If you’re having challenges coming up with a mushroom dosage to give you the right psychedelic experience, don’t worry. It’s something lots of psychonauts go through while experimenting with hallucinogens. It’s perfectly understandable, you want to get the best out of your trip without overdoing it.
Unfortunately there’s no one size fits all dosing recommendation because there are many factors that contribute to the high you get from your shrooms including the potency of the magic mushrooms, your weight, as well as your state of mind. So calibrating the dosage that’s most suitable for you is a painstaking process that could involve starting off with low doses and working your way up until you hit the right note- metaphorically speaking.
This means that if we take a normal microdose to be 0.2 to 0.5 grams of mushrooms, it’s probably best to start off with 0.1 grams if your body weight is below 100 lbs. This can be increased to between 0.3 grams to 0.5 grams for a bodyweight of 200 lbs and over.
Fresh Versus Dry Mushrooms
Mushrooms usually have a dry weight that’s about 10% of their fresh or wet weight. That means when you take 5 grams of fresh mushrooms what you’re really getting is 0.5 grams of psychoactive compounds from them. That said, the amount of psilocybin will vary depending on the part of the mushroom you consume and even the variety of mushroom. Let’s not forget there are over 180 species of magic mushrooms known to contain psilocybin.
Research on one of the more popular strains, Psilocybe Cubensis, shows that you’re likely to get 0.37–1.30 % of psilocybin when you take the whole mushroom, where a higher concentration of 0.44–1.35% is found in the cap, while 0.05–1.27% is present in the stem.
Now if you’re the kind of person who likes to prepare the mushrooms yourself you should know that microdosing works best when you maintain the same variety of mushrooms in your regimen and grind them into powder form. This enables you to get a more consistent high from each hit.
How Much Magic Mushrooms Should You Take?
It depends on your level of experience with psychedelics and how much you want to push the envelope. Let’s look at the 5 dose sizes that are commonly used.
1. Microdosing- 0.2 to 0.5 grams dried
As we’ve seen, it’s best to go the microdosing route if it’s your first time taking magic mushrooms. You could begin by consuming 0.1g of powdered mushrooms as your starter microdose. You can measure out the amount yourself or take the dose in the form of a capsule or pill that contains the exact dose of mushroom powder. After your first attempt, you can gradually adjust this amount until you hit your sweet spot.
On such a low dosage your emotions should be generally under control. You probably shouldn’t expect any visuals or any obvious changes in mood. This dose is ideal if you’re looking for a subtle boost in your energy and creativity levels.
A word of caution
Apart from how much you should take, how often is an equally important question to address. James Fadiman, who introduced the concept of microdosing into popular culture, recommends microdosing once every three days. It’s also a good idea to take notes on any changes you note in your mood and behavior.
2. Minidose: 0.5 – 1.0 grams dried
This is a mid-low dosage that gives you more than just a subtle boost in your mood and you should start getting some visuals. Some describe the feeling it gives you as “gently floating in the clouds.” It’s ideal for a party setting or hanging out with your buddies on a Friday evening. A mini dose can also be useful for some reflection and helping in your creative processes.
3. Museum dose: 1.0 – 2.0 gram dried
Once you’re on a museum dose your brain waves shift towards alpha oscillations as you transit into a flow state. Expect the visuals to get more intense, you’ll feel a lot like laughing as you experience some good vibes. Conversations may get deeper too, and you start to feel like you’re going through some really life-altering experiences.
4. Moderate dose: 2.0 – 3.0 gram dried
Buckle up because this is the classic psychedelic trip that’s achieved such notoriety. It’ll feel like being pushed into the deep end of a pool when you’re a first-time swimmer. However you’ll still retain some level of control, riding the wave and catching a breather as you go. At this point, the visuals get really intense, and you might perceive things you’ve never imagined. A moderate dose is certainly better suited for the more experienced users and should be taken in the company of people you’re more comfortable with.
5. Megadose: 3.0-5.0g
If you’re already familiar with the classic trip and are looking for new spiritual highs, you’ll probably want to try the mega dose. It’s definitely not for the weak-minded. Experts say that this is the level at which you experience ego death and a spiritual rebirth. This high is very intense, so it’s always good to speak to someone with experience before trying it out. Mind you, taking a mega dose should never be used to escape from your fears or inhibitions. If anything, it should enhance your life.
Other factors that affect your trip
Keep in mind that when all is said and done, the dose size is only one aspect of your psychedelic experience. It can’t be overemphasized how important it is to be in the right space mentally and in a supportive and safe environment as you go through your trip.
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