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At the risk of jumping straight to the conclusion, the answer is…it depends. Magic mushroom capsules and microdosing products in general vary exponentially from one to the next. While some mushroom capsules are packed with enough psilocybin to send you into another dimension for hours on end, others pack a far gentler and more controllable punch.
Precisely why anyone looking to experiment with microdosing mushrooms in Canada needs to be mindful about what exactly they’re dealing with, before going ahead and swallowing a bunch of pills.
By far, the easiest and safest way to figure out how much you need is to speak to a medicinal mushroom dispensary directly. You tell them your reasons for microdosing psilocybin, you explain what you want to get out of the deal and they give you an indication as to how many capsules you should take.
If that’s not an option, you’ll find this introductory microdosing guide invaluable. Though it’s worth pointing out at this stage that what represents the right dose of shrooms for one person could be entirely different for the next, so proceed with caution if new to microdosing in Canada.
What to Expect from a Mushroom Trip
The fact that you’re reading this right now most likely means you’re planning on experimenting with psilocybin for the first time. You may have already bagged a bunch of products from an online shroom dispensary, or you’re planning to do so in the near future.
In any case, knowing what to expect and taking a common-sense approach to the whole thing holds the key to an enjoyable and perhaps even beneficial experience.
Contrary to popular belief, swallowing a couple of mushrooms or low-strength mushroom capsules isn’t going to have you tumbling down the rabbit hole in 10 seconds flat. Nor are you likely to suddenly find yourself floating around what looks and feels like the trippiest of trippy Pink Floyd videos for hours on end.
In low doses, magic mushrooms simply “distort” your sensory perceptions, altering the way you see, hear, feel, smell and taste your surroundings. It can be an exceptionally mild and completely controllable experience, during which you’re able to function normally…or near enough.
It’s only when you take things a few steps further that you can expect the quintessential magic mushroom trip, during which there’s no telling where you’ll find yourself for the next few hours. This is where much of the appeal with magic mushrooms lies – you’re in complete control with regard to how much you consume, how intense you want the experience to be and how long you want the whole thing to last.
Making Sure Your Trip is an Enjoyable One
Before explaining exactly how much you should be taking, it’s worth highlighting the importance of setting the right scene for your first experience. The perfect environment for newcomers experimenting for the first time is somewhere calm, relaxing and completely private. You should have at least one other person with you at the time that you trust implicitly, for added reassurance if the whole thing gets too intense.
A comfortable living room with minimal distractions and some relaxing music playing in the background is just the thing. You’ll also want to pick a time of day or night where you can more or less guarantee that nobody’s going to turn up unannounced and that your phone won’t start ringing at the worst possible time.
As the experience could last for several hours, you’ll want to make sure that your calendar is clear and you’ve nothing important to do.
For obvious reasons, public settings and social situations that are hectic or chaotic in nature are just about the worst possible environments to experiment with magic mushrooms for the first time.
How Many Magic Mushrooms Should I Take?
The number of magic mushroom capsules you should take will be determined by the potency of their content. This is something to pay close attention to when buying magic mushroom capsules from an online dispensary, or in person.
You’ll usually find that the manufacturer provides a clear indication of the product’s psilocybin mushroom quantity by way of weight. In which case, these are the approximate quantities you should be thinking about consuming, depending on what you hope to get out of the experience:
1. A light initial dose
As a general rule of thumb, you should be looking to ingest approximately 0.25g for the lightest possible initial dose. This is also sometimes referred to as a ‘threshold’ dose, meaning you’re brought to the boundary of a psychedelic experience but no further.
You may find that with this quantity you barely feel the effects of the mushrooms at all. A very slight alteration to sensory perceptions may be felt – primarily visual distortions in the form of more vivid colours and shapes.
2. A medium dose
Taking things up a notch, consuming between 1g and 1.5g is considered a medium dose. It’s at this point that not only do the full effects of psilocybin become apparent, but that the intensity and duration of the experience differ significantly from one person to the next.
This is why it’s advisable to bridge the gap between the two dosages, if unsure – say 0.5g or 0.75g. A medium dose isn’t likely to send you on the trip of a lifetime, but will almost certainly pave the way for a memorable psychedelic experience.
3. A heavy dose
Lastly, consumption of anything from 2g to 5g is considered a ‘strong’ dose, while anything above 5g is classified as a ‘heavy’ dose. This is not something to be experimenting with until you’re suitably experienced with psychedelics, as the experience can be no less than life changing. It’s also worth noting that the more you take in one dose, the more elevated the initial nausea and discomfort associated with magic mushroom consumption will be. Something that’s vital to take into account when experimenting with psilocybin for the first time, so as not to be taken by surprise.