Is It Safe Microdosing Mushrooms?
Microdosing refers to the intake of exceedingly small doses of licensed hallucinogenic substances to acquire certain mental and physical benefits. This ingestion is done regularly or in specific intervals of time for an extended period. The duration of usage depends on the individual who is consuming the psychedelics.
People can perform microdosing using magic mushrooms that contain hallucinogenic substances. These substances include psilocybin, baeocystin, psilocin, or norbaeocystin.
Vince Polito and Richard Stevenson, from Macquarie University in Sydney, have just published an interesting observational, longitudinal studying the experiences of over 100 microdosing subjects over six weeks.
The legal status of microdosing with psychedelic mushrooms varies in the different countries of the world. However, it is illegal in more nations than it is legal.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees microdosing. Its functions include the application and dosage regulation.
Some countries where it is legal are:
A few examples of countries where microdosing mushrooms are illegal are:
⦁ United Kingdom
⦁ Ukraine (spores are legal)
⦁ New Zealand
⦁ Republic of Moldova
⦁ Japan (spores are legal)
⦁ Hong Kong
Benefits of Microdosing mushrooms:
Psychedelics, in higher doses, are used for recreational, self-exploration, and spiritual purposes. However, microdosing is and should be done for medical purposes only to improve the mental and emotional state.
Its benefits include:
⦁ Relaxation of the mind and the body
⦁ Improvement in focus, concentration, productivity, and creativity
⦁ Enhancement in cognitive abilities like problem-solving
⦁ Reduction in anxiety, stress, and depression
⦁ Elevation in mood and an optimistic outlook on life
⦁ Increase in stimulation, vigor, and zeal
⦁ Enhancement in body and mental functions
⦁ Relief from general body pain and menstrual pain
⦁ Facilitation in social interactions through an improved thought process
⦁ Suppression of the habits and addiction of smoking and drinking
Microdosing mushroom is said to enhance the daily functioning of the body and the mind. Even though there is no defined numerical value, the dosage must be below the standard dose to ensure that no ‘trip’ or hallucinations ensue on the intake. This rule stands for all kinds of microdosing, including mushroom microdosing.
There is a lack of scientific research on microdosing, but adequate scientific studies help cover it up. Hence, someone must only ingest amounts prescribed by the doctor when microdosing. It guarantees the minimized peril of intoxication, addiction or alteration or loss of consciousness.
Risks of Microdosing mushrooms:
Microdosing is like a double-edged sword. Along with its pros, it has its cons. The hazards can emerge due to microdosing for extended periods or with an incorrect dosage. Sensitivity to a particular magic mushroom can also influence the body negatively.
The risks include:
⦁ Reduced focus, energy, and interest in day-to-day life
⦁ Increased pessimism, anxiety, stress, and depression
⦁ Severe feelings of irritation and sudden variations in mood
⦁ Social interaction interference like awkwardness, incoherent speech, and oversharing
⦁ Extreme introspection leading to self-sabotage and self-hate
⦁ Confusion and impaired memory
⦁ Amplified symptoms of alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, etc.
⦁ Diminished tolerance to noises, pain, and situations
Challenges of Microdosing mushrooms:
The primary challenge faced by both doctors and patients during microdosing lies in the determination of the dosage. Since specifically discrete amounts suit different individuals, there is no set standard according to the various groups of ages. Additionally, there is also the factor of sensitivity and suitability that comes into play. Therefore, it is arduous to decide and regulate a general standard for the doses globally.