When you first start researching about microdosing, it can all seem very overwhelming. Let me help make it easier with some tips for microdosing mushrooms. First, let’s go over the basics of microdosing.
Most people usually start microdosing for one of two reasons:
- To increase the frequency & intensity of desired states
- To decrease the frequency & intensity of undesired states
Desired States of Being
- Development of a new perspective
- Heightened creativity
- Increased energy
- Getting into flow states more frequently
- Increased focus & productivity
- Heightened Spiritual awareness
- Ideal athletic performance
- Improved social interaction skills
- Increased empathy for others
Undesired States of Being
- A.D.D/A.D.H.D symptoms
- P.T.S.D. symptoms
- Mood disorders (Bipolar disorder, Seasonal affective disorder, Major depressive disorder, etc.)
Choosing Your Schedule
There are 2 different schedules for microdosing named after the doctor’s who created them: James Fadiman & Paul Stamet. The Fadiman schedule is 1 day on and 2 days off. Where as, the Stamets schedule is 4 days on, 3 days off. Both schedules will have you dosing for a month at a time. The Fadiman schedule gives you about 10-11 doses in the month. Where as, Stamets will give you between 18-19 doses in the month.
Paul Stamets also “stacks” his microdoses with other beneficial mushrooms (500mg to 1000mg of lion’s mane powder and 75mg to 200mg of niacin/B3). To decrease the chances of a ‘niacin flush’, gradually increase the amount of niacin that you take. Also, take niacin with a vitamin B complex and a vitamin C supplement. Lion’s mane is shown to help with neuroplasticity and general wellness.
*Niacin isn’t recommended if you have liver diseases, ulcer of the stomach and/or duodenum, gout, alcoholism, decreased kidney function, very low blood pressure, hypersensitivity to vitamin B3, or diabetes (max. 1.5g niacin/day)*
Preparing Your Doses
To prepare your doses for the month, simply grind up all your dried mushrooms into a fine dust. Then, weigh out your microdoses (0.05g – 0.25g) and pour the powder into the capsules and close them up. Once all your doses are measured and filled, you’re all set. You can keep your capsules in a child proof pill container (after washing it, of course).
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Now, let’s go over the tips for microdosing mushrooms.
1. If You’re Not Feeling the Desired Effects
If you’re not feeling the desired effects from microdosing that you were expecting, you may have to adjust your dosage or schedule. Some may find that the Fadiman schedule works fine, while others may need more doses in the month to be effective. You’ll need to do a little trial and error to figure out what works best for you. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the results you wanted right away though. It takes time to figure out your exact dosage and schedule that works best for you.
2. Take Your Dose As Early As Possible
Psilocybin can cause sleep issues of they are taken too late in the day. The same applies for microdosing. The earlier in the day that you take your dose, the less likely it is to interfere with your sleep. I would recommend taking your dose before 2pm to avoid any issues with sleeping. It is especially important if you’re using microdosing for your mental health because proper sleep is important for your mental health.
3. Stay Consistent With Your Schedule
Whatever schedule you choose to start with, make sure you are consistently following that schedule. Try to avoid missing doses. But, if you do miss a dose, you can take it when you notice of its before 2pm. If it is after 2pm, skip that day and resume the schedule as if you’d taken that dose. Its important to try and take your dose around the same time everyday as well. This just helps create a routine for microdosing so that is easier to follow your schedule. If you start out with the Fadiman schedule, follow it for the entire month before trying the Stamets schedule. That way you can better assess if it’s working for you.
4. Take Breaks If It Stops Working
Make sure to take breaks from microdosing if it stops working for you. You may need to take a break and then try again to see if you can achieve the desired effects again. It is recommended to microdose for 3 months and then take at least a 1 month break before resuming microdosing again. This helps prevent building up a tolerance over time. This is why both schedules have off days. So that a tolerance isn’t developed. I was actually able to achieve long lasting results from one month regimen of Fadiman’s schedule. So you may not even need to do 3 months in a row. It all depends though, everyone is different. This is why it’s important to tune into your body when microdosing. You know your body best.
5. Microdosing Doesn’t Numb Your Emotional Pain
If you’re looking for something to just mask your pain, microdosing is NOT it. Psilocybin has an amplifying effect on your emotional state and thoughts. This is why I feel it’s very helpful for shadow work. It helps you to face your pain so you can heal from it. It is not an easy path, but those who truly want to heal from their traumas can do so with the help of microdosing. But, you need to feel it to heal it. The increased empathy from microdosing helps you have compassion for yourself during the healing process.
Hopefully my 5 tips for microdosing mushrooms help you to get the results that you want from your microdosing journey.