How To Prepare Psilocybin Mushrooms For Microdosing
“I am a mushroom
On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.”
– John Ford
Why Microdose With Psilocybin Mushrooms?
If you’re of the sustainable mindset and don’t have easy access to an organic chemistry lab to synthesize LSD, microdosing with psilocybin mushrooms is a natural alternative to consider. While snipping up or diluting blotter tabs is an easy way to microdose with LSD, it does mean dependence on an external source that might not be consistent or reliable. Procuring, or even better, growing your own psilocybin mushrooms leaves you in charge of the process, and if you have a golden-brown thumb, you could find yourself providing for your mushroom-enthusiast friends as well.
Microdosing with psilocybin mushrooms is ideal for the hands-on psychonaut who loves the idea of being involved in every step of the process. Preparing psilocybin for microdosing involves a bit of investment in kitchen equipment, but you can easily acquire this for around $80.
Readily available kitchen appliances are all you need for your microdosing preparation.
So You’ve Got Some Psilocybin. Now What?
If fresh psilocybin mushrooms are what you’ve got on hand, especially if they’re cute miniature pinheads that never made it to maturity (see image), it can be tempting to think along the lines of “Microshrooms for Microdosing.” There is something organically enticing about the idea of just taking a little mushroom cap in the morning along with your coffee and cereal.
Swallowing a whole mushroom as a microdose? Better think twice.
This however, will most likely produce an inconsistent microdosing experience. Considering the following:
Fresh and dry psilocybin mushrooms are generally considered equivalent using the 10% dry to wet ratio. Remember this is only an approximation, and fresh mushrooms can be more or less than 10% of their dry weight. This means that if you take 3 fresh grams, you could be taking more or less than 0.3 dry grams, depending on the mushroom and environmental factors, like humidity levels.
Caps and stems contain different levels of psilocybin. The psilocybin contents in Psilocybe cubensis, one of the most commonly enjoyed strains, are in the range of 0.37–1.30% in the whole mushroom, with 0.44–1.35% in the cap and 0.05–1.27% in the stem.
Psilocybin content varies from mushroom to mushroom, from flush to flush, and between strains. Changing varieties during your microdosing protocol will make calibration difficult as you’ll be ingesting varying amounts of psychoactive substance with each different type of psilocybin mushroom.
Psilocybin content changes in the different stages of development of a mushroom. Miniature pinheads that just didn’t grow bigger can be more potent than larger mushrooms per gram of weight.
Under-microdosing yourself is much less of an issue than accidentally over-microdosing. Finding yourself communing with the stucco on the ceiling when you’d like to be checking tasks off your laundry list is not only unproductive, but can increase anxiety levels.
What’s the best way to prepare psilocybin mushrooms for microdosing?
Powdering your dried psilocybin mushrooms is by far the best way to yield the most consistent dose. By grinding your mushrooms up together, you equalize the variance in psilocybin content between caps and stems, and from mushroom to mushroom.
A quick note on drying mushrooms: the methods range from leaving them out on a towel, to putting them in front of a fan, to low heat in the oven for several hours, to placing them in a box with Epsom salts.
However, for economy of space, energy, and time, a food dehydrator with a low heat setting is one of the most effective ways of preserving your psilocybin silos. A dehydrator will set you back just about $40, and when you’re not using it to render cracker-dry your portals to another dimension, it can double as a decoy for making banana chips. Several harvests of mushrooms can be dried overnight in a dehydrator instead of leaving them over all the surfaces of your house for weeks. Dehydrators are especially recommended for humid climates.
The easiest way to powder psilocybin mushrooms is with a spice or coffee grinder. Unlike the dehydrator, it is recommended to have a separate one for microdosing preparation as it is nearly impossible to get all the fine mushroom particles out of the blades. While it may be entertaining to imagine your roommate unwittingly enhancing herself while grinding up spices for chai tea, it is better advised not to run the risk of unwanted microdosing.
Practical Tip: It will take less than a minute of pulsing to mill your psilocybin mushrooms into a fine powder. Don’t open grinder for at least half an hour to allow the fine dust in the chamber to settle. Opening it right away will cause the agitated particles to be sucked up into the air in a whoosh of psychedelic fairy dust and anoint your kitchen with the lingering smell of magic fungus for hours. Remember that cannabis is not the only thing that will give you a buzz from inhaling ambient vapors.
Weighing and Measuring: How much powdered mushroom is a microdose?
Having an electronic scale for the kitchen is a good place to start. Scales accurate to 0.1 – 1.0 grams go for about $20. Weigh the dry mushrooms out before pulverizing to know how much total mushroom mass there will be once they are powdered. Knowing how much you have to start with will help you divide up the amounts for each microdose.
For example: 2 grams of dried whole mushrooms will yield 10 microdoses of 0.2 grams after powdering.
As a psilocybin microdose is approximately one tenth of a standard dose, you will use somewhere between 0.2 – 0.5 grams of dried powdered psilocybin mushrooms per dose. However, remember that this amount can be higher or lower depending on each individual’s neurophysiology, and an important part of the microdosing process is calibrating the dosage to fit just right to you. This process can take up to several microdoses to figure out, so it is better to start low, and slowly (and patiently!) work upward until you find your psilocybin sweet spot.
Kitchen scales are often not precise to 0.1 grams. They may not register any weight until there are at least 0.5 grams and this may be too much for one microdose. What you can do instead is simply heap all your powder onto a piece of paper and parse it out evenly into micro-piles.
As you will notice, the issue with powdered mushrooms is that their low density causes the powder to just float everywhere during handling. So, as before, try not to breathe in too much of the vapor, or you will be delivering yourself aerial microdoses.
In case you don’t want to go through the work of manually dividing up your powder, there are other ways to distribute microdoses:
Capsules: you’ll need a capsule dispenser for this one. These go for about $40. This is a popular method for the committed micro (or macro) doser, and has the advantage of bypassing the loamy mushroom taste that not everyone enjoys. The disadvantage is that your capsules are pre-measured and it is harder to adjust dosage after they’ve all been packaged.
Simply putting all your mushroom powder in a small container and using a very small scoop (1/16 to 1/8 of a teaspoon) to measure out your doses. The advantage of this method is that you can more flexibly adjust your dosage than with capsules. The disadvantage is that it is more prone to the error of eyeballing.
Taking Your Microdoses
Many people just take the powder as it is. You can also add it to your coffee or tea, but the powder is insoluble in water so it will just clump together into little pockets in your mug. Sprinkling over cereal is one way of masking the earthy flavor, as is mixing it into orange juice or having it with a spoonful of honey. Whichever way you choose, don’t just toss it down the hatch!
Stay mindful of your motives for microdosing as you consume your sacrament. Remember that the substance is just what facilitates your intention. Microdosing produces the best results when you are clear within yourself about why you are doing it. For more guidance on how to make the most of your microdosing regimen, sign up to our microdosing course – giving you access to expert interviews, helpful resources and an exclusive microdosing community.
As you journey down the rabbit hole of your microdosing experiment, let yourself be guided by the equally mind-altering, if not psychedelic Lewis Carroll:
‘Take some more,’ the March Hare said to Alice.
‘I’ve had nothing yet,’ Alice replied, ‘so I can’t take more.’
‘You mean you can’t take less,’ said the Hatter: ‘it’s very easy to take more than nothing.’
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