Highlights.

  • How big is a microdose?

    A microdose contains anywhere between 25mg (0.025g) and 300mg (0.3g) of dried Psilocybin mushrooms.

  • Why do people microdose magic mushrooms?

    People microdose so that they can get the benefits of psilocybin without necessarily feeling the effects. It can be used to reduce anxiety and depression, and as a way to improve mental performance and cognition.

  • What's the Paul Stamets Protocol?

    Paul Stamets recommends a 4 days on, 4 days off method. That means 4 days of a microdose and 4 days without microdosing.

  • What's the James Fadiman Protocol?

    The James Fadiman protocol includes taking a microdose one day and then abstaining for two days. It's therefore 1 microdose every 3 days.

  • What is the Stamets stack, and why?

    Stamets recommends incorporating neuroprotective Lion's Mane and Niacin (Vitamin B3). They work synergistically with Psilocybin to promote the neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, and synaptogenesis — or the creation, growth, and adaptability of new brain networks.


We recently gave you the all-important The Ultimate Dosage Guide For Magic Mushrooms. In this article we're going deeper with everybody's favorite trend with benefits, microdosing.

We're sharing details on the different doses people microdose with, along with the two most common microdosing protocols to help you microdose safely and effectively with magic mushrooms.

Related Reading: Microdose Cycling: What It Is, and Why You Should Be Doing It

One protocol was created by Dr. James Fadiman and the other by Paul Stamets.

At the basis of these two microdosing schedules is a simple rule: you don't need to microdose every day. Doing so isn't an effective way to integrate psilocybin into everyday life — which is the entire point of microdosing.

The best results are observed when alternating between dosing and non-dosing days, rather than dosing every single day.

This prevents your body from developing tolerance. Plus, taking days off microdosing gives you a chance to observe the benefits of a microdose.

Let's get straight into it.

What's good about microdosing?

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Microdosing involves taking a psychedelic dose so small there are no perceivable effects.

The reported benefit of this is an increase in focus and attention, a decrease in depression, anxiety, and stress, and an overall increase in quality of life. Because microdosing doesn't deliver any perceivable effects, the benefits of microdosing are typically observed over a longer period of time.

For example, you might feel slightly more creative on dosing days, but after 1 month of following a microdosing schedule might report an overall decrease in anxiety and stress.

In Study One, a systematic study on psychedelic microdosing, participants recorded drastic decreases in overall stress, depression, and anxiety in the long-term follow-up.

The participants also performed better on quality of life assessment and sense of agency (effortlessness and involuntariness). Interestingly, there was no evidence of a change in personality traits such as agreeableness, extraversion, or neuroticism.

Though there is evidence of the effectiveness of psilocybin mushrooms in the treatment of brain injuries and certain mental health diagnoses, it's not clear if there is a place for microdosing in such circumstances.

However, given that there is a reported increase in quality of life, microdosing may be a gentle form of treatment for certain chronic health conditions. More research is needed to better understand the role of microdosing in mental health and other chronic disorders.

Related Reading: The Benefits of Microdosing Psilocybin — Without The Fluff

How big is a microdose?

Microdosing is a way of using Psilocybin mushrooms that is sub-perceptual, i.e. it doesn’t alter your state of consciousness. It's taking mushrooms but not tripping.

There’s no definitive rule on what defines a microdose. However, it can be as low as 0.025g or as high as around 0.3g. It depends entirely on your brain chemistry.

My Supply Co. microdose Stacks are designed with 25mg per capsule to provide you with added flexibility over your dose.

True Microdose: 25mg – 100mg (0.025g – 0.1g)

Unless you have the most sensitive scales in the world, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be able to weigh out less than 0.025g magic mushrooms. This is a good microdose starting point for those who are just experimenting. Completely sub-perceptual effects with very little chance of tipping over into a tripping state.

At this dose, you might perceive:

  • heightened creativity
  • increased energy, focus, and attention
  • increased mood, restfulness, peacefulness, calm
  • better memory and cognitive performance
  • increased physical and emotional comfort

Medium Microdose: 100mg – 200mg (0.1g – 0.2g)

Yes — an amount this small makes a difference when it comes to microdosing. Even the tiniest increments can bring on more pronounced effects. This is still considered a microdose event and isn’t likely to cause serious tripping.

At this dose, you might perceive:

  • heightened creativity and mental activity
  • increased focus, attention, and pattern recognition
  • improved mood, heightened perception of the mind and emotions
  • quick mental performance
  • improved physical performance

Strong Microdose: 200mg – 300mg (0.2g – 0.3g)

This could easily turn into a light tripping experience, so it’s not typically recommended as a microdose. However, it’s low enough to not be a full trip for most. So, seasoned microdosers might consider it.

At this dose, you might perceive:

  • Altered visual and physical perception
  • Heightened attention to detail
  • Increased mental dexterity and problem solving
  • Improved mood, energy, and increased perception of thoughts and emotions
  • Abstract thoughts

If you're a seasoned microdoser that's looking for a strong microdose experience, energetic Balanced High and rejuvenating Extended Release are formulated with 250mg psilocybin mushrooms per capsule.

Things to remember before microdosing.

If you're microdosing for the first time, it's important to start on the lowest possible microdose.

If you have digital scales that can measure 0.05g magic mushrooms, this is where we recommend you start. Otherwise, 0.1g is also a popular starting microdose. Anything up to 0.3g can be considered a microdose.

If you don't have a scale, or are looking for clinically studied microdose formulations, My Supply Co. Stacks are formulated with 25mg (0.025mg) Psilocybin mushrooms per capsule, and have helped thousands of Canadians achieve their energy, mood, and focus goals.

One last note — the whole point of microdosing is that there are no immediate psychedelic effects, which means it's important to be able to go about your normal routine when microdosing.

We recommend you take a day off work and commitments on your first-ever microdose day in the event there are any psychedelic effects that you're not comfortable with. It's important to have an idea of the effects you'll experience at different doses so that you don't get hit with a psychedelic surprise while at work or on the train.

Any time you want to increase your microdose, you should treat it as though it's your first day all over again. Take a day off work or start on the weekend and watch yourself closely.

James Fadiman's method.

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James Fadiman's protocol, or method, follows a simple 3-day schedule: one dose day followed by two non-dose days. This enables the microdoser to:

  • observe the effects of the microdose
  • observe the after-effects of a microdose, and
  • have a normal day before doing it all over again

Paul Stamets' method.

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The Paul Stamets Protocol is much different. He recommends a 4 days on, 3 days off schedule.

Stamets recommends a psilocybin microdose protocol that includes Lion's Mane and Niacin (Vitamin B3) because of their neuroprotective properties and their role in neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. He believes that incorporating this with other therapies has significant advantages for improving neuroplasticity and the repair and regeneration of neurons and neural pathways.

Find Lion's Mane and Niacin (as Vitamin B3) in Brain Stack.

As we suggested, if you're microdosing for the first time, do it on a non-working day. Stamets' protocol is a little more involved than Fadiman's in that it involves taking a microdose for four days in a row. If it's your first time, let all of them be non-working days. It's important to get a gauge on the dose that lets you go on with your daily routine without any perceivable psychedelic effects.

Don't be shy to play around with your dose on each of the four days. You can start with a higher microdose on the first day (e.g., 0.1g), and then taper down on each of the following days (e.g., 0.075g then 0.05g then 0.025g).

How long should you microdose for?

How long you choose to microdose or how often you choose to microdose is a personal matter.

We recommend that you don't exceed 8 weeks of microdosing without taking a break. This process of taking a break, or reset, before resuming is called microdose cycling. Microdose cycling has a number of benefits — including avoiding building up a tolerance — which we cover in a comprehensive guide.

Related Reading: Microdose Cycling: What It Is, and Why You Should Be Doing It

Related Reading: The Benefits of Microdosing Psilocybin — Without the Fluff

Related Reading: How Lion's Mane Benefits the Brain

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5 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Magic Mushroom Microdosing

  1. Just started using Brain Stack 2 weeks ago and am finally sleeping better and thinking more clearly!

  2. I tried the Paul Stamets 4 on 4 off, but never really noticed anything after about a month

  3. Defiantly need to try

  4. Great info! Thank you for this as I'm just starting to learn about microdosing

  5. I tried it for a month and then gave up because I never felt any different at all

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