A General Guide to Dosing

Size does matter. Standing only about three inches tall I would generally take offence and argue that statement, but it is true when it comes to determining what dosage of mushrooms to take. First of all let me go over the reasons for the rules of engagement. Voted least likely (even less than cannabis) to land a person in the hospital by the Global Drug Survey, only 0.6% of individuals, that their data was based on, who consumed mushrooms felt the need to call an EMT. However, until you have determined that you can trip and walk at the same time you should not do it solo for obvious reasons. There is also the possibility of taking too much and becoming overwhelmed and/or terrified – ruining any future with psychedelics, and of course avoidable embarrassment.

Generally mushrooms take 20-40 minutes until initial onset – so do not get impatient, remember what I said earlier about avoidable embarrassment. I would not recommend tripping on an empty stomach either. Often the first two hours you will spend on your way up, peaking at hour three or four and then the remaining two on a gentle descent. The experience does come on in waves, and can be affected by a change in location, or other substances such as coffee or cannabis.

Below I have compiled some information for a basic guide to dosing. The dose amounts and list of potential effects I have taken from The Third Wave. Based on my research they are whom many others searching for info turn to, and based on personal experience their numbers seem accurate. I have listed both the good and bad effects as I feel that the negative usually mean the dose is too high for the intention – or there was no intention in the first place, just expectation, which generally doesn’t turn out well. 

It’s important to note these doses are for dried Psilocybe Cubensis. If you’re consuming fresh mushrooms, you’ll want to multiple by 10 to account for the water weight. At times the unsuspecting are the most powerful, so when trying a new or different species it is important to start at a low dose until you know how they are going to affect you. 

Keep calm and trip on.

Microdose (0.05-0.25 g) / A sprinkle of pixie dust on your day.

With this very low dosage you’ll be microdosing. No visuals, no visible changes, no loss of control. This is ideal if you’re interested in a subtle energy and creativity boost, given by an organic product.

*Taking it in the morning with food and water is going to turn out differently than on an empty stomach with coffee.

Mini-dose (0.5-1 g) / Happy go lucky.

Want to feel a little more than a subtle boost? With a mid low dosage you’ll gently float on the clouds. Great for a party, friday night hang-out with friends and creative processes.

Museum dose (1-2 g) / Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.

You’re ready to open yourself up to a psychedelic experience. But! You want to be careful. Beginner’s paradise might the right place for you. Expect a body high, deep conversations, laughing mood and good vibes. Make sure you’re in the right environment, with the right people and you’ll have a friendly introduction to psychedelics.

Moderate dose (2-3 g) / Levitation – An Introduction.

This is it! The classic psychedelic trip you’ve been hearing about. Sometimes it feels like a whirlwind. Other times, you will have a lot more control during your trip.During a psychedelic trip you will feel, think, and perceive new things. Whatever insights you might have encountered on your psilocybin mushroom trip, keep them in mind and take them with you.

Megadose (3-4 g) / Grab the nearest carpet or broom.

Some people are experienced in the magical world of psychedelics. They’ve reached a level where the classic trip is familiar. They might want to experiment with an higher dosage. There are stories about ego-death, connecting with the universe and experiencing a very intense high. Whatever you do, don’t use a high dosage to escape. Use it as an addition to your life. Talk with experienced psychonauts and make sure you’re in a good mental space when you decide to fly with the stars.

Tips for New Explorers to Microdosing
  • New to mushrooms? Always start with a low dose and work your way up as you get comfortable. 50mg is a good starting point, then working up to 150-300mg per dose.
  • Try to avoid taking mushrooms on an empty stomach as it speeds up and potentially intensifies the onset. Acidic drinks like orange and grapefruit juice will also speed up the breakdown of psilocybin, amplifying the effects. It’s best to take mushrooms at least 3o minutes after eating to level out the uptake. 
  • If you have taken too much and are feeling uncomfortable, stay calm, the feeling will soon pass. Find a comfortable place to chill out and simply be in the moment. Listening to uplifting music or being in a natural surrounding will help get you through the short period of hyper awareness.
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