Firstly, both cannabis and psilocybin have been widely used and widely integrated into our culture since the ’60s. Both have recently found themselves being more widely accepted, and in the US for example both are on the path to total decriminalization. Already on its way to legalization in parts of the US such as Montana, Arizona, Mississippi, South Dakota, and New Jersey, cannabis is only slightly ahead of psilocybin where Oregon made history passing Measure 109 paving the way for the use of mushrooms in a therapeutic setting. It is now only a matter of time before people will have a choice when it comes to self-medicating with either substance.
Granted cannabis seems to be more widely used, psilocybin is ready to take a seat at the table and join a growing conversation as to its safety, efficacy, and seemingly limitless potential for therapeutic use. Numerous studies are already complete, with countless more on the horizon.
From depression, anxiety, and PTSD to smoking cessation these studies are paving the way to counter the skeptics and allow people to choose microdose without worrying about any sort of harm, physically or emotionally.
Many who already use cannabis are asking, what about microdosing mushrooms? The short answer is that with both cannabis and mushrooms becoming increasingly accessible, the two may work hand in hand in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety and so many more.
With decriminalization and legalization sweeping the nation, more and more people are sharing their experiences with using both substances concurrently, and the findings are pleasantly positive to date. A simple google search should instantly alleviate any concerns, this being said, those with schizophrenic tendencies and other serious mental health conditions should probably avoid playing armchair doctor and leave that opinion to the professionals before using either substance. For the average Joe, however, the potential benefits far outweigh any concerns.
As with cannabis, mushrooms do alter sensory perception however the effect is much more prevalent. Combining the two can be just the tipping point needed to stave off undesirable effects from conditions such as depression. Some will even say that using both cannabis and psilocybin has led them to somewhat of a spiritual awakening. The only way to know is to try microdosing yourself, albeit safely and responsibly. Taking a low dose of mushrooms can provide the same effect as a small amount of cannabis, and is honestly nothing to be afraid of.
If you find cannabis regularly helps with nausea or anxiety, then using cannabis before using mushrooms would be suitable however if you are using mushrooms for the first time perhaps you may want to avoid using cannabis so that you can distinguish the sensory changes provided by psilocybin versus the effects derived by cannabis.
Combining cannabis and mushrooms doesn’t appear to pose any health risks whatsoever. The only concern would be if you are new to both substances. I suggest a walk before you run approach. The last thing you would want is to have an uncomfortable time trying both for the first time simultaneously. If you are a regular cannabis user, start with a very small dose and increase that dose each time until you see the desired effect.
It is also recommended to be aware of your mindset and environmental surrounding before combining the two. If you are in a terrible mood before microdosing or toking, either substance may simply amplify this feeling. It is always best to try microdosing for the first time when you are in a good frame of mind, and you can control your surroundings. A rock concert or a stressful environment would not be the right venue for your first trip. The last thing you would want is to have a negative first experience with this pleasantly mind-altering journey. It probably goes without saying, but introducing alcohol into the mix would simply put be a very bad idea for a novice user of psilocybin, cannabis, or virtually anything else.
Those who have spoken about having a bad experience mixing cannabis and mushrooms have cited nothing more than mild anxiety or paranoia, which is why I cannot stress enough to start slowly and work your way up to a comfortable therapeutic dosage especially when mixing the two.
On a final note, when used separately or together psilocybin and cannabis can open the door to a new mindset, spark creativity, or even offer a new perspective on things. The only way to know for sure is to try it for yourself, safely and responsibly.