What is microdosing?
You know sometimes there are words and phrases that don’t exist in your vocabulary until a certain time. This was the case with the word microdosing. I didn’t really know anything about it until I started my own foray into the world of plant medicine early in 2021. I decided to try it, as I am open to new experiences and to new ways of working.
Microdosing involves taking a very small dose of hallucinogenic substances. These may be psilocybin mushrooms or LSD. The dosage isn’t enough, or shouldn’t be enough, that it makes you ‘trip’. As a study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology notes, a technical definition of a microdose would be a dose of the medicine that is only 1% of the active dose. In one small capsule there is approx 0.15-0.2g of mushrooms.
Why would you want to microdose?
You may be feeling anxious, depressed, looking for an alternative to ‘conventional’ medicine. You may have heard the term several times and curious to see how microdosing would work for you. My advice would be to do your research first. There are a few books which I would highly recommend including Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion which covers a lot of information so you can make an informed choice. You can grab a copy below https://uk.bookshop.org/a/1520/9781612439471
What are the benefits of microdosing?
- Enhanced creativity and enhancing problem solving skills
- Can improve your mood, you may feel calmer, happier, peaceful, optimistic. As one fellow MDer said he was less antsy with his wife, which can only be a good thing right?
- Can improve concentration and focus at work
- Can enhance your spiritual connectedness through incorporating meditation and/or journalling into your microdosing journey
- Some people feel as if they have had an energy boost for the day
- Can support people with depression and anxiety
- Can help with overcoming addictions and OCD
As you can see there are many benefits to microdosing and there are loads of article you can look at to read up more for yourself.
Even as I have been reading and researching these last few months there are more and more articles coming out in the mainstream media to say that psilocybin can help with anxiety. Microdosing allows you to still do everything you can do usually, but in a slightly calmer and more relaxed way. You become more observant of nature and feel more connected. There are instances where people may feel as if their anxiety is heightened. My personal feeling on this is that anxiety has a root cause and the reason it becomes heightened is because the root cause wants to be dealt with. Like I said that is my personal opinion. Microdosing isn’t a quick fix for everything that is shit in your life. There are other tools that can truly support you on your microdosing journey which include meditating, yoga, journalling and also working with a therapist/shaman/healer who can be there for you when stuff comes to the surface to be cleared.
There are certain cases where microdosing isn’t advised as there isn’t any research on it such as pregnancy, if you are bipolar or schizophrenic.
What about the science behind it?
I am not a scientist and don’t profess to be at all. What I do know though is this. There is a region of your brain called the Default Mode Network. This is responsible for ego and how we navigate situations based on our past experiences. When it is overactive we can feel depressed, anxious, be addicted to certain substances, have OCD or eating disorders. When psilocybin is ingested, there is less activity in the DMN. The brain makes new connections. As Michelle Janikian writes in her book, Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion, ” your ingrained day to day narrative of yourself is disrupted, giving you the opportunity to see yourself and your world differently for the duration of the trip” We then have to begin to integrate the new ways into our daily lives. The mushrooms themselves can do so much but then we as humans have to play our part too.
Is microdosing for me?
I would recommend doing your own research and reading up on it first before deciding whether it is for you or not. If so then do ensure that you are working with other tools to support you on your journey. There are some great resources out there and therapists/shamans/healers to work with you. If you do decide to microdose or if you have microdosed I would love to hear from you