We’ve all been there: being distracted too quickly, having a short fuse, not being able to unravel certain triggers in ourselves. Or being anxious for no reason, and therefore prone to stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and other drugs. They are short-term solutions that do more harm than good in the long run, ‘solutions’ that make us feel even more anxious and dependent.
The use of psychoactive plants is not new and was already used in ancient indigenous cultures for medical, spiritual and religious purposes. The use of an ordinary dose leads to greater philosophical or even spiritual awareness. Relatively new in history is the use of microdoses. With microdosing you take roughly one tenth of the usual amount. This way we do not experience psychoactive effects that hinder us in our daily activities, but we do notice benefits such as a stronger focus and at the same time decreasing feelings of stress.
That’s because these truffles contain the substance psilocybin. After ingestion, the body converts this into psilocin, a substance that resembles serotonin in terms of molecular structure, serotonin is also known as the happiness hormone. Researchers discovered that the substance psilocybin also increases emotional empathy by activating certain serotonin receptors. Serotonin plays an important role in, among other things, our mood, self-confidence and emotions. It also plays a role in the processing of pain stimuli. These positive changes continue after use, which is why microdoses are used in intervals of a few days.
When we microdose psilocybin truffles, we increase the ability of the brain to form alternative connections. This way we are able to see our problems from a different perspective. We increase neuroplasticity so that we can blend into our environment faster and more easily. It is not for nothing that microdosed psilocybin truffles are used for people suffering from depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress!.
Psilocybin is a psychoactive compound naturally found by fungi and what we know as magic mushrooms and magic truffles. When we consume magic mushrooms or magic truffles, our bodies convert psilocybin to psilocin, which leads our bodies to experience psychedelic effects a.k.a. “trips.”
Microdosing is the practice of taking a low dose of psychedelics, like LSD or magic truffles on a scheduled basis. Usually it is about 10-20% of a normal psychedelic dose. With magic truffles, it would be about 1 gram.
Instead of feeling a full on psychedelic trip, microdosing is supposed to be sub-perceptual. Meaning, it’s very subtle effects that have a noticeable influence in your day to day life. You can still perform work, study, sports, or social meetings, and still function normally.
Society is Changing
People like us (a.k.a. society) are looking for more connection and more meaning in our lifestyles where it is otherwise lacking in our technological world. As well, depression and anxiety rates are increasing with Millennials and Generation Z. The use of antidepressants (SSRIs) has increased, yet no improvement in the rates of mental disorders. This is where microdosing comes in to fill in those gaps that society needs.
The Silicon Valley Trend
For example, microdosing got its first mainstream status from Silicon Valley. Young professionals are experimenting with psychedelic microdosing for increased productivity, focus, and creativity. These elements are a recipe to contribute to the workplace or to that startup that is constantly inventing new ideas.
Young professionals are becoming “biohackers,” which basically means people who are resorting to new (and often holistic) ways to optimize their wellbeing. It means that society is shifting their consciousness away from traditional, institutional medicine that can have harmful side effects and into a new modern realm of medicine and therapy.
Clinical Studies and Trials on Psilocybin
Parallel to the Silicon Valley Trend of microdosing, the US/EU are conducting clinical studies and trials on the therapeutic and neurological usage/benefits of microdosing.
In November 2018, professors from the UK conducted the first “randomized, double-bind, placebo-controlled study” of LSD microdosing. Their results were published in the Psychopharmacology medical journal.
The UK study was conducted and approved by the government. This was a game changer and meant that the government was changing their minds about psychedelics. Plus, it was the right study to initiate studies in psilocybin microdosing.
The following year, The Dutch Psychedelic Society studied the effects of microdosing magic truffles where 38 volunteers completed problem solving/intelligence tasks before & after microdosing. The results were largely positive. It found that psilocybin microdosing helped increase and enhance people’s creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence.
Yes, microdosing is 100% legal
No, microdosing is not addictive
The idea of taking a psychedelic and “not trip” sounds a little strange. So, why would anyone microdose? Well according to medical science, psilocybin microdosing proves to provide many benefits. Psilocybin Microdosers have reported:
And, medical science and research have reported that psilocybin microdosing can help with:
Those suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, or any other form of mood disorder tend to have their brain cells growing at slower rates. What psilocybin does is counteract this and promote neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to continuously adapt and change to our environment.
Therefore, when we consume psilocybin, we are nurturing our brain’s ability to form different connections, allowing us to see our problems from different perspectives.
Psilocybin microdosing helps bring you to that “being in the zone,” state where you’re super productive and super focused on a task. Challenges like anxiety, ADD, boredom, OCD, and apathy inhibit that total focus state, which results in shame, procrastination, and disappointment. Psilocybin counteracts these challenges and helps rewire the brain for focus.
Clinical studies indicate that psilocybin can increase emotional empathy by activating certain serotonin receptors. These feelings last even days after usage. Oftentimes, even after they stop microdosing, users report lingering feelings of emotional awareness for others, interest in conversations, and patience.
Psilocybin is also responsible for slowing brain activity in the Default Mode Network (DMN). DMN rules our ego, how we think and perceive the world. A less active DMN is more meditative, less egotistical. Which can alleviate external worries and fears.
Loss of Procrastination
A more meditative brain also means you have more ability to tackle problems without feeling stressed.
Longterm, Sustainable, Affordable
This benefit is often overlooked, but we find it incredibly essential when people decide to psilocybin microdose.
People turn to microdose for less stress, more creativity, focus, etc. Some people have pre-existing conditions, like depression, addiction, anxiety, ADD, or PTSD and psilocybin is their only option. Their ‘regular’ treatments may not be effective at all. In one study conducted in the UK, 30% of adults were reported to have TRD, or ‘treatment resistant depression.’ Which means, they are resistant to things like SSRIs. This is where psilocybin becomes useful. In fact, studies further claim that a single dose of psilocybin has more long term, sustainable benefits than SSRIs.
The way SSRIs are designed is that you need to constantly take your dosage, in order to treat symptoms of your depression. SSRIs do not give you the ability to critically think about you and your environment. So it is difficult to reflect on why we may feel low.
Psilocybin works way differently. It forces you to critically think and discover root causes of certain adversities in your life. In that way, many users have reported that they begin to wean off of their prescriptions after psilocybin consumption. Therefore, psilocybin microdosing becomes affordable in the sense that it yields long term & sustainable results.
The psilocybin truffle can be kept for a maximum of 2 months in the refrigerator. After opening, they are good for another month, provided you keep them in the refrigerator. Truffles lose active substances as a result of oxidation as soon as they are harvested and exposed to the outside air. This process is faster when the temperature is higher and spoilage occurs more quickly. That is why it is so important to keep them dry, dark and cool.
Because microdosing psilocybin truffles increases your energy level, it is best to take it in the morning (on an empty stomach). After this, eat your breakfast
If you suffer from fatigue after taking a microdose, this may indicate that you have taken too high a dose. Next time, take a little less than the prepacked dose.
When the microdosage has worn off, and you are tired, you may have been much more productive than ever before. Go to sleep and enjoy a rested day tomorrow.
If you want to microdose, it is best to keep the cycle of two days, about ten consecutive weeks. This means that you microdose for two days and then withhold for two days. You do so because the microdosing affects the brain for about two days. So there’s no point in taking a dose every day.
Unlike alcohol, which adversely affects your responsiveness, psilocybin truffles are widely used in relation to better work performance.
Microdosing contributes to improved concentration and focus, it helps you stay in a flow, it contributes to your problem-solving ability and the ability to make decisions. It also gives you more physical energy and increases decisiveness.
The psilocybin truffle can very well serve as an aid during, for example, therapeutic sessions. Microdosing is known to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and addiction.
It is not recommended to microdose when pregnant or breastfeeding. It is also not recommended in case of psychosis. Do you have questions about your own unique health situation, for example in combination with medication? Then consult your family doctor for consultation.
If you want to see the effect of the psilocybin truffle in its purest form, leave out caffeine and alcohol. The positive side effects such as focus and a relaxed feeling can be cancelled out by caffeine and alcohol.
Psilocybin truffles have a nutty structure and taste fresh and slightly acidic
People were globally interested, so Fadiman sent out instruction sheets to anyone who was willing to microdose. His instructions included a request for “reports” from the users. According to Fadiman’s report, he wrote the following for people to complete after microdosing :
“Write a few notes to yourself about how your day went. Consider for example,
(1) the amount of work you did
(2) how productive or creative it was…
(3) the level of ease or discomfort you felt.
(4) Notice any changes in how you are relating to others.
(5) Notice any differences from normal in mood, food, physical strength, or symptoms of any condition.”
With hundreds of reports flooding in, Fadiman collected a substantial amount of data on psilocybin microdosing and the effects on people. Unsurprisingly, the reports were largely positive
Our webshop, Astrodose was created with society in mind. We realized that we are ever-changing in a good way, but also in a way where people are becoming more disconnected with themselves. The increase in mood disorders worried us especially. But the fact that people are leaning towards holistic, natural, and yet effective substances for their self improvement made us optimistic. We know well that psychedelics, especially psilocybin can provide all those things for you.
In that we provide Microdosing XP: an all natural, organic, vacuum sealed pack of magic truffles straight from The Netherlands. Each pack has been designed with 6 microdoses of 1 gram. The magic truffles species have therapeutic and self improving benefits. This includes: focus, better mood, creativity, and better relationships. Also, expect lingering positive feeling results from Microdosing XP even when on the days you’re not microdosing.
Microdosing XP is an example of how far we’ve come with psychedelics. Magic truffles are no longer ONLY for the psychonauts. It’s for: