Do you also like to take advantage of the boost caffeine gives you in the morning to start your day? You’re not the only one. A cup of coffee when you’ve just gotten up or in the afternoon to re-energize you is not to be sneezed at. Many people see it almost as a necessity to get through the day. But can microdosing go well with caffeine?
Caffeine and microdosing: two mind-altering drugs
Do you drink one or more cups of coffee every day? Then you are using drugs! Most people don’t realize it, but that delicious cup of cappuccino or your favorite Caramel Macchiato fall under drugs just like magic mushrooms. This is why caffeine already has quite a few similarities to magic mushrooms. Except that coffee is a generally accepted drug and magic mushrooms are not.
Yet coffee brings perhaps more disadvantages than the magic mushrooms so severely condemned. In fact, caffeine is addictive and can even be toxic in high doses. And on top of that, you probably use coffee daily (even several times a day), whereas most people don’t with magic mushrooms.
Of course, this does not mean that we do not like coffee and do not recognize that this stimulant has its fine benefits as well. However, it may be clear that the properties of coffee are often underestimated. Caffeine has a hefty impact on your body and mind (as do magic mushrooms, for that matter). It’s good to know exactly what those effects are and whether you could combine them well with microdosing magic mushrooms or truffles.
What are the effects of caffeine?
When you drink a cup of coffee (any kind), caffeine enters your bloodstream. This substance affects adenosine receptors. It blocks them, preventing adenosine from being absorbed. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter with a calming effect. When it can’t do its job, you stay active, alert and awake.
This, of course, brings benefits. You can concentrate better, have more energy and have greater stamina. But there are also drawbacks. It means you won’t be able to fall asleep at night (if you still have coffee at the end of the day) and it can even cause sleep problems. Furthermore, caffeine can exacerbate anxiety, increases heart rate and in high doses can also cause irregular heartbeat.
There is even an upper limit set for caffeine at which you can overdose and die from it. On top of that, caffeine is addictive. Often you don’t notice this until you try to stop. In case you yourself have tried to skip your cup of coffee in the morning, you probably know that annoying headache that comes on then. This is one of the withdrawal symptoms caused by caffeine affecting the body’s levels of dopamine, nervous system and cardiovascular system. Despite these drawbacks, of course, you still like to enjoy a cup of coffee on occasion. Then we’ll look below to see if you can safely do the same when microdosing.
Combining microdosing and caffeine
Perhaps you already do microdosing and wonder if you can combine it with caffeine. That’s a logical question. Many people who microdose are very conscious of their health and question the risks posed by caffeine. Microdosing involves taking a very low dose of magic mushrooms or truffles. Mushrooms and truffles contain the psychoactive substance psilocybin.
When microdosing, however, the dose is so low that you don’t suffer from hallucinations, but still enjoy the benefits of psilocybin. Some of the benefits include a positive effect on mood, improved concentration and increased creativity. You could say that these benefits are comparable to those of a cup of coffee, though.
And can you combine these effects of your microdosing routine with those of caffeine? Like many other natural and holistic remedies, this depends very much on your own opinion and how your body responds. One of the main properties of psilocybin is that it can make you alert, give you more energy and boost your brain. So it can be mildly stimulating, just like caffeine.
If you know of yourself that you react strongly to such stimuli and get worked up or busy because of them, then that is something to take into account. For example, an excess of stimulation and stimulus can cause anxiety or an unpleasant feeling of hyperactivity. In that case, it is better to skip your regular cup of coffee on the day you take a microdose.
But if this doesn’t bother you (and it’s best to just try it out), then caffeine is fine to use in combination with microdosing. You may benefit from it, feeling fit, energized and motivated.
Finding out what works for you
Both caffeine and microdosing are (mildly) stimulating. Whether you want to combine them is up to you. It is mainly a matter of listening carefully to your body. There are those who indicate that they prefer not to use these two substances at the same time. They say they can better tune into the effects of psilocybin if they don’t take caffeine. But if that does not apply to you, then there is no reason for you to benefit from the positive effects of either substance.