People all over the world are turning to a milder side of psychedelics to seek improvements in their lives. Microdosing psilocybin, a compound found in magic mushrooms, has become an interesting way to better experience life. Some people are using it to boost their creativity, some are enhancing their senses, and some are treating mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
What remains unclear in all this is; how much is a microdose exactly? Does it differ from one person to another or is it one size fits all? In this article, this is exactly what we will delve into.
What Is An Average Microdose?
In a scientific study on several human subjects, different doses of psilocybin were tested to discover that a range of 0.5 to 2.0 mg is reasonable for most potential microdosers, depending on their personal tolerance to the substance.
Specifying the exact quantity of psilocybin required for an ideal microdose is just not enough. How is 0.5 to 2.0 mg going to translate into the dried shrooms you have lying around in your fridge? How do you even know the amount of psilocybin contained in a certain batch of mushrooms?
Well, the answer depends on a variety of factors. First, what part of the mushroom are you going to be consuming. The cap and stem each contain a specific amount of psychedelic substance. Secondly, the soil and environmental conditions matter a lot. In fact, between two different batches of the same species of shrooms, the amount of psilocybin can greatly vary. However, some rough calculations can be made despite all these factors.
Some Mushroom Math
It is still not clear whether the entirety of psilocybin converts to psilocin in the human body. The research is ongoing, but we do know that different bodies have the ability to metabolize substances in myriad different ways depending on their health, sex, body type, and the compound salt form. When calculating doses, these aspects are not kept in mind. So, we may not really be able to tell how much psilocin is actually being delivered to the brain!
While difficult, it is still possible to calculate the approximate amount of psilocybin in any given batch of magic mushrooms, provided that you are aware of the name of the species. In his book titled Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, Paul Stamets estimated the amount of the substance in 12 different species of dried shrooms. He also mentioned that his numbers a bit inflated and most people will collect mushrooms on the lower end.
To calculate yours, you can use the following formula:
Weight of dried mushrooms in grams x percentage of psilocybin in the particular species / 100
However, most people who microdose also factor in the amount of psilocin contained in the mushroom, as it is considered to be an active compound and can increase the intensity of the dose.
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