Before you lie back and enjoy your magic mushroom experience, there’s one thing you need to figure out first: Dosing.
Figuring out the right dose can be the biggest challenge of planning your psychedelic trip. While you want to get the most out of your shrooms, going too far could ruin your experience.
There are more than 180 species of mushrooms that contain the compound known as psilocybin, which gives you the infamous “trip” sensation. And even within each species — and each strain — every person’s body will respond differently.
But thanks to the help of scientists and psychedelic experts, figuring out your next dose doesn’t have to feel like guesswork. Whether you’re just microdosing or you want a full-on trip, we can help you find the sweet spot. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about finding the perfect shroom dosage — without the risk of a bad trip.
While each dose can affect a person differently, a good place to start is by assessing the general dosing guide. Let’s break down the different doses of magic mushrooms and the effects they can have on your body.
Anywhere between 0.1 to 0.5 grams is considered microdosing. Microdosing involves taking extremely low levels of magic mushrooms over a period of time for therapeutic effects. You probably won’t notice a significant “high,” but there may be slight effects that will be beneficial in the long-term.
Around 1 gram is considered a low dose of magic mushrooms. It still produces effects — ones that you’ll definitely notice — but they aren’t fully psychedelic. For example, instead of visual hallucinations or a complete separation from reality, you might notice feelings of euphoria or increased sensations.
At around 1.75 grams, you enter medium dosage territory. With this dose, you’ll experience significant effects, like moderate hallucinogenic sensations (with your eyes open and closed) as well as a stronger feeling of euphoria.
Once you hit 3.5 grams, it’s considered a high shroom dosage. With this much, you can expect strong visual and sensory hallucinations — also known as a full-blown psychedelic experience.
While everybody’s trip experience will be different, you can expect:
American ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna coined the term “heroic dose” for any dose over 5 grams. This dosage is extremely rare and not recommended, even for the most experienced psychonauts.
The experience can be completely overwhelming, even leading to a person losing their sense of self, completely separating from reality, or losing all control over their body and mind.
While this dosing guide can give you a general framework for what a low, medium, and high dose look like, it isn’t always that easy to figure out the perfect dosage for you.
Every person’s body is different. Factors like age, gender, body weight, mental state, medications, and prior experience can impact how you’ll feel on a certain dose. Even the setting and your emotional state in the moment can affect how you trip.
The only way to find out your ideal dose is to try it out for yourself. Always start with a low, safe dose — around 1 gram — while you’re in a comfortable setting. It’s always best to have someone sober with you to keep an eye on things — and help you out if you’ve taken more than you can handle.
According to research by Johns Hopkins University, once you get into the medium and high doses (around 1.75 to 3.5 grams), you need to be extra mindful of how much you’re taking. This range is much more likely to produce intense hallucinogenic effects. Many patients from this study reported that this experience was mind-blowing and intense, with some even reporting negative effects like paranoia or anxiety.
It’s hard to guarantee how you’ll react. Some might not experience any hallucinations at all, while others might have a complete shift in how they experience reality. All you can do is start your dosing out slowly and wait for things to kick in. If you still aren’t getting the experience you want, try again at a slightly different dose.
At the end of the day, there’s no shroom-dosing guide out there that can be 100% accurate. A lot depends on how your body reacts, the environment you’re in, and your mindset.
But if you try to jump into a magic mushroom experience without carefully determining your dose, you might find yourself in the middle of a bad trip. To make sure your psychedelic experience is enjoyable — and to make the most of your shrooms — you need to narrow down the perfect dose. With this guide in mind, you’ll be on the right track towards having the time of your life on shrooms.
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