What is a microdose?

A microdose is taking a psychedelic substance like psilocybe mushrooms at a level under 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 of dried mushroom. A microdose is much smaller, between 1% and 10% of an active dose, typically in the range of 25mg to 100mg.

What are the benefits of psilocybe 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 psilocybe microdoses?

Psilocybe 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 psilocybe 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 psilocybe microdosing?

Please visit our resource archive of magazine articles, scientific studies and psilocybe advocacy organizations.

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