PSILOCYBIN MICRODOSING USER GUIDE
Psilocybin is the main psychoactive ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, also called “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms”. There are over 100 species of mushrooms that contain psilocybin. These mushrooms usually have long slender stems topped by caps with dark brown edges.
In the U.S., magic mushrooms are found Southeast and Pacific Northwest, often growing in pastures over cow dung. They also grow in Mexico, Central, and South America. The most potent species is considered to be Psilocybe azurescens, which is found mainly in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
How does it work?
Psilocybin, along with other drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and mescaline, is considered a “classic psychedelic” because it can induce changes in mood, thought and perception by mimicking neurotransmitters in your brain.
Once it enters the body, psilocybin is broken down into psilocin, a substance that acts like the neurotransmitter serotonin, which regulates mood. Its hallucinatory effects can cause a person to see images, hear sounds, and feel sensations that seem real but aren’t. Someone on psilocybin may experience synesthesia, or the mixture of two senses, such as feeling as though they can smell colors.
Besides sensory enhancement and visual hallucinations, participants in psilocybin assisted therapy sessions have described the drug’s effects as a life-changing experience where they gain deep insight that shifts the way they think about themselves.
Psilocybin has potential uses in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, smoking, alcohol addiction, cocaine addiction, cluster headaches, and cancer-related or other end-of-life psychological distress.
What is microdosing?
You may have heard of microdosing – the practice of taking tiny quantities of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD or psilocybin mushrooms, in a semi-regular plan with the hope of gaining some kind of brain boost.
People who microdose claim it makes them more productive and creative and more focused. It entails taking small doses of psychedelics over a couple of days to experience beneficial effects, and is used by some to alleviate anxiety and depression, and increase perception and creativity levels.
The dosage of a substance like psilocybin or LSD should only be approximately one-twentieth to one-tenth the regular dose designed to “trip”. The amounts for microdosing are meant to be sub-perceptual, without the intense body high or hallucinating side effects.
How to prepare psilocybin mushrooms for microdosing
In the absence of or difficulty assessing an organic chemistry lab to synthesize LSD, microdosing with psilocybin mushrooms is a natural alternative. Purchasing legal psilocybin truffles, or growing your own psilocybin mushrooms leaves you in charge of the process. You could find yourself providing for your mushroom microdose-enthusiastic friends as well. Preparing psilocybin for microdosing involves a bit of investment in kitchen equipment.
What’s next after obtaining the mushrooms?
Consider the following after obtaining your psilocybin mushroom:
- Fresh and dried psilocybin mushrooms are generally considered equivalent using the 10% dry to wet ratio. However, remember this is only an approximation, and fresh mushrooms can be greater or less than 10% of their dried weight. This means that if you take 4 grams of fresh mushrooms, you could get more or less than 0.4 dry grams from it depending on the mushroom itself and environmental factors like humidity.
- Caps and stems contain different levels of psilocybin. The psilocybin contents in P. cubensis are between 0.37-1.30% in the whole mushroom, with 0.44-1.35% in the cap and 0.05-1.27% in the stem. This means that the caps are, on average, slightly more potent than the stems, and that there are tiny bits of stems that contain almost no psilocybin. It is always recommended that you grind your mushrooms to a fine powder.
- Psilocybin content varies from mushroom to mushroom, and from strain to strain. Changing varieties during your microdosing protocol will make calibration difficult as you’ll be ingesting varying amounts of a psychoactive substance with each different type of psilocybin mushroom
- Psilocybin content changes in the different stages of development of a mushroom. Miniature pinheads that just didn’t grow bigger can be more potent than larger mushrooms per gram of weight.
- If you are microdosing with psilocybin truffles, you should be aware that dried truffles often contain less psilocybin than dried mushrooms.
What’s the best way to prepare psilocybin mushrooms for microdosing?
- Powdering your dried psilocybin mushrooms is by far the best way to yield the most consistent psilocybin microdose.
- By grinding your mushrooms together, you equalize the variance in the psilocybin content between caps and stems and from mushroom to mushroom.
- Drying methods range from leaving them out on a towel, to putting them in front of a fan to low heat in the oven for several hours (low heat is needed as heat can decrease the potency), to placing them in a box with Epsom salt for the preservation of the consistency and efficacy of the shrooms.
How do you microdose with psilocybin mushrooms?
This is meant to be a step-by-step guide in practical preparation, taking you from the desire to microdose to actually realizing it. Ideally, a psilocybin microdose will not cause a substantial change in mood, disposition, or mindset. Instead, its effect will subtle but present. Preparing psilocybin mushrooms for microdosing involves more steps than microdosing with LSD, but it is still straightforward – drying a batch of mushrooms, grinding them into a powder, and measuring out about 0.1g of powder as your starter microdose.
You can adjust the amount consequently after the first attempt. When you take an amount that makes you feel some changes (most notably drowsiness – the first effect that comes on in a psilocybin trip), roll back to the dose just under it, and you will have found your mushroom microdose sweet spot.
You can use any kind of the psilocybin mushrooms for your microdosing. The popular ones used are: Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe semilanceata, Psilocybe azurecens, Psilocybe cyanescens, and Panaeolus. Just beware of how much psilocybin content your preferred strain has (for example, the last two are rich in psilocybin), and adjust your microdose accordingly.
There are various styles to take your mushroom microdose. The most practical one is to measure precisely measure out your dose and fill up some empty capsules with the powder. This is to ensure even distribution throughout your plan and to rationalize the taste problem that some people have with psilocybin mushrooms.
Another way is to prepare a psilocybin tea. The desired dose of the mushroom powder can be dissolved in hot water, and even some honey added.
The recommended schedule is taking a microdose once every three days. Most people prefer taking it in the morning because the effect will last throughout the day, and also because microdosing at night could interfere with sleep.
- Take a mushroom microdose on day 1.
- Do not take on day 2 and day 3.
- Then, take another mushroom microdose on day 4.
|Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4|
|Dose day||No dose (after effects)||No dose (normal)||Dose day|
Care must be taken to adhere to the rules for use to ensure optimal effect with little or no adverse effect resulting.
Though there is no hard and fast rule as to how to microdose psilocybin because microdosing for different people may vary due to age, sex, physiological status, general health and frequency of use of the user, this simple guideline helps the user to know the basic rules guiding the use of psilocybin, and is truly helpful to all.
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