The feeling of depression and anxiety is something that many people have experienced at some point in their lives. Some have been able to manage it with the use of SSRI drugs, while others have found them to be less effective. However, recent research has shown that psilocybin, a natural substance found in magic mushrooms, can effectively taper off SSRI drugs and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The Power of Microdosing

Psilocybin microdosing involves taking a small amount of the substance over an extended period. Individuals can experience therapeutic benefits without the mind-altering effects by microdosing psilocybin. These benefits include improved mood, increased focus, and reduced anxiety.

Microdosing has started gaining traction to recenter and realign one’s life and mind. But did you know that much research has been done on psilocybin’s effect on depression and anxiety? Let’s dive into the science and learn how microdosing, even just a tiny amount of magic mushrooms, can help set you on a new track in life. 

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The Science at Work

The science behind psilocybin microdosing is not fully understood, but early studies have shown promising results. A study by the Imperial College of London found that psilocybin microdosing increased openness and creativity among participants. 

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, Head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial, had said: “These results comparing two doses of psilocybin therapy with 43 daily doses of one of the best performing SSRI antidepressants help contextualize psilocybin’s promise as a potential mental health treatment.”

The promise noted by Dr. Carhart-Harris reveals the true power hidden within the molecular structure of psilocybin; something in there can help treat even the most severe of depressions.

Another study by John Hopkins University showed that a single, larger dose of psilocybin led to long-term improvements in mood and anxiety for individuals suffering from depression and anxiety.

The study showed that “for the entire group of 24 participants, 67% showed a more than 50% reduction in depression symptoms at the one-week follow-up and 71% at the four-week follow-up. Four weeks post-treatment, 54% of participants were considered in remission – meaning they no longer qualified as being depressed” (Hopkins Medicine). This is a huge step forward in studying psilocybin as an anti-depressant. 

Switching Over to Microdosing

If you are considering tapering off SSRI drugs and are interested in exploring psilocybin microdosing, there are some essential things to remember. First and foremost, it is essential to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure this approach suits you. If you take any medications or have pre-existing conditions, you must talk with your doctor to ensure that psilocybin microdosing will not negatively impact your health.

Once you have the go-ahead from your healthcare provider, it’s essential to start with a very low dose of psilocybin. This dose should be small enough to produce no hallucinogenic effects. Typically, this can be anywhere from 0.1 to 0.5 grams of dried psilocybin mushrooms.

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After taking your first dose, consider how your body and mind react. Keep a journal and record any changes in mood, energy levels, and anxiety. Over time, you can slowly increase the dosage until you reach a level that produces the desired results.

In the end, psilocybin microdosing has the potential to be a valuable tool in the management of depression and anxiety. Tapering off SSRI doesn’t have to be challenging. However, it’s vital to take this approach under the guidance of a healthcare provider to ensure that it’s right for you. By starting with small doses and monitoring your response carefully, you can potentially taper off SSRI drugs while experiencing positive mental health benefits. If you experience any adverse side effects, stop using psilocybin immediately and contact your healthcare provider.

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