Intro to Magic Mushrooms – Dosing

Microdosing in Canada

Believed to have been used for thousands of years in religious ceremonies in various cultures around the world, magic mushrooms are nothing new to the scene of substances that are known to provide a psychedelic, out of body or enlightened experience. Given the gravity and extensiveness of these drugs, an abundance of care has always been taken by responsible users to ensure a positive experience resulting in studies finding that psilocybin is often proven to be safer than cannabis, making them among one of the more popular drugs for those seeking a psychedelic experience.

If your aim is to seek a reprieve, a micro-dose (0.1 to 0.5 grams) may be a good place to start. Though no discernible difference may be felt during the regime, a rest period of a few days followed by another micro-dose may deliver results. Results would be subtle and is a good place to start if you have never tried any type of psychedelic drug or medication in the past. A micro-dose will not alter your consciousness greatly and will most likely make you feel slightly different, empathetic, productive or creative

If you are looking for a deeper experience, a low dose or tripping dose (0.5 to 2 grams) is where you want to start. This is also referred to as a museum dose as it has the ability to shift one’s perception while still maintaining a grounding in reality. For some less tolerant users a low dose can be a powerful experience with discernable sensory changes and may be extreme or overwhelming if you are not fully prepared for it.

Higher doses can be overpowering for some and lead to trips that can last for six hours or more. Many first-time users erroneous believe it necessary to go all in for their first trip as high doses are known to provide life-altering experiences. Nevertheless, staring low is always recommended so you can have an idea of how you will react and the kind of an experience you are in for. A low dose first trip will give you an opportunity to experience mushrooms at the ground level rather than send you to a place where you feel as if you are beyond overwhelmed with no escape or end in sight.

When referring to doses, dried mushrooms are implied—fresh mushrooms contain significant amounts of water and any doses would need to be multiplied by a factor of 10 to account for this weight. Different species have different dosing levels so a safe dose may be even lower than noted below.

Psilocybin Dosing Levels


0.1 to 0.5 grams

Low dose

0.5 to 2 grams

Moderate dose

2 – 3.5 grams

High dose

3.5 to grams +


Regardless of what dose you ultimately decide to try, setting and mindset are also import factors in your experience. Preparing for the trip and providing for adequate time afterwards to reflect and recover from your experience are also important and necessary in ensuring a positive outcome.

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