It wasn’t all that long ago that cannabis became legal and the general population was finally able to experience the life changing impact that cannabinoids can offer. Those in the field expect to see a similar trajectory for psychadelics, specifically psilocybin mushrooms.
This month, four patients were granted the right to use psilocybin treatment to help cope with the crushing anxiety that has accompanied their terminal illness.
In the States, John Hopkins University and Imperial College London have been conducting studies to examine the impact that psychedelic-assisted therapy has on emotional traumas — including with patients facing debilitating worries from terminal diagnoses.
Compassionate rulings and well-funded studies, coupled with the numerous companies that are entering the field, has made it clear that people are looking for natural, safe alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical medicine. For those of us already using psilocybin, it is thrilling to think that these incredible little mushrooms will soon be helping people all over the country.
Before deciding on a dose, it’s important to understand why you want to try psilocybin and what your ideal outcome is. Are you looking to help calm your stress, anxiety, or depression? Do you seek focus or creativity? Maybe you want to experience a trip and feel closer to those around you. Once you know what you want out of magic mushrooms, you can then decide on your dose.
We know that microdosing psilocybin has the ability to…
Increase the frequency and intensity of desirable states/outcomes, including: creativity, energy, flow states, productivity/focus, improved relationships/increased empathy, athletic coordination, and leadership development.
With that in mind, you will only take between 100 – 150mg to ensure that you reap the benefits without any feeling of impairment. Microdosing is great for those who are looking for relief from undesirable mental states or the increase of desirable mental states on a regular basis.
Be sure to check out our other article, “How To Microdose Psilocybin“, to understand when you should be taking your dose.
For those who work in a creative industry, 250mg will be an excellent dose for you to release your personal hang ups or anxieties and really immerse yourself in the project at hand. A creative dose helps you to feel enlightened and open to new ideas.
If you are looking to take a trip, experience the outer frontiers of your mind and feel in touch with the universe, you’ll be taking a dose of 500mg or more. We recommend that beginners looking for recreational fun start with 500mg and adjust as needed. Those who are experienced will likely take 1 gram or more.
Always ensure that you are in a safe space, with people you love and trust. If it is your very first time, consider having a “trip sitter” with you, someone who doesn’t partake (or takes a very small dose) who can help you process what you are experiencing if necessary.
Like cannabis, psilocybin effects us all a little differently. Always start with a conservative dose and adjust as necessary. Start low and go slow!
Consider taking your first dose on a weekend when you have no responsibilities and can simply enjoy the experience. If your stomach is typically sensitive to edibles, have a light meal ahead of time.
For more information on how to microdose magic mushrooms, take a peek at our articles “Benefits of Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms“, “How To Microdose Psilocybin Mushrooms“, and “My First Time Trying Psilocybin“.