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Microdosing is the practice of taking psychedelic or entheogenic substances on a regular basis (more on that in How do I Dose?), at levels below the threshold where psychoactive effects are observed.
There is a growing amount of research happening all over the world, showing the many benefits of microdosing. From big universities to MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), science and society are finally catching on to one of the biggest tools used for millennia by cultures everywhere.
Some of the many benefits people find with microdosing include a greater sense of peace and acceptance, better mood and outlook, lower levels of anxiety and fear, increased creativity and focus, and an expanded awareness, both personally and universally.
For more details on the science of microdosing visit Third Waves Guide To Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms.
Macrodosing is the practice of taking psychedelic or entheogenic substances beyond the threshold where psychoactive effects are observed. This is accompanied with the feeling of being "high", which occurs because your serotonin 2A receptors are stimulated, giving an often euphoric experience, along with altered perception of time and sensory inputs.
Respect must be given to these substances, proper setting and environment is of utmost importance. Any substance can be used in the wrong context, "bad trips" are most often people taking substances recreationally, not having the right setting, and not being prepared to face uncomfortable feelings or reflections.
When given proper respect and setting, these are powerful tools, able to present to you emotions, blockages, self-limiting patterns and beliefs, and new ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world.
The reason these substances have been used for millennia, is because they help you to access your higher self, the part of you that sees and feels the sacredness and interconnectedness of all things, we believe this is why so many cultures used these not only for healing, but also as a right of passage.
Steps to a successful journey
Choose a private, comfortable setting where you can be undisturbed for a couple of hours.
Consider telling a friend or family member what you are doing so they can check in with you after your journey.
Set your intention for your journey (ie. I want to get clarity on X, I want to gain spiritual insight into my life path, I want to heal X etc)
Eat them on an empty or almost empty stomach
Look below for the dosage amounts depending on how deep of a journey you want to have. If you are new, start with 1 to 2 grams, keeping in mind, each batch of mushrooms can have a different potency so there is no perfect rule of thumb.
Here is an article we hand picked that has gone over a more detailed preparation guide for your journey. https://entheonation.com/blog/amazing-magic-mushroom-trip/
How do I Dose?
Dosing can be broken down to 2 types, Microdosing and Macrodosing.
Microdosing can take a bit more fine tuning, as you want to dose regularly enough to see the many benefits it offers, but if you dose too often, you will build up a tolerance, and will then either need to raise your dosage or take a break.
The most popular method is to dose either once every 2 days, or once every 3 days, with a week off every month or so. That being said, if you are researching, there are many different ways to do it. There is no right or wrong way to Microdose, you just want to be under the threshold for psychoactive effects, and not dosing too frequently to prevent building up a tolerance.
With any method, periodic breaks are always good, to allow the system to integrate, re-calibrate, reset tolerance, and of course, because this practice is a tool, to be used in a supportive role, not as a crutch.
A typical Microdose is between 100-200mg (of psychoactive mushrooms), depending on how sensitive you are, although some people require more or less. We generally recommend people start at 100mg (our Nootropic100 as well as our full line of herbal microdose formulas contain 100mg) unless they are quite sensitive, in which case our Nootropic Gentle Caps (with 50mg of Psilocybe Cubensis) is a great option.
A Macrodose is a bit more straight forward, it begins with psychoactive effects being observed (which can vary from anywhere from as little as 200mg up to 1 gram (1000mg) or more), and can go as high as 5 grams or more.
Always ensure you have proper setting before venturing into Macrodosing, a comfortable environment is essential, and if with others, with good, safe, trusted people.
Also, remember that what you experience will vary greatly from person to person, body weight, sensitivity, previous experience, even the last time you ate all affect how you will respond to the medicine. No two people are the same, so it's always wise to start smaller and proceed with experience.
Quick Guide To Microdosing?
Beginners, highly sensitive people and those below average body weight: 50mg - 100mg
Product Options: Nootropic Gentle (50mg) or any of our microdose options that are not followed by "200" in the product name.
Average body weight, normal tolerance: 100mg - 200mg
Product Options: All microdose options except Nootropic Gentle.
Seasoned microdosers and those above average body weight: 200mg - 500mg
Product Options: Nootropic200, Macro500, Macro500 Chocolate (New products coming soon).
Quick Guide To Macrodosing?
A light "trip" is generally between 0.5 - 2 grams
A standard "psychedelic" trip is typically at around 2 - 3 grams+
The famous "Heroic" dose starts at 5 grams +
We offer several Macrodose options, you can purchase our Premium Raw Dried Mushrooms, in several varieties (Golden Teachers, Cambodians, DC Maks, Tidal Wave, Hillbilly, Lucid Gates, Trinity, M100, Makilla Gorilla, Avery's Albino, Penis Envy and more), in many sizes starting at 1/4 oz.(7 grams) all the way up to 1lb.(454 grams), and we also offer our Macro 500 capsules, for quick, easy, consistent dosing.
What is an Entheogen/Psychedelic?
Psychedelic (sometimes called hallucinogen) is a broader term, used to describe herbs, mushrooms or drugs that induce hallucination, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and shifts in perception and awareness.
Entheogen is a term used to describe natural substances (either plant or mushroom) that have psychedelic properties, and have been used by indigenous cultures around the world in shamanic or spiritual practices, to facilitate healing of the mind, body and spirit, to expand consciousness, and to shift into a more sacred worldview.
While both words are often used interchangeably, psychedelics are often associated with recreational use, or just being taken to "get high". Entheogen carries a more respectful, sacred view of these substances as medicines.
We believe (as do many others) that one of the reasons that the world is in such a dark place, is because western society is the first society in history to abandon plants as medicine. The huge resurgence of herbal medicine in recent years isn't by accident, we are being drawn back to our roots and to our sacred place in this world, not separate from anything.
What is a "Magic Mushroom"?
Magic mushrooms are mushrooms with entheogenic properties (definition of entheogen can be found just above). They go by many other names, such as Psilocybin, Psilocybe, Cubensis, and many other strain specific names, such as Golden Teachers, Cambodians, Blue Cubenis, etc.
There has been an explosion of research around medicinal mushrooms of all types in recent years, but especially those that have entheogenic properties.
Science is only now starting to be able to explain out why we have evolved alongside these magnificent fungi, and why every indigenous culture in history have used mushrooms and other entheogens to expand consciousness and to help heal the body, as well as the mind, emotional body and spirit.
What is a Nootropic?
A Nootropic is any substance--food, herb, mushroom or drug, that increases cognitive function, focus, memory, creativity or motivation. They are used to boost brain performance, and to help prevent or reduce cognitive decline.
At The Golden Teacher, we take the art of micro and macrodosing very seriously, and strive to make your experience as meaningful, enjoyable, clear and safe as possible. We opened our store for those who appreciate quality and simplicity.
We are a small, Vancouver Island company committed to top quality ingredients and blends.
All of our mushrooms come from one single source. A small team of artisan growers who are focused on quality over quantity, and who love and appreciate the special properties of Golden Teachers. All of our in-house mushrooms are grown organically and gently harvested at the optimal time. They are then carefully dehydrated at room temperature, to ensure none of the active constituents are denatured through overheating, thus maintaining a full potency product.
Golden Teachers are often seen as the gold standard of entheogenic mushrooms. They are rightfully named for their ability to provide profound shifts in awareness, perspective and consciousness, and provide a more shamanic or spiritual experience than most mushrooms. They are a strain of the species Psilocybe cubensis.
All of our blends are formulated and crafted by a professionally trained Medical Herbalist. All of the ingredients in our blends are either grown in-house by our team of artisan growers, or sourced from quality-assured herbal suppliers.
All of our ingredients are vegan friendly, and either certified organic or grown locally by farmers practicing organic or better farming methods.
You'll notice that all of our capsules are filled with 500mg of medicinal ingredients. When comparing products, pay attention to the amount of product in each capsule. It's not uncommon for some competitor products to have as little as 100mg of product in their capsules.
We hope you'll try our products, all formulated, grown and crafted with love and intention, and we hope you'll give them the same respect and enjoy them responsibly.