Simply stated microdosing is the process of consuming small amounts of the psilocybin mushroom. A microdose is usually between 5 and 10% of a full dose. At this amount, for most people, there is no hallucinatory effect. A microdose done properly is enough to have some significant and positive mental health benefits that includes stress and anxiety reduction and overall improvements in mood and outlook on life. Full doses, administered under the supervision of a qualified health care practitioner, are showing great promise in treatment resistant depression, and in hospice care.
It is important to use psychoactive substances with awareness and respect, even at a microdose level. While microdosing is generally safe, there is always the possibility of undesirable outcomes. Do your own research and consult with your health care practitioner to determine if microdosing is right for you.
Psychedelics primarily affect the serotonin receptors in the body. Serotonin is a major hormone responsible for stabilizing mood and is often referred to as the 'happy hormone.' The majority of serotonin is located in the digestive system, and not the brain as commonly thought, although serotonin is also found in the blood and the central nervous system as a whole. Increasingly understood is the important relationship between the digestive system and the brain. What is good for the gut is good for the brain!