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In my previous post, I discussed the results of my yearlong experiment with microdoses of psilocybin mushrooms, and how it affected my work, mood, and relationships. Long story short, it was like escaping ‘The Matrix’. I’m grateful for the changes I’ve experienced as a result: I’m more empathetic, compassionate, self-aware, reflective, creative, and most of all, happier.

In this guide to microdosing, I will share some of the practical considerations for choosing a substance, obtaining it, timing and dosing, and some of the most common concerns.

Disclaimer: This article is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin and LSD are deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The publisher and author of this article do not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.

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Recently, I completed a one-year experiment in which I took microdoses of psilocybin — also known as ‘shrooms’ or ‘magic mushrooms’ — almost daily. My goal was to understand the impact it would have on my work, relationships, and mental health.

I approached the experiment as a relative newcomer to the world of psychedelics. Until the last few years, I wasn’t the kind of person to take recreational drugs. That said, I’m invested in health, mindfulness, and personal growth. I’ve scored in the top 99th percentile for standardized tests, trained and competed in the Olympic sport of speedskating, and run a startup for one of my business idols. …

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Sometimes quiet ascension is the best revenge, and discipline our best defense against daily injustice.

I started training in short track speed skating at age 11, inspired by the 2002 Winter Olympics — it was the first time in several Olympics that the U.S. had won any medals in short track, and American gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno starred on every major television station.

I immediately fell in love with the sport, everything from leaning sideways at gravity-defying angles to clear each turn of the oval track, to the 16-inch long blades of steel attached to my skate boots, to the rough and tumble of jostling for position with other skaters…even down to the smell of ice and rush of cold air that hit my face whenever I swung open the heavy steel door to the ice. …


Janet L. Chang

Mental health and AAPI advocate. RUE Scholar @Brown. Voracious reader. Tea drinker and life ponderer. Another human in progress.

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