What is psilocybin? How does it work?
It’s one of the most well-known hallucinogens that occurs naturally in mushrooms (often referred to as ‘magic mushrooms’).
Psilocybin is converted to psilocin in the body and is believed to influence serotonin levels in the brain. This can lead to altered and unusual perceptions depending on the dose. The effects take 20 to 40 minutes to begin and can last up to 6 hours—the amount of time it takes for psilocin to be metabolized and excreted.
What is microdosing?
Microdosing is the act of consuming an unnoticeable amount of a psychedelic substance. Unnoticeable meaning the dose doesn’t create the hallucinogenic effects associated with psychedelics. This, of course, does not mean there are no benefits.
Microdosing psilocybin is reported to have both short term and long term benefits for individuals. Those who incorporate microdosing into their regular wellness routine report higher levels of creativity, more energy, increased focus, and improved relational skills.
People seem to use psilocybin for one of two reasons:
- To reduce symptoms and frequency of symptoms related to mental illness. Such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD and addictions.
- To increase the frequency and intensity of desirable states, such as; creativity, energy, productivity/focus, and improved relationships/increased empathy.