Due to their growing body of evidence showing that they can significantly improve the mental health of those suffering from conditions like treatment-resistant depression, psychedelic drugs have drawn the attention of both medical professionals and patients. In order to experience a “trip” or hallucinogenic effects from psychedelic drugs like LSD or psilocybin, microdosing requires taking a small amount of the recommended dose or a subperceptual dose, which is much less than one would take for a trip. Before getting into psilocybin capsules, let us dive deep about the microdosing.
Many people agree that using little amounts of psychedelics improves one’s mood, creativity, focus, productivity, and capacity for empathy.
The inability to define microdosing for any psychedelic substance in a single, universally accepted way makes it difficult to conduct consistent research. One definition is roughly between one-fifth and twentieth of a recreational dose. A medium-strength psilocybin dose is 2 to 3 grams of dried mushrooms, and a microdose is normally approximately 0.3 grams; therefore, based on anecdotal experience, this is accurate.
This isn’t an exact science, so one challenge is that the potency of mushrooms can vary significantly because they are not regulated outside of clinical trials. Similar to marijuana, LSD is a colorless, flavorless, and odorless substance that typically comes in the form of a liquid or is embedded in a piece of paper that is slid under the tongue.
There is no practical way to tell what dosage you are taking unless you have an incredibly trustworthy provider because it is currently illegal and unregulated. You shouldn’t consume more LSD than is necessary because it is a potent and long-lasting substance. Additionally, since some psychedelics, like psilocybin and LSD, can cause physiological tolerance, it is possible that, even if microdosing is beneficial, there may be decreasing benefits if one continues to take the same dosage.