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The most common barrier individuals will face when looking to begin experimenting with microdosing is a lack of a trusted source. 

Of course there’s certain equipment such as a milligram scale, capsules, and grinders one may need in order to make a microdose once they get some psychedelic substances into their possession. Sometimes you may get lucky and find pre-made products, but as people rush to capitalize on the emerging market it may be preferential, and safer to make products for yourself so you know exactly what’s in it.

To get started, reach out to friends you trust, who may have experience with psychedelics, or talk to a mental health professional about getting involved in a research study. A casual conversation can always go a long way, but talking with your doctor about finding a licensed practitioner  or clinical trial may be another way to go about it. If you have the time, mushrooms can be grown on a small scale at home with relative ease due to the abundance of materials in the marketplace today.

Now that you’ve got your mushrooms, you may be wondering when it’s appropriate to take a microdose. First and foremost, we always recommend tuning to your body and its inherent intuition before ingesting any medicine for the first time from a new source. Are you in the right set and setting? Does your mind feel free and clear of racing thoughts? Is there tension that you notice anywhere in your body? Take note of all these things to bring presence and awareness to your experience. In this way we can maximize the healing potential of this bountiful medicine. 

If you are feeling nervous about your first time. Have a friend around for the day or go out on a hike to get away from all the clutter of civilization that can become quite stimulating for one’s first experience with a microdose. 

How much to dose: 

Most people feel safe starting with about 100 mg of dried mushrooms. This dose typically does not produce any overstimulating or overwhelming experiences, and most people will be able to find that they can go through their day in a relatively normal manner. Depending on the response this dose can be increased or decreased based on desired end user effects.

Mushroom microdoses can vary from about 100 mg of powdered mushrooms up to 300 mg.

When to dose: 

It’s recommended to dose 40-60mins before or after eating to allow it to be consumed without interference on a protocol that best fits your routine, intentions and goals.

Here are some popular protocol schedules:

MCRDSE: 3 days on, 1 day off/cycle: 8-12 wks/rest: 2-4 wks
Fadiman: 1 day on, 2 days off/cycle: 4-8 wks/rest: 2-4 wks
Stamets: 4 days on, 3 days off/cycle: 4-8 wks/rest: 2-4 wks
MDI: 1 day on, 1 day off/cycle: 4-8 wks/rest: 2-4 wks

How to support the microdose: 

  1. Eat Wholesome Organic Foods.
    1. Fresh fruits, berries, and leafy greens are our personal favorites. Even if you don’t feel hungry at times, your body is craving vibrant, living foods to fuel all the new processes that have been triggered by the microdose. Give your body the nutrients it deserves.
  2. Hydrate with Quality Water.
    1. Your water source matters, reach for local spring water or mineral water if it’s available. Purified water with trace mineral drops added is always a great back up. Staying hydrated keeps us feeling fresh and eases the load on all the major organ systems of the body. 
  3. Meditate.
    1. Starting the day off with a bit of mindfulness and awareness can easily shape the rest of our day for the better. Taking time to check in with yourself and clearing the clutter before setting out for the day with your microdose will allow you to experience it’s full potential. 
  4. Get Outside Into Nature.
    1. Nature is our best friend. Psychedelic substances are rooted in nature and thus it only makes sense that reconnecting with it, will bring ease and calm to any difficult process. Fresh oxygen, vibrant soil, and the sounds of nature instantly help reduce blood pressure, racing thoughts, and tension in the body. If you aren’t close to any open expanses, find a local park that you feel familiar and comfortable with. 

How to track your progress: 

Keeping a microdose journal helps you track your progress, set intentions, practice gratefulness, all while helping clear lingering thoughts and emotions that may be getting in the way of healing.

You can choose to either write freely as part of a journal practice or develop a rating system to rank your mood, outlook, sleep, appetite, water intake, and productivity everyday. There are tons of great structured journals out there to help us work through our thoughts and reflect on our days.

Tracking our progress helps reward the growth and healing process as it allows us to take a step back and see how far we have come, when it may seem like in the day to day not much is changing at all. If there are other ways you choose to journal, track progress, or express yourself as a means of reflection it is completely appropriate to stick with something you think you will have an easier time committing too. 

You will be changing right in front of our eyes, and we are so here to witness it!

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