Microdosing 2.0: A Fresh Look Beyond Psilocybin

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Microdosing psychedelics is the popular trend of individuals experimenting with psilocybin and other psychedelic substances with the aim of potentially boosting their cognitive and creative capacities.

A 2019 Systematic Study of Microdosing Psychedelics found:

  • General Increase in Psychological Functioning: On the days participants microdosed, there was a noticeable improvement in their reported psychological functioning across various measures.
  • Reduction in Depression and Stress: By the end of the study, participants noted a decrease in reported levels of depression and stress.
  • Decreased Distractibility: Participants found themselves less easily distracted after the period of microdosing.
  • Increased Absorption: There was an increase in the participants' ability to become deeply involved in an activity or thought.

It is worth noting that the article pointed out, “All participants believed that microdosing would have large and wide-ranging benefits in contrast to the limited outcomes reported by actual microdosers.” This shows the possibility of an expectancy bias and perhaps a placebo effect, which  

While there's some evidence from studies like this and anecdotal stories from those who vouch for the benefits, the involvement of psychedelics like psilocybin raises concerns for many, and the mainstream is more hesitant to try these mostly illegal compounds.

Exploring Psilocybin-Free Alternatives

For those interested in alternatives to psilocybin, there’s a new microdosing solution that sidesteps the illegal aspect altogether, drawing in new users from all walks of life.

Products like VidaCap's Amanita Muscaria Gummies have entered the market as a popular alternative. They contain Amanita Muscaria mushroom extract and are psilocybin-free.

A 2023 study investigated the most common reasons, consumption methods, and side effects associated with Amanita use. It found that the main reasons for use were:

  • Pain
  • Skin problems
  • Stress
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Insomnia

Since 2022, three separate books have been published on microdosing Amanita. These include Baba Masha’s Microdosing with Amanita Muscaria, Harret and Sasha’s Amanita Muscaria Microdosing, and Amanita Dreamer’s Dosing Amanita Muscaria.

According to these books and numerous online reports, microdosing AM has many advantages. The rationale is that the amounts taken are large enough to imbue benefits but not large enough to cause significant changes in perception or interfere with one’s ability to carry out routine tasks.

However, as with all supplements, it's essential to approach with caution, do thorough research, and consult with health professionals.

Personal Experiences with Microdosing

With any new trend, firsthand accounts are invaluable. One such explorer described her transformative journey as “pure bliss, joy, contentment, and relaxation” in this 30-second video review.

Remember, individual experiences can vary, and what works for one person might not work for another.

Amanita Muscaria: A Different Path

Amanita Muscaria extract is one of the many substances people are exploring in the realm of cognitive enhancement. As with all supplements, it's essential to approach with caution, do thorough research, and consult with health professionals.

Embarking on a psilocybin-free Microdosing Journey

The world of microdosing is diverse. If you're curious about it, it's essential to be informed and cautious. VidaCap's Amanita Muscaria Gummies are available for those interested in a psilocybin-free option. Always consult with a health professional before trying new supplements.

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Published on: September 27, 2023

Lynn Marie Morski

Reviewed by Lynn Marie Morski, MD, JD, who is a president of the Psychedelic Medicine Association and host of the Psychedelic Medicine Podcast. She sits on the advisory boards of Psychedelics Today, Cybin, VETS, Inc (Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions), the Oxenberg Foundation, and the Ketamine Task Force. Dr. Morski is also a Mayo Clinic-trained physician in family medicine and sports medicine, as well as an attorney and former adjunct law professor.

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