What is microdosing?
Microdosing is the therapeutic ingestion of psychedelics in small amounts. This is being used more and more, for example with magic mushrooms, truffles and cannabis. The principle is that you do not get high, but that you experience a positive effect. Many people see it as a way to deal with certain complaints and disorders.
How does microdosing work?
Psychedelic drugs can induce violent effects. Mushrooms, LSD or truffles have a mind-expanding effect, you get high. You may feel euphoric, excited, happy or relaxed, but you may also start to see things that aren’t there. That’s the hallucinatory effect of these drugs. That’s what happens when you take the normal amounts of it.
If you use the technique of microdosing, then you only take a very small amount, about 1/10 of the normal amount. The bottom line is that you don’t take a psychedelic to trip, but as a kind of dietary supplement. You will therefore not suffer from the mind-altering effect, but continue to function in your normal way. You can work, study and do your daily activities as usual. You will be in control and no one will notice anything special about you. Yet the drug does do something to you, unobtrusively and with subtle effects. You’ll feel that yourself, but more in the background. Microdosing definitely has effects and they can help you in your daily life.
The effects of microdosing
Microdosing is used to improve health. The effects can be felt mainly mentally. Research has shown that microdosing psychedelic drugs can cause positive changes in the brain.
In 2013, this was studied in mice. The
of psilocybin (the mind-altering substance in magic mushrooms) promoted the formation of new neurons in the brain. This process called neurogenesis improves your cognitive skills and can have a positive effect on your mood.
The Royal Society Interface also did a study with microdosing psilocybin, which showed that it could stimulate creativity. Another study found that users who microdosed performed better in terms of creativity, personality and mental health. The scientists indicated that these kinds of results should spur further research into microdosing.
The most commonly cited effects of microdosing are:
- More creativity
- Greater problem-solving ability
- Better concentration
- Greater self-awareness
- More positive mood
- More energy
- Feeling more connected with people
- Being in the now
- Clear thinking
Microdosing can have a big positive impact on your life because of this. Whether for your work or study, for your hobbies or in your relationships with people. People say it helps them function. For example, you may notice the following benefits:
- More empathy for other people
- Clear ideas that arise spontaneously
- Being able to visualize better
- Good concentration, even when there are more disturbances around you
- Feeling stronger motivation
- Being able to complete projects better (less procrastination)
- Feeling less inhibited and anxious
Examples of microdosing
To take a microdose of a drug, you use ten times less than normal. For dried mushrooms applies that you normally take 2 grams for a trip, if you microdose you take 0.2 grams. For magic truffles the same applies, although they are fresh. A micro-dosage of truffles usually amounts to 0,7 to 1 gram.
Microdosing usually does not cause any negative effects, yet it is not recommended to do it every day. This is mainly to prevent habituation. Your body would then eventually become insensitive to the substances. That’s why most people use James Fadiman’s microdosing protocol. You then take a dose on the first day, rest for two or three days, after which you take another dose. It looks like this:
- Day 1
Microdosing: Take your microdose (if it’s your first time, keep a notebook of the effects you notice. You can then easily check what it does for you). How much you take is up to you. You need to find your own ideal microdosing amount. It is therefore a good idea to take the first dose on a day off. Make sure you don’t have to go anywhere or have any obligations. You can then calmly feel the effect. Of course, you don’t know exactly how you’ll react.
- Day 2
Transition day: this day you take nothing. You give your body time to process the dose and can observe what it does to you. You can also assume that the microdosing of the day before will still have an effect on the second day.
- Day 3
Normal day: also today you take nothing. This is to prevent tolerance.
- Day 4
Microdosing: You take another microdose and experience the effects.
So during a week you take 2 microdoses. You could follow this protocol for about 4 to 8 weeks to see what the effect of microdosing does to you. After 4 to 8 weeks you take some time off. This will help you better see how you feel without it, but also prevent you from getting too used to the substances. If all goes well, you can resume microdosing after a week of rest.
Which psychedelics can you microdose?
In fact, you can microdose any psychedelic. All these substances contain a substance that will make you trip if you take them in larger quantities. For example, LSD contains Lysergic acid di-ethylamide and magic mushrooms contain psilocybin. Unlike hard drugs, psychedelics are not addictive. They also do not have the harmful effects on health that hard drugs have.
Suitable for microdosing:
- Shrooms and truffles
- Peyote (contains mescaline)
- Iboga (contains ibogaine)
- Cannabis (THC)