Micro-Dosing Mushrooms: Takes 1 and 2
A Surprising Experience
Most of the time, I have a startlingly low tolerance to substances. After a couple sips of beer or wine, I get a funny feeling in the back of my neck; after a hit of a joint my mind becomes so uncontrollable I’ve stopped smoking weed unless I’m really ready for a trip. With my first two micro-doses, though, I’m left pondering whether they really affected me at all. The conundrum, of course, is that a micro-dose is supposed to be sub-perceptual; you shouldn’t even realize you’ve taken anything. Despite the fact that I knew this going into it, repeatedly I found myself asking “is this a placebo?” every time I would feel anything the least bit remarkable. I really expected to feel something more.
How, then, to discern whether one has taken enough? How to actually find your own unique, correct dosage? My plan is to take a little bit more next time, and see what happens. Here’s the description of the first two go-rounds…
Day 1: I took a small amount, about .09 of a gram (the third and best scale I’ve tried still jumps around a little bit with such small amounts, so it’s hard to say for sure. It was between .08-.1 grams, I am pretty sure.)
Day 2: I left 1 day in between doses, and then took about .12-.15 of a gram this time.
Thoughts: I tend towards having a lot of thoughts. Analyzing, evaluating, round and round and round…and this did not stop, except for a time period of about 2 minutes about 1 hour after I had taken the micro-dose. I was on my bicycle, and my mind had been replaying its usual series of pessimistic ruminations. Suddenly, I felt a sort of…I don’t know. Some kind of blockage in which I couldn’t continue those thoughts, it would take too much effort. It was pleasant experience, though, like I had in a subtle way dropped into the felt experience of being on the bike and riding through the park, without the thoughts in the background. I tried to pick my train of thought back up, but I felt some kind of mental heaviness, like this would require a lot of effort. (Normally those thoughts just come to me with no effort, whether I want them or not.) However, it only lasted for a couple of minutes before it faded and I was back on my usual mental loop.
Social: No perceptible changes. I had a meeting with a new business associate, which I felt went pretty well, but it didn’t feel out-of-the-ordinary. I think I acted the same way I normally would in such a situation.
Body: At one point, also when riding my bike and just a couple of minutes before the experience described under “thoughts”, I felt a sense of…smoothness, like gliding, like riding a bicycle was a very pleasant, relaxing experience. This lasted just a couple of minutes as well. However, the bike is new, and it does ride pretty smoothly. I also felt it briefly on the second day, as well. Again, this could be a placebo!
Also, when talking to the new business associate, I briefly felt a sense of a sort of “tunnel vision” in which I was very focused on his face and the things around us seemed faded. However, this sort of thing does happen to me occasionally, and it only lasted about a minute or two.
Capabilities: I didn’t notice any differences here, on either day.
Outlook: I don’t think I was really more positive or negative. I had the same little arguments with my partner.
Strangely, I really didn’t feel anything save for some seconds of smoothness on the bike on the second day, despite having taken a larger dose. This was very surprising given how strongly substances usually effect me. Later this week, I’ll try taking more — somewhere between .15-.2 grams. Stay tuned for what happens then!
This article does not promote or recommend the use of illegal drugs. Many of the substances referenced to in the content are illegal in many countries. This article does not constitute medical advice. As always, please consult your doctor before taking any medicine.