People all around the world are turning to a milder side of psychedelics to seek improvements in their lives. Microdosing psilocybin, a compound found in magic mushrooms, has become an exciting way to experience life better. Some people are using it to boost their creativity, some enhance their senses, and some are treating mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
What remains unclear in all this is; how much is a microdose exactly? Does it differ from one person to another, or is it one size fits all? In this article, this is precisely what we will delve into.
What Is an Average Microdose?
In a scientific study on several human subjects, different doses of psilocybin were tested to discover that a range of 0.5 to 2.0 mg is reasonable for most potential microdoses, depending on their tolerance to the substance.
Specifying the exact quantity of psilocybin required for an ideal microdose is not enough. How is 0.5 to 2.0 mg going to translate into the dried shrooms you have lying around in your fridge? How do you even know the amount of psilocybin contained in a particular batch of mushrooms?
Well, the answer depends on a variety of factors. First, what part of the mushroom are you going to be consuming. The cap and stem each contain a specific amount of psychedelic substance. Secondly, the soil and environmental conditions matter a lot. In fact, between two different batches of the same species of shrooms, the amount of psilocybin can significantly vary. However, some rough calculations can be made despite all these factors.
Some Mushroom Math
It is still not clear whether the entirety of psilocybin converts to psilocin in the human body. The research is ongoing, but we know that different bodies can metabolize substances in myriad other ways depending on their health, sex, body type, and the compound salt form. When calculating doses, these aspects are not kept in mind. So, we may not be able to tell how much psilocybin is being delivered to the brain!
While difficult, it is still possible to calculate the approximate amount of psilocybin in any given batch of magic mushrooms, provided that you are aware of the species’ name.
In his book titled Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, Paul Stamets estimated the amount of the substance in 12 different species of dried shrooms. He also mentioned that his numbers are inflated, and most people will collect mushrooms on the lower end.
To calculate yours, you can use the following formula:
- Weight of dried mushrooms in grams x percentage of psilocybin in the particular species / 100
However, most people who microdose also factor in the amount of psilocybin contained in the mushroom, as it is considered an active compound and can increase the intensity of the dose.
Once you have calculated the right dose, test the mushrooms with an Ehrlich Reagent testing kit to make sure they are pure.
Setting an Intention
Before you begin a task, you already have the result in mind. You know where you have to go and how you will get there—setting an intention when microdosing psilocybin is kind of like that—except that you don’t have the result in mind, just what you want to achieve.
You may have heard that psychedelics are the only drugs that do what you want them to do. If you are still confused about it, you have come to the right page. Let’s delve deeper into what an intention is and how it can help you better your microdosing experience.
Intention vs. Goal
First, let’s differentiate between an intention and a goal. They may be similar in theory, but a choice is more than just passively thinking about a plan. It adds meaning and breathes life into your goals, while a goal would be something specific, persistent, and mainstream.
For instance, your goal when microdosing psilocybin could be that you want to change your allopathic medication for a more natural alternative.
However, your intention when taking the drug would be completely different:
- To nurture connections with your loved ones
- To bring about positive change in your life
- To let go of negative emotions that cause you pain
- To get over your past traumas
- To embrace change
- To seek spiritual growth—or anything that you think is holding you back in life.
In other words, an intention is heart-driven and not an entirely reasonable goal.
Discovering Your Intention
Not everybody is aware of what they want in life. If you’re going to discover what would heal you spiritually or make your life more meaningful, you should make this your intention: I intend to figure out how to make my life more spiritual and meaningful.
You can also think about what matters most to you in life, what aspects of life you want growth in, and when you feel the happiest. You could also think about the things you are grateful for or the thoughts that keep you from growing. Answering all these questions could help pave your way into a happier and more fulfilling future than you could have had before.
Become Effective and Empowered
Setting an intention helps give your thoughts a specific direction once the psychedelic experience has begun. Be clear about your goals in life, and you will be able to achieve them better through the magic that is psilocybin.
Moreover, you could also take this opportunity to become more empowered and proud of yourself. You may often find yourself thinking that you aren’t good enough or worthy enough to achieve what you want in life. If this is the case, microdosing psilocybin can help you experience not only the world but yourself in a different light.
Right before you take your microdose, set a few minutes aside to think about what you want to accomplish that day. If you are passionate enough about your intention, your day is bound to be eye-opening and spiritually revealing.