I have been consistently microdosing both THC (from cannabis) and psilocybin (from ‘magic’ mushrooms) for the last year.
The results have been profound.
In mainstream culture, the consumption of weed and so-called ‘magic mushrooms’ is commonly associated with mindless criminals, dead-beat drop-outs and starry-eyed hippies.
However, the conscious, deliberate and thoughtful use of these substances has led me to increased conscientiousness, improved health and greater creativity.
By consuming these drugs in small, regular doses, I have been able to enhance my mindset and transform my life. I’m healthier, happier and more useful.
This article will detail 10 observations from microdosing THC and psilocybin for the last year. But first…
What is microdosing
A microdose is a very small dose of a substance that produces sub-perceptual effects. It’s become pretty popular in self-improvement circles and online entrepreneurs looking. Many consider it a cool productivity and creativity hack, while others see it as a potent treatment for a range of mental health problems.
Psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin are the most common substances that people microdose. The basic premise behind how psychedelics work is that they shut down a part of the amygdala – the part of the brain responsible for our fear response. At the same time, research suggests that psychedelics can also cause neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells).
The combination of these mechanisms can help you look at your behaviours clearly (free of fear), define what habits are not serving you, and to build new habits that do serve you and your purpose. This represents a powerful opportunity to change.
Amount-wise, most microdeoers start with 1/20th – 1/10th of a standard dose. For LSD, this is 5-10 mcgs, while psilocybin mushrooms are typically dosed from 0.05 grams to 0.1 grams. Other psychedelics such as mescaline, DMT, Iboga, etc. can be used, but these are less common than psilocybin and LSD.
Microdosing THC is slightly different. By interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), low doses of THC are able to reduce anxiety, boost mood and lower inflammation while not causing any intoxicating effects. Increased creativity and reduced craving are other effects.
My psilocybin macrodosing schedule is 5 days on and 2 days off (usually the weekend). I take my dose in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee. I sometimes combine my dose with a lions mane mushroom supplement for increased neurogenerative effects. This protocol is similar to what well-known mycologist Paul Stamets recommends.
My THC microdosing schedule is much looser. I dose as and when I deem fit (usually a few times throughout the day/evening). I might take a dose before or after a meal or exercise, for a boost when working, or in the evening to relax.
7 observations from microdosing mushrooms and cannabis
1. Psilocybin microdoses are great for social anxiety
Probably my favourite effect of microdosing psilocybin was the reduction in social anxiety that allowed me to be fully present and expressive when with people.
Usually, I can be quite closed off and introverted. However, a tine dose of mushrooms really helps me get out of my head and to get in tune with the people i’m with. It increased my confidence, presense and empathy.
2. THC microdoses are great for stretching and mobility workouts
I noticed a big difference exercising if I had a microdose of THC beforehand. It makes me more sensitive and aware of my own body. I can feel muscles that I don’t usually take notice of. I could almost put my consciousness itself in the particular muscle I am stretching or contracting.
While not ideal for heavy weightlifting, small doses of THC are a great addiction to stretching routines, yoga and mobility work, and things like hikes and bike rides.
3. Psilocybin and coffee is a powerful combination for creative work
A few mornings each week, I’ll get up before dawn, brew myself a cup of and add to it a microdose of psilocybin. I’ll then start to write. On these mornings I’m unstoppable.
The words flowe effortlessly and time whizzes by. I’m able to make my point clear and concisely. Before I know it, my timer is beeping and I’m amazed that it’s been 2 hours already.
4. THC microdoses and CBD are the perfect way to unwind
Looking for a way to unwind and relax that won’t leave you groggy or tired the next day? Try vaping a bit of THC mixed with CBD.
I find it super effective at relieving the tension that builds up during the day, without causing a intoxication, a crash or grogginess trhe next day. It also helps me drift off to a deep sleep pretty efficiently.
5. Psilocybin microdoses help me process emotions
Difficulties in life were still present during my year microdosing. However, I genuinely feel psilocybin has helped me handle these situations in a healthier, more mature way.
I would still have emotional reactions to things, but whereas in the past I would have trouble getting past these emotions, psilocybin helped me to see them for what they are to let them go.
6. THC microdoses help me control my urges
I often get the urge to shut my laptop, skin up a fat spliff, and check out for the rest of the day. However, this isn’t always what’s best for me. I’ve found a microdose of THC to scratch that itch without leaving me too stoned to get anything important done.
I also find it useful for replacing coffee in the morning or a snack in the evening. If you want to cut down on weed or cigarettes, it could also help you immensely.
7. Drugs are not bad or good
People are usually all-or-nothing when it comes to drugs such as weed and mushrooms. They think its’ either the best thing ever or the tools of the devil. However, as with most things in life, the truth isn’t black and white.
Drugs are not inherently good or bad – they are tools that have the potential to be used for good or bad. If used mindfully, intentionally and in precise doses, cannabis and muchrooms can enhance your life – your mental, physical and spiritual health. If abused, they can worsen it. Simples.