The Microdosing 101 Guide
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The ingestion of a substance, typically considered psychedelic in nature, at such low doses that they don’t trigger hallucinations or altered states of consciousness. Magic mushrooms, or psilocybin, is the most commonly ingested substance in regards to microdosing of classic psychedelics.
A typical microdose is considered to be one tenth or one twentieth of a standard dose, that is take on a scheduled microdosing regiment, giving the body a chance to reset itself between doses maximizing beneficial effects.
These doses, although miniscule, are still potent enough to trigger cellular responses, most notably in the brain, slowly altering neural network patterning, neurotransmitter balance, and overall nervous system activity.
- Elevated Mood
- Cognitive Clarity
- Increased Creativity
- Balanced Energy
Microdosing is not for everyone though.
Genetic predispositions, mental illness, and even generalized anxiety don’t seem to generally agree well with microdosing. Some microdoses can be overstimulating or enhance predisposing moods and patterns that may result in less than ideal outcomes.
How To Microdose
What You Need To Get Started
- A trusted souce
- A milligram scale
- A grinder
- Wax paper
- Mini spatula
- Veggie (or gelatin) gel caps
- A small capsule press will make filling capsules a lot more convenient
Typical microdosing begins at 100mg of powdered mushrooms. Doses of ingestion frequency can be increased as needed on an individual basis.
Make sure your mushrooms are fully dried before powdering in the coffee grinder, pulse until everything has been crushed into a fine texture.
It is recommended to take microdoses in the morning after completing any rituals that help ground and root your day. Make sure to set an intention for the day before setting out. At the end of the day reflecting via journaling or meditation can be a great tool in allowing the medicine to truly take effect.
Also Known As
Magic Mushrooms, Boomers, Mushies, Shrooms, Cubes, Cubensis
Psilocybin mushrooms are a family of psychoactive mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a psychedelic substance of the tryptamine class. Psilocybin mushrooms occur on all continents and have been taxonomically classified into over 200 species, the most potent of which belong to the genus Psilocybe.
Psilocyin mushrooms are thought to have been used by various human cultures since before recorded history, based on imagery found on prehistoric rock art in Mesoamerica that dates back over 3,000 years.
The Stoned Ape Theory postulates that our early human ancenstors experienced a rapid jump in cognitive abilities and overall brain size due to eating psychedelic mushrooms that were privy to grow in dung piles, particularly those of elephants and cattle.
How It Works
Psilocybin, or p4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (4-PO-DMT) is a precursor molecule that is converted by the body into its active form known as psilocin. Both psilocybin and psilocin are organic tryptamine compounds, related closely to tryptophan and structurally similar to neurotransmitter serotonin.
It works by binding type 2 serotonin receptors throughout the nervous system that has a dampening effect on certain brain regions, related to the Default Mode Network. This is a network of nerves that are linked to emotions and memory, being activated by wandering throughts and reflections that play a strong role in personal identity.
This allows our conscious and subconsious to operate through new neural connections and patterns that allow for rewiring of though loops, habits, imbalanced neurotransmitters, and dysfunctional tissues throughout the nervous system.
How It Feels
Microdosing should result in subperceptual effects meaning that it is typically not noticeable, although sometimes a bit of the psychedalic nature of the mushrooms can shine through.
Mushrooms are notoriously associated with yawning, noticable body highs with tacticle enhancement, sensations of unity, saturated vision with color enhancement, and symmetrical texture repetition throughout one’s vision.
Mushrooms can enhance predisposing moods and affects leading to strong feelings of compassion, urgency, anxiety, and hilarity that can cycle periodically.
Psilocybin is not habit-forming with a low abuse potential, and the desire to use it can actually decrease with use.
Tolerance to the effects of psilocin is built almost immediately after ingenstion. After that, it takes about 3 days for the tolerance to be reduced to half and 7 days to be back at baseline (in the absence of further consumption). Psilocin presents cross-tolerance with all psychedlics, meaning that after the consumption of psilocin all psychedelics will have a reduced effect.
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