The Basics of microdosing
Microdosing involves taking sub-threshold doses of a psychedelic substance, such as psilocybin-containing magic mushrooms, at regular intervals. In contrast to a full blown psychedelic experience, which can cause intense hallucinations or altered perceptions, the microdosing mushrooms effect is subtler and almost imperceptible. Most commonly, the doses are between 0.1 and 0.3 grams dried mushrooms. This is a fraction what you would need for a typical psychedelic trip.
The Science Behind It
While microdosing is a relatively new field, preliminary research suggests it could have several potential health benefits.
Improved Creativity Some users have reported increased creativity and problem-solving skills while microdosing. This effect is believed to be caused by altered thought patterns and improved cognitive flexibility.
Improved Moody: Microdosers frequently claim that they experience an improved mood and reduced anxiety. They also report a feeling of overall well-being. The psilocybin affects serotonin receptors within the brain.
Focus: Some people report an increased focus and concentration when taking microdoses, making this a popular choice for students and professionals who are looking for cognitive enhancement.
Reduced Depression and Anxiety symptoms: Small-scale studies indicate that microdosing could alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety, although larger trials will be needed to prove these effects.
Mindfulness & Self-awareness Users often describe an increase in mindfulness and self-awareness that helps them understand their thoughts & emotions.
Considerations and Risks
Microdosing is a promising practice, but it must be approached with caution.
Legal Status: The legality of psilocybin-containing mushrooms varies widely by location. It’s illegal in many states and countries, including the U.S.
Unpredictable effects: Individual response to microdosing is variable and makes it difficult to predict outcome. What works well for one person might not work as well for another.
Possible Side Effects Even with low doses, users may experience nausea, headaches, and increased anxiety. You should start by using the lowest doses possible and monitor your body’s reaction.
Dependency and Tolerance: Regularly micro-dosing can lead to tolerance. This means that higher doses are required to achieve similar effects. This can lead to concerns over potential addiction and dependence.
Insufficient Long-Term Studies: Initial studies show promise, but more comprehensive, long-term studies are needed to fully comprehend the benefits and risk of microdosing.