What is microdosing?

Microdosing is a term that originates from the pharmaceutical industry. It refers to the use of 1% quantity of a standard drug dose. This term has been taken by Dr. James Fadiman, a leading figure in the field of psychedelic research, and applied to psychedelics. In his definition, a microdose is 10% of a standard dose of psychedelics. The goal of taking a microdose is not to experience any kind of trance, but to stimulate positive health benefits.

How do I microdose? 

Microdosing Psilosybe sclerotium (truffles) is typically 10 times less strong than what is needed for a full psychedelic experience. While 10 grams will have you experience a trip, just a single 1 gram dose is used for a microdose. This one gram does not produce a typical psychedelic effect, and thus rather than hindering daily functioning, it can stimulate a multitude of positive benefits such as increased focus and creativity. This one gram is best eaten on an empty stomach, we suggest to incorporate it in your morning routine by taking it after waking up and waiting 30 minutes before having breakfast. 

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There are multiple possible microdosing routines, but we generally recommend the format designed by Dr. Fadiman. This routine is often abbreviated to '1 day on, two days off'. This means after every microdose you take, you wait 2 days until taking the next microdose. This looks as follows:

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The reason we recommend this routine is to reduce building a tolerance for psilocybin. In this context "tolerance" refers to the lowered response of the body to a substance taken repeatedly. By taking a microdose every three days, the effects remain stable and the tolerance to psilocybin stays minimal- meaning your one gram dose will give you consistent results. 
It is recommended to follow this routine for about 8 to 10 weeks. After that period it is suggested to take a temporary break from the microdosing. This is partly due to resetting your psilocybin tolerance but also so you can reflect on what kind of effect it had on your body and lifestyle. After a short period you can begin again with your microdosing routine.
Any Psilocybe truffle can be used to microdose, but we generally recommend to use Psilocybe Tampenensis (often called philosophers stone). This is a truffle that when used in a recreational manner causes a mind broadening trance during which the user often experiences deep philosophical thought. Users also often feel more creative and focused during their trance. Most importantly, there is a very low chance for experiencing visual hallucinations during recreational use. This means that if you accidentally take too much during your microdose, it won't cause any visual or bodily impairment.

Understanding Microdosing 

The term microdosing has become an increasingly popular trend - often referred to as the psychedelic renaissance. With this growing wave of interest also comes a renewed interest in scientific research, with many highly regarded universities and organizations such as Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins University and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S delving into research on the seemingly limitless potential of psilocybin.  

Let’s break down this complex topic together in this article. 

The term Microdosing 

The first thing to understand is how microdosing got its name.

The term refers to one part of a dose, more specifically (1/10) of a dose, a dose of what you might wonder? We are talking about a dose of Magic Truffles that when eating a 10+ gram dose will induce a psychedelic trip: a temporary state of altered consciousness in which our ego dissolves into a more holistic perception of reality and where insightful thoughts emerge disrupting the usual brain patterns resulting in a unique form of cognitive enhancement.

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Look familiar? this widely used image provides a visualization of connectivity between brain regions on and off psilocybin:

On the left you can see the state of brain connections in a brain that is not under the effect of psilocybin, while on the right you can see how the brains internal communication gets enriched by the influx of new connections being created because of the intake of psilocybin.

Curious to know more? Check out the original research paper that created this infamous image. 

What is the substance contained in truffles? 

Magic Truffles are a naturally occurring psychoactive fungus which contains psilocybin, which gradually increases in concentration as the truffle goes through its life cycle.

When we consume psilocybin it needs to be broken down in our organism to be turned into Psilocin so that our brain can utilize it.

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What is psilocybin?

 

Psilocybin is a classified as a serotonin antagonist- in other words, it helps the brain to store more serotonin and for longer than normal, the effect of this increase in serotonin results in among other things, a boosted mood, neural anti-inflammation, and enhanced cognitive abilities.

So far we have found out what a microdose is and how much to take, but what are the day to day benefits? 

Holistic Wellness; the benefits

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Mind

Microdosing can improve cognitive abilities, including a better memory, concentration and problem solving capacities. It supports mental clarity and contributes to overall a healthy mental balance. It also has a softening and calming influence on the brain, leading to a more relaxed you. Because of the increase in serotonin microdosing can also help to build a more positive mindset and thus can help combat feelings such as listlessness, despair, or despondency. The bottomline; It makes you feel more grounded in life.
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Nerves

Do you feel nervous or have weak nerves? Microdosing is soothing and can make you feel more relaxed, less sensitive to stress, and increase extraversion.
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Active

Microdosing can give you more energy, feel fitter and make you want to go out and do things.
You're more active in life! Athletes may experience improved stamina and reaction speed.
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Addiction

 Microdosing can help with phasing out addictions, such as smoking. It makes you have a different mental state thanks to which you feel less drawn towards that which you are addicted to.

 

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Sleep

Microdosing is known to promote restorative and improved sleep, leading to a  healthy night's rest. (For sleeping we also recommend the use of Hemp extracts)

      
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Creativity 

Microdosing can increase your creativity and extend periods of creative flow.

  

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 Social

Microdosing can make it so you feel more inclined to engage with other people. You are opener and easier to talk to. You might also feel more connected with the people around you.

 

 

 

 

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