Microdosing: Mental + Physical Benefits

When you think of psychedelics, bright colours, hallucinations, “tripping” and out of body experiences may come to mind. While this is definitely achievable with higher doses of psychedelics, microdosing, which involves taking very small amounts of psychedelics on an ongoing basis, has a much different effect on the mind and body.

Microdosing magic mushrooms, or psilocybin, is becoming more and more commonplace for those looking to elevate their mental health, focus, and to support a journey of overall well-being. We’ve partnered with Sero, a Canadian microdosing company that is on a mission to de-stigmatize the use of psychedelics and offers a variety of magic mushroom blends that some of our community members have been exploring and are really excited about.

All About Microdosing

Let’s first dive into the benefits of psilocybin in a microdosing capacity. Microdosing is the act of regularly consuming low, sub-hallucinogenic doses of a psychedelic.  Long term microdosing has been reported to improve mood, increase of energy, boost creativity, improve troubling or emotional menstrual periods, lead to healthier choices (including nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle habits), improve focus, reduce anxiety and stress (to only scratch the surface). There is new and evolving research being explored all the time which continue to support the magic in this plant medicine.

The feeling of microdosing is described as subtle, yet noticeable. Really, microdosing should simply help shift you into the zone of “I feel like me, but on a great day”.  It offers a gentle elevation of your state. It’s common for people who microdose to report the following on dose days: music sounds better, they’re more empathetic, more energetic, they pause to think before they speak, they’re more aware of their surroundings (especially nature), their focus feels sharper and they are able to stay on-track with ease. On your non-dose days, many microdosers report experiencing an afterglow the day immediately after a dose day. The introspective effects in particular tend to draw out into the next day.  

Intention Setting

Before entering into a microdosing protocol it is important you understand why you are doing it in the first place. Is it to be more present?  Improve your mood or memory?  Feel happier?  Have better focus?  Support your workouts?  The reasons why will be deeply personal to your individual experience.  Once you find your intention, remind yourself of it daily (we like to write it on a sticky note and hang this somewhere we look at often). A helpful tool to create an optimal microdosing experience is journaling.  This will help you document the effects you were intending to feel, and the ones that may surprise you. This will also allow you to notice the different effects on dose days and non-dose days. 

Microdosing + Movement

​​Most people microdose to support their mental health, heal their brain, promote creativity, and improve their memory and focus. However, microdosing psilocybin can also support physical performance and recovery. So much so, that taking a small amount of magic mushrooms is quietly becoming a big fitness trend. 

Sero offers a blend, Boomerang, that is designed to elevate a movement practice – something that really landed with us here at TurF as we love our sweaty pursuits. When microdosing for physical performance, you should look to dose 30-60 minutes prior to your session, up to five times per week, to experience an elevated mood, sharpened senses, and psycho-energetic boost. These benefits support performance by the means of added endurance, motivation, mental stamina, and enhance recovery through antioxidant support. You can learn more about Boomerang, its formula, and supporting studies here.

Most people start their microdosing journey with 125 mg, which can be stacked or blended with Sero’s other formulas like Lite Brite for creativity and mood, Connect Four for neurogenesis and supporting new ways of thinking, or View Master for focus and productivity. If you’re curious about how magic mushrooms might interact with a medication, you can check out this helpful list.

Sero is offering the TurF community a discount on all of their microdosing formulas to explore the magic of microdosing. We’re personally excited about Boomerang and how it can elevate a studio class, hike or run, but also encourage something focused on reducing anxiety or improving focus if that resonates more with your goals. Use code serolovesturf at checkout on the Sero website to redeem. You can follow Sero on Instagram for more microdosing education and discussion at go.sero.