If you have already decided that you want to delve in the enchanted world of magic mushrooms, you will need a place to start. Here’s our beginner’s guide for those just starting out!
Preparing the Shrooms
Even though psilocybin mushrooms are naturally occurring, it involves more steps than just slipping a tab under your tongue. For one, fresh and dried shrooms will contain different quantities of the psychedelic substance; plus, different strains will have varying amounts of psilocybin. In fact, even the cap and stem of the same mushroom can differ in effect!
This is why our advice is to dry one batch of mushrooms and grind them into a powder. As a started dose, measure around 0.1g of the resulting substance. Once you’re through with your first experience, you can adjust the dose likewise. If you start feeling sleepy, it means the dose was a little too high. Roll it back little by little until bam! You’re Goldilocks!
We have a line of microdose capsules, if you’re don’t want to go through the hassle of preparing the mushroom microdoses yourself.
What Kind of Mushrooms to Use?
The next question we get asked a lot is: what kind of psilocybin mushroom is best for microdosing?
The answer is any kind!
If you would still like to make sure you have the right kind, the most common ones are Psilocybecyanescens, Psilocybeazurecens, Psilocybecubensis, and Panaeolus amongst others. Just remember that different strains have different quantities of the psychedelic, so measure out your dose right!
Taking the Dose
Are you supposed to just… swallow them? There is no one way to microdose psilocybin. If you want to make the process easier, measure out a dose and fill out some empty capsules with dried and powdered mushrooms. This would ascertain that you get a uniform dose each time. Plus, the capsules would do away with the taste issues some people complain about when taking the dose.
You can also brew a tea with your magic mushroom powder by dissolving the desired amount in hot water. You can even sweeten it a bit with sugar or honey! Add it to any other drink of your choice and you’re good to start your day!
What Is the Ideal Schedule?
Should you take a microdose every day? Most enthusiasts would recommend a cycle of three days when microdosing. They pop one dose in the morning time so the effects can last through the day. Moreover, nighttime microdosing can affect your sleep at night.
On the first day, take a microdose, then take another on day four. By skipping two days in the middle, you are making sure that you don’t over do it or do too much too quickly.
Because psilocybin can have different effects on different people, we recommend taking daily notes in the journal to guide you through. Note the short-term and long-term effects, and the changes in your perception, energy, mood, and social behavior.
The aim is to enhance the experience of your day-to-day life, and only you can verify when that happens!
In the coming weeks we’ll outline some popular microdosing protocols.
Take the First Day Off
Even though the effects of microdosing aren’t very drastic and noticeable, you should take a day off from social commitments when you do it the first time. Once you have observed your own reaction to the microdose, you will be more equipped to make better decisions for yourself.