Step-by-Step Guide to Microdosing

So you’re interested in starting microdosing?

Maybe you’ve read an article on microdosing, or heard a popular podcast on the topic.

Maybe you’ve heard about the many benefits that microdosing is reported to provide?

No matter where your interest in microdosing has come from, the first question is always:

Where do I start?


1. Obtaining Substances

Since most psychedelics are currently illegal, we can’t give you advice on how to obtain certain substances.

However, we can provide you information on the nuances of the law in different countries, and let you know about totally legal ways of getting your hands on psychedelics – such as growing your own psilocybin mushrooms (in certain countries) or purchasing legal versions of prohibited substances.

The best advice, however, is to get involved with your local psychedelic society, and start making friends. Fostering a community will always help people find what they’re looking for!

For an in-depth guide into the legal status of microdosing, click here.


2. Taking The First Dose

If you’re microdosing with LSD, you’ll want to start out with a small dose of around 5ug. To measure this out, you can either cut up your tab into smaller pieces (innacurate but quick), or dissolve a tab in distilled water (known as volumetric microdosing – read our full guide).

If you’re microdosing with psilocybin mushrooms, you’ll want to start out with a dose of around 0.2 grams. Read our full guide on how to measure out a microdose of psilocybin mushrooms here.


3. Observing The Effects

You’ll want to take your first ever dose on a day off, and not plan any intense activities, so you can relax and monitor what the microdose does to your mind and body. If you feel like you didn’t reach the desired state, take a couple days off then microdose again with a slightly higher amount. If you feel like things get a little too intense, try reducing the dose next time.

Depending on why you want to microdose, you might be looking for different effects. If you’re microdosing for improved productivity, you might want to look out for feelings of increased focus and less procrastination. If you’re microdosing to reduce anxiety, you might want to observe how easy social interactions are.

For more details on how to observe the effects of microdosing, relevant to your intention, sign up for our online microdosing course.


4. Beginning A Regimen

Once you’ve found the right dose for you, it’s time to make a schedule. The recommended starting routine for microdosing is to dose once every three days. That is, you’ll dose on day 1, take days 2 and 3 off, then dose again on day 4 (and so on).

Continue this schedule for several weeks, and you should start to notice effects. Keep a journal to note how the microdosing is changing your mood or perceptions.

After a few weeks, stop your regimen and take a break to reflect on how things have changed, and what you might want to do differently if you decide to microdose again.

We recommend avoiding long periods of microdosing (more than a few months), as the long-term health effects are unknown at this time.


5. Get Involved!

Join our forum to talk to other microdosers about your experience, and gain useful insight from our other community members.

Listen to our regular podcast to hear insights about microdosing from entrepreneurs, psychedelic experts and self-medicators.

Also, join our mailing list and sign up for our microdosing course to gain exclusive benefits!

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