Microdosing shrooms may offer substantial benefits for depression, anxiety and more. This article will walk you through what materials you will need and how to make your own microdosing mushroom set up with pre-measured doses. If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 microdosing article first to understand what microdosing is, how it works, the benefits, risks and how to microdose mushrooms safely.
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First and foremost, In most countries, psychedelic mushrooms are still illegal. This video is meant to be for educational purposes only. Entheozen does not condone illegal activities. You should only consume psychedelic mushrooms in parts of the world where it is unscheduled or legal. None of the footage you see in this video depicts actual illicit substances and is for demonstrative and educational purposes only.
*Disclaimer* First and foremost, In most countries, psychedelic mushrooms are still illegal. You should only consume psychedelic mushrooms in parts of the world where it is unscheduled or legal. None of the footage you see in this video depicts actual illicit substances and is for demonstrative and educational purposes only.This article is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Do not possess, distribute or consume illegal substances. Entheozen does not condone the use of illegal drugs and is not responsible for any risk, harm or legal repercussions you may experience after reading this article.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is the term that has been given to describe the act of taking a small amount of a psychedelic substance to receive a variety of benefits. Typically, a microdose is about 1/10th of a full dose of a psychedelic. Microdosing can be applied to any psychedelic including psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, Ayahuasca, Mescaline, Ibogaine or other substances. Usually the effects of miscrodosing are subperceptual, meaning you don’t experience the same hallucinogenic effects as a full dose. This makes microdosing easy to do during common activities such as working, driving, or socializing with friends. Psilocybin or “magic” mushrooms and LSD are the most popular psychedelics to microdose with because of their availability and good safety track record.
What are the benefits to microdosing mushrooms?
Although there is little scientific research on microdosing mushrooms, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence that microdosing mushrooms may have many benefits. Many report significant results using mushroom microdosing for improving depression, anxiety, pain, addiction, memory loss and other psychological conditions. People also use microdosing for things like inspiring creativity, reducing social anxiety, cognitive enhancement, problem solving and cultivating connected interpersonal relationships. We are at just the beginning of exploring the potential of microdosing mushrooms.
What is the best method to take a mushroom microdose?
If you’re microdosing mushrooms, My recommendation is to grind them into a powder using a nutrabullet or some other grinding apparatus, and use a milligram scale to weight out single doses. You can measure out multiple doses in one sitting and put them into capsules or you can have your powder in a jar and measure out with a scale as needed. The potency of psilocybin mushrooms varies tremendously, so be sure you ask your source or test ahead of time to know how strong your starting material is. A microdose weight of powdered psilocybin mushrooms is usually in between .1-.5 grams.
Here is a list of the items you’ll need to get started:
1. You’ll need some sort of apparatus that can grind or powderize your mushrooms. A nutrabullet or coffee grinder should work.
2. You’ll need a milligram scale that reads atleast 2 decimal points to the right.
3. You’ll need 00 sized empty capsules to fill. You can get either vegetarian capsules or gelatin.
4. You’ll need a “capsule machine”. They come in different sizes. The 24 capsule size is the one I use.
5. And of course, you’ll need a trustworthy supply of dried psilocybin mushrooms.
You can buy all of these things (except the mushrooms of course) from Amazon or other parts of the web. These items have some affiliate links if you want my recommendation.
Filling the capsules
Depending on the number of capsules your capsule template in your “capsule machine” can hold, what I like to do is figure out how many capsules or micro doses I want to make. In my case, my capsule machine only holds 24 capsules. So say I want to make 24 micro doses. If I’m aiming to have each microdose contain .2 grams, then I choose my starting quantity of mushrooms based on that. So .2*24 capsules equals 4.8 grams. So because some dust will inevitably stick to surfaces and such, I tend to add a little buffer in there, so lets say 5 grams is my target. I’ll take roughly 5 grams of mushrooms, and again its okay if it’s a little over because some will be lost in the process. I put my 5 grams of mushrooms into a nutrabullet or grinder, and I powder it until it’s as fine and powderized as I can get it. I load up the capsule machine as the directions advise, with the longer pieces of the capsule. I put the top parts of the capsules in a bowl for easy access later on. Make sure to have a ceramic plate underneath you so if you drop any powder, you can easily recover it.
Now, carefully pour your mushroom powder onto the capsule machine and use the plastic card provided to carefully push the mushroom powder into the capsules. Be sure that you fill the capsules evenly. There may be empty space in them even once full, so be sure not to fill up some capsules and have others be empty. Do you best to make them all as even as possible. If you need to, you can compress the powder into other capsules using the lid of the capsule machine. This will make more room in the capsule so you can continue adding powder to it. Add powder to the capsules until all of the powder is gone. You may run out of space in the capsule before you finish pouring all of your powder. This is okay too. Once your capsules are full of their desired mushroom powder, you can manually cap it with the other piece of the capsule that you set aside in a bowl.
You can weigh your capsule once you’re done to verify the weight of raw mushroom inside. Keep in mind the capsule weighs about .1 grams it’s self if you use the 00 size. Usually I can only get .5 or ½ a gram max into one 00 capsule. If you’re targeting a microdose smaller than that, then you should have no problem getting all the contents in. Just be sure to compress the powder until you get your desired amount in the capsule. You can refrigerate them if you desire to maintain potency. Be sure to label your mushroom microdoses so you don’t take them thinking they are some other herb or medicine.
Video tutorial on filling capsules using the “capsule machine”.
So how often should one microdose and when?
So there’s not an exact science to how often you should microdose. Microdosing is still largely a new trend, so everyone is still experimenting and figuring it out.
There 2 major microdosing schedule recommendations out there.
There is the one proposed by James Fadiman, the god father of microdosing, and one proposed by Paul Stamets, a famous mycologist.
James Fadiman recommends taking a microdose once every 3 days, or twice a week roughly.
Paul Stamets protocol
The Paul Stamets microdosing mushrooms protocol recommends 5 days on, 2 days off, so taking your microdose with the lions mane mushroom and niacin for 5 days consecutively and then taking a break for 2 days.
Or, you can always just take microdoses randomly on days that you feel you need it or are doing an activity that goes well with microdosing.
If you intend to use Paul Stamets microdosing protocol, You can add lions mane and niacin to your psilocybin microdoses for ultimate memory and brain support.
To do this protocol, Take your mushroom microdose capsule, and with it you take 10 g of lions mane mushroom powder, and 150 mg of niacin. Be sure to get the niacin as nicotinic acid form. You want the type that will make you flush. And yes, the flushing is a little uncomfortable.
How to decide when and how much
Remember, there’s always the possibility that you may feel a dose stronger one day by accident, or that a microdose can result in you feeling emotionally sensitive. Keep this in mind when planning your microdoses. You might want to avoid microdosing on days that you know will be emotionally challenging or could provoke anxiety in social settings.
Everyone is different and it’s important to listen to your body when it comes to microdosing psychedelics. You may find that microdosing every 3 days is actually too much for you and that you may enjoy it on occasion or only for certain activities. You might also find that microdosing one substance works for you while another doesn’t. Some people do better microdosing LSD over mushrooms for example and vice versa. Some people get anxiety when they microdose, others may be sleepy, or emotional. The important thing is to listen to your body and remember to review the information on how to microdose safely that I include in my Microdosing Psychedelics Part 1 article.
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Capsule Making Resources
You can follow the links below to learn how to get all the equipment and materials that you need to fill your own capsules.
Links to Recommended Materials:
- Capsule Machine
- 00 sized vegetarian capsules
- Nutribullet grinder
- Milligram scale
- Powdered lion’s mane mushroom
- Niacin(Nicotinic acid)