Microdosing : A Treatment for Depression or a Booster for Work Performance ?


Microdosing is a prevalent term in the recreational drug world. It’s the process of taking small doses of psychedelic substances. These doses are a negligible amount, not nearly enough to trigger the hallucinogenic effects of the substances.

Quite a few studies have been published in popular journals about the possible positive health effects of this method of psychedelic substance consumption. Could microdosing mushrooms have a positive impact on your mental health or even your productivity? Here’s what you need to know.

Miniscule Amounts of Psilocybin

Recreational drugs aren’t often the go-to for positive health effects, at any amount, least of all psychedelic substances. In fact, users who macro dose substances like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) are known to battle with severe depression.

It’s worth noting that the studies on microdosing focus on the effects of trace amounts of psilocybin in the system. They argue that the potential of microdosing psilocybin-rich mushrooms is worth at least a deeper look.

Most of these research papers use experimentation as their primary source of relevant data. This would entail obtaining a controlled group of microdoses and observing the effect of the drug on their overall mood and productivity.

It’s worth noting that this is still being heavily researched. While the results so far look very promising, there’s still a lot of testing that needs to be done.

Ingesting the Right Amount

If you aim to see for yourself, you must know how to ingest the right amount safely. Taking too much would trigger the psychoactive properties of these mushrooms. The best way to ensure you take a safe amount is to measure your dosage in grams.

Even with measuring, there’s a difference in the effectiveness of dry psilocybin capsules compared to fresh mushroom truffles. The weight of your dose will change depending on what form of the substance you wish to ingest.

To see if ingesting psilocybin will positively affect your mood or productivity, you need to aim for a light dose. A light dose of the dry pill weighs anywhere between 025g -1g. This is pure psilocybin, but do not make the mistake of believing fresh mushroom truffles would be less effective.

For the truffles, you must ingest a smaller weight of 0.1-0.3 grams to stay within a light dose. Do not be tempted to go above this dose, even if you do not notice any immediate changes.

Observed Effects

The research on the effects of microdosing on users goes toward developing a safe, beneficial clinical treatment. Some research papers noticed improvements in their test subjects’ overall mood and productivity.

The effects of psilocybin on a user’s mood are even more noticeable when paired with a non-psychoactive mushroom known as lion’s mane. It’s safe to say that the right amount of this substance can have a tremendous positive impact on your mental state and productivity. However, it needs to be taken in the right amount.


The best way to stay on top of the research in this field is to keep an eye out for clinical trials. Information is available online, provided you look in the right places. Just make sure the information you consume about the effects of psilocybin on the mental state comes from reputable sources. Stay safe and informed.