When preparing for an experience with magic mushrooms, there are many important things to check, such as your current mindset and the environment or situation in which you will have the experience.
Based on the kind of experience you are aiming for, you will need to figure out the right magic mushroom dosage to take.
In this article, we investigate the different kinds of mushroom dosage – from microdosing to high doses – so that you can find the dose that will best suit your intentions.
The Different Dosages of Magic Mushrooms
Microdosing refers to the practice of taking a very small dose of a psychedelic. In fact, the dose is so small that no psychedelic effects occur. This means that when you microdose, you don’t experience changes in perception, such as visual or auditory effects.
But you may experience some alterations in:
- Energy levels
A microdose shouldn’t affect your day-to-day activities, such as work and socializing with others. A microdose is usually a 10th to a 20th of a normal dose that would produce psychedelic effects. So, if a common dose of dried magic mushrooms is 1-2.5g, then a microdose would be 0.1-0.25g.
Low Mushroom Dosage
A low magic mushroom dosage is a dose where you can start to feel some psychedelic effects. There is no exact ‘point’ at which a microdose becomes a low dose, but there are some signs that distinguish the two. If you take a low mushroom dosage, you may experience:
- Slight changes in visual perception, such as colors appearing enhanced
- A slight body high
- A giddy feeling
- Feeling a bit euphoric or anxious
Doses do vary between mushroom species, based on potency. However, a low dose of magic mushrooms is generally 0.25-1 gram[*].
Moderate Mushroom Dosage
When you take a moderate dose of magic mushrooms, there will be more intense psychedelic effects, such as:
- More noticeable enhancement of colors
- Visual distortions, such as objects morphing or ‘breathing’
- Seeing geometric patterns
- Synesthesia or ‘crossing of the senses’ (e.g. ‘hearing colors’ or ‘seeing sounds’)
- Increased appreciation of music
- Noticeable body high
- Changes to tactile sensations
- Feelings of gratitude
- Confusion, paranoia, fear, or anxiety
- Time dilation (e.g. minutes feeling like hours)
A moderate magic mushroom dosage is around 1 to 3 grams.
High Mushroom Dosage
When you take a high dose of magic mushrooms, you can expect intense effects, with major changes to your thoughts, cognition, perception, and mood. You may experience the effects of a moderate dose (at a greater intensity), as well as:
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
- Visions – a kind of waking dream state
- Profound insights
- A feeling of dissociation from your body
- The feeling of a ‘divine presence’
- The possibility of ‘ego death’, where you lose your sense of self-identity
A high dose of magic mushrooms is 3 to 4 grams
Always Know Your Mushroom Dosage
You can be in an ideal mindset and environment, but if you go into a magic mushroom experience without knowing the dose, then you may be in for a shock (if the experience is more or less intense than you want it to be).
Whether you are taking magic mushrooms with close friends or at a retreat, be sure to know what the mushroom dosage is and that it has been accurately weighed. Also, find out exactly what type of mushroom species you will be taking. If it’s particularly potent, then you know you should take the lower end of any dosage range for the experience you want.
Being knowledgeable about magic mushroom dosages and paying attention to your mindset and environment will give you the best chances of achieving a beneficial psychedelic experience.