Are you a warrior? Do you grind it out during the work day and play it out on the weekend? While this combination can get big results, it can also be a bit source of stress and result in symptoms of anxiety and depression. Many people are choosing to microdose magic mushrooms. What happens? Well, first and foremost, they don’t get high but what happens is shocking!
The other day I went to kick the footy with a friend for the first time in years. When he rocked up late he punted the ball my way, and I scooped it up on the run and hit a left foot snap straight through the middle. I ran to grab it from behind the goals and my second touch was a curving banana kick that arced out in front of the touchline and bent back to split the goalposts.
My friend raised an eyebrow. “Back on the mushrooms, mate?” he asked.
About 35mg of powdered magic mushrooms an hour beforehand was enough, about a hundredth of a solid tripping dose. It was like the middleman between my body and me had been taken out of the picture, and with him gone I felt clearer than I had in weeks.
Without thinking about it I could feel my muscles with more precision and intensity, hence the two goals and a surge of energy as we ran round the oval.
Later that evening, discussing the looming apocalypse over a bottle of wine with friends, I noticed my neurotic clouds seemed to have dissolved entirely. My ranting about Trump and trauma felt more fluent, and it was a joy to be having a yarn with old mates — a global warming that compounded as the week went on. (1)
Jesse is talking about microdosing: a regimen of incorporating a small, non-hallucination-inducing amount of mushrooms containing the active ingredient psilocybin into the body to improve focus, mood, coordination, clarity, relatability, problem-solving, open-mindedness and creativity among other benefits. The goal of microdosing is not to get high but rather to take a small sub-perceptual dose, ideally .100 mg or 0.200 mg. Dr. James Fadiman, Ph.D, who introduced microdosing to the world in 2015 in a book called The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide aptly described the sensation in an interview with Jesse:
When you pass by flowers they don’t turn and look at you – but, just as when you feel really good, maybe the grass is a little more luminous. … The theme … is ‘better’ – better sleep, better diet, better university grades …
It’s gonna sound like bullshit, but it just seems to make your system work better, like a higher grade of engine oil, What we’re finding is people’s healthy habits improve.”
So you are Stressed and Depressed but is Microdosing a Safe Way to Change That?
Studies over the past decade have started to change perceptions about the safety of psychedelics. Once seen as the recreational drug of choice to hippies and flower children, psilocybin is now correlated with improved mental health outcomes, particularly pertaining to:
- PTSD and
We are not referring to taking large, tripping doses in uncontrolled settings- experts have assessed the risk of microdosing to be less than that of cannabis, tobacco, and even alcohol. Because the first studies specific to microdosing with psilocybin are just underway, scientists are ascertaining the full effects. The fact remains people are microdosing and they want to understand the effects on the brain and body. What is clear is consistent feedback indicates microdosing benefits general mental and even physical well-being.
Whether you like to kick a ball around with your mates like Jesse, engage in recreational sports, work out in a box gym, practice yoga, or run 5Ks or 50Ks, microdosing can strengthen the bond that exists between your mind and body and help bring out the best of you in your physical activities. It can also keep your head in the game. That sounds like a win-win.
Is Your Head Out of the Game? Are You Depressed, Anxious or Both? Could You Benefit from Microdosing Mushrooms?
We are used to give’ner in our society. We work hard. We play harder. There’s a shit-ton of pressure to perform at work and school and that even extends to our recreational realms.
Your story could go a little like this:
It’s not just about putting in a 9 to 5. You are expected to follow up on emails in the evening. Perhaps you also are required to engage on your company’s social media platforms. On top of that you attend corporate events and travel frequently for business. Forget entertaining friends because in the evenings, you entertain clients and work on continuing education and professional development. Then there’s that presentation you need to finish on your own time, because you never catch a free minute during the work day.
Or maybe this sounds familiar…
You’d kill to just have one job. You are a friggin’ Jedi at serving up eggs bennies, avo toast and the perfect cuppa at a busy brunch spot by day and shaking up drinks at a busy eatery by night. Two days a week you have a part-time gig in a farmer’s market stall your best friend’s dad has that sells craft whisky. When your kid gets sick, watch out because when you have to juggle shifts and find coverage, that becomes a job in and of itself. On your weekends you have your side hustle, a dog walking and cleaning business serving urbanites who are apartment dwellers during the week but flee the city in favour of the condo in the mountains on the weekend. Fido goes for a walk and they come home to a spotless pad. What a deal! For them.
Finally, you take a vacation!
You get on a plane, skip some time zones and step off thousands of kilometers from home. Of course you brought your laptop so you can check-in every day or two but who the fuck cares because you are in CROATIA! You booked the trip months ago on your credit card when your travel fever burned like scarlet. You couldn’t tell if you were sweating bullets because you knew you wouldn’t be paying off this card any time soon or because you were fantasizing about sun, sand and hot Europeans. Everyone is going to Croatia this year though. EVERYONE. Lonely Planet says it’s more economical to go now than it has ever been, so this was your chance and you took it. Yes you did. Plus, once you’ve got the flight and hotel out of the way, living it up in Croatia is way cheaper than it is in Canada. You friggin deserve this.
The competition among peers to live their best lives might be non-verbal, but it is fierce. You’ve got to have the career that puts you in the money if you’re going to have the money that puts you in the game.
I read a statistic recently that one in three people in the developed world have suffered through symptoms of anxiety and depression and I would wager the rest endure more stress than they’d like to. If you don’t know for sure if you are depressed or anxious, there’s a fairly reasonable chance that you are or will be at some point in your life.
This is why Neuro Growth is passionately engaged in education about microdosing psilocybin-containing magic mushrooms.
The fact is that if and/or when you have a discussion with your doctor about enduring suffering with anxiety or depression, he or she is going to prescribe you a class of drugs known as SSRIs.
What’s an SSRI?
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Don’t get put off by the science-y-ness of the acronym. It’s way easier to understand than it sounds.
SSRIs include but are not limited to these drugs: Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Pexeva, Zoloft, Viibryd and Fluvoxamine (used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder but sometimes used to treat depression). For some people they seem to work reasonably well, but for some people they don’t and they all have side effects, some more than others. SSRIs work to ease depression by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that carries signals between brain cells. SSRIs block the re-uptake of serotonin in the brain, which makes more serotonin available, without affecting other neurotransmitters (i.e. they are selective).
If you have taken these drugs, chances are you are aware of the side effects, even if you haven’t experienced them. Common side effects are things like drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, weight gain, diarrhea, nervousness, restlessness, dizziness, decreased libido and sexual function, headache, blurred vision, and feeling less connected to your life and the people in it.
Don’t get me wrong.
Definitely see your doctor if you are suffering.
Definitely have a discussion about whether or not medication is right for you.
If medication hasn’t been working for you or you are seeking alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs, it is worth doing your research, perhaps seeing an alternative health care practitioner like a Naturopathic Doctor or getting a referral to a Psychiatrist who may be open to discussing whether microdosing a sub-perceptual dose of magic mushrooms could be a good alternative for you.
Microdosing mushrooms IS a good alternative for many people and so far is not known to have any negative side effects. One of the biggest challenges people taking SSRIs face is feeling nothing: they don’t feel good or bad, they just exist in a rather numb state. People who microdose mushrooms commonly report the opposite, feeling increased connectedness. This is a huge emotional victory for anyone who has been struggling to just simply feel again.
There are thousands of anecdotal stories and testimonials on the internet about people getting off of pharmaceuticals and treating themselves naturally with microdosing. Microdosing mushrooms is a relatively new and experimental form of treatment and the body of scientific literature including evidence based human studies is growing. Several prestigious universities have adopted psychedelic research centers including Imperial College London, John Hopkins University and the University of Toronto but one of the challenges faced in obtaining study participants is the illegal status of magic mushrooms almost everywhere in the world. The tides are changing though with decriminalization having occurred in a handful of countries and the North American cities of Denver, Colorado and Oakland California. Oregon appears to be on deck. Batter up, we say!
Unfortunately, microdosing magic mushrooms isn’t for everyone. If you are already taking SSRIs, you should not microdose because your serotonin receptors are already being stimulated with a prescription and microdosing won’t make a difference. If you suffer from psychosis, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, microdosing can potentially make your symptoms worse. Definitely check with your health and wellness team if you are using any psychiatric or other medications or have any physical health conditions if you are considering microdosing. You’re trying to be healthy and a huge part of that includes being safe and smart.
Most people can experience the benefits of microdosing magic mushrooms and that’s a good thing. There are multiple benefits and the side effects are limited so long as a true microdose is used. The lower the dose, the more effective and safe microdosing is.
We wrote “A Complete Beginners Guide to Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms” to reveal to you the SECRETS and SHOCKING TRUTH about how microdosing can help with human optimization, depression and anxiety. It features incredible HERBS FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION that work well for thousands upon thousands of people!
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