What are Microdosing Protocols?
A microdosing protocol is a specific rhythm of days with and without microdosing.
There are several popular models that people follow. It is not clear which is superior.
So, we suggest going with the one that intuitively speaks to you the most.
This practice serves several purposes:
- Avoid building up tolerance
- Notice difference between days with and without your microdose
- Get the brain used to a steady flow of extra nutrients
- Build up a routine that makes it harder to forget your microdose
Most protocols are named either after their inventor, or the group that most frequently practices them:
The Stamets Protocol
5 days on, 2 days off
( = 25 portions in 4 weeks )
Named after: Paul Stamets
Advantage: Deliberate productivity boost
Energize the workweek, recovery on weekends
The Fadiman Protocol
1 day on, 2 days off
( = 10 portions in 4 weeks )
Named after: James Fadiman
Advantage: Perfect for sensitive users
Great to avoid building up tolerance.
The Dutch Protocol
2 days on, 2 days off
( = 14 portions in 4 weeks )
Often practiced by dutch students
Advantage: Small bursts and rapid recovery,
Supporting constant learning.
The Biohacker’s protocol
1 month on, 1 month off
( = 28 portions in 8 weeks )
Often practiced by biohackers
Advantage: Ramps up neuroplasticity,
Then gives the body time to adjust.
Which protocol do I choose?
Depending on your lifestyle, any of these rhythms can give you a better sense of what microdosing does for you.
It’s up to you how you want to start your microdosing journey.
But don’t worry; While it is common and good practice to start your microdosing experience with the help of one of these protocols, they’re not at all obligatory.
In fact, most people who have been microdosing for a while sooner or later gravitate towards “intuitive microdosing”. That means, once you know what microdosing does for you, you can easily judge when to give yourself that extra boost and when to take a break to keep tolerance down.