The practice of microdosing psychedelics has been brought to the spotlight of popular culture in recent years – but most people are only just now starting to become aware of the practice.
If you’re new to psychedelics and integration practices, then the information in this article is designed to cater to you. If you are more experienced, then consider this a review of the fundamentals.
Before we begin, a quick refresher on what a microdose is would be a helpful place to start.
A microdose is considered to be a sub-perceptual dose of a psychoactive substance – any psychoactive substance – that does not produce a perceived effect or impairment of any kind.
Typically, 1/10 of an active dose for whatever compound you are consuming is considered a microdose. What constitutes an active dose however is highly individualized. You will need to discover this metric on your own with time, trial, and error.
For example – an active dose of psilocybin mushrooms could be 1g or above, meaning 100mg – 150mg would be the microdose quantity of that particular medicine.
There are two widely accepted programs used for microdosing psychedelic mushrooms:
- Taking 1 dose per day for 5 days with 2 days off to reset, à la Stamets (psilocybin mushrooms)
- Taking 1 dose once every 3 days, à la Fadiman (LSD trials)
Now that we have discussed the act of microdosing, what are some basic things to keep in mind when tracking and integrating the practice into your life?
Here are three key tips to help successfully integrate microdosing into your daily life.
Pay Attention to Your Thoughts
Among other subtle changes, the majority of people universally report one key change they notice on the very first day – a shift in their thought patterns and emotional dynamics. These might seem like separate changes, but they aren’t because thoughts tend to lead to emotions by association.
Integrating new thoughts can be challenging in theory, but most people (there are exceptions) tend to experience positive changes in thoughts and emotions rather than negative changes – especially individuals who believe they may be struggling with mental health issues such as depression.
For that reason, this part of integration is perhaps the simplest, just follow your positivity and allow it to carry you through your day. Mastering this is known as achieving a flow state – a state of being fully engaged in the present moment and not being emotionally bound to the future or the past. To be clear, you do not lose awareness of these things, rather you accept them for what they are – things you cannot change, and therefore deserve less energy than the present.
Journaling and Calendar Tracking
The second vital component, if you’re using microdosing for self-improvement work, is to track your progress on paper.
A good integration tactic is to take stock of yourself prior to beginning your microdosing journey. Do this in vivid detail. You want to include things like:
- What are things about myself that I need to work on?
- Am I seeking mental health improvements or performance improvements?
- Do I have an end goal in mind that microdosing a psychedelic will assist me in attaining?
Asking yourself such questions on paper will give you a compass that will help point you towards measurable improvements in the areas that may matter most to you.
Once you have started a protocol, determining a schedule to write down your thoughts is critical. Doing this over time will give you a great deal of clarity on the positive or negative impacts that microdosing may have on you.
Tracking days on a calendar may also be helpful if you wish to do a limited trial protocol of 30 days, or prefer to track on days and off days in this way.
Push Your Boundaries
Finally, push your boundaries. When an individual is microdosing, there are marked improvements in brain-body connectivity, as well as improved communication between different parts of the brain, a reduction in fear response, and uptake in social ability.
Of course, there are exceptions, but if you find yourself – as confirmed by observing and journaling your thoughts – feeling more capable in certain areas you are interested in either physically, socially, or intellectually, then put the urge to perform into action.
Many individuals have reported improvements in their lives on this metric as they feel less afraid and more capable of doing certain things than they perhaps did before microdosing psilocybin.
If you have less fear and more confidence, then be sure to integrate it into your life and reap the benefits!
When microdosing, keeping a conscious eye on your thought patterns, tracking your day through journaling, and pushing your boundaries in your life will all be foundational to maximizing your benefits from the practice.
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