How to Microdose with Psilocybin
Do an Instagram sesh these days and chances are you have come across the word microdosing. If this is all new to you, welcome! I truly applaud anyone who educates themselves and seeks out alternative ways to elevate their health and well-being.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing involves regular self-administration of psychedelic substances (psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD, cannabis), in doses small enough to NOT impair normal cognitive functioning. Psst... I will be discussing microdosing with psilocybin here.
Top motivations for microdosing include:
Improvements in creativity, mood, emotional well-being and cognitive functioning. As well as reductions in stress, depression, and anxiety. It is also said that the benefits are accumulative, and grow over time. However, it is not recommended to microdose psilocybin every day.
The Paul Stamets Method
Involves taking one microdose per day for four consecutive days, followed by three consecutive days without a dose, otherwise known as a tolerance break. To keep it simple, you could take your first microdose on a Monday and then take Friday, Saturday, Sunday off. The logic behind this is that by taking the microdose four days in a row, the body will more easily gain the accumulative effects, while the three days off at the end of the week are enough for a tolerance break. Stamets recommends not taking psilocybin alone, but rather in combination with Lion's Mane and Niacin, also known as the Stamets Stack. Some people stay on this protocol indefinitely, while others will take a tolerance break for up to four weeks.
The Fadiman Protocol
Also known as the Beginner's Protocol, and is named after Dr. James Fadiman. Involves taking a microdose on Day 1, and then Day 2 and Day 3 are dose-free. Most people dose every three days. The goal is to help microdosers observe the effects of microdosing on their lives by clearly distinguishing between microdosing days and non-microdosing days. You follow this cycle for four to eight weeks, then rest for two to four weeks.
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This article is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
It is not recommended that people with colour-blindness, or who live with diagnoses of psychotic disorders or along the autism spectrum try microdosing.
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