for some the intensity of taking a whole shroom can be too much, hindering their ability to complete their daily tasks. As researchers uncover the ways in which psilocybin can alter and improve our focus, help with mental health issues and increase our general well-being, many users are now turning to microdosing shrooms.
What is Mushroom Microdosing?
In short, microdosing is basically small amounts of psilocybin, the key chemical that causes humans to feel the effects of the mushrooms. It’s carefully weighed up to give the user a boost but still remain focused and clear enough to function, work and perform everyday tasks like parenting, driving and running errands.
When compared to the effects of taking whole shrooms, it’s easy to understand why so many people have taken solace in microdosing. Instead of hallucinations, euphoria and mood fluctuations, users can incorporate micro-dosing options into their lifestyle quite seamlessly, and often unnoticeable (which is great for those who take it to enhance their performance at work).
The amount in which is consumed when microdosing is tiny. Often just one tenth – one twentieth of a normal, recreational dosage amount, this crumb size amount of psilocybin is small enough not to significantly impact the user. Instead, it packs quite a punch in all the right areas, subtly enhancing the users ability to perform tasks.
Microdosing shrooms are often sold in the form of tablets, which can be a great option for those who are new to taking shrooms. This option allows the user to monitor exactly how many grams they consume, which will help as they determine the quantity that suits them. Some users prefer to cut up their whole dried shrooms into small amounts, but this can be harder to keep a track of dosage amounts.
What are the Benefits of Microdosing?
Psilocybin offers endless therapeutic benefits, and the beauty of it is that there’s still so much being researched which we don’t know yet. Over the thousands of years that it’s been consumed, consumers often describe feeling much more spiritually connected and aware of the world around them. It can lessen the ego, promote being open minded and even induce euphoria. Let’s face it, these benefits are hard to compete with. So what makes microdosing an even more attractive substance?
Firstly, taking recreational amounts of shrooms can induce all the wonderful benefits listed above, but can also be accompanied with trips and hallucinations which aren’t always pleasant. Users go on a journey when they take shrooms, which is often unpredictable. There are ways to influence the trip, like surroundings or dosage amounts, but ultimately a bad hallucination resulting in paranoia or fear can happen without warning.
Microdosers want to avoid that possibility. Their aim is to enjoy the benefits of shrooms but without the risk of not being in control, mentally and physically. Some of the main effects of microdosing are:
- Higher energy levels
- Heightened senses
- Improved communicative and relational skills
- Creative levels are boosted
- An increase in spiritual awareness
- Sharper focus and mental clarity
In addition to these benefits, other studies have shown that psilocybin had positive effects on patients suffering with anxiety and depression. A study conducted by researchers at New York University alongside John Hopkins found that with just one dose of magic mushrooms, 80% of cancer patients in the trial displayed reductions in depression, anxiety and psychological stress.
This shows the powerful effects psilocybin has on the brain, so what’s to say that taking smaller doses (like microdosing) over longer periods of time won’t also help with anxiety and depression? This is an area that still needs some research, but the feedback from microdosers looks promising.
One woman spoke about her experience battling with depression whilst raising her children. Although she found that traditional means such as therapy helped, when she started microdosing she found herself being transformed in a way that traditional methods had failed to achieve. Her levels of awareness and alertness improved, and as a result so did her parenting.
How to Microdose Shrooms
As a general rule of thumb, starting with a dosage of 0.1 grams is ideal, especially if you’re new to shrooms. This can be increased slowly over time, however it is recommended that you take this amount once a day, for five days, and then have a break for two days.
This schedule gives you a break in between, which stops you from building up a tolerance to the quantity. Taking shrooms in a microdosing form affects everyone differently, so it will be a case of trial and error in the beginning before finding the dosage which suits you.
Other factors such as the strain and species of magic shroom you take can also impact how you feel, so you may have to try a few different types to determine which gives you the best effects. Remember, microdosing should be taken to compliment your lifestyle, and enhance areas which you may struggle with such as concentration, anxiety or creativity.
As different species have different potency levels and can cause different reactions, you might not get your ideal level figured out straight away.
An alternative option follows the advice of Dr Fadiman, a psychologist who works in the field of psychedelics. His routine for taking microdosing is to start with 0.3 grams, but take it every three days so that the body can get used to the effects of the dosage.
With regular breaks in between, you should avoid building up too much tolerance so the effects remain fresh and beneficially. Some users like to keep a record of their daily amounts, and write down the effects they felt each day, and whether the microdosing options are increasing your quality of life.
Keeping a diary like this can help you stay aware of what’s working for you and it will help narrow down your choices, especially if you’re a beginner in the magical world of shrooms and microdosing.