Micro dosing is a relatively new term used recently in many different things, from magic mushrooms to gluten. However, micro-dosing can be used with anything, i.e., gluten, delta 8, etc. It is commonly thought of when people talk about mushrooms, LSD, or other drugs.
Over the past few years, there has been tons of evidence that psychedelics can help aid in depression, addiction treatment, chronic headaches, etc. With more studies coming out by the day, many users have become interested in the benefits of micro-dosing psychedelics.
This blog will explain several things to new users. It will go over what micro-dosing is, how to implement it into a routine, its benefits, and other things!
What Is Micro Dosing?
By definition, micro-dosing is simply taking a smaller (micro) amount of a substance that will not cause the full effects of the substance. Generally speaking, when using the term micro-dosing, most people refer to micro-dosing LSD or mushrooms. This doesn’t always have to be the case. When micro-dosing LSD or mushrooms, the purpose is to take a smaller sub-hallucinogenic dose that does not produce a “trip.”
When doing this, you experience some of the headspace effects of mushrooms, including elevated creativity, better mood, and productivity. As stated above, users could also micro-dose things like gluten. Micro-dosing gluten would be for a user who is sensitive to gluten to find a sweet spot for the amount they can consume to decrease their sensitivity over time.
What Are Some Of The Benefits Associated With Micro dosing Psilocybin?
As briefly mentioned above, one of the primary uses of micro-dosing psilocybin is to aid in mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Many users think that to receive the benefits of psilocybin, they must experience a “trip.” This is simply untrue; all of the benefits of psilocybin can be achieved with a microdose!
Psilocybin And Mental Health
Over the years, psychedelics have grown in popularity, not for their hallucinogenic properties but for their many health and wellness benefits. New research and studies are being done on psilocybin every day! The FDA even gave psilocybin therapy the “breakthrough therapy” designation for treating depression when micro-dosing mushrooms can increase neuron activity in the brain.
This aids in treating depression and anxiety without a psychedelic experience. Mushrooms are also known to interact with serotonin receptors in the brain. These receptors are responsible for mood, happiness, and anxiety. If a user’s serotonin is low, they are more susceptible to depression, stress, and anxiety.
Because of psilocybin’s increase in neuro activity which aids in healing from both physical and psychological trauma, and its ability to increase serotonin, it has become one of the most valuable treatment-resistant options for users with depression.
Psilocybin And Addiction Treatment
There isn’t much research yet on the treatment of addiction via micro-dosing mushrooms, but the research that has been done shows promise. The thought process is that users with addiction and behavioral issues are based on a narrowed mental state.
Micro-dosing mushrooms can remove an addict from their current mental state of thinking and provide them a new outlook on life and a glimpse of the larger picture. Due to changes in neuroplasticity, it is believed that users will be able to change their addictive behaviors and move forward.
Improvements In Brain Function
Based on studies and research conducted on users who microdose psilocybin, it has been shown that mushrooms could offer support for brain repair and the forming of new brain cells. Researchers believe this happens because psilocybin helps a user’s brain to operate at its full potential. MRI studies have shown that psilocybin improves the connection between different brain parts, enhancing overall brain function.
Increases In Creativity And Creative Thinking
Based on user anecdotal reports, enhanced levels of creativity and creative thinking have always been thought of as a potential benefit of psychedelic substances. Now there have been several studies and scientific research to back these reports. One study done in London has found that the use of psilocybin is associated with the increased openness, cognitive flexibility, and creative thinking.
How Do I Get Started With Micro-Dosing Mushrooms?
One of the main concerns with most users regarding getting started on their micro-dosing journey is where they obtain mushrooms. There is a multitude of ways to get your hands on psilocybin.
The easiest and safest way for users to get their hands on mushrooms is to do it yourself. Mushroom spores and grow kits are legally available in the united states and other countries. Mushroom spores do not contain any psilocybin or psilocin until they are fully grown. This makes them readily available to users for research. There are many DIY guides on the internet explaining how to grow successfully. Here at Great CBD Shop, we have several strains of mushroom spores available to help get started!
Finding The Proper Dose
There are many different ways, and schedules users can try to implement micro dosing into their routine. Finding the proper dose is one of the essential things regarding micro-dosing. The point of micro-dosing is finding the sweet spot where you are getting the benefits of the plant but not experiencing a psychedelic “trip” There are two ways that are recommended.
The first way is to start low and slow and slowly increase the dose until a sweet spot is reached. Some anecdotal reports say that this isn’t the best way for new users as they will not know what signs/effects they are looking for. That brings us to the second recommendation of taking a regular dose with hallucinogenic effects and then working backward to the lowest dose where the effects are still noticeable. Below we will list reference points for where users should begin; keep in mind these are reference points that may differ from user to user.
Creative dose: 0.5–1g (test these doses before taking them at work!)
Typical party dose: 2–3g (a full trip dose)
How To Choose Your Micro Dosing Schedule
There are several different approaches to micro-dosing. The first approach is to microdose every one time every three days. If a user is going to be micro-dosing for long periods, this method avoids building tolerance.
The second approach is for users looking to test micro-dosing for its potential benefits in the workplace. With this approach, users will take their dose all week and take the weekend off.
A third approach is a balanced approach where users will dose every other day.
Where Can I Get Psilocybin Mushrooms To Test Micro-Dosing?
As we stated previously, at Great CBD Shop, we have several different mushroom spore strains available for users to try!
As explained above, psilocybin can help with many different things. Often times mushrooms get a bad name due to some of the crazy stories the media shows to the public. Now this blog has explained all of the great things about mushrooms so users can make an educated decision. Although we have only posted 3 strains above, if you check our mushroom spore section on the site you can find more!