21, Jan 2024
Magic Mushroom Microdose
Champignon magique montr√© has been shown to have profound effects, including heightened/altered sensory experiences, altered sense of time and space, increased empathy and connection to others and the natural world, ego dissolution and mystical/spiritual experiences. These effects can be positive, but they can also be arousing, uncomfortable and/or lead to negative outcomes such as paranoia or anxiety, which may require medical treatment.
Microdosing is the practice of using small amounts of psychoactive substances on a regular basis, typically once or twice per week. It is a widespread phenomenon that has been reported in numerous surveys and online communities.7,8 While different substances can be used for microdosing, psilocybin mushrooms (also known as magic mushrooms) are the most popular choice.
Microdosing Diaries: Personal Stories of Transformation with Magic Mushrooms
We studied the acute and short-term effects of a single 0.5 g dose of dried psilocybin mushrooms on perception, creativity (divergent and convergent thinking), behavior and brain activity, using a double-blind placebo-controlled experimental design. Participants were asked to rate their experience with psilocybin and took three standard psychological tests before and after a resting state EEG with eyes closed and open. Results showed that the psilocybin mushroom microdose produced more intense and pleasant subjective experience, and improved performance on two of the creative problem-solving tests. In addition, the psilocybin mushroom effect was associated with reduced power in the theta band (4-8 Hz), together with preserved levels of Lempel-Ziv broadband signal complexity.
Other results included reductions in several standardized measures of mental health and well-being, as well as a small increase in trait neuroticism. The latter finding is interesting, because primary personality traits are considered to be stable constructs, and suggests that the psilocybin microdose influenced the experience of emotions (both positive and negative), making them feel more intense and causing individuals to take more notice of their internal reactions.