How To Microdose Psilocybin Mushrooms: A Complete Guide

How To Microdose Psilocybin Mushrooms: A Complete Guide

Microdosing psilocybin mushrooms have become a popular way to treat a wide range of mental and physical illnesses quickly. This includes, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Suppose you’re concerned about your mental health. In that case, you may have tried various things to feel better and happier, like exercise, meditation, prescription drugs, behavioural health therapy, or a mix. But you may have heard recently that psychedelics, or hallucinogens, can be used to help mental health. Some people take modest doses of these drugs to get the desired changes.

Microdosing is the name for these small amounts, and it’s becoming more common. It used to be taboo, and something people only did behind closed doors. Now, everyone from people in the tech industry to artists is trying psychoactive substances, not just for a magical trip, but also to improve their work performance, problem-solving skills, mental clarity, and sense of well-being.

If you’re thinking about trying microdosing with succulent magic mushrooms, there are several things you should know first. This guide on microdosing psilocybin and understanding magic mushrooms will educate you about dosage, frequency, and possibly cognitive and psychological benefits. You also need to know about the different types of established protocols usually used to set up a microdosing regimen.

What is a Psychedelic Microdose?

The therapeutic effects of high doses of psychedelics, also called macro doses, have drawn much attention from scientists. Microdoses, low doses of psychedelics, have become a research focus in the past few years. In a larger sense, a microdose can be used for any drug. In psychedelics, psilocybin mushrooms and LSD, or Lysergic acid diethylamide, are the most widely accepted medicines used for microdosing. Today, we’ll talk about microdosing psilocybin mushrooms.

As you might have guessed, a psilocybin microdose is a small amount of these mushrooms that doesn’t make you feel anything. This implies that if your dose is right, taking a small amount of psilocybin mushroom will not make you hallucinate. Because of this, you can work, go out with friends, and use heavy equipment like cars and lawnmowers as usual after microdosing psilocybin mushrooms. However, it’s likely impossible to do both simultaneously, and maybe we shouldn’t try!

Many people want to know how long they should microdose psilocybin mushrooms. The answer is simple – you should take microdoses for as long as necessary. Some people may feel that after a month of microdosing miracle mushrooms, they have built up a strong enough mental base to build on. Some people may do this for 3 to 4 months at a time.

Psychoactive substances such as psilocybin mushrooms are not prescriptive, which means they don’t work the same way for everyone and shouldn’t. Listen to what your body is telling you and connect with your gut. You are the only one who can tell when it is time to stop microdosing your magic mushrooms.

The Benefits of Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms

A psilocybin microdosing procedure not only helps treat the specific symptoms of an ailment, but it can also help anyone who wants to raise their level of awareness. It lets people see the world from a more compassionate point of view and helps us heal by changing how we see our predisposed states of being.

We should point out that because psychedelics are called “non-specific amplifiers,” the benefits you get from them depend a lot on your own body. This means that what you discover about yourself through microdosing will be unique to your brain chemistry and private life.


People have said that microdosing makes it easier to focus and concentrate, which suggests that it could be useful in treating ADHD (ADHD). It has also been linked to improvements in creativity, critical thinking, motivation, and mental toughness in situations that usually cause stress.

In a 2019 study by Richard J. Stevenson and Vince Polito, the baseline measurements of 93 participants were taken. Participants were told to follow Fadiman’s plan and send in reports every day. 47.1% of the daily reports came from people who took a small amount of psilocybin.


The study found that measures of contemplation, connectedness, focus, creativity, happiness, productivity, and well-being all improved in a clinically significant way. After 6 weeks of microdosing, steps were taken for the long term. Stress, depression, stress, and mind wandering all improved in a noticeable way to doctors.

Serotonergic psychedelics also make the Default Mode Network less busy (DMN). The DMN is a part of the brain that takes care of our sense of self, or “I-ness.” It gets turned on when we stop paying attention to the outside world and turn our attention inward.

The DMN keeps track of the stories we tell ourselves that make up our ideas of who we are. People with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a very active DMN.

Serotonergic psychedelics reduce hyper-rumination because they decrease activity in the DMN. People with anxiety often think in ways that cause them to worry, panic, and stress when they do this. People with depression often keep thinking about how bad they think they are.

Benefits of Microdosing Before and After a Macrodose

Many people want to know the possible benefits of taking a small dose of psilocybin before or after taking a large dose. We’ve found that microdosing can help a lot when getting ready for and making sense of a therapeutic psychedelic experience with magic mushrooms.

One reason to microdose magic mushrooms before a high-dose ritual is to get to know the spirit of the medicine. It lets you learn more about how the drug affects your body. As we’ll talk about in a bit, there are several possible reasons why some people don’t feel the impact of psychedelics.

So, getting used to how your body reacts to psychedelics such as succulent magic mushrooms at a low dose can help you figure out what changes you might need to make to get the full effect of a high dose of psilocybin. Microdosing before a ritual also lets us figure out how much of the drug we can handle.

It can help us get a sense of the different ways in which our minds can be aware. Setting up this trust and rapport with a magic mushroom can make us feel safer during the high-dose experience, which can help us give in to the psychedelic journey more quickly and smoothly.

This is because psychedelics can ease the withdrawal effects of these pharmaceutical drugs by keeping our serotonin levels steady and then raising them as the antidepressants keep going out of our bodies.

Many report that microdosing after the macrodose ritual helps them keep their behavioural and emotional momentum. It can help individuals return to their daily lives more gently and supportedly.

A 2019 study conducted by Ling-Xiao Shao discovered that one macrodose of psilocybin can boost the size and density of dendritic spines. So, after taking a large dose, switching to microdosing would continue stimulating neuroplasticity in the brain, but in smaller amounts.

How to Know Your Dosage

When figuring out your dose for your magic mushroom of choice, it’s important to consider how the drug should and shouldn’t change how you see things. A microdose should be sub-perceptual, meaning you may feel happier or smarter, but you should feel mostly normal throughout the day.

Your microdose shouldn’t make it hard for you to do everyday things. Generally, you should take 0.1 grams of the psilocybin mushrooms on the first day. If you aren’t getting the desired effects, increase your dose by 0.05 grams each day you microdose until you reach your threshold.

We’ve already talked about how some people have trouble feeling the effects of psychedelic drugs. In some cases, you might not feel the effects of microdosing for a few weeks. Microdosing with psilocybin is like slowly peeling off the layers of an onion.

Some people have to peel away more layers of their conditioned reality before they can start to see life with more involvement. People who have taken psychotropic drugs in the past may have had their serotonin levels lowered or slowed down by the drugs.

In this case, you might have to change your dose to 0.5 grams to feel the effects. If you plan to slowly stop taking your medications, your sensitivity to psychedelic drugs will naturally decrease, and you may start to feel the effects at a lower dose. 

How to Prepare Your Microdose

With the help of a complete guide to microdosing, putting together your microdose is straightforward. In addition to the psilocybin-containing mushrooms, you can use several tools to ensure you’re always taking the right amount.

  • A digital jewelry scale that can measure in tenths (0.1) or hundredths (0.01)
  • Coffee grinder (optional)
  • Vegan or gelatin capsules (optional)

First, you need to choose how you want to take your microdose. Some find it beneficial to buy psilocybin capsules that come in small doses. If you decide to go this route, you must buy a bottle with the amount you want per capsule.

If you like the thought of microdosing capsules but want to try something else, you can always make your own by buying blank gelatin or vegan capsules and filling them yourself. Then, you can pulverize your magic mushrooms in a coffee grinder.

Once you’ve done that, you must weigh the dose you want to put in each capsule using a digital jewelry scale. Then, you must put your standard dose into the capsule and enjoy your magic mushroom medicine.

If you use a capsule or container to keep your powdered magic mushrooms on the scale, ensure to use the “Tare” or “T” function to subtract the weight of the capsule or container. Ensure that your scale is always set to grams.

The last way to make your microdose is to break off a small piece of the entire mushroom and weigh it. Keep cutting off tiny chunks of the magic mushroom chunk until the scale shows the right amount.

You can either eat the magic mushroom bit as is or drink some water with it. Even though this is the easier option, it doesn’t guarantee a consistent dose because the psilocybin isn’t always spread out evenly throughout an entire mushroom. If you grind your magic mushrooms into a powder, they will be more uniform.

The Most Popular Microdosing Protocols

We touched on how some well-known protocols provide structured routines for microdosing. The frequency with which a microdose should be taken varies significantly amongst the various options. The number of “off” days varies between these protocols. If you take the microdose daily, you’ll have “off” days when you don’t. The safest schedules often include a break between one and three days between doses.

This is the gold standard since it works with our bodies’ mechanisms for increasing tolerance. We can experience the full effects of the microdose sans developing a tolerance by waiting a few days between doses. 

The Fadiman Protocol

Regarding microdosing plans, the Fadiman Protocol is highly regarded in the world of psychonauts. Dr. James Fadiman devised this method, which includes rest days so that travellers can see the full picture of the results of their microdosing.

If it’s your first time microdosing, this technique will let you assess and compare the changes between your sober and microdosing states, which is invaluable information. It uses a microdosing cycle of 3 days, though the length of time you microdose is ultimately up to you (as it is with any regimen).

Each microdosing cycle can be maintained for at least four weeks and up to eight weeks. Taking a break of two weeks to four weeks between microdosing psilocybin mushrooms will help reset tolerance levels if you’ve noticed they’ve been rising over time.

The microdosing protocol involves taking small, controlled doses of a substance over a while to gradually build up its effects without experiencing any negative side effects. The protocol typically involves taking the first microdose on day one and then having a transition day on day two where no dose is taken. However, residual effects from the previous day’s microdose may still be felt. On day three, no dose is taken, and it’s considered normal. On day four, the second microdose is taken.

To better understand the protocol, let’s say you take your first dose on a Monday. You would not take a dose on Tuesday or Wednesday, but residual effects from Monday may still be present on Tuesday. On Wednesday, no dose is taken, and it’s considered a normal day. The second microdose was taken on Thursday. You would then rest on Friday and Saturday, and take your third dose on Sunday. The next dose would be taken on Wednesday, following the protocol until the desired effects are achieved.

The Stamets Stack

The Stamets Stack is a microdosing protocol developed by Paul Stamets, a mycologist who has devoted his life to studying the medicinal properties of mushrooms. The protocol involves taking a combination of supplements to create a nootropic stack. The ingredients of the Stamets Stack include 0.1 grams of Psilocybe cubensis mushroom, 5-20 grams of whole or powdered Lion’s Mane, or 50-200mg of Lion’s Mane extract, and 75-200 mg of Niacin (Vitamin B3).

The microdosing protocol is divided into four phases. The first phase involves microdosing for four consecutive days, followed by a transition period of three days where no dose is taken. The second phase also involves microdosing for four days, followed by another three-day transition period. The protocol will be repeated for several weeks to achieve the desired effects.

The ingredients in the Stamets Stack have provided cognitive benefits such as increased focus, improved memory, and heightened creativity. Psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, has also been shown to have therapeutic effects in treating depression, anxiety, and addiction.

In the same way that psilocybin promotes neurogenesis and stimulates neuron growth, so do the benefits of Lion’s Mane and niacin. It is thought that the stack would benefit from anti-inflammatory qualities as well.

In addition to encouraging neuronal repair, Paul’s research shows that niacin acts as a flushing agent, transporting the substances in Lion’s Mane and psilocybin to the ends of our neurons and allowing them to cross the blood-brain barrier.

Niacin sensitivity has been reported in rare cases. It causes flushing, which can be uncomfortable because it can feel like a burn or an itch. In a few hours, you won’t notice these negative effects anymore. Remember that psychedelics are not prescription drugs. Thus you are free to combine the Stamets Stack with the Fadiman Protocol, or use each one on its own.

Intuitive Microdosing

After using one or more of the procedures mentioned above for a while, many people opt to convert to a microdosing practice since it feels more natural to them. If you feel that it’s necessary, you can go microdosing psilocybin mushrooms anytime you choose.

One important thing to note in consuming magic mushrooms safely is that you should never take more than one microdose in 24 hours and always plan to give yourself at least one full day of abstinence between each microdose. To heal, we must regularly take stock of our inherent conditions and make concerted efforts to incorporate the available resources into our everyday lives.

Rarely do reports of harmful effects from a microdose surface. Most people report feeling a newfound appreciation for life and experiencing mental clarity that has been absent for some time. Nonetheless, a hallucinatory effect can occur if a person consumes a large dosage.

Microdosing psilocybin mushrooms can be habit-forming, but if you’re guided by intuition, intentionality, and proper support, it can be one of those most naturally healing practices you will ever experience.

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Microdosing involves taking a small, controlled substance, typically a psychedelic or plant-based compound, to achieve therapeutic or cognitive benefits without experiencing any negative side effects.
Microdosing has been reported to provide several benefits, including increased focus and productivity, improved mood and creativity, reduced anxiety and depression symptoms, and heightened spiritual awareness.
The most commonly used substances for microdosing include psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and DMT. Other plant-based compounds, such as cannabis and ayahuasca, have also been used.
The appropriate microdose amount can vary depending on the substance being used, the individual’s body weight and tolerance, and the desired effects. It’s important to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until the desired effects are achieved.
The legality of microdosing varies depending on the substance being used and the individual’s location. In many countries, substances like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms are illegal, while others like cannabis may be legal for medicinal or recreational use.
While microdosing is generally considered safe, it’s important to note that it can still have potential risks, such as increased anxiety or paranoia, altered perception, and impaired judgment. It’s also important to ensure that the substance being used is pure and of high quality. It’s recommended to consult with a medical professional before starting a microdosing regimen.