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It's no secret. Psychedelics are proving to be a major game changer for millions of people all over the world.

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MICRO DOSING 101: THE BASICS

Simply put, micro-dosing is the practice of taking a very small amount of a substance. While the term can be applied to the use of nearly any substance, mainstream use of the word typically refers to psychedelics and hallucinogens.

Psilocybin Mushrooms: Also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms, “psilocybin mushrooms” is actually a term that refers to any of the more than 180 species of fungi that contain psilocybin (or its derivative, psilocin), a naturally occurring psychedelic compound. Folks who prefer alternative health products take such a small amount of these substances that their hallucinogenic effects are virtually imperceptible. A typical protocol involves taking the small dose every three days for a period of one or two months. For psilocybin, it’s about 0.1g - 0.5g of dried, powdered mushrooms.

How does it work?

Much of what we understand about how psychedelics work involves serotonin.

A chemical that is among the brain's most important neurotransmitters. Serotonin affects everything we do, from how we feel to how we process the information it keeps our brains ticking. Psychedelics share a similar structure to serotonin and mimics the effects of the chemical.

Unlike common anti-depressants or SSRI's which mess with your natural production of serotonin. Psychedelics work by mimicking serotonin. One of the psilocybin's main effects is to stimulate a serotonin receptor called "5-HT2A" located in the prefrontal cortex, which leads to two important results: the production of "brain-derived neurotrophic factor" (BDNF) a protein that is like miracle-gro from your brain. BDNF stimulates growth, connections, and activity.  

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