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The Power of Psilocybin Microdosing for Mental Health And Wellness

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History of magic mushrooms and psilocybin, the power of microdosing, and how MAPS is working to advance psychedelic research and therapy.

The Power of Psilocybin Microdosing for Mental Health And Wellness

In this post, we'll explore the history of magic mushrooms and psilocybin, the power of microdosing, and how MAPS is working to advance psychedelic research and therapy. We'll discuss how microdosing can be used to improve mental health, and the implications for mind, body and soul. We have also included videos journals of experiences and worksheets for integration, at the end.

Microdosing psilocybin is a practice of taking small doses of psilocybin-containing mushrooms or truffles in a regular and controlled manner.

Although the roots of psychedelics' contemporary history can be traced back to the 1950s, the concept of microdosing gained renewed attention after the release of psychologist and psychedelic advocate Dr. James Fadiman's book, The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys, in 2011. In this book, Dr. Fadiman delves into microdosing as a subset of psychedelic use and its associated subculture.

In recent years, the potential of psilocybin microdosing has been explored as an innovative approach (and potential lifetime cure) to mental health and wellness. Psilocybin, the active ingredient in certain species of mushrooms, has long been used in spiritual and therapeutic contexts. Now, with the help of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), microdosing is being explored as a way to improve mental wellbeing.

Scientific research on microdosing is new, however, increasingly active, therefore, it is essential to approach microdosing with caution, care, and proper guidance.


Before considering microdosing psilocybin, it is crucial to understand that this practice is still illegal in many countries, including the United States, and carries legal risks. It is essential to consult with a medical professional before considering microdosing and to understand the potential risks and benefits of this practice.

As with any psychedelic experience, the safety and potential risks of microdosing must be carefully considered. Microdosing is not recommended for those with a history of mental illness, and it is important to be aware of the potential side effects. These can include nausea, dizziness, headaches and anxiety. As with any substance, it is important to start with a low dose and to monitor the effects.

History of psilocybin mushrooms

Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms, have been used for centuries for various spiritual and medicinal purposes. In fact, evidence suggests that the use of magic mushrooms dates back to prehistoric times when shamans and healers used them as medicine. It wasn't until the 1950s that psilocybin was identified as the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

In the 1960s, psychedelics became popular with the youth culture in the United States, and psilocybin mushrooms were the most popular drug of choice. This led to the formation of the psychedelic movement, which sought to research the effects of psychedelics on mental health and society. The research conducted by the movement eventually led to the founding of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in 1986.

Today, psilocybin mushrooms continue to be used as a tool for personal exploration, healing, and spiritual growth. Microdosing, which involves taking small doses of psilocybin on a regular basis, is becoming increasingly popular as a way to enhance creativity, focus, and productivity. Studies conducted by MAPS have also suggested that psilocybin may have potential therapeutic benefits for a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

The future of magic mushrooms and psilocybin is uncertain, as the legal status of these substances varies from country to country. However, the growing body of research into the potential benefits of psilocybin suggests that it may one day become a viable treatment option for a range of mental health conditions.

Benefits of microdosing psilocybin

Scientific studies, like the microdosing with psilocybin mushrooms: a double-blind placebo-controlled study have shown that microdosing with psilocybin can lead to a variety of mental health benefits. Participants in the studies reported improved cognitive functioning, reduced anxiety, improved mood, and a greater sense of well-being. In addition, psilocybin microdosing is also believed to have spiritual, subconscious and conscious benefits.

The noble psilocybin mushroom seems to be a gift that keeps on giving. New studies are showing how psychedelic drugs may help end-of-life patients and those terminally ill by opening floodgates of new brain connections, reducing anxiety and feelings of isolation. Research suggests side effects and risks of psychedelics for therapy are low in medically stable subjects.

Clinical trials indicate that a single treatment of psilocybin can reduce anxiety and depression in patients with life-threatening cancer. The largest of these trials was conducted by the authors of this survey, involving 51 cancer patients with cancer and significant anxiety or depressive symptoms. The study showed that a controlled, high dose of psilocybin given with supportive psychotherapy led to increased death acceptance and reduced anxiety about death.

As such here are some of the key benefits that have been consistently reported by controlled and uncontrolled experiences.

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