Hey Sero mushrooms aren’t for everyone, but more and more people are taking a small amount in order to boost productivity, focus or energy. The trend is known as microdosing, and according to a 2021 survey by the Global Drug Survey, it’s becoming increasingly commonplace.
While the benefits of microdosing are widely reported, there’s not a lot of scientific evidence to back it up. And long-term use isn’t without risk. Psilocybin can interfere with the heart’s ability to function normally, potentially leading to a condition called cardiac valvulopathy, which damages the valves that regulate blood pressure and heart rate.
Dos and Don’ts: A Practical Guide to Microdosing Magic Mushrooms
But if you’re careful about what you eat and the dose you take, it’s possible to get all of the mood-boosting, productivity-enhancing effects while avoiding the risks associated with higher doses. The trick is to take just enough that you feel the effects but not so much that you experience a bad trip, which can be nauseating and distracting.
To help you navigate the world of mushroom microdosing, we spoke to Dr Russell Newcombe – also known as Dr Nuke – who studies drug use, harm reduction and policy. He’s currently working on a study that tests the effect of botanical psilocin, a chemical similar to psilocybin, on healthy volunteers.
For those interested in trying their hand at microdosing, he suggests starting with a high-quality dried variety like Psilocybe cubensis. Then, place the powder in a capsule and weigh it on a digital jewelry scale to ensure you’re getting exactly what you need. When you’re ready to take it, make sure your capsule is closed and set it down on a flat surface. Then re-weigh your dose and repeat the process.