What is microdosing?
Microdosing is taking a small amount of a hallucinogenic medicine on a more regular schedule for a specified amount of time. Microdoses range between 1-10% of the dose that would produce a full psychedelic experience. Many different dosing programs exist for microdosing.
Hallucinogens are not a one-size-fits-all medication, the way in which big pharma tells us about Prozac and other pills.
Consult with an experienced, licensed psychedelic professional who has knowledge of hallucinogenic dosing. This individual will assess physical and mental appropriateness and recommend proper psychedelic doses and course of treatment.
Microdosing will not provide a profound psychedelic experience, but instead its effects will likely be subtle. One may feel a slight elevation in mood and energy, or may feel nothing at all. The length of the effects will differ based on the medication (molecule) ingested. Microdosing plans may be short-term, long-term, or on an as-needed basis.
Microdosing can create new pathways in your brain and result in positive changes in mood and thought patterns.
What is macrodosing?
Macrodosing is taking a large enough dose of hallucinogenic medication to create a profound psychedelic experience. Macrodoses are best ingested in a therapeutic setting (and not recreationally).
The importance of intention setting and integration therapy are paramount to macrodosing.
Intention setting means preparing before the psychedelic journey with intentional thoughts of:
- what you’ve been struggling with
- what you hope to accomplish
- what you like to experience in general
Preparation is crucial to a successful psychedelic journey.
It is best that hallucinogen medicines are given in a ceremonial setting that feels safe to the patient, where intentions are set, and thanks is given. Use music that is choreographed to the specific medication and experience. The patient should wear an eye mask to assist in opening the third-eye to visual hallucinations.
During a psychedelic session, one may have intense visual hallucinations, realizations, or changes in perceptions. When people refer to having “a bad trip,” they’re talking about having realizations about themselves that are scary. The practitioner must place the most importance on the patient’s safety, maintaining 75% of their attention on the client and 25% on themselves.
In a therapeutic setting, however, these realizations of the dark self are incredibly growth provoking.
After the patient’s journey is over, significant time is spent on integration therapy. The patient’s experiences, perceptions, and realizations that they’ve had are discussed to help them understand and learn how to meaningfully incorporate them into life in a way that brings peace and harmony.