When done correctly, microdosing mushrooms can be a powerful therapeutic and mind-enhancing tool. In order to integrate psychedelics and their benefits into your daily life, read on and discover the suggested methods for microdosing mushrooms.
How to Prepare Mushrooms for Microdosing
To prepare your medicinal mushrooms for microdosing, we suggest grinding the dried mushrooms into a powder using a food processor, coffee grinder, or blender. Different parts of the mushroom contain varied amounts of psilocybin, so using this method rather than eating whole mushrooms will give you a little more control over how much you’re taking in.
Measure out 0.1g of the powder to start. You can simply eat the powder plain, mix it into a smoothie, or take it in capsules (many people prefer this method, as the taste of medicinal mushrooms can be unpleasant).
The best time of day for microdosing is the morning or early afternoon. Microdosing mushrooms often provides an energy boost similar to that of a cup of coffee, so it’s best to avoid taking a microdose at night as it may interfere with your ability to sleep.
Microdosers tend to see the best results when they follow a schedule. However, microdosing every day generally isn’t a good idea, since your body will quickly build a tolerance to the medicine and you may see diminishing results.
Taking two or three days off between microdosing days will give your body the chance to fully clear the psilocybin from your system and help maintain a steady tolerance level, meaning you won’t have to constantly adjust your dose.
The following is an example of a microdosing schedule, which repeats every three days:
Day 1: Microdose 0.1g in the morning. Effects will be the strongest on this day, and you may experience increases in energy, creativity, focus, and a positive mood.
Day 2: No microdose. On this day, you may experience some “afterglow” effects of the microdose the day before, including a slightly more pleasant mood.
Day 3: No microdose. On this day, you most likely won’t notice any changes from your normal mood or state of mind.
Day 4: Microdose 0.1g in the morning (cycle repeats).
Many recommend repeating this cycle for at least two weeks, but no longer than two months. At this time, no long-term studies on the effects of microdosing have been published, so to stay on the safer side we recommend taking time off from microdosing periodically.
Determining Your Ideal Dose
While 0.1g every three to four days is a good starting point, you may find after some time that you need to adjust the size of your microdose. Many factors go into determining your ideal dose, including your weight, metabolism, and other features, as well as the strain of the mushroom. It can be hard to account for all of these factors accurately, which is why microdosing takes some trial and error, as well as patience.
Different strains of mushrooms contain different amounts of psilocybin. If you know the strain of your mushrooms, do some research on their potency before you start microdosing and adjust accordingly.
If you don’t notice any effects after microdosing, this may mean you could benefit from a slightly higher dose. Increase the amount by 0.05g each time you microdose, until you begin to observe the effects.
Conversely, if you start to feel drowsy after taking a microdose, you may need to take slightly less. Drowsiness is one of the first signs of the onset of a trip, but this isn’t cause for concern. You’re very unlikely to experience a full-fledged trip after microdosing. Checking that your measurements were accurate, and then slightly lowering your dose if you feel it’s necessary, may reduce feelings of drowsiness and help you experience the desired effects of microdosing.