FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a microdose?
A microdose is taking a psychedelic substance like psilocybe mushrooms at a level around 10% of what would be a standard dose for recreational or spiritual purposes. At this low level, there can be mental and physical benefits without any “high” or psychedelic effects.
A typical dose of psilocybe mushrooms for psychedelic purposes would be between 1000mg and 3000mg (1 to 3 grams) of dried mushroom. A microdose is much smaller, between 5% and 10% of an active dose, typically in the range of 50mg to 200mg.
What are the effects of microdoses and high-level doses?
• 100-200mg MICRODOSE: At microdose levels between 100mg and 200mg, psilocybin will produce very little or no noticeable psychedelic effect. At these low doses, there will usually be feelings of reduced anxiety, peacefulness, and increased human connection.
• 500-800mg MID-LEVEL: A mid-level dose between 400mg and 800mg will typically produce noticeable psychedelic effects but low-intensity and manageable. If you are planning to do a high-level dose for the first time, it is recommended to try a mid-level dose first to get acclimated to the experience.
• 1000-2000mg HIGH-LEVEL: A high-level dose between 1000mg and 2000mg will usually produce a strong psychedelic breakthrough effect and is the best range for psychedelic therapy purposes.
• 3000mg+ VERY HIGH: Doses over 3000mg will produce intense psychedelic effects with a higher potential for feelings of fear and anxiety, without increased therapeutic benefit.
These dosages are a guide, and can vary by bodyweight and personal psychology.
What are the benefits of psilocybin microdoses?
Benefits can include reduced anxiety, reduced stress, improvement in sleep patterns, improvement in mood, reduced substance use, reduction in cluster headaches, reduction in migraine headaches, increase in focus, increase in creativity. Some users find that microdoses can provide pain relief.
What are the risks of psilocybin microdoses?
Psilocybin is non-toxic and cannot kill by overdose. Microdoses are generally very safe. Taking a microdose in the evening can disrupt sleep patterns in some users.
Taking too high of a dose of psilocybin can cause powerful feelings. Often positive and healing, but also sometimes feelings of discomfort, increased anxiety, disruption in mood and cognitive impairment. Usually you would need a dose 10x or higher than a microdose to feel these kinds of effects. At very high dosages risks can also include hallucinations, paranoia and rarely a temporary drug-induced psychosis.
A microdose should not cause driving impairment. However, do not drive until you are used to effects of microdosing and your optimal dosage has been determined, and do not drive if feeling impaired or uncomfortable in any way. There are also risks around accidental use by children and pets. Store your capsules in a safe location.
How can I find out more about psilocybin therapy?
Please visit our resource archive of magazine articles, scientific studies and psilocybe advocacy organizations.
You can also contact us by email at [email protected]
How can I become a member of your dispensary?
You would need to fill out our online membership form. We require ID to prove you are over 19, and a statement that you intend using our products for therapeutic purposes.
What does it cost?
It depends on the dose level, but the cost for microdosing usually works out to around $7-12 a week. We do offer a compassionate price discount if requested, just ask.
How much should I take to microdose?
We typically recommend starting at a low dose of 50mg, and then increasing your dosage with each dose until your find a level that works for you. For the majority of people, the optimal microdose dose is somewhere between 75mg and 150mg.
How long should I microdose for?
We typically recommend dosing 2x a week for 12-16 weeks, and then taking a 1-2 week break to see how you feel. The first few weeks will be spent adjusting your dose to find the right dose level for you.
After your first 12-16 weeks we suggest taking a break and then decide if you want to continue. Often people decide to do another 12-16 week course. Many people will find they have permanent benefits after several months of microdosing. Some people decide to continue dosing longer, which is fine and not harmful.
After an initial course or two of microdosing over several months, many people decide to reduce the frequency, and possibly only microdose for a few weeks once a year, to get a kind of reset, or deal with any season-specific issues. There is no harm from continued use, but the goal is to achieve long-term benefits that persist without regular dosing.
How do I take high-dose mushrooms?
When taking high-dose mushrooms for therapeutic purposes, it is best to have a trusted person with you. This person’s role is to be reassuring, to help you feel safe, and to offer guidance or feedback if needed. Do not take a psychedelic mushroom dose on your own.
If you are in a deep depressive state or crisis point, do not take a psychedelic level dose of mushrooms at that time.
If you are taking a psychedelic level mushroom dose for the first time, do it at a place and time where you will be safe and comfortable. You may be psychologically and physically vulnerable during a mushroom trip.
You can expect the experience to begin within an hour of ingesting mushrooms. The experience will peak at around 3 hours after dosing, and then continue in a reduced manner for another 3-4 hours.
Psilocybin mushrooms are non-toxic. You are very unlikely to be physically harmed even by very large doses. The effects are mainly psychological.
I’m in the US, can I become a member?
We do not ship anything outside of Canada. If you will be visiting Canada we can ship to your Canadian address. We can accept your membership from outside of Canada, but we will only ship to Canadian address.
I’m taking a prescription drug. Can I take mushrooms?
You will get more detailed information about drug interactions when your membership is confirmed.
We do not recommend combining psilocybin with lithium, as there are reports this combination can lead to heart problems.
We also warn that anti-depressants can dramatically reduce the effects of microdosing. If you are taking SSRI or SNRI we recommend reducing or eliminating your use while microdosing.
Our experience is that patients taking SSRI or SNRI often require a higher level microdose to get a beneficial effect, in the the range of 250-350mg. It is still best to start low and work up over a few doses.
Generally, there are no significant interactions to be concerned about with other drugs. However, we do advise reducing other drug use, including alcohol, on the days you are microdosing, if possible.
How do you ship? Is the parcel discreet?
We ship everything by Canada Post Xpresspost. The parcel is normal and discreet. The labelling does not indicate the contents in any way. We have sent out many hundreds of orders with no problems. Canada Post has been experiencing slowdowns but they still get everyone’s parcel delivered safely.
Is this legal? Am I going to get in trouble?
You’re not going to get in trouble.
In terms of legality, we operate in the same grey area that allowed medical cannabis dispensaries to thrive for many years before legalization. We do not expect to have any legal troubles. The Vancouver police have indicated they don’t consider microdoses to be a big problem.
Psilocybin mushrooms are a lower schedule than cannabis, and since we are only dealing in microdoses and to people with confirmed ailments, we do not expect any raids or troubles.
We keep all member information safe. Even in a worst-case scenario where we had some legal troubles, keep in mind that authorities have never ever tried to go after a client of a medical cannabis dispensary, even in jurisdictions where raids have been common. No police officer or judge in Canada would be interested in going after someone who ordered a tiny amount of mushrooms for medical use.
Is there an age limit?
We require members to be over 19 years old. We do accept members under the age of 19 with parental involvement and consent. Please contact us for more information.