Introduction to Microdosing

Psychedelics have been utilized for a variety of spiritual, medicinal, and recreational purposes for thousands of years throughout the world. Ancient shamans, Aztec warriors, and even Daoist leaders utilized these compounds to deploy mystic powers. Modern Silicon Valley tech innovators have touted entheogens for their ability to boost creativity and focus – even Apple co-founder Steve Jobs considered a journeying to be more of the most profound and important experiences of his life.

However, it turns out consuming even small amounts of compounds like activated mushrooms may have benefits. Also referred to as microdosing, this practice is becoming more prevalent as people from all walks of life wish to unlock the potentials the ingredients have without the overt effects. But how exactly does microdosing work, and how does one go about starting a regimen? Read on to find out.

What is a Microdose?

As briefly mentioned above, microdosing is the act of taking a tiny amount of a substance (in this case, activated mushrooms) in order to gain certain benefits without entering into a full “experience.” People who microdose are able to go about their days without entering into a pronounced experience. The microdose is just enough to trigger a response from the body but should not cause the user to be fully impacted.

A typical microdose is usually a fraction of a normal “recreational” dose. For activated mushrooms, a microdose would be between 0.05 – 0.3 grams. People may choose to microdose every few days or even every day depending on their desired outcomes.

Benefits of Microdosing

The act of microdosing allows the consumer to unlock the powerful abilities of an entheogen in an approachable way. People may microdose for a variety of reasons, but the practice has been shown to have incredible potential in several areas. Here are a few notable examples:

  • Anxiety and depression – Several studies and anecdotal reports have suggested microdosing activated mushrooms may help reduce symptoms of mental health conditions. Anxiety is one of the leading reasons why people consider beginning regimens along with the potential of improved mood.
  • Chronic pain – Microdosing for chronic pain is also becoming more prevalent. Research published in Neurotherapeutics found even a single dose of activated mushrooms has the ability to provide relief from migraines.
  • Mental focus and creativity – One of the most sought-after benefits of microdosing, a large-scale survey recently revealed people who engage in the practice felt happier, had more energy and focus, and felt their creativity was enhanced. 
  • Addiction – Research into the capabilities of microdosing for the treatment of addiction has increased, and preliminary studies conducted in the 1950s and 1960s showed promise. The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous previously touted the theory, saying it impacted his own recovery greatly.

Paul Stamets Method – Stacking for Superior Results

Famed mycologist Paul Stamets is revered around the world for his research into activated mushrooms. His company, Fungi Perfecti, is dedicated to helping people understand and curate their regimens based on his own successes. The Paul Stamets stack is a blend of three compounds meant to maximize results for those wishing to incorporate microdosing into their lives. 

Stamets recommends consuming 0.2 grams each of activated mushroom, lion’s mane mushroom, and niacin together. According to his theory, the nootropic properties of the lion’s mane will complement the activated mushroom while the niacin will help the other two ingredients flow through the body better via the central nervous system.

Stamets’ method has become the gold standard in microdosing, and a large study of people engaging in the practice is currently underway. Users self-report their experiences in an app in order both track their own results and offer insight to scientists hoping to understand the ways in which microdosing affects physical and emotional health. This data could eventually be used to develop plant medicines and treatments for a wide range of conditions as interest in the compounds grows.

Final Thoughts

Activated compounds offer incredible potential but are still being studied in order to truly understand how they work – and how they could shape our lives in the future. Microdosing for wellness purposes is a growing practice, offering those who engage the chance to harness the wide range of abilities activated compounds possess without the pronounced effects often associated with a larger dose. As interest in microdosing continues to grow, so too will the amount of research in order to develop effective and consistent products meant to make the practice accessible to a wider range of consumers. When considering a microdosing regimen, make sure to discuss any health concerns with your primary care provider to ensure it’s safe to carry on.