Getting into microdosing is like getting into wellness - there are so many different ways to achieve the same result. But the intention is all the same - to heal yourself.
When it comes to integrating microdosing into your life, there are many ways you can go about it. My personal experience is just one example. I’ve benefited from it significantly and it continues to improve mental health conditions for so many people.
When I first started microdosing, I was interested in all drugs and methods. I experimented with psilocybin, acid, and LSD, and I used these drugs in chocolate, just on their own, in distilled water, and in tea. I tried different doses, different schedules, and different protocols. I even tried macrodosing twice. I wanted to find the best solution for me.
That ended up being psilocybin. I grew a relationship with the psychoactive ingredient and found that it sparked creativity in me more than the others. I also found that psilocybin worked really well in social settings (and that was how Happy Tea was born, but more about that story in this article).
I was able to achieve enough with microdosing that I now only do it when I socialise. But who knows, I may have to go back on a consistent schedule in the future.
But perhaps you've been thinking about microdosing seriously, where should you begin?
When to take microdosing seriously
Microdosing is so popular because of its success in helping/curing mental health conditions. If you are currently experiencing mental health issues that are coming in the way of your life, then microdosing is definitely an option for you.
The first step is to find your intention. If it's to cure your mental health conditions, that's a great place to start. But remember that psychedelics are only just a tool to help you - the work is still on you. Most people journal or meditate when microdosing to enhance achieving their intentions. This is continuously proving to be more successful than microdosing on its own. Just by relying on microdosing on its own to achieve a specific goal, it may not be as successful as you hope.
How to take microdosing seriously
Once you have your intention, find your protocol, drug, and dose of choice. This requires some experimenting. If you're in The Netherlands, we are very lucky to have psilocybin available legally, so this is a great place to start. You can check microdosing shops like microdosing.nl, microdose-pro.com, and Earth Resonance which sell kits to make it easier to start.
The most cost-effective way to microdose is by growing your own! Mushroom kits are legal in most countries, and you don't need to be a mycologist.
Once you find your rhythm and you are noticing results, it's up to you when to stop.
When to stop taking microdosing seriously
For me, for example, I knew I could slow down on my microdosing schedule when I noticed that I was waking up in a much better mood and having much better days. I would wake up with enough energy that I didn't even feel the need to reach for my typical caffeine. That's when I knew that microdosing was working. And what's lovely is that it works even when you stop taking it.
However, I definitely still feel the need to microdose in social settings. This is mainly because I'm an introvert and tend to lose energy if I can't keep up with other people. So this is why I'm only drinking Happy Tea in social settings these days. However, there are exceptions if for example I have a really bad day and feel like I'm getting into a depressive state, or I need to be super productive and having a hard time focusing. I will drink Happy Tea in those situations, but with a lower dose than what I would take in social settings.
So the goal is to find what works for you and your lifestyle, and most importantly your intention. If your intention is like mine where you want to improve your social rituals and connection with other people, then you're in the right place :)
If you have any questions, as always, reach out!