Firstly, let’s touch on the history of Magic Mushrooms. “Discovered” in the 1950s by modern mainstream civilization via a Life Magazine article, mushrooms were originally used by indigenous tribes worldwide for what may be forever. By the 1960s magic mushrooms became a trend amongst the subcultures in the USA and UK primarily, however law enforcement and the average layman still shunned the practice probably due to the lack of scientific evidence at the time showing the safety and benefits of using them. Mushrooms had a powerful impact on the hippie movement of the 1960s. This was one of the peaks of its use over time, although in 2020 magic mushrooms are taking off once again.
Completely organic and placed on gods green earth along with so many other natural remedies, there is no way to say exactly when psilocybin was first used medicinally. Early evidence of widespread use of mushrooms has been recorded as early as 10,000 BCE when paintings suggest that mushroom induced trances were a part of indigenous culture. In Mexico, mushroom trips are commonplace to this day within some indigenous groups, even after periods where some groups tried to outlaw the practice. The Catholic Church had been cited as calling the practice barbaric and satanistic, while the simple truth is not much had been known about mushrooms, and it’s many benefits.
In Central America, mushrooms are called Teonanacatl a word meaning “new world mushroom that is a source of hallucinogen”, and have a history dating back to 1000 BCE. Statues suggest they have been used in religious and sacred ceremonies. All this being said, the point is Mushrooms are nothing new. What is new, and quite exciting are the many therapeutic uses being discovered each and every year that passes. So many studies suggest that psilocybin comes with many perks, and very few drawbacks when used responsibly.
As time goes on, more and more research is being done as to the many health benefits derived from using mushrooms, and along with the Netherlands, more and more countries are decriminalizing the use of mushrooms for therapeutic use. Even in the usually over regulated United States, two states have already decriminalized the sale of psilocybin for the purposes of microdosing. In the Netherlands it is legal to sell psilocybin truffles over the counter, again with the purpose of microdosing the substance.
This brings us to microdosing. Microdosing is a fairly new practice that encompasses the many benefits of using mushrooms without the significant psychedelic trip one would encounter whilst using a full dose of psilocybin. Whether you are looking to sharpen your focus, get a boost of motivation or want to see how it works upon ones own mental health, microdosing may be for you. While it has not been legalized or decriminalized everywhere, options remain available to try this delightful trip.
Musicians report microdosing 0.1 grams of mushrooms, just to give them the edge to finish a sheet of music or an upcoming album, just as one example. Still, it is encouraged to use the product responsibly as there are obvious conditions that may lead to over stimulation from psilocybin, such as bipolar disorder or psychosis.
Used properly, microdosing can open the doors to unlocked potential and can even lower depression and anxiety as shown in studies conducted on cancer patients. Studies abound at the moment on the use of psilocybin via microdosing and the range of conditions it can improve or help is astounding. From PTSD to full on depression, researchers are constantly amazed by what mushrooms can do, and it is now only a question of when, no longer if the product will be approved, decriminalized, and become part of mainstream treatment plans around the globe.
While no two individuals react exactly the same, it is recommended that you start with a small dose, and slowly increase the dose from there until you reach the desired effect. Microdosing is safe, and there have not been any serious adverse effects reported by those who do. Micordosing is considered one tenth or so of a full dose of the psychedelic, so one needs not worry about tripping or freaking out when enjoying a microdose. You will not hallucinate, and may notice the trip in a very subtle way.
If there is still any doubt in your mind as to the safety, and efficacy of microdosing, simply use a tool such as Google. There is no lack of supporting evidence online to back these claims.