Psilocybin is a psychoactive compound found in magic mushrooms. Alongside its counterpart, psilocin, psilocybin has become a staple of the “high generation”. People all over the world began self-medicating on magic mushrooms, claiming it has various therapeutic benefits like:

Simply put, psilocybin is like a wonder-drug that can either heal or improve you, depending on what you’re interested in. In particular, microdosing has been proven to provide demonstrable benefits on the individual’s brain. However, there are a couple of risks that shouldn’t be left unsaid. The most important is the risk of bad trips.

You don’t want to have a bad trip and you don’t have to take my word for it. A bad trip manifests in a variety of ways, depending on the drug you’re taking, the quantity, as well as the setting.

Psilocybin works on serotonin neurotransmitters

When you consume a microdose of psilocybin, you’re actually ingesting brain enhancers in raw form. Magic mushrooms primarily interact with serotonin neurotransmitters in your brain, changing the neural pathways related to thought analysis, abstract thinking, and mood and perception sensations.

From there, it's what we see each and every time someone decides to microdose psilocybin. The anecdotic evidence suggests that magic mushrooms can improve work performance, focus, concentration, abstract thinking, and imagination, as well as cognitive continuity and divergent thinking.

This means you’re more likely to come up with innovative ideas after taking your microdose. Problems that would have required 75% of your total focus and a few hours of brainstorming to find a solution now require 40% of your focus and you’ll find a solution relatively quickly. These aren’t official numbers but rather an analogy to make you understand the effects of psilocybin.

Depending on the microdose itself, your expectations, physiology, and tolerance, the effects could be weaker or stronger. Studies on, for instance, show how psilocybin can effectively amplify your work performance and creativity. There are many more sources of such testimonies where people get to describe their experiences with psilocybin.

Are bad trips that bad?

The severity of a bad trip varies from person to person. It generally depends on the dose you ingest. The bigger the dose, the more chances you have to experience a bad trip that’s severe. If you take care not to overdose, though, you shouldn’t experience so many severe bad trips.

During a bad trip, you can experience some, most or all of the following side-effects:

  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Temporal distortions
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Heightened anxiety and panicked reactions
  • Ego death/dissolution
  • Lack of control over your thought processes
  • Difficulties concentrating

Some bad trips have determined users to never again consume psilocybin, for instance. Granted, the sheer quantity necessary to provoke such a severe trip is great, and the chances you’ll consume such quantities at once are minimum. We recommend you start with low microdoses (usually a twentieth or tenth of a normal dose) and go from there.

If you need to, you can increase the dose step by step. When you start feeling the effects of the high, stop, and lower the dose again. Try finding the threshold when you don't get high at all yet the psilocybin affects your performance, and then create a schedule. Now that you’ve found the perfect dose, start following a dosing schedule.

Every psilocybin microdose should noticeably affect your work performance and overall efficiency during the day. You might not notice it at first since you're following a routine. However, at the end of the day, take a step back and look backward, analyzing your behavior and work performance. You'll notice small improvements here and there.

The compound effect will be quite noticeable after you add up all the enhancements. You might have spent a few minutes less doing a task that you usually have difficulties with. Moreover, it might have seemed simpler to accomplish this time around. Your responses might be snappier, seemingly coming from a place in your brain that you can’t quite put your finger on.

These are all the effects of psilocybin microdosing!