Knowing how to set up and prepare for a microdosing regimen is crucial, but it’s only the first step. Your mindset, awareness, and daily habits are all important determinants of the effects of microdosing on your body and mind.
The following recommendations are intended to guide your microdosing experience in a way that will hopefully help you find success. Whatever your intentions are with microdosing mushrooms, keeping these things in mind will help you integrate microdosing into your life and better understand how it works for you.
Keep Your Expectations Neutral
Most of us are familiar with the placebo effect, the fact that expecting something to work often helps it work. The opposite is also true – the nocebo effect tells us that having doubts or expecting something not to work will often hinder its effects.
If you’re skeptical about microdosing, you may not experience the profound benefits that many others proclaim. On the other hand, high expectations may help you see beneficial results, but they may not be due to microdosing alone.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, but in order to understand your microdosing experience more accurately, we recommend keeping an open mind to the best of your abilities. Trying to remain neutral and acknowledging the negatives along with the positives will help you understand exactly how your body is affected by microdosing.
Keep a Microdosing Journal
Without monitoring your mood and emotions, it will be hard to know whether or not microdosing works for you. Journaling will help you better understand exactly how you’re changing in response to microdosing.
Using a method that works for you, keep track of mental health aspects such as your mood, energy level, stress, anxiety, social behavior, creativity, focus, and awareness. You can also monitor your physical health (weight, heart rate, etc.) to ensure that you aren’t experiencing any negative effects. Make a note of the size of your dose and what time you took it with each journal entry, and be sure to journal on non-microdosing days as well for comparison.
It may take some time to figure out a microdosing schedule that fits into your life, as well as the proper dosage for your body. Existing recommendations are a good place to start, but don’t be afraid to make adjustments. With limited existing research, a little self-experimentation is required in order to experience the full benefits of microdosing mushrooms.
Try not to get frustrated if you’re not seeing the results you want right away. Try and remain mindful throughout the process, alter your dose as needed, and pay close attention to how you feel each day. Reflecting on past journal entries can help you make more informed decisions and lead you towards better results.
Keep Your Routine Consistent
For your first time microdosing mushrooms, you may want to take the day off from work or any social commitments. This may help alleviate some of the anxiety you may feel around trying something new, and give you time and space to fully relax and experience how microdosing affects your body and mind.
After that, however, there’s no need to change what you’re doing day to day. You can still go to work, run errands, and enjoy time with your family while microdosing regularly. Microdosing is meant to simply enhance your everyday life, and it may even make the most seemingly mundane tasks more pleasurable.