You hear it more and more these days: microdosing, people who take a very small dose of psychedelics to experience the benefits of this during the day. Taking a microdose does not result in a “trip” but is meant for sub-perceptual effects. The desired effect is therefore to get more creativity, higher energy, more focus and less stress. An important effect not to be forgotten is also the reduction of anxiety and emotional instability.
These are some potential benefits of microdosing
- Increased flow
- Mood improvement
- Reduced stress
- Emotional stability
- Mindfulness, presence and peace
- Openness and self-forgiveness
- Becoming articulate
- Relief from persistent conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD and PTSD
- Increased motivation (e.g., to make positive lifestyle changes)
- Brighter, more connected thinking
- Improves memory
- Increased creativity
- Easier meditation
- Improves athletic endurance
- Increased energy in general (without anxiety or subsequent crash)
- Slight enhancement of mood, positive or negative
- Potentially manic states
- Potentially increased neuroticism
Among the many historical cultures that have used them, magic truffles have a longstanding, profound and legendary reputation as a means of healing and change. The benefits of these powerful little fungi are widely recognized today. Research is underway in many countries into the vast and multifaceted uses of psychoactive truffles, and the evidence is strong that they are indeed the driving force behind personal growth.
A recent study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that “a single dose of psilocybin (the active ingredient in truffles and magic mushrooms) produced a significant and sustained decrease in depressed mood and anxiety, along with an increase in quality of life.” Moreover, the mystical and profound experiences that occurred when psilocybin entered the American psychedelic lexicon in the 1960s are now being investigated and explored in mainstream medical science. The results are promising and convincing, suggesting that psilocybin could be a powerful healer.
Potential side effects
Microdosing provides little to no risk of (serious) side effects. Side effects can be divided into addiction and physical risks.
Can you get addicted to truffles?
The chance that you will become addicted is very small, even if you use the full “trip-dose”, so with microdosing this risk is nil. However, psilocybin gets used to quickly, this means that your body gets used to the substance and needs more and more to achieve the same effect. This is also the reason why you cannot microdosage every day but have to follow a protocol or use it intuitively, the latter is mainly for people with more experience.
There are no physical risks
The studies have been done mainly on the risks of a regular trip dose. These studies show that the physical damage is negligible, there has never been reports on organ or brain damage. The active substance in truffles (and magic mushrooms) is psilocybin, the toxicity of this substance is very low. Experts estimate that a lethal dose of psilocybin is at least 1000 times a normal trip dose. While microdosing you are using about 10% of this, so it is a fairly safe assumption to say that microdosing cannot be bad for you in any way.
Are you known to have any mental health problems?
If you or someone in your family is known to have psychological problems and/or is even taking medication for them, always consult a doctor before using any kind of psychedelic! The reaction to the use of these can be very big so make sure you are well informed about this! Needless to say, it is also not suitable for pregnant women and children.