As research surfaces on the positive effects of low-dose, regular psilocybin use on neurological disorders, many are turning to, what has been coined "microdosing". So what is it, how would one begin taking it and why would they? Let's explore...
What is Microdosing?
As the name suggests, microdosing is the act of taking a very small (micro) amount (dose) of psilocybin-containing mushrooms on a regular, periodic basis - similar to taking a prescription medication. The average recommended microdose can very based on which professional you speak to, but the general guidelines indicate no more than 0.25 grams per dose.
Such a low frequency dose will not alter your sensory perception, hinder your daily activities or make you feel like you're "tripping". However, even at low doses, it has been shown to assist in a wide range of conditions.
Why Would Someone Microdose?
The reasons to microdose are wide and varied. Research shows that microdosing can help improve neurological conditions, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD and so much more. While this research is still young due to the criminalization of performing research on psilocybin-containing mushrooms, enacted in 1968, it is very promising, and undeniable. Check out our list of current research here.
Some also microdose as a way to simply cope with the demands of daily life, improve their outlook on end of life transitions, and aide in spiritual development.
Overall Benefits of Microdosing
More physical energy
Enhanced sensory perception
Reduced premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Decreased pain levels
Support in quitting smoking and other addictions
Improved concentration and focus
More balanced mood
Improved problem-solving capability
Increased overall awareness
Making more conscious choices about health, lifestyle, well-being
More positive mindset
Decrease in depression (in a range from mild symptoms to clinical depression)
Increased emotional awareness
More presence & open mindedness
Increased sense of wonder, belonging, & unity
Increased connection with spirituality and/or life mission
Increased gratitude for life
How Would Someone Microdose?
There are a handful of trusted microdosing protocols that we explore in our Frequently Asked Questions section on our website, as well as some common follow up questions on the topic.
Check out our FAQ section, and feel free to contact me with any further questions.