Psilocybin mushrooms are hallucinogenic fungi that contain the naturally occurring psychoactive compound psilocybin. As research on psilocybin continues to show promise, psilocybin therapy is growing, as is coverage and decriminalization of these entheogenic fungi. You’ve likely heard of the potential benefits after just a single dose of this psychoactive molecule. Studies have shown decreases in depressed mood and anxiety, as well as an increase in overall quality of life.
Some researchers have theorized psilocybin has the potential to “reset” or “rewire” the brain, while anecdotal reports suggest long-lasting enhancements in personal growth, increased creativity and self-awareness, and a deeper appreciation of nature and relationships. With all the merited buzz around psilocybin, many have begun to wonder how it could make a positive impact in their lives. Understanding how to incorporate psilocybin can be a great place to start when unraveling the therapeutic benefits psychedelics have to offer.
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Implementing a microdosing routine
Microdosing can be an effective way to introduce psilocybin use on a weekly basis. The term microdosing means to consume unnoticeable amounts of a psychedelic substance. Many who have implemented this practice report higher levels of creativity, more energy, increased focus, and improved relational skills, as well as reduced anxiety, stress, and even depression. In fact, research on psilocybin use has shown subsequent long-term effects for treatment-resistant depression patients. Although most psychedelic research is based upon the use of high doses, there has been research on microdosing psychedelics linking microdosing to better mood and focus.
Generally, those interested in microdosing are seeking to reduce the frequency and intensity of undesirable states caused by mental illness, such as PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, or depression. Conversely, they may be interested in increasing the frequency and intensity of desired outcomes, such as creativity, energy, flow states, focus, and productivity. Either way, it seems that many people use microdosing for its potential to drive personal growth. If you’d like to learn more about how to microdose, our Microdosing Course will provide you with a personalized, hands-on microdosing protocol that’s backed by science.
Mind expansion through macrodosing
A macrodose, or therapeutic dose of psilocybin, can have a wide range of effects based on specific dosage. Unlike microdosing, a macrodose is intended to be consumed less frequently and requires proper preparation and possible psychedelic integration post-journey. Potential benefits of a macrodose can include, but are not limited to: lasting beneficial changes in personality, behaviors, values, and overall attitudes; decreased depressive mood and anxiety; and increases in creativity and feelings of unity and interconnectedness. All of these outcomes could lead to personal development. To see a full list of potential benefits, check out our Ultimate Guide to Psilocybin Mushrooms.
Personalizing psilocybin use
Whether it be through microdosing or a higher therapeutic dose, incorporating psilocybin can be personalized to fit your lifestyle. Reaping the benefits of microdosing not only offers a routine way to use psilocybin, but it allows you to access its healing potential without the enhanced psychoactive experience. For its part, macrodosing offers a psychedelic experience tailored to your needs through a specific dosage. Implementing a psilocybin regime can guide you towards increased self-awareness, creativity, and overall quality of life—and may even spur long-lasting self-improvement.
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