Microdosing is commonly described as the act of ingesting a much smaller amount (usually around 1/10) of the regular recommended dosage of a substance. It has also become an entire subculture of psychedelic treatment where thousands of anecdotal evidence claim that microdosing has improved their mental clarity, productivity and has also helped decreasing common emotional ailments such as stress, anxiety and depression.
With the increase of scientific interest on researching the mental and physical health benefits of psychedelics and the overall anecdotal evidence of the many people who perceived an increase of awareness, energy and relaxation in their mood, it seems that we could get closer to the legitimation of psychedelic substances as psychiatric treatments.
A easier way in into mushrooms
Magic Mushrooms appear to be one of the most popular choices of psychedelics. Many of its users are seeking a merely recreational surreal spectacle but there is also a large amount of psychonauts who are in search of a more spiritual and introspective experience that will allow them to have a better understanding of their own trials and tribulations.
Taking a full dose of mushrooms can be highly overwhelming for inexperienced users and can also cause a wide array of unpleasant side effects including stomach ache, nausea, and a sense of discomfort and panic commonly known as a “bad trip”. While this inconveniences can push many potential users away from psychedelics there is a lower-risk alternative in which people can still get benefits from its usage: microdosing.
Methods and dosages
Psilocybin mushrooms can be easily drought, ground and put into capsules. They can also be turned into a tea or infused in chocolate or gummies. This creates a diverse ecosystem of products where each user can find their best choice for consumption. A regular dosage of magic mushrooms goes in between 1-1.5 grams. Microdose dosages tend to circle around 150-300 milligrams. It is important to mention that the effects of the dosage will vary depending of the physiology of each user’s body, so is usually recommended to start with smaller amounts if you are not an experienced user. Another thing to keep in mind is that the body can quickly build a tolerance to the effects of psilocybin so it is often suggested to microdose every 3 or 4 days to allow the body to reset its tolerance.
Before starting a microdose treatment it is highly suggested that you consult with a professional health practitioner to reduce potential risks of allergies or unusual side effects. Being mindful of the reason of why you are ingesting psychedelic substances is also essential for a effective treatment. Using in a controlled and safe environment and having someone you can trust around you will positively affect your experience.
One final thing to address is that mental health is as important as physical health and must not be overlooked nor ignored. These treatments are still in an experimental phase and are not fully approved by the more orthodox scientific community. Having a regular therapy session with a certified therapist is still the most recommended road to a better mental health and microdosing should only be an addition to regular treatment.