Psychedelic mushrooms have an extensive impact on our mental health and overall wellbeing. With books like Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion by Michelle Janikian, those interested in the healing power of mushrooms are looking to explore how psilocybin can impact their everyday lives– including their benefits on creativity, mood, cognitive function, and much more. These entheogenic fungi have the potential to usher us into a deeper connection with our inner world that can spark our innate capabilities to cultivate self-love and healing. When used in a methodical, intentional practice, psilocybin mushrooms may offer heart-opening shifts that foster long-lasting effects on our relationship and experience with our deepest selves.
Microdosing is the practice of consuming small amounts of psychedelics – in this case, psilocybin, which is about one-tenth of a regular dose on a long-term basis. In this practice, classic psychedelic effects like visuals or synesthesia, for example, are not present when taking a sub-perpetual amount. Microdosing provides a practical and low-risk initiation into psychedelics while integrating intentional and calculated psychedelic use into our everyday lives. It creates space for us to bring more awareness to the parts of ourselves that need healing.
Although its ancient therapeutic use dates back to millennia, there are also reports of low-dose consumption of psilocybin in indigenous cultures. Some researchers suggest that many traditional cultures used psilocybin mushrooms alongside other substances such as peyote and morning glory seeds in their daily lives. In high doses, these entheogens create transcendental or spiritual experiences, and in contrast, when used sub-perpetually, they were taken as aphrodisiacs, appetite suppressants, and medicinal treatments.
First, it’s essential to understand that psychedelics alone are not the catalyst that will change or impact your growth. Microdosing supports you in opening a window of opportunity to ignite your innate ability to help yourself. Microdosing may provide changes in perspective and offer insights into how you can make constructive changes in your life that align with your highest potential.
Moreover, most psychedelic research studies the use of high doses, though there is a growing body of research on microdosing psilocybin and other mind-expanding substances linking this practice to better mood, lowered anxiety, and increased focus. Generally, microdosing is used by those seeking to reduce symptoms caused by mental illness, such as PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, addiction, anxiety, or depression. At the same time, others are looking to increase desired states such as creativity, energy, focus, and productivity. Many anecdotal reports show a general desire to microdose for its potential to ignite personal growth and transformation.
One of the critical components to microdosing is building a regimen or routine personalized for your intended growth. Setting an intention is ideal for setting the tone for your practice and is a guiding element that reinforces your overall goal for microdosing. Intention Setting is more than just stating your plans or wishful thinking. It’s a supporting principle that focuses on cultivating a deeper awareness of the self.
Defining your intention before your microdosing protocol is a precursor to achieving your desired outcome while aligning with your core objectives. When setting an intention to inspire self-love, connect to your deepest thoughts, values, and perspectives. Ask yourself questions that stimulate contemplation as this ensures that your intention holds personal value making your commitment to it much more significant. You’ll also want to get out of your comfort zone a bit. Challenge yourself to take risks and to navigate parts of yourself that encourage you to face your fears. More often than not, these testing intentions bring about clarity and a greater sense of purpose.
Once you’ve set your intention, properly calibrating your microdose level before starting an official protocol is essential. When microdosing psilocybin mushrooms, it’s vital to start slow. You’ll want to gradually increase the dose level until you reach an amount where you feel a change of some sort but have no visuals. At this level, you should have an enhanced sense but can still actively navigate everyday tasks.
If you continue to increase slowly but don’t notice any changes, you may have to go a little over the threshold of microdosing to understand how psilocybin affects you. It’s essential to keep in mind different strains and fresh vs. dried mushrooms as the potency does vary. It may also be helpful to consider widely used protocols such as The Stamets Stack, a nootropic blend of lion’s mane mushrooms, niacin, and psilocybin. Moreover, Dr. James Fadiman’s regimen, as seen in The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys, introduces a “beginner’s” protocol of microdosing psilocybin every three days for a 4-8 week period. His book explores microdosing as a subculture of psychedelic use and formally introduced the term “microdosing” into the psychedelic mainstream.
After you’ve dialed in your personalized microdosing ritual, exploring supplemental medicinal herbs, fungi, and foods can create an opportunity to open the heart and mind on a deeper level. As seen in the Stamets Stack, using blends that work synergistically with psilocybin can usher a greater sense of awareness and broader understanding of the self. Psilocybin chocolates are used to incorporate the heart-opening value of Cacao in combination with magic mushrooms.
For thousands of years, indigenous cultures used Cacao in ancient ceremonies by South Americans like the Maya. In addition to being high in essential vitamins and minerals, Cacao increases blood flow to the brain, which helps to increase awareness and focus. The Aztecs called the sacred mushrooms teonanacátl or “flesh of the gods,” while Cacao’s official name is theobroma cacao, also known as “food of the gods.” This powerful combination increases the effects of microdosing for cultivating self-love– as psilocybin opens the mind and Cacao opens the heart. Try using Sun Potion’s Anandamide Raw Cacao & Tonic Herbs when seeking to unlock the heart’s portal.
Equally, rose symbolizes love and matters of the heart. On an energetic level, rose opens the heart and lifts the spirit, helping us overcome difficult emotions and harness new beginnings. Rose tea, elixirs, and powders, when combined with psilocybin, utilize the healing properties of rose that create heart-focused blends. Additionally, Blue Lotus or blue water lily is renowned by Egyptians, Mayans, Buddhists, and other cultures for its spiritual healing properties. Mostly known for its ability to support lucid dreaming, Blue Lotus also aids in the relaxation of the mind and body while also possessing aphrodisiac qualities. It contains antispasmodic properties that help ease tight muscles, allowing energy to flow effortlessly throughout the body. Used in combination with psilocybin to create an ethereal blend, it may stimulate the third eye and crown chakra.
While cultivating self-love is an ongoing practice, microdosing psilocybin may usher your ability to create daily habits and changes that open the heart. By keeping a journal to measure your progress and alignment with your intention, you can identify changes in emotional awareness, openness, and mood that are ideal when assessing the efficacy of your microdosing regimen.
After your initial protocol, you can adjust your routine by increasing or decreasing your dose or reexamining your microdosing blend to personalize your routine for optimization. Microdosing not only offers a methodical way to use psilocybin, but it allows you to access its healing potential without the effects of classical psychedelics. Implementing a psilocybin regimen can guide you towards increased self-love, elevated awareness, and overall quality of life—and may even bring long-lasting growth and transformation.
Want to learn more about Microdosing? Join our upcoming workshop, Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms to Cultivate Self-Love, hosted by Bre Jenkins, psychedelics and wellness writer and founder of INWRD.
The Alchemist’s Kitchen does not condone the use of psychedelics where they are illegal.