The Seeker's Guide to Microdosing Magic Mushrooms
Microdosing with magic mushrooms is one of the easiest ways to introduce yourself to psychedelics, or to deepen your current psychedelic or spiritual practices.
Microdosing is the practice of taking a small, barely-noticeable dose of a psychedelic once every few days. In this way, microdosing with magic mushrooms can allow you to absorb some of the benefits of a full magic mushroom ceremony, without requiring as much of a sacrifice of money or time.
Whether you’re totally new to psychedelics, or very familiar with shrooms, microdosing with magic mushrooms has something to offer. This guide will cover everything you need to know to get started with your own microdosing regimen, and make the most of the benefits of magic mushrooms.
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What is Magic Mushroom Microdosing?
A microdose is technically a dose of a substance that is so small, you don’t immediately notice it. You could go about your daily routine, go to work, socialize… all without feeling any major perceptual differences. The idea is that at the end of the day, when you reflect on how things have gone: you realize it’s all been a lot more smooth than normal. Maybe you found it easier to talk to people, or procrastinated less. Maybe you found yourself feeling more creative, or wanting to eat healthier food. Whatever the benefits, they will be subtle and won’t cause disruption in your life.
Although microdosing with magic mushrooms may look very different from person to person, usually people take doses two or three times a week, for a period of a month or two.
Some people ‘microdose’ with larger doses of magic mushrooms (sometimes called minidosing or ‘museum’ dosing), and use the enhanced state for more involved spiritual purposes. Other people will microdose with tiny amounts that are well below the threshold of noticeable effects, and are happy to just experience a subtle background glow of improved connection and wellbeing that may take weeks to surface.
Thanks to the proven clinical benefits of magic mushrooms, many people are interested in microdosing with magic mushrooms in order to treat serious conditions like depression or anxiety. Some are hoping to revisit spiritual lessons they encountered during a full magic mushroom ceremony. Others are just looking for that special spark that has been missing in their daily life.
No matter the reason, people everywhere are reporting amazing health and spiritual benefits from taking tiny drops of magic mushrooms in their daily lives.
Why Microdose With Magic Mushrooms?
Microdosing with magic mushrooms is an excellent way to introduce yourself to natural psychedelics, without having to travel, spend lots of money, or endure hours of challenging introspective experiences. It’s also great for people who are already experienced with psychedelics and want to bring spiritual practices into their everyday lives.
Microdosing with magic mushrooms may be ideal for you if you are:
Seeking an effective, natural way to address anxiety and depression (in conjunction with typical healthcare).
Interested in natural psychedelics, but apprehensive about taking a large dose or partaking in an all-day ceremony.
Restricted from being able to travel to a country where magic mushrooms ceremonies take place, or afraid to visit an illegal ceremony.
Looking for natural spiritual and medicinal support in your life that is more gentle than intensive courses or retreats.
Wishing to steadily introduce yourself to magic mushrooms before attending a ceremony.
Want to maintain a connection to magic mushrooms during times when ceremonies aren’t available.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s the research that suggests magic mushrooms have both spiritual and physical benefits, that could potentially be carried over into microdosing...
The Benefits of Magic Mushroom Microdosing
Although there is barely any research on microdosing itself, there is a large collection of research into full doses of magic mushrooms and their medicinal properties.
Magic mushrooms have been designated a “Breakthrough Therapy” by the FDA for their potential to treat severe depression, meaning that future research will be fast-tracked. Studies have repeatedly shown that giving people moderate doses of magic mushrooms, in conjunction with basic therapy, dramatically reduces symptoms of serious depression.
It’s thought that the antidepressant effects of magic mushrooms are in part due to their ability to help people break out of harmful patterns of thought, and gain a fresh perspective on life. This is backed up by the neurological research showing that magic mushrooms can help to ‘reset’ some of the brain’s most inflexible mechanisms, and potentially increase neuroplasticity and neurogenesis.
Although we don’t know how much of these antidepressant effects will carry over into magic mushroom microdosing in the same way, it’s possible that small doses also help to break us out of harmful thought patterns. We also know that even small doses of magic mushrooms will increase serotonin levels in the brain – this is how most typical antidepressant medications work.
As well as the antidepressant effects of magic mushrooms, research has shown that they could be used to treat anxiety, OCD, addiction, and cluster headaches. For a more in-depth exploration of the healing effects of magic mushrooms, click here.
Magic mushrooms also hold the potential for great spiritual healing – although this is harder to prove in a lab! Research shows that full dose magic mushroom trips can often be among the most meaningful experiences in people’s lives, and that this is directly related to the intensity of healing effects.[1,2]
When it comes to microdosing with magic mushrooms, the spiritual benefits are likely to be much more subdued, as you won’t be going on a full mystical journey into the depths of your psyche. However, preliminary research into microdosing shows that over half of people experience improvements in wellbeing after microdosing with magic mushrooms – most commonly in terms of mood, focus, energy and creativity.
So overall, although microdosing and full dose magic mushroom trips are very different, it seems highly likely that at least some of the medicinal and spiritual benefits of magic mushrooms can be encountered during a microdosing protocol. This is reflected in the accounts of positive experiences that can be found online, and the growing popularity of magic mushroom microdosing.
The Risks of Magic Mushroom Microdosing
While magic mushrooms have been shown to be a very safe substance in moderate doses, microdosing is a different matter!
Although there’ll be no risk of having a bad trip, or doing yourself any psychological trauma with microdosing, there are many unknowns. As yet there have been no long-term studies on the effects of regular microdosing on the body – and it’s sensible to be cautious!
There is a theoretical risk of heart disease if you microdose for too long with magic mushrooms. The psilocybin and psilocin molecules in magic mushrooms activate 5-HT2B receptors, and these receptors have a connection to valvular heart disease. Taking frequent, or high doses of substances that activate 5-HT2B receptors can increase the risk of developing heart disease.
Although there have been no specific studies on what effects microdosing with magic mushrooms has on the heart, it’s best to be cautious: avoid microdosing if you have a heart condition, and microdose for no longer than a few weeks at a time, taking extended breaks between microdosing periods.
In addition to the potential heart risk, there are some known dangerous drug combinations with magic mushrooms, which could potentially still be dangerous with regular microdosing. Lithium and Tramadol can cause seizures when mixed with serotonergic psychedelics like magic mushrooms – so to be safe, avoid taking them while microdosing too.
The most likely risk of microdosing is feeling negative effects like anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and nausea. If you feel any of these negative effects, stop microdosing and take a few weeks off. Most people who encounter these side effects find that stopping for a while, and then lowering their dose, is enough to stop the problems.Make sure to keep a journal to track your doses and the effects on your body and mind both during and after your microdosing protocol. This will allow you to hone in on your ideal dose, and recognize both positive and negative effects – helping you minimize the risks.
What Effects of Magic Mushroom Microdosing Can You Expect?
The effects of microdosing with magic mushrooms can depend on a huge number of factors personal to you, including:
Your prior experience with psychedelics
Your tolerance to psychedelics
Your familiarity with spiritual practices
Your diet and health
Whether you are on any medications
But some of the most common effects of magic mushroom microdoses can include:
Increased feelings of lucidity or vividness
Feelings of warmth or buzzing
Boosts in motivation and creativity
Reductions in pain and inflammation
More connection to the world around you
Fluent and comfortable interactions with friends and loved ones
You may also encounter some negative effects, such as:
If you encounter any of these downsides, make sure to reduce your dose or stop altogether until the effects stop.
Where to Get Magic Mushrooms for Microdosing
Magic mushrooms can be acquired from all sorts of places – but be sure to check your local laws first! Read our below section on legality for more information.
If mushrooms are legal where you live, here are the best ways to obtain them:
- Order magic truffles! Magic truffles, a dormant form of magic mushrooms that contain the same psychedelic ingredients, are legal in the Netherlands. Some companies ship them worldwide – but check your local laws first.
- Pick them in the wild! There are dozens of species of magic mushrooms that grow pretty much anywhere that it’s damp, dark, and wooded. Foraging for them is easy and fun – just make sure you have an identification guide so you pick the right species.
- Grow them at home! Mushroom spores and grow kits are often available to purchase online. Make sure it’s legal where you live, then set up your own mushroom culture! They only take a few weeks to grow and don’t require any specialist equipment. Read our full guide on growing your own mushrooms at home.
- Make some psychedelic friends! Attending your local psychedelic society events and making some friends is a surefire way of coming into contact with magic mushrooms eventually.
All of these approaches will depend on the legality of magic mushrooms in your country or state. Make sure to do your research, and don’t risk straying into a legal grey area...
The Legality of Magic Mushrooms
Under the UN Vienna Convention of 1971, the psychedelic compounds in magic mushrooms are illegal worldwide. However, the convention did not specify whether the mushrooms themselves are illegal, meaning that every country has developed its own unique laws regarding magic mushrooms.
While most countries have made possession, purchase/sale, and cultivation of magic mushrooms illegal, there are some notable exceptions:
In Brazil, magic mushrooms are legal to buy, possess, consume and cultivate.
In Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands, drug laws are unclear – but you’ll often find tourists being sold magic mushrooms in public with no repercussions.
In the Netherlands, although magic mushrooms are illegal, magic truffles are not. They are openly sold online and in shops, and contain the same psychedelic ingredients as magic mushrooms.
In Austria, you can grow your own mushrooms as long as you don’t eat them.
In Canada you can legally buy spores, but you may be breaking the law if you use those spores to grow mushrooms.
Costa Rica operates a number of magic mushroom retreats – so despite some uncertainty, magic mushrooms appear to be somewhat legal.
You can grow small amounts of mushrooms in the Czech Republic, but it’s unclear what constitutes a “small amount.”
In Italy, magic mushrooms are partly decriminalized, but you may still face administrative punishments for using them.
In Mexico, sacramental or traditional use of magic mushrooms is tolerated by authorities.
In Portugal, magic mushrooms are decriminalized, but you may face administrative punishments for being repeatedly found with them.
In Spain, personal use of small amounts of magic mushrooms has been decriminalized.
In the United States, you need to check your state laws! In most states it’s legal to buy spores, but illegal to use them to grow mushrooms. You can grow magic mushrooms in New Mexico, and they have been effectively decriminalized in the cities of Denver, Oakland, and Santa Cruz.
Make sure to be aware of the laws in your own country as laws and regulations can change. EntheoNation does not endorse illegal behavior nor do we wish that anyone experience undue stress and trauma over their consumption of magic mushrooms.
It’s also important to know that some countries can be very unforgiving about the import of plants and fungi, even if they’re legal! In some cases, the shipments might simply disappear. In other cases, you may receive a fine from customs. In corrupt countries with draconian drug laws, you might find yourself apprehended by the police and extorted for cash to avoid jail. Even if the product is technically legal, it would be your word against theirs.
When in doubt, purchase the product with the more obscure name, choose discreet packaging, and abstain from importing ethnobotanical products into particularly draconian or corrupt countries.
How to Microdose With Magic Mushrooms
Once you’ve got your magic mushrooms, it’s time to start microdosing! There are several steps of preparation and logistics you will need to consider before diving in...
What Microdosing Protocol Should You Use?
The most popular style of microdosing with magic mushrooms is the Fadiman technique.With the Fadiman technique, doses are taken three days apart. So on a usual week, you may microdose on Monday and Thursday, then take an extra rest day on Sunday. Or, if you’d like to keep it regular, simply dose on every third day. It’s best to take your dose in the morning with breakfast.
The Fadiman technique was developed for people microdosing with serotonergic psychedelics like LSD and magic mushrooms, as three days’ break is required to prevent a tolerance building up. The Fadiman technique also allows you to reflect on the effects of each individual dose. Many people report an “afterglow” lasting throughout their non-dose days!
Outside of this technique, microdosing protocols are varied! Some people microdose once a week, some even less often… and some people just microdose whenever the mood suits them, not sticking to any particular routine. Experiment and figure out what works best for you!Generally, people will microdose for a period of 4-6 weeks, before taking a break of a few weeks to re-acclimatize and decompress. This is the perfect time to reflect on your microdosing experience and think about what to change in future.
Microdosing Magic Mushroom Dosage
Typical microdosing wisdom is that a good microdose should be between a tenth and a twentieth of a full dose. For magic mushrooms, this is roughly 0.1-0.3g of dried mushrooms and 1-3g of fresh mushrooms. If it’s your first time, start with the lowest dose!
To microdose with dried mushrooms, make sure they’re really dry (you can do this with a food dehydrator) and then ground them up into powder. You can either distribute this powder into capsules (this makes it easy to keep your dose the same!) or mix it into smoothies or tea to mask the taste. Here’s our full guide to preparing mushrooms for microdosing!
Microdosing with fresh mushrooms is a little harder because you’ll have to eat them whole – we recommend washing them down with cocoa or ginger tea with lemon and honey.
The ideal microdose is considered to be a dose that gives you some subtle benefits, without significantly impacting your daily life. However, you can make microdosing work for you in pretty much any way. If you enjoy taking a dose that you feel constantly throughout the day, that’s cool! If you’d rather not notice anything until you reach the end of a really successful week and realize it’s thanks to the microdosing – that’s great too!
As with any psychedelic, it’s best to start small and work your way up until you find your comfort spot.
What Does a Typical Magic Mushroom Microdosing Routine Look Like?
Magic mushroom microdosing will look completely different from person to person, depending on purpose and preferences.
Some people will microdose according to the Fadiman protocol for several weeks, while some will microdose once every month or two, whenever the impulse grabs them.
Also, while some people will incorporate microdosing with spiritual practices and deep reflection, others will carry out their normal lives, or use microdosing to enhance recreational pursuits.
Regardless, these following three things will usually appear in the most effective magic mushroom microdosing routines:
Preparation. Being mentally prepared for microdosing is crucial to having a positive experience! Take time to set your intention, prepare your mindset, and preserve enough time in your schedule to microdose attentively.
Structure. A regular dosing routine is a great way to make the most of magic mushroom microdosing. Decide when and how often you’re going to take your dose, when you will stop microdosing, and what other practices you’re going to use during your protocol (such as exercise or meditation).
Mindfulness. If you’re not paying attention to the effects of microdosing with magic mushrooms, you’ll be less likely to see the benefits! Keeping a journal of every single dose, and every effect you notice (good and bad!) is important.
While every magic mushroom microdosing routine will look different, always remember to take a break and reduce your dose if you experience negative effects, and take extended breaks every three months.
The End Goal of Magic Mushroom Microdosing
The ultimate aim of microdosing with any natural medicine is to show you the ways you can improve your life without having to rely on substances. Just like we would ideally not have to endure weekly psychedelic ego-death experiences for the rest of our lives, the aim is to allow magic mushrooms to point you in the right direction, and make the right changes.
Whereas a full-blown psychedelic ceremony can help you make radical, transformational changes to your life; microdosing can help remind you of the small things that you can be doing on a daily basis to make your life easier and more fulfilling.
For example, you might have a few weeks of microdosing where you feel strong and healthy, and after reading through your journal you realize you were taking more enjoyment from exercise and good dieting. The lesson here is to try and find the joys of healthy behaviors without needing a substance to nudge you along all the time!
With a mindful approach, magic mushroom microdosing could shift you into a healthier and happier life, without you needing to continue it forever!
What if I’m new to psychedelics?
If you’ve never taken a psychedelic before, have no fear! Microdosing magic mushrooms is a great way to start out, especially if the idea of a full ceremony is daunting or impractical. The doses are so small that effects are going to be minimal, and if you don’t feel comfortable at any point you can simply stop.
What if I’m experienced with psychedelics?
Even if you are an experienced psychonaut, and prefer to take larger doses of psychedelics in ceremonial settings, there is something to be said for microdosing magic mushrooms as another tool in your spiritual arsenal.
Many people microdose with magic mushrooms to remind them of the benefits they’ve received from high-dose ceremonies; and it’s certainly more practical to microdose for a few weeks than to take many days off work and fly to another country.
Where do I find magic mushrooms for microdosing?
There are several different ways to get magic mushrooms for microdosing, and there are often legal options depending on where you live. Check out our full guide for more info.
Can I take magic mushrooms while I’m on medications?
Lithium and tramadol are the only medications that are seriously dangerous to combine with magic mushrooms. It’s likely safe to continue taking antidepressants and other medications while microdosing, and we don’t recommend discontinuing any medications without checking with your healthcare provider. If in doubt, always check before starting a microdosing regimen.
Can magic mushrooms cure my (addiction/depression/trauma)?
Magic mushrooms will not cure anything, especially in microdoses. Research into the therapeutic effects of shrooms are focussed on larger doses in therapeutic environments. If you are microdosing to help treat a condition, you should not stop any current treatments, or expect microdosing to be a miracle treatment. Microdosing may help to lessen symptoms and help you to address problems in your life – but you have to keep doing the work yourself.
Will I have a bad trip?
Microdoses of magic mushrooms are so small that there is no chance of you having a bad trip. You may feel restless, anxious or nauseous if you accidentally start with too high a dose, but this will fade after a few hours.
Will magic mushrooms make me sick?
Some people report feeling a little nauseous after taking magic mushrooms, even in small amounts. To reduce this risk, take your mushrooms with some ginger tea, or something else to calm your stomach. If the microdose makes you vomit, you have probably taken too high a dose, or have an intolerance or allergy – check with your doctor.
What are the longterm effects of microdosing with magic mushrooms?
The short answer is – we don’t know! However, many people have been microdosing with magic mushrooms for years and haven’t experienced any immediately observable dangers. However, as mentioned above, there is a theoretical risk of an increased chance of heart disease if you microdose for too long without taking a break. To be safe, only microdose for a few weeks at a time, and take long breaks in between your microdosing periods.
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