Microdosing for Mental Health Benefits
Microdosing for mental health has gained popularity in the last 5 to 10 years. Many people report increased creativity, more energy and increased focus. Others report feeling less anxiety, stress and even less depressed. Some enthusiasts even report increased spiritual awareness and enhanced senses. It can also aid in treating addiction. In a study, 80% of smokers were able to quit completely using psilocybin as part of cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s also been found to be helpful for treatment-resistant patients who suffer from depression. There’s research that suggests it’s even effective at treating migraine headaches as well. Microdosing is the act of taking unnoticeable amounts of psychedelics (in this case psilocybin mushrooms) for therapeutic effects.
*I’d like to state that I’m not promoting the use of psychedelics as a fix-all. I’m simply sharing my experiences with microdosing in hopes that it might help someone else.*
Follow the Proper Protocol
It is recommended to follow a month long schedule for long lasting effects. I’ll be following James Fadiman’s regimen of 1 day on, followed by 2 days off. I prepared my microdoses by grinding up dried mushrooms to a powder and weighing up 0.15 gram for each capsule. The amount can always be adjusted if needed. If you feel any effects, you should dial it back a bit. Consequently, if you’re not experiencing any difference in your mental state, you may consider adding 0.25-0.5 to your doses. For my regimen, I will take a total of 10 doses in the month. For most people, it’s best to take in the morning to avoid any interference with sleep.
Why Psilocybin Works
Psilocybin, along with LSD have a similar chemical structure to Serotonin and mimic its effects. Serotonin is a very important neurotransmitter. It aids in almost everything our brain does. Psilocybin helps with mood stabilization which is why it’s so helpful for depression and anxiety. It also helps with sleep, eating, digestion, bowel movements and blood clotting.
Benefits & Risks of Microdosing Psilocybin
There are many benefits to microdosing but people usually start for two main reasons.
To reduce the frequency and intensity of undesirable states caused by different forms of mental illness including:
- Mood disorders
AND/OR To increase the frequency and intensity of desired states including:
- Flow states
- Increased empathy
The biggest risk with microdosing is legality. It is still illegal in many countries. Make sure to check your local laws surrounding psilocybin before starting. It also has the effect of amplifying what your already feeling, rather than numbing it. This is why it’s important to assess your mental state before microdosing. If you have any worry or anxiety surrounding microdosing, I’d suggest researching more so that you feel confident in microdosing. It’s recommended that you talk to your doctor before beginning if you suffer from schizophrenia, psychosis or severe anxiety. It can worsen these conditions if you microdose too much or too often . There was a recent study done that ranked mushrooms as the safest drug to consume based on many different factors (see graph below). This makes microdosing quite safe to do.
Journal Your Journey
It is also helpful to journal your experience. This way you can track any effects, how the dose effects you and any progress. I will also be journaling shadow work and inner child work to help me look at the past from a different perspective. I’m using the microdosing to help aid in my healing of past traumas. I think many people’s depression can stem from unhealed traumas and when they really get to the root of it and heal it, it can help tremendously. This is at least true for myself. I’ve been working to heal from past traumas for years now and although it’s a long process, it’s worth doing. I’m microdosing for mental health and the benefits it can have when healing from trauma.
My Story of Healing
I’ve been through my fair share of things in my life. I was sexually molested at 12, in a volatile, abusive relationship, and addicted to drugs, all before my 18th birthday. It’s taken me a long time to really get into the true healing process and not just masking the pain with substances, relationships or distractions. Along my journey, I’ve picked up some helpful tools that I want to share on my blog. My hope is that it will help someone through their own tough time and help them to begin healing. I’ve found great success in doing inner child work, shadow work and writing/saying daily positive affirmations. I will be going over these in more depth in the near future.
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