What is microdosing  

The premise of microdosing is simple. It involves administering very small doses of a psychoactive substance, such as psilocybin, the main psychoactive substance in mushrooms, or LSD. This allows you to experience the therapeutic benefits of the substance whilst avoiding any intense psychoactive effects.  

Microdosing is believed to have first become popular around 2010. Under intense pressure in their jobs, Silicon Valley coders were looking for ways to increase productivity, focus and creativity in order to gain an advantage in their career.

They discovered the research of American posychologist James Fadiman, who had written extensively about microdosing. Fadiman theorised that by taking small quantities of psychoactive substances one could enhance creativity and productivity with minimal side effects.

The coders began taking small amounts of LSD and found their productivity and focus increased dramatically. This didn’t go unnoticed and, before long, workers in a wide range of industries were reaping the benefits of microdosing.  

However, the benefits of microdosing aren’t limited to the workplace. A number of recent studies have shown microdosing psilocybin is an effective treatment option for a variety of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Some studies have even found that when compared to anti-depressants, microdosing psilocybin is equally as effective without exhibiting any of the nasty side effects.   

Benefits of microdosing mushrooms  

The effects vary depending on the individual, however most report: 

Lesser reported benefits include: 

How to microdose mushrooms 

There are several ways to microdose mushrooms. In this guide we’ll focus on creating your own capsules. This method allows for easily storable, measured-out microdoses whilst also avoiding their earthy taste.  

What you’ll need: 

  1. Psilocybin containing mushrooms (buy legal grow kits and spores here)
  2. A scale: This will need to measure a thousandth of a gram to ensure you can accurately measure out a microdose. A tobacco or herb weighing scale will suffice.   
  3. A grinder: A coffee grinder or a pestle & mortar will do fine.  
  4. Gel capsules: These are easily found online through websites such as amazon.  

Making the microdose 

Once you’ve got your mushrooms, we recommend drying the batch, grinding them into a powder, and measuring out around 0.1g using your scales – this will be your starter microdose. You can also add Lion’s Mane mushroom to the blend for added effect – we’ll discuss this more below.

Take one dose of this and note your reaction. If you feel any notable changes such as drowsiness, then decrease the dose to just under that amount. With some trial and error, you should find your microdose sweet spot.  

The microdosing schedule  

There are several microdosing schedules. However, one day on/two days off, as illustrated below, seems to be a good place to start. You should notice slight effects on dose day, some after glow on the next day, and no effects on the third day.

This system allows your receptors to be sufficiently clear before dosing again.

For most people, morning is the best time because the beneficial effects will last throughout the day without interfering with sleep. It’s also helpful to take daily notes in a journal to observe the effects throughout this process and adjust accordingly—or just notice the changes.  

It’s important to follow your usual routine when microdosing. The purpose is to enhance your day-to-day existence by integrating microdoses into your routine, so don’t change what you normally do. However, when you try microdosing for the first time, take a day off from work and socialising. This will give you a chance to notice any unusual effects before microdosing in a more public situation.  

While it may seem like you would only feel the effects of the microdose on the days you actually take it, try to observe the effect on the two days between doses, too. Many people perceive increased feelings of creativity and energy the day after they microdose. 

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