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17 Oct 2018

Microdosing Psilocybin

by Newsbot

When you ingest a high amount of psilocybin mushrooms, you go on a psychedelic trip that may have you experiencing altered realities and hallucinations. But you aren’t going to get much done. And if you’re tripping at work, you likely won’t be employed for long.

This is why many people have begun experimenting with microdosing psilocybin. This method has you taking sub-perceptual levels of the mushrooms and gaining the benefits, without the full psychedelic effects.

What are the Benefits of Microdosing Psilocybin?

People who have tried microdosing have experienced a variety of benefits that actually help them in their daily life. They have more energy, their focus is improved, and their creativity levels are higher. This makes people more productive in their daily life, even when just doing their normal household chores.

But microdosing could also have some health benefits for those with medical or psychological issues. For instance, there is a study which has proven microdosing to be an effective treatment for depression by improving mood, increasing appetite, and stabilizing the mind.

The Research Behind Microdosing

Those who have read anything about microdosing psilocybin have likely come across the name Dr. James Fadiman. This scientist wrote the book “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys,” which was published in 2011. This book explored the subculture of microdosing.

But Fadiman didn’t stop there. He has continued his research, collecting testimonies that detail the reasons for microdosing and the experiences of millions of people around the globe.

How to Microdose Psilocybin Mushrooms

First, you need to get your hands on some magic mushrooms. One method is to find some in the wild, though this can be dangerous since many poisonous mushrooms resemble the psychedelic ones. Safer methods are to either grow your own or purchase some from a reputable source.

Once you have your psilocybin mushrooms, they will need to be dried. To do this, you can lay them out on a towel overnight, place them in the sun or near a fan, use the low heat of an oven or a food dehydrator, or even put them in some rice.

When the mushrooms are dry, place the caps and stems in a coffee grinder and grind them into a fine powder. Now it is time to create your doses.

Standard microdoses range from 0.2-0.5 g of the dried mushroom powder. It is best to start with the low dose and work your way up if needed.

There are a few ways to ingest your microdose. You can sprinkle it on food or mix it with orange juice or other liquids. Many people don’t like the mushroom taste, so they buy empty capsules and fill them with the proper amount of mushroom powder. Then, on their microdose days, they just swallow the pill that morning and go about their daily routine. This also works well because you can create multiple doses at once.

As for the microdose schedule, Fadiman suggests you follow this one:

Monday – take your microdose

Tuesday – observe the residual effects

Wednesday – no dose

Thursday – take your microdose

Friday – observe the residual effects

Saturday – no dose

Sunday – no dose

Of course, you can alter the start day as you see fit, as long as the schedule remains the same. This will also help you figure out if you need a higher or lower dose to get the benefits without the psychedelic effects. Continue this routine for 10 weeks, keeping track of any effects or long-term changes you experience.

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