Microdosing has become very popular in recent years. Many people around the world have incorporated shroom microdosing into their daily regime in an effort to improve their health. The big question is: is microdosing mushrooms effective?
Before we answer that, let us cover the basics of microdosing.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing involves taking small doses of a drug (magic mushrooms, ketamine, LSD, MDMA, cannabis, nicotine, iboga, and others) regularly for an extended period of time to benefit from its therapeutic properties.
The doses are usually a fifth to a twentieth of the regular dosage. These small doses are not strong enough to produce a ‘trip’ but effectively trigger a physiological, mental, or physical change that improves the user’s health.
Why do people microdose shrooms?
Microdose shrooms is different from taking magic mushrooms for recreational purposes. People take small doses of shrooms for improved mood, improved focus, elevated levels of energy, self-efficacy, and cognitive benefits.
Different forms in which shrooms come in
For some people, taking raw mushrooms might not be ideal. This is why psychedelic brands have come up with creative forms like;
- Edibles like gummies, tea, and chocolate
When shrooms come in such forms, it is easier to measure the dosage than cutting down raw shrooms into small pieces.
What does microdosing on shrooms feel like?
When a person takes a microdose magic mushrooms, the effects present within 30 minutes to two hours depending on several factors like metabolic rate, the form of shroom, and others.
The consumer will first notice an increase in energy levels and a heightened ability to focus. Their overall mood will change, and they will be more inclined towards being efficient and active.
Is microdosing on shrooms effective?
What does the research say?
A study conducted and published in the Harm Reduction Journal in 2019 indicated that microdosing greatly improved participants’ mood. Other benefits included improved energy, improved focus, social and cognitive benefits, and self-efficacy.
Some of the side effects experienced included physiological discomfort and increased symptoms. The researchers also experienced dosage difficulties.
A study conducted between March and July 2018 was published in Frontiers in psychiatry. The researcher sought to establish the effectiveness of psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD in treating and managing mental conditions like anxiety and depression.
According to results from the questionnaires administered, the participants found microdosing psilocybin and LSD more effective than conventional forms of treatment.
More research is currently underway to establish the effectiveness of mushroom microdose.
Caution – Anyone with an underlying mental condition, such as bipolar disease or psychosis, should not take mushrooms unless under a qualified medical practitioner’s instructions and supervision.
Microdosing shrooms involves consuming a small portion of mushrooms in an effort to harness their therapeutic benefits as opposed to taking it in large doses and experiencing alterations in sensations and consciousness.
Anecdotal evidence has shown that microdosing may help promote good moods, improve focus, and increase energy levels.
Owing to the legal restrictions surrounding psychedelics, the research into the effectiveness of shrooms as therapeutics drugs has been limited. However, the few completed studies and the ongoing ones seem to support its ability to promote its users’ general health.
Always consult your doctor before self-medicating on any drugs. Also, shrooms should never be taken as substitutes to prescribed medicines or professional therapy.