Microdosing, which means taking tiny amounts of psychedelics (one-20th to one-tenth of a recreational dose) has spread from Sillicon Valley to the rest of the world. People are using it not to escape their everyday lives but to enhance them. The amounts of a microdose are sub-perceptual, without the intense body high or hallucinating side effects. Magic Mushroom Shop customers are fascinated by this subject, but there are still some question marks floating around. To make the practical preparation easier for you, we have made a Psilocybin Microdosing User Guide.
Psilocybin microdosing user guide: practical preparation
So we're guessing you've already read a little bit about microdosing, right? In this guide we won't dive in all the compelling scientific research developments surrounding microdosing. This guide is meant to be a step by step guide in practical preparation, taking you from the desire to micro-dose to actually realizing it. This guide consists of; setting a goal, choosing between truffles and mushrooms, getting the right strain, learning how to dry, crush and store and last but not least; finding the right dosage. So in the meantime, while the mushrooms are on their way, let's start with setting a goal!
Setting a goal
The first instruction on our Psilocybin Microdosing User Guide is setting a goal:
- Do you want more creativity, or more focus?
- Are you aiming to be more emotionally attuned, or more logically oriented?
- Thinking about exercising more empathy or would you like to be less sensitive about what other people think?
- Or are you trying micro dosing to help with anxiety and depression?
Choosing one focus is not better or worse. Nor is it exactly as clear as black or white. But your goals will help you assess your dosage and evaluate the experience. Very useful, when treating this adventure as a form of medication.
Microdosing Truffles or Mushrooms?
A frequently asked question about microdosing is ; “should I use truffles or mushrooms?” Well, this question has a 2-part answer. First, the effects. And second, the storage. The effects are pretty similar and the dosages are also alike, as long as the mushrooms are well dried. But when it comes to storage, mushrooms turns out to be the winner.
When a truffle pack is opened, the truffles are only consumable for a few days. Crushing and freezing is an option for some, but the potency isn’t guaranteed when using this method. Mushrooms on the other hand are fairly easy to dry, crush and store. Dried mushrooms can stay potent for months, when stored in a cool and dry place. Please note; don’t store in the fridge, because the fridge might be cool but the humidity will be too high. A closed cupboard, for instance, with no direct sunlight shining on it; perfect!
Which Psilocybin strain to use for Microdosing?
Mushroom Grow Kits, popularized for being convenient, will surprise you with the first harvest within 7-14 days. The thing is; there is a broad variety of strains. Which strain should you pick?
Ultimately, this is a personal preference. However, we can share with you that most customers, who micro-dose, favor Golden Teacher and PES Amazonian. Are you a beginner cultivator? Then it might be good to start of with the B+ strain, widely celebrated for being a flexible and easy grower.
Starting out with the Golden Teacher, Amazon or B+ is a great way to emerge in your microdosing experience. But keep in mind; there's a lot of enjoyment in experimenting with different strain, to develop your own taste.
How to dry, crush and store?
This part of the Psilocybin Microdosing User Guide is very important because it will enable you the savor your harvest for a few months. The best way way to dry; let the shrooms dry on a paper towel for a week. Some people use the oven (40 degrees) for a few hours, but there's a possibility that this can affect the potency.
After the shrooms are dried, you can store them in a Tupperware plastic box. Preferably put the dried mushrooms on a paper towel within the plastic box.
When dried, the mushrooms are easy to crush; toss your harvest in a blender, flip the “on” switch and witness the stems transform into powder. This powder can also be stored in the same way as the box of dried stems.
Keep the box in a dry space. Please note; don’t store in the fridge, because the dried harvest will turn moist again.
Finding the right dose
When it comes to dosing, Dr. James Fadiman in the Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide recommends a cautious approach: start low, then gradually increase to higher doses. However, as those new to psychedelics have informed me, it can be hard to notice the effects of a micro-dose as a newbie without experience of a full dose.
For practical purposes, here’s an alternative: Take a slightly higher dose than a micro-dose, perhaps on the weekend or a day with lower stakes, so as to guarantee a noticeable effect. Then, slowly work your way to the lowest dose you can take while still feeling an effect. That is your minimum ‘threshold’ dose. Then experiment with different doses from your threshold, week by week.
Dosage Ranges for dried stems and powder
- Micro-dose: 0.15–0.3g
- Creative dose: 0.5–1g (test out these doses before taking at work!)
- Typical party dose: 2–3g (a full trip dose)
For measurements, use a mini kitchen scale like this one. To contain each dose and prevent a bitter taste, try gelatin capsules or vegetarian capsules.
The dosage will be effective for 8hrs. Microdosing isn't something you do every day. When microdosing over the span of a weeks or months, most people micro-dose once every 3 days. The first day, you take the dose and feel the full effect of the dosage. The second day, you can still ride the wave and feel some left-over effects. The third day is mostly used for reflecting and experiencing the difference in mood, without the effect. Try evaluating how this type of medication suits you and perhaps create some expectations on how you would like to benefit of the next wave. On the fourth day the cycle starts over again. To make it easy, here's a image of a regular microdosing schedule:
Are you ready?
Hopefully this Microdosing User Guide has shed some light on the answers you were carrying on this subject. If you're interested at starting with your very own grow kit, then we gladly invite you to take a look at our products:
Sources: Better Humans