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Microdosing & Protocols

Microdosing & Protocols

Microdosing is a transformative approach that involves taking sub-perceptual doses of psychedelics, specifically magic mushrooms in this case, to enhance cognitive and emotional well-being without the intensity of a full psychedelic experience. This practice has gained popularity for its potential to increase creativity, productivity, and overall mental health.

Here we'll explore two prominent microdosing protocols—Fadiman and Stamets—outlining their schedules, dosages, and unique benefits.

Health Considerations

Before starting your microdosing journey:

Microdosing Protocols for Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms)

Microdosing protocols vary, but here we'll discuss two well-established methods tailored for magic mushrooms:

Fadiman Protocol

Developed by Dr. James Fadiman, this protocol suggests taking a microdose once every three days. This schedule allows individuals to observe the effects on both dosing and non-dosing days, helping to maintain a balanced approach without building tolerance.

    • Duration & Frequency: Take a microdose once every three days, which allows for a day of experiencing the effects and two days off to observe changes and avoid tolerance build-up.
    • Dosage: Typically, a microdose is about 0.1 to 0.3 grams of dried psilocybin mushrooms.
    • Benefits: Users often report increased life satisfaction, emotional balance, and creativity. It is ideal for those new to microdosing due to its simplicity and minimal commitment, making it easier to observe the impact on day-to-day life.

Stamets Protocol

Mycologist Paul Stamets recommends a more frequent dosing schedule of four consecutive days followed by three days off. This protocol often includes stacking psilocybin with lion’s mane mushroom and niacin for synergistic effects, which are believed to enhance neurogenesis and overall cognitive function.

    • Duration & Frequency: Dose for four consecutive days followed by three days off. This cycle is suggested to be followed for several weeks to a few months.
    • Dosage: The recommended dose is slightly lower due to the more frequent dosing, typically around 0.1 to 0.2 grams of dried mushrooms. Additionally, this protocol often includes stacking with lion’s mane mushroom and niacin to enhance neurogenesis and cognitive effects.
    • Benefits: Reported to enhance neuroplasticity more effectively due to the addition of lion’s mane and niacin, leading to potential long-term improvements in brain health and function. It is particularly favored by those looking for cognitive and neurological enhancements.

Setting Intentions and Monitoring Progress

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Microdosing magic mushrooms can be a subtle yet profound tool for personal development. Whether you choose the Fadiman or Stamets protocol, it's important to approach the practice with mindfulness and informed by best health practices. Regularly review and adjust your approach based on your experiences, and always prioritize safety and legality. With proper management, microdosing can enhance your quality of life and achieve personal growth goals.