Psychedelic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs that exist. They don’t cause any physical addiction, and they have very few side effects as long as they’re taken responsibly.
However, If you’re new to psychedelic mushrooms, it can be a little tricky to know how much of the good stuff is too much. This guide will help you figure out what your dosage should be.
About Psilocybin Dosage
Psilocybin is a potent drug that causes a wide range of effects that depend on the dosage taken. Even a variation of one gram can make all the difference in the world regarding tripping. That’s why it’s important to be accurate when taking shrooms.
When consuming your shrooms, you should ideally have a scale to measure out your dosage. 1g of fresh mushrooms contain around 10-15 dried grams worth of psilocybin, depending on the strain and the potency of your shrooms. We’re going to assume the average potency of mushrooms bought in a store, around 10%.
Level 1: Microdosing Psilocybin Mushrooms (0.1g-0.2g)
Microdosing with psychedelics is a technique used in psychotherapy. You take a very low dosage to solve problems, come up with new ideas, and feel better in general. The idea is that if you lower your dosage to a minimum, there will be little to no side effects, and its benefits could outweigh the downsides.
If done responsibly, microdosing can be very effective. The dosage will vary depending on the person, but it will generally be around 0.10-0.20g of dried mushrooms for someone with no previous experience.
When microdosing, you should not feel much effect at all, only a faint sensation. You should feel somewhat better than usual, but it shouldn’t be noticeable.
Level 2: The Beginner’s Dose (1g-2g)
The next level is the one we recommend for absolute first-timers, and it’s sufficient to get a sense of what you can expect from psilocybin mushrooms.
At this level, you should feel the typical effects of eating mushrooms without being overwhelmed. You will probably start to see some closed-eyes visuals and have a euphoric sensation in your body.
If you’re new to psychedelic mushrooms, 1g-2g should give you a nice and gentle trip, but it shouldn’t be too strong either. We could compare it to marijuana in the sense that you are still aware of what is happening around you while being in a very mild trance.
Level 3: A Typical Dose (2g-3.5g)
This is the level where most people will feel the effects of psilocybin mushrooms when consuming them in a recreational context. This dosage range is also good for spiritual journeys and deep introspection.
At this dosage, you should feel the full effects of psilocybin. Opened-eye visuals might appear, while CEVs will become stronger, and your headspace will be altered significantly. At this point, it’s best to lie down on a comfortable surface and just close your eyes. You’ll encounter all kinds of exciting things that are unique depending on the person.
If you’re planning to do something special while tripping, keep in mind that your coordination will probably be impaired. You shouldn’t drive at this point or operate heavy machinery without having consumed it before.
We recommend having a trip sitter with you if you’re tripping at home by yourself. A sitter is someone who will remain sober and has experience with guiding people during their psilocybin trips. He or she will be able to help you stay safe in case something goes wrong.
Level 4: Strong Dose (3.5g-5g)
This dosage is the threshold that beginners should never cross. At this point, the effects of psilocybin mushrooms can become very powerful and frightening. Very strong nausea and body load might occur. You’ll have a hard time functioning in society or even staying conscious.
If you’ve reached this dosage, it’s best to be in a safe environment with somebody that has experience taking psychedelics with you. Hallucinations become incredibly vivid, and the lines between what’s real and what’s not might become blurred.
Remember that psilocybin mushrooms are non-addictive and not toxic even when consumed in large amounts. Still, this shouldn’t stop you from respecting the substance and avoiding overconsumption.
A trip of this level might last slightly longer than usual, even up to 7-8 hours.
Level 5: Heroic Dose (5g+)
Heroic doses are not for first-time trippers. Most people will never need to go beyond level 3 since it’s usually enough to have a meaningful trip.
At this dosage, the effects of psilocybin mushrooms become very powerful and might completely transport you to another dimension. CEVs will be so intense that you might forget about the existence of the physical world around you.
A heroic dose is one of the most intense experiences a human can go through, and you should not take it lightly. If somebody reaches this dosage by accident, we recommend that they lay down on their side and wait for the effects to subside.
Tips and Tricks
Remember that you’re always in control over the direction of your psychedelic journey. You can decide to turn it into a positive or negative experience by having an open mind and respecting the substance at all times.
Your mushrooms dosage level will determine what kind of trip you’ll go on, but it ultimately comes down to your mindset and how you’re feeling on that particular day.
It is important to be aware that a high dosage can cause extremely intense and frightening hallucinogenic effects that most users will never need to deal with. That’s why we recommend staying within a comfortable level for you, if possible. If you’re going through a bad trip, it’s best not to fight the experience but rather let it come over you. Remember that in most cases, it will be over in a matter of hours.
We hope this article has been educational and will discourage inexperienced users from going above a certain dosage. We also want to remind you that this information is based on the average person’s reaction to psilocybin mushrooms, so keep in mind that each individual reacts differently.
As always, we recommend you do your research and be responsible for consuming the substances. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions or doubts about dosage levels.
If you’re ready to take a trip, head on over to our mushroom section and pick your poison!