A brief history of mushrooms
The primary medicinal mushroom varieties used for therapy contain psilocybin, which is a psychoactive molecule in over 200 species found all around the world. Psilocybin mushrooms, or “magic mushrooms” as they are commonly known, produce a host of psychoactive effects and are used for many therapeutic purposes. While breakthroughs in mental healthcare have not happened for some time, preliminary medical research data on psychedelic therapy indicates promising results that many health care professionals are optimistic about.
Today’s general public is largely unaware of the amazing advantages that psilocybin offers us however, the same cannot be said of our ancestors. Historians claim that mushrooms have been utilized by indigenous cultures as far back as 10,000 BCE. For example, runes and artwork discovered at Mayan and Aztek ruins provide us with evidence that mushrooms were used for spiritual enlightenment and physical healing. Our western culture began to develop an interest in the pharmaceutical possibilities of mushrooms after an article was published in Life magazine in the 1950s.
Micro-dosing is defined as the self-administration of psilocybin mushrooms in very small doses below the perceptual threshold. These small doses allow the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of psilocybin mushrooms while avoiding significant changes in perception. Micro-dosing allows users to change established and intrinsic thought patterns that are linked to anxiety, depression and addiction. As a result, many people have been able to break compulsive behaviours and thought patterns, allowing them to lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Benefits also include an increased ability to identify multiple solutions to problems that were previously unidentifiable, as well as an improved capability for logic and reasoning. Micro-dosing often improves self-confidence, enriching one’s personal life and relationships because of emotional awareness and improved communication skills.
While micro-dosage varies depending on the person, an average microdose is about 1/20 to 1/10 of a “full” psychedelic dose. This varies depending on several factors, including diet, weight and metabolism. We suggest starting with 50mg – 100mg and increase from there if needed.
WHEN TO DOSE
Take one or two capsules within the first half of the day. One after breakfast and one after lunch for example. For beginners, we suggest following a microdosing schedule for a few months. After that take a break for a month or so and then start a new schedule or simply dose when needed like before a big project or event.
There are many different microdosing schedules however the two most common are the Fadiman and Stamets protocols. The Fadiman protocol dosing every third day wheres the Stamets protocol of five days on and two days off. You may wish to try a different schedule to find what works best for you but keep in mind both Stamets and Fadiman recommend leaving a couple of days between dosing to prevent a build-up of tolerance. They also recommend following the microdosing protocol for several weeks and documenting any effects you notice on mood, behaviour, social interactions, etc.
FADiMAN MICRODOSING SCHEDULE
STAMETS MICRODOSING SCHEDULE
BENEFITS OF MICRODOSING
Everyone can gain from mushrooms as the potential benefits are boundless. The following are just a handful of reported benefits — this list is by no means exhaustive.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will I be tripping?
No. A microdose is 1/20th to 1/10th of a full psychedelic dose. The effects are sub-perceptual, meaning you should feel more focused and energized and remain fully cognizant and capable of going about your daily life. It allows you to be more focused and creative but should not negatively impact your ability to effectively meet your usual responsibilities.
How do I get started with microdosing?
Reach out to us at Bright Future to learn more about microdosing and what it can do in your life. Bright Future is a collective of cultivators, pharmacists, scientists and psychedelic practitioners. We have benefitted from the amazing properties of magic mushrooms and it’s something we are compelled to share. Our mission is to improve lives and empower mental wellness. Elevate your state of mind to achieve your fullest potential. Whether for therapeutic reasons or recreational purposes, Bright Future’s got you covered!
What methods of microdosing are there?
There are many ways to microdose, however, some of the most popular methods are ingesting capsules or powder mixes.
Can psilocybin be detected in a blood test?
Most standardized drug tests do not test for psilocybin. After about 12 hours, psilocybin can not be detected in the blood.
Is microdosing safe?
Microdosing has been found to be very beneficial for most people. As more research is being completed and studies released support is growing for the therapeutic use of psilocybin. Death or illness from toxicity is unheard of.
Are there medications I can’t take with mushrooms?
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed medications for many psychological disorders, including depression, OCD, PTSD, and anxiety. SSRIs work by temporarily boosting serotonin levels which, in rare cases, can lead to serotonin syndrome, which can be fatal. It is therefore not safe to take psilocybin, even in microdoses, when on an SSRI.
Can I overdose?
A physical overdose is not a danger with psilocybin — you will not die from psilocybin mushrooms. However, if you take large doses there are sometimes undesirable outcomes, that could include varying degrees of fear, anxiety, panic and feeling out of control. There are some things you can do as you ride out the trip, including Breath. Use your breath as an anchor. Move your body. This can help you get out of your head and start feeling more comfortable. Eat. This will allow you to feel more grounded and in control. Get outside. Being in nature often helps to relax people feeling stressed out from a bad mushroom experience. Listen to music. Something soft and instrumental.