Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms | My Personal Experience Dr. Andrea Pennington
Hello, dear readers!
Welcome to the first edition of the Psychedelic Curious Journal. This week I’m sharing a short video with some insights I’ve learned about microdosing psilocybin containing mushrooms and truffles over the last year, including how to get the starting dosage right and how many days to take them, for example.
After microdosing truffles and whole mushrooms (0.1-2g) a few times a week for one year, I can say that my experience has been largely positive. As I mention in the video, after getting the dosage right, I subsequently found increased focus, concentration, easy access to the flow state, less procrastination, and more equanimity.
Other people around the world report the following benefits:
- Better sleep
- Getting more exercise
- More empathy
- Uplifted mood
- More motivation
- More creativity and problem solving ability
- Less PMS/PMDD symptoms around menstrual cycles
- Reduction of migraines & cluster headache frequency
- and more.
If you have a physical or emotional health condition that you think may be contraindicated for microdosing, there is a great website that has a list of medication interactions and community comments on what other people have found with microdosing psilocybin mushrooms and LSD. In other words, be sure to check for your personal risk based on any history of severe anxiety, bipolar with mania, psychosis and schizophrenia.
This website is led by James Fadiman, PhD and his team. He is an amazing expert in microdosing and I absolutely love his latest book Your Symphony of Selves, which he co-authored with Jordan Gruber, JD.
What about prescription medication interactions with psilocybin?
Some people find that anti-depressants, like SSRIs for example, leave them feeling flat, numb or emotionally blunted. This often inspires them to look at microdosing magic mushrooms. If this is the case for you, you should certainly consider tapering off of antidepressants before or while microdosing under the supervision of your doctor. You can check out Dr. Ben Malcolm’s site for helpful information on tapering.
🍄🌵Disclaimer: This journal is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin and LSD are classified as Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries.
I do not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances. And I do not advocate for, endorse, or intend for this material to be used to violate federal law.
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Note: I do not give advice on where to purchase these substances, so please do not ask! Depending on which country, city and state you live in, it may be best to grow your own mushrooms for private use. Learn more about that here with course info from the good folks at DoubleBlind magazine.
STILL CURIOUS OR GOT MORE QUESTIONS?
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This article was originally published in the In8Vitality Magazine on April 10, 2022.