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Microdosing refers to the practice of taking a minuscule amount of a psychedelic substance. This product will focus on microdosing with legal substances, but you may find parts of the text applicable to microdosing with other types of substances such as psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, ketamine, iboga, mescaline, and cannabis.
What Does a Microdose Feel Like?
Microdoses of magic mushrooms (below the psychoactive threshold) produce a sense of focus and increased creativity.
The effects are strongest on the first day but gradually become more subtle the more you use them. This is because the body quickly develops a tolerance to the psychoactive effects of the mushrooms — but this doesn’t mean they’re not offering any benefits.
Some people won’t experience any perceptual or physical changes, even with the first dose.
The goal of using microdoses is to achieve a higher level of focus and productivity over time. They’re used to assist in developing new habits and routines and achieve a better grasp on emotional and interpersonal connection.
The first few days of taking a microdose can result in some mild perceptual changes — such as slight waviness in vision (especially when looking at a digital screen), tingly sensations throughout the body, and changes in depth-perception in the hands and limbs.
Microdoses can also cause some mild changes in mood (either extra social or slightly antisocial), a feeling of mild euphoria, and alterations in workflow or focus.
Over the course of a few days, you should notice most of the perceptual changes disappear. You should still experience the benefits of focus, concentration, and creativity.
Microdosing can help you get in touch with your Inner Healing Intelligence, which knows exactly what’s necessary for your health and happiness. Psychedelic substances can be reliable and powerful allies to remind you of your innate capacity to heal yourself. Some people may refer to a microdose as a “spiritual vitamin.”
People microdose for a variety of reasons. Common intentions include spiritual growth, alleviating anxiety or depression, and entering flow states. Microdosing is most effective as part of a holistic, healthy lifestyle that prioritizes service, community, and truth.
Microdosing is a gradual process of unraveling and loosening the tensions in the body and mind, while taking higher doses will bring emotions to the surface in a much more intense and accelerated fashion.
What are the advantages of microdosing over macrodosing?
Taking a full dose of psilocybin mushrooms or truffles may be an ideal option if you have proper integration support and can afford to take at least one or two days away from your normal routine. On the other hand, microdosing can be a gentle method to enhance your life without disruption to your daily activities.
There are several reasons why you may choose to microdose instead of macrodose. Compared to taking a full dose, microdosing:
- usually requires less integration support, as the effects are more subtle and less jarring;
- requires less intensive preparation (although you will find that incorporating various preparation and integration practices into your life is a vital part of the healing and growth process);
- allows you to metaphorically dip your toes in the water before making a full commitment to dive in;
- allows you to retain some control instead of having to let go completely;
- gives you the ability to carry on your daily activities in a normal or even enhanced manner;
- causes no hallucinatory, visual effects;
- is more flexible because you can take a microdose anytime during the day. Some people like to take it first thing in the morning, while others like to take it in the afternoon or even right before they go to sleep (although some may find taking it before sleep may keep them up for longer than expected);
- allows you to adjust dosage more effortlessly;
- gives you the opportunity to more easily experiment with and track dosages from day to day and week to week.
What are the effects of microdosing?
Technically, a microdose is sub-perceptual, which means the effects are unnoticeable. In reality, however, many people can and want to feel the impacts of a microdose. Some of the most commonly reported effects of microdosing are:
- Increased energy
- A sense of presence and groundedness
- Heightened sense of emotional, mental, and physical well-being
- Increased emotional and mental maturity
- Increased optimism
- A sense of openness, brightness, or lightness
- Heightened sensory perception
- Decreased anxiety, stress and/or depression
- Improvement in relationships and social behaviors
- Decreased negative self-talk
- Increased sense of empathy, compassion, and love
- A heightened sense of being in touch and in tune with the body
- A feeling of interconnectedness
- A sense of connection with nature and ancestors
- An expanded sense of self
- Increased creativity
- Increased mental acuity, agility, flexibility, and resilience
- Decreased need for caffeine, alcohol, tobacco or other stimulants or depressants
- Decreased addictive or destructive tendencies
- Improved eating and sleeping habits
- More clarity and less mental fog
- Less intense headaches
- Improved memory and vocabulary
- Decreased focus on pain
Is there an ideal dosing protocol?
There are various microdosing protocols and schedules. To find one that works best for you, be open to experimenting and listening to your body and intuition. There’s no need to rigidly follow a protocol just because it’s popular or promoted by someone famous.
Timing: Setting a Microdosing Schedule
Microdosing works best when done consistently over several weeks or months. When first starting out, there are three aspects of timing to consider:
- What time of the day should you take your dose?
- How many days should you microdose per week?
- How long should you continue to microdose?
How Many Days A Week Should I Take A Microdose?
Microdoses shouldn’t be taken every single day. Just like exercising, it’s important to take rest days.
There are a few philosophies for scheduling when it comes to microdosing:
- Dr. Fadiman Standard Microdose Schedule — Dose on day 1, no dose day 2 & 3, repeat
- Psychedelic work week — 5 days microdosing, 2 days off, repeat
- Alternating weeks — 1 week with dose, 1 week no dose, repeat
There’s a lot of debate in the microdosing community about what the best schedule is. In truth, there’s really no “right” or “wrong” way to do it. What matters is how it feels for you. Everybody is different and will respond in kind.
If you find taking the dose for an entire workweek is too much, add an extra rest day or two, or reduce the dose. These schedules are merely guidelines — it’s up to you to tailor the experience so it works for you.
My favorite schedule is the standard set by Dr. James Fadiman (1 day on, 2 days off). He set this schedule to standardize the process of microdosing in order to collect more consistent data.
Even when the substance wears off, there’s some residual effect. I find that after about 2 weeks of microdosing, I continue to feel the same benefits even on the rest days.
Here are a few examples of schedules and protocols:
- A “one day on, two days off” schedule is recommended by James Fadiman, the author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys. In this protocol, you take a dose on Day 1, skip a dose on Day 2 and Day 3, and then resume dosing on Day 4. The idea behind this schedule is that the positive effects of microdosing seem to last two days, and the days off prevent tolerance from building and allow you to integrate your experiences. Although Fadiman may have designed this protocol specifically for microdosing LSD, many psilocybin microdosers see great results following it.
- A “four days on, three days off” schedule is recommended by Paul Stamets, a distinguished mycologist, who previously suggested a “five days on, two days off” schedule. It may be worth noting that Stamets, now in his mid-60s, who has spent much of his adult life studying psilocybin, has just recently changed his recommended protocol. This should give you confidence to maintain a flexible approach and allow your own experimentation and results to guide you.
- Other proponents may suggest a “every other day” or an “on, off, on, off, on, off, off” protocol, or a “go with the flow” or “as needed” philosophy.
Microdosing every day is not suggested. The off-days reduce the effects of tolerance that can build up over time, and give you the opportunity to practice working with and processing emotions without the direct aid of a substance. Microdosing helps us become aware of the root causes of unhappiness and pain, and to live a wholesome lifestyle that avoids these causes, but it’s best not to become dependent on any substance. In fact, under certain conditions, you may decide to take an “off-week” or “off-month.”
What Time Of The Day Should I Take A Microdose?
Even in small doses, psychedelics have a mildly stimulating effect. This means if you take them too late in the day they can interrupt your ability to fall asleep.
Most people take their microdose in the morning to prevent this.
Keep in mind, most psychedelics wear off after about 6 hours, so you’ll want to time the dose so it gives you the desired benefits when you have the most to gain from it. This depends on what intentions you set in the previous step.
For example, if you want to be more productive at work, you’ll want to take the microdose right before you start work for the day. If you don’t usually start working until late morning, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to take your dose at 6 am.
If your goal is to improve creativity and you do most of your creative work in the late afternoon or early evening, you may want to take your dose closer to lunch time so the effects overlap with your creative activities.
In general, you should avoid taking your microdose at least 8 hours before your regular bedtime. If you notice you’re having a hard time sleeping on the days you take the dose, you may need to adjust and take the dose even earlier.