How to Prepare Psilocybin Mushrooms for Microdosing
In recent times, interest in how to microdose acid and magic mushrooms has increased. Where LSD is relatively easy to microdose, psilocybin can pose a challenge.
So you have psilocybin mushrooms but don’t know how to prepare them for microdosing? This can be a little tricky due to a number of factors, but don’t worry, guys! We at Psychedelics Daily have you covered with our Essential Guide to Microdosing Psilocybin mushrooms.
Microdosing Psilocybin Mushroms Can be Tricky
LSD is relatively easy to microdose. If you have a 100 ug square blotter tab of LSD, you can cut it to have two equal 50 ug halves. Then cut the 50 ug halves into halves again, you’ll have four 25 ug tabs. Typically 20-25 ug is considered 1/5th to 1/4th of the effective dose, essentially considered a microdose.
If the 25ug pieces are cut in half again, you’ll have eight 12.5 ug doses. If you are using volumetric dosing, which is LSD mixed in water in a dropper bottle, calculating a microdose is even easier.
Unfortunately, a microdose of psilocybin mushrooms isn’t as easy to prepare.
Key Things To Know Before Preparing a Psilocybin Microdose
Different species of psilocybin mushroom vary in the amount of psilocybin, baeocystine, and norbaeocystine.
Wild magic mushrooms have varied potency due to growing conditions.
Psilocybin mushrooms don’t grow at the same pace. Different stages of the mushroom lifecycle contain highly variable amounts of the active compound. Small mushrooms may turn out to be stronger than fully grown mushrooms for the same amount of dried weight.
Cultivated mushrooms vary in psilocybin content depending on feeding techniques, flushing, and substrate composition.
The caps contain slightly higher levels of psilocybin than the stems.
Fresh and dry psilocybin mushrooms offer an extreme variation in psilocybin content. Roughly, 2.5 grams of fresh wet mushrooms are equal to 0.25 grams of dried mushrooms.
“The psilocin/psilocybin contents in Psilocybe cubensis were in the range of 0.14–0.42%/0.37–1.30% in the whole mushroom (0.17–0.78%/0.44–1.35% in the cap and 0.09–0.30%/0.05–1.27% in the stem), respectively. " Abstract from Morphological and chemical analysis of magic mushrooms in Japan
Observance of these factors is key as underdosing or overdosing can lead to issues. If you underdose, you will waste the drug without having benefited from it. If you overdose, you might be tripping at work!
How To Prepare A Psilocybin Microdose
The mushrooms need to be ground into powder for the most consistent results. Griding the caps and the stems together equalize the psilocybin content between various parts of the mushroom and among various growth sizes.
Dehydrate And Dry Psilocybin Mushrooms
Psilocybin mushrooms can be dried using many methods including but not limited to:
Air drying: Place the mushrooms in front of a fan on low speed, on a paper or cotton towel.
Sun drying: The Sun will dry out the mushrooms in less than a day, depending on ambient humidity.
Rice drying: Leave them in rice to dry. Rice absorbs moisture well.
Using a food dehydrator. You can get one for roughly $40 on Amazon.
Once the mushrooms are sufficiently dry, use a coffee or spice/herb grinder to turn them to dust. Coffee grinders work best to turn dried mushrooms into a powder. If the mushrooms are brittle and effectively dry, they can be crushed with fingers. Cannabis grinders also work well. If they are not fully dry and you can still bend them, allow them to dry further.
When mushrooms have no moisture content left, they will produce a fine powder when ground, so be sure to let the ground material settle down in the grinder. Then carefully open the top so it doesn’t spill everywhere.
If you have multiple strains, it might be a good idea to grind them all together in order to normalize the psilocybin content. Many people prefer one strain at a time. Many prefer to combine them together. Feel free to experiment.
An Electronic Scale Is Essential To Calculating A Proper Microdose
Essential to calculating proper microdoses is an electronic scale. Scales accurate within the milligram range can be found for roughly $15 - $20 on Amazon.
To calculate the proper dosage, remember from How to Microdose LSD and Magic Mushrooms? that a microdose is one-tenth (1/10 th) to one-fifth (1/5 th) of the effective dose.
The effective dose for psilocybin mushrooms is two and a half (2.5) grams.
A microdose is a “tenth” of the effective dose, which is 2.5-grams divided by 10 giving us 0.25 grams. A fifth of the effective dose would be 2.5-grams divided by 5, giving us 0.5 grams.
So a microdose of mushrooms ranges from 0.25 grams to 0.5 grams of dry weight.
Our recommendation is to start with 0.25 grams (a quarter of a gram) mixed in water, since each person’s metabolism and neurophysiology is unique, and slowly experiment in the 0.25 to 0.5-gram range.
How To Take The Psilocybin Microdose
Psilocybin mushroom powder can be consumed in a variety of ways depending on taste and preference. Experiment and discover your preferred method and share it with us so in your comments so that we all may benefit. Once you begin experimenting, after a bit of time, you’ll discover exactly how to take these measurements and what measurements work best for you.
Microdose Psilocybin Mushrooms in a Capsule
You’ll notice the buoyancy of the powder as it floats atop the water and seems difficult to mix in water. For this reason, a lot of people order empty capsules from Amazon and fill them with the measured dose of mushroom powder. Then it becomes as easy as taking a magic capsule!
We do not recommend eyeballing your doses! Please make sure to always use a scale. It is of utmost importance that this is understood. Eyeballing could introduce mistakes in dosing which may render the entire regimen useless.
Psilocybin Mushrooms with Food
Many people just sprinkle the measured dose of this Psilocybin Mushrooms on top of their food. Some people like the earthy flavor of mushrooms so much that they “dip” a measured microdose under the lip, and after some time swallow it. People who dislike the earthy mushroom flavor can mix the powder with honey, jam, tea, or coffee. A lot of people mix the mushroom powder with their jar of sugar and use a tiny measuring spoon to measure the dose.
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Mindful and Conscious Microdosing
Microdosing rejuvenates the mind and the body. While microdosing, remain mindful of your intentions and desires. Meditate and watch your thoughts in the watching where there is no watcher. Only then can there be true self-gnosis.
Microdosing isn’t magically helpful if the mind is simply not attending to itself. Attention is a peculiar thing. Pay attention to the mind and the body, and their interactions with the world around.
Awareness, Inattention and Attention
The moment we become aware that we’re not paying attention to our thoughts… we become aware of them. This is the most important attention the mind pays.
I’ve often wondered, what am I paying attention to? Furthermore, what is attention? When do I become attentive? When do I become aware of my attention? Is there a difference between attention and awareness? Is attention different from focus?
Through years of microdosing on LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, Amanita Muscaria, DMT, 25i-NMoME, tens of four-substituted-tryptamines (4-XX-DMT/DiPT/DBT/DET/DPT etc.), Mescaline, Ayahuasca (Harmala) and many other psychedelic compounds in my experimentation with consciousness, I’ve discovered that inattentiveness is uniquely beautiful.
The awareness of inattention is “attention”. The attention that matters is one that my mind pays to itself, void of any form of control on my part. Can attention be forced? For the mind to passionately and fully “attend” to its existence in every moment, it must be allowed to do so naturally, void of effort and control.
Peace comes from Order which comes from the true understanding of disorder. Once we truly understand why the mind is at unrest, it begins to rest.
Attention is the focus on a particular sensory channel. When we focus on certain sensory input channels, our minds, bodies, and emotions no longer in harmony. Our attention becomes divided. It is impossible to “pay” attention. Attention fluctuates. Attention slides in and out of focus.
Microdose For A Successful Life
While microdosing, train your mind to be attentive to itself without force, without control, and without desire. Allow your thoughts to flow with the biological rhythms of the body. Become aware of yourself and through this awareness and understanding, live a healthy and successful life. I don’t mean success per the standards of culture and society.
Living a successful life means that we are true to our minds and to our bodies. Isn’t it important to wake up with the Sun, to eat right and at the right times, to sleep on time, to remain active and to go on walks, to comport oneself with dignity and honor, to treat oneself and others with respect and dignity? Isn’t it important to try and be honest, not only to others but to ourselves? Isn’t it important to take the full responsibility of our own everyday lives?
To lead a successful life one must worship this temple called the Body. Every single man and woman holds within the Primitive Hunter and Huntress, the Archaic Shaman and Medicine Woman.
No one can live that healthy and successful life for you. You have to live it. You have to make the effort. Please remember that Psychedelic Drugs will not magically make everything better. It takes conscious effort to be able to bring out a true transformation.
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