There are many stunning and amazing things in the world. But occasionally, the difficulties of daily living can distort our perception and make it difficult for us to maintain our natural connection to the environment. Numerous microdosers report greater creativity, productivity, presence, well-being, inner calm, and happiness.
The therapeutic potential of psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms for mental health illnesses like obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even postpartum depression is being studied in recent years.
Microdosing, on the other hand, is the act of taking sub-perceptual, small quantities of a psychedelic substance in order to experience a subtle shift in consciousness. While taking huge dosages of psychedelics can result in profound and spontaneous healing.
Because the effects of microdosing are so subtle, they won’t have a negative impact on your capacity to carry out your normal activities. Microdosing can be a dependable first step if you are hesitant to take a full dose. This post will discuss how to incorporate microdosing into the rest of your everyday life as well as strategies for improving your microdosing technique.
How to Get The Most Out of Microdosing
Pick Your Psychedelic Medicine
Most of our customers work with choose psilocybin mushrooms for microdosing. Some clients choose to microdose with other substances besides mushrooms—most commonly LSD.
Setting intentions before microdosing can help you focus your attention and get the most out of the experience. Consider what you want to achieve— whether it’s increased creativity, reduced anxiety, or something else entirely. In a previous article, we covered how to set intentions for a psychedelic experience, but the same tips can apply to a microdosing session as well.
Overall, setting intentions isn’t about creating the perfect antidote to whatever problem you are trying to solve, but rather to hone in on one positive desire that can anchor you and establish a feeling of reverence for the medicine.
Set The Scene
It is no surprise that a supportive environment can help you feel comfortable and relaxed during a psychedelic experience. When it comes to microdosing, you can likely tolerate greater variation in your environment and setting in comparison with a macrodose.
However, deciding ahead of time what general space, atmosphere, and level of stimulation will be surrounding you can be an extension of intention-setting. Factors like lighting, music, activity, available tools, comfortability, and location can all contribute to an ultimate intentional experience.
Start With a Small Dose
When first starting to microdose, it’s best to begin with a low dose and gradually increase as needed. A good starting point is 1/10th to 1/20th of a standard dose. Starting with a low dose and gradually increasing as needed is recommended. You can hone in on the right dose by keeping a log of the effects you experience and tailoring your dose to the desired degree of effect.
Create a Schedule
To make microdosing a part of your daily routine, it’s essential to have a clear schedule and understand how long you should microdose. Consider the days when you have a lighter workload or more free time as an opportunity to first experiment.
Keeping a log of the effects you experience can be helpful when trying to create an intentional schedule. It’s essential to note the time, dose, and effects experienced during the day. This can help you fine-tune your practice.
Be Consistent & Patient
Consistency is key when it comes to microdosing. Taking sporadic doses and failing to document any noticeable changes in the quality of your mood, emotions, and focus may lead to confusion over results.
Because microdosing works with subtle shifts in consciousness, paying close attention and sticking to a routine can really help you identify real results without distractions.
How to Enhance The Microdosing Experience
These transformative practices can encourage additional insights, absorption, and effect during your microdosing experience.
Journal For Self-Reflection
Journaling is an excellent way to enhance the microdosing experience. It can help you reflect on your intentions and note changes in your mood and perception. Try writing down your thoughts before, during, and after microdosing to track the qualitative changes in your mood, emotions, and thoughts.
Engage in Creative & Embodied Activities
Engaging in creative activities such as drawing, painting, dancing, singing, and any other expressive practice can really help get you into a flow state. Psychedelics work in the brain by deactivating the Default Mode Network, which is associated with thought patterns regarding the past, future, other people, rumination, and self-construct.
Essentially, the DMN has been shown to be overactive in people with particular mental health disorders like depression, but decreased activity have been studied during psychedelic usage and during task absorption. Allowing yourself to enter an entranced, creative flow state could potentially boost the subtle shifts in the brain that were brought about via the microdose.
Spend Time in Nature
Spending time in nature can be incredibly grounding and help you connect with the world around you. It is no secret that feeling boundless connection with nature is a typical byproduct of psychedelic use.
Going for a walk (especially barefoot), or even just connecting with a single plant can add an additional element to the quality of consciousness invoked through the microdose. Nature is always calling, but sometimes we hear her louder than usual!
Meditate For Deeper Awareness
Psychedelics have been shown to enhance mindfulness practices, help us tap into feelings of gratitude, and fall into meditative states more readily. Breathwork in addition can be both grounding and calming for the nervous system as well as help get stagnant emotions moving that need cathartic release.
Combining the heightened awareness from microdosing with meditation practices can have a reciprocal relationship of boosting the effects of each.
Engulf The Senses—Or Deprive Them
Lastly, playing with perception can invoke interesting dynamics and even catalyze deep inner work. Both feeling enraptured by sensory stimulation and putting on a blindfold and headphones can add an additional element to your experience.
An example of engulfing the senses would be listening to music while watching the clouds pass by and feeling the earth beneath you. The opposite would be sitting in silence with your eyes closed or covered.
Both can offer opportunities for profound shifts in awareness, insights, and clarity of mind. One approach takes you inward while the other can invoke feelings of unity with one’s surroundings, but both paths ultimately lead to the same destination.