Keynotes of this article:
“A tiny amount of psychedelics can have a huge positive impact on your daily mood and energy.”
- brighter mood
- better memory
- lust for life
- reduced brain fog
- loss of substance craving
- better sleep
- overall lower pain levels
- sense of connection
- increased creativity
- sharper verbal skills
- higher sociability
The core idea of microdosing is, to be a little better every day.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Over the years, people started realizing, that microdosing could do much more. It calms the nervous system and helps the brain grow, while increasing empathy and creative thinking.
Many people swear, it’s the only thing that actually alleviates their depression or anxiety attacks. Others take it against substance addiction, obsessive behaviour or attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). And there are even claims it may keep dementia at bay.
Modern science hasn’t yet caught up with the pace at which internet communities discover the potential of psychedelic microdosing. There are a few studies showing that it definitely does something to our perceived well-being.
However, there is not yet any consensus about why so many people feel better.
How you do it
Let’s start by taking off the pressure: Microdosing is the easiest, most unintrusive thing in the world. If you start your day with a sub-perceptual dose of a psychedelic, you’ve already mastered the art of Microdosing.
It’s delightfully fool-proof when one sticks to natural psychedelics, specifically psilocybin truffles. Their potency is predictable, which erases the risk of an accidental “overdose”. The worst thing that can happen is nothing.
The rule of thumb goes that 1/10th of a perceivable dose is a microdose.
For magic mushrooms (Psilocybe Cubensis), this means about 0.1g-0.2g of dry mushroom powder, ideally in a pill.
Please note that with magic mushrooms, it is VITAL for you to know which species you are trying to microdose. The most common and easiest to cultivate is the Psilocybe Cubensis.
If you are microdosing a different species, the amounts you need might be only a 10th of the dosage recommended for Cubensis.
Plus, the potency can vary from strain to strain, from flush to flush and even within the stem and the cap of a single mushroom. It is therefore best to grind them all up and fill the powder into little capsules, so that you can be sure that all your microdoses pack the same punch.
For psychedelic truffles, this means about 0.3g of dry truffles, or 1g of fresh ones per dose.
The nice thing about truffles is, they’re all more or less the same. You may need 1.5g or only 0.5g, depending on your own metabolism, but the truffles always have the same potency.
They’re taken in, usually with breakfast, on a regular schedule that can be anything from twice a day, to once every three days. A typical beginner’s rhythm would be to microdose on day one and then leave a 1 or 2 day break before the next one.
Sounds simple, and it is. But since psychedelic truffles have anti-addictive qualities, it actually takes a pinch of discipline to keep up the habit.
How it works
In the beginning, the body needs to adjust to the new source of nutrients.
The active tryptamines in the truffles, such as Psilocybin and Baeocystin act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin. Each time this happens, the brain receives an impulse:
“Something new and exciting is happening. Time to grow!”
This results in our feeling more alert and retaining information better. That’s not just imagined; the brain is actually in a more malleable state that we call learning.
What to expect
Most people feel nothing on the first day, or nothing remarkable.
That’s fine – it isn’t supposed to change your perception. The idea is for the user to be able to go to work on their microdose and do all the things they would usually do, but with time, a little better.
Long term effects should start showing by the 10th to 15th dose, but may still be subtle.
(In a rhythm of “1 day on, 1 day off”, that would be by the end of week 2.)
They are most easily recognizable in people actively fighting a mood or habit that frequently overcomes them.
What to watch out for
With Microdosing, there’s no such thing as doing it wrong, since there are no negative side effects. That is, if you stick to what nature serves us on a golden platter. Microdosing may pose risks when synthetic substances are involved.
These are always a surprise for the body (as there are no labs in nature) and may cause averse reactions. Synthetic psychedelics are in most cases also illegal and hard to get by. And since there’s no quality control on illicit drugs, there is always the danger of contamination or faulty production.
Not all psychedelics are equal.
Natural psychedelics are what the human body more or less expects and can handle. And among those, psychedelic truffles are currently the only ones legally produced and distributed.