Getting Started with Microdosing Mushrooms
Welcome to the world of psilocybin microdosing (a.k.a. magic mushrooms). So, what is microdosing? This guide will introduce you to the benefits of microdosing psychedelics and the different methods of microdosing shrooms in particular. We will discuss why microdosing every day may not be the best idea or if there are possible long-term effects of microdosing.
Maybe you’re curious about microdosing for anxiety or depression, or have heard about microdosing from Reddit or a documentary on Netflix. From Silicon Valley techies or corporate CEOs to suburban parents, microdosing magic mushrooms is gaining popularity in Canada.
What is Microdosing?
A microdose is described by Dr. James Fadiman as 1/20th to 1/10th of a recreational dose, typically between 0.15 to 0.2 grams. Dr. Fadiman is an American psychologist and writer known for his extensive work in the field of psychedelic research. The meaning of microdosing is not necessarily to get you high, but to tap into the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics in order to increase creativity or your happiness and positivity quotient.The Benefits of Microdosing Mushrooms
Starting off as an underground practice in Silicon Valley, taking tiny amounts of certain psychedelics such as magic mushrooms has now been found to enhance physical and mental stimulation, and encourage creativity in the workplace. Some other reported benefits of microdosing psilocybin are increased empathy and improved patience, making shrooms a popular secret regimen among moms and dads who have found a new way to enjoy parenting and playtime.
Different Methods of Psilocybin Microdosing
It is important to make sure that your mushrooms (or other psychedelic substance) are measured out to the amount of a microdose, typically between 150-200 mg, but not more than 500 mg. This is to ensure that you are getting the therapeutic benefits of microdosing without the extreme, recreational high. The usual consumption methods are by premeasured capsules (sometimes containing other natural, beneficial ingredients), chocolates or candy, or else a drink mix. You can also weigh out dosage using a scale calibrated for very small weight measurements. For the food or drink method, make sure you are paying attention to the recommended dosage on the packaging. To feel the effects of your microdose sooner or more intensely, some users recommend taking your dose on an empty stomach. The slow-dissolving chocolate or candy method also allows the microdose to be absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly and directly through the mouth, bypassing the digestive tract. Some individuals have reported feeling jitters initially, so you may want to hold off on the caffeine or any other possible stimulants. It is also recommended to take your microdose early in the day so as not to interfere with sleep.
How Often Should I be Microdosing?
There are a couple of different known protocols for microdosing mushrooms. One method was pioneered by Dr. Fadiman, known as the “godfather of microdosing” and author of the Psychedelics Explorers Guide. The Fadiman protocol consists of microdosing once every 3 days, or roughly twice a week. The Stamets protocol was developed by Paul Stamets, a world-famous mycologist, and involves microdosing daily for 5 days in a row and then taking 2 days off. He is known for his passion for medicinal mushrooms and his method is geared towards cognitive health and memory-loss prevention. He also recommends combining psilocybin microdoses with 10-15 grams of powdered Lion’s Mane medicinal mushrooms. While no negative long-term effects of microdosing have been reported so far, experts recommend periodic breaks so as not to build up a tolerance and/or diminish the effectiveness of your psilocybin microdose.
Is it for Everyone?
Users from all walks of life turn to microdosing not to escape their everyday lives, but to enhance them. They’re still themselves, only a little better. However, although microdosing is reported to increase positive feelings and help improve mood, those who have any sort of diagnosed anxiety or depression may want to speak with a medical professional and proceed with caution before giving microdosing a try.
Where to Buy Magic Mushrooms for Microdosing in Canada?
The medicinal properties of marijuana are now becoming widely known and acknowledged, paving the way for psychedelics to now be recognized for their therapeutic qualities as well. Like cannabis, there are many different strains of magic mushrooms that have their own unique benefits and effects. Microdosing is quickly making its way into the mainstream and could soon be as common as smoking a joint or hitting a vape.
The Foggy Forest is the best site to find a wide variety of magic mushroom products in Canada. With attention to high quality and customer service, your “trip” into the world of psychedelic microdosing begins here.