Best Known Micro-Dosing Protocols
There are six basic micro-dosing protocols. There are several reasons why you might want to use a different schedule. We recommend that you keep a journal to track the effects.
When microdosing psilocybin, it's generally recommended to take breaks between cycles to prevent tolerance and maintain the efficacy of the experience. While specific time frames can vary based on the protocol and individual response, a common approach is to follow a cycle for several weeks, then take a break for a similar duration.
1. The Fadiman Micro-dosing Protocol
One of the most well-known protocols for micro-dosing is the ‘Fadiman protocol’. Its creator, James Fadiman, says that this protocol is primarily intended to help you to observe the effects of micro-dosing. It is a 3-day cycle, 1-day-on, 2-days-off, which you follow for 4 to 8 weeks.
Every 3rd Day for 4 to 8 weeks.
2. Two Fixed Days a Week Micro-dosing Protocol
Some people prefer a fixed scheme that matches your weekly work or social routine. If that’s your case, choose 2 fixed days in a week that fit your schedule best. Keep at least 1 day between dosing!
Every 3 to 4 days for 4 to 8 weeks.
3. Every Other Day Micro-dosing Protocol
Simply put, 1-day-on, 1-day-off for one month.
Every other day for at least 1 month.
4. Paul Stamets’ Microdosing Protocol
A 7-day cycle, 4-days-on, 3-days-off, which you follow for 2 to 4 weeks.
Stamets’ Stacking: According to Paul, the combination of psilocybin, niacin (vitamin B3), and Lion’s Mane medicinal mushroom have a positive, lasting effect on the brain. He calls the use of these three substances ‘stacking’.
The Stamets’ Stack combination is: Lion’s Mane, psilocybin, and Vitamin B3/ Niacin.
5. Intuitive Micro-dosing Protocol
Another way of micro-dosing is to do it entirely intuitively. Take one when you feel like it. The only rule being you always leave at least one day between the days you take a micro-dose.
6. ‘Nightcap’ Micro-dosing Protocol
The ‘Nightcap’ protocol can be used with any micro-dose protocol, with the only difference being that the micro-dose is consumed before going to bed. Some people experience fatigue while micro-dosing mushrooms during the day. To prevent that, they take their micro-dose before bedtime and enjoy a good night’s sleep. With the Nightcap it’s recommended to take the micro-dose at least an hour before going to bed. People who micro-dose according to this protocol indicate that their dreams are more vivid. They wake up more rested and brighter than before they started micro-dosing
A note from EDEN:
In summarizing the varied protocols for micro-dosing psilocybin mushrooms, it's important to recognize that results are highly subjective and can differ significantly from person to person. Micro-dosing, whether following the Fadiman protocol, the intuitive method, or the holistic Stamets’ Stack, requires a personal commitment to the process to achieve its full benefits. This commitment includes not only adhering to a chosen protocol but also maintaining a journal to meticulously track experiences and adjust dosages as necessary.
The potential benefits of micro-dosing psilocybin are wide-ranging, with many users reporting significant improvements in mood and personality. Commonly cited advantages include enhanced creativity, increased focus and concentration, and a greater sense of emotional balance. Users often experience reduced anxiety and depression symptoms, leading to an overall improved quality of life. The 'Nightcap' protocol specifically addresses the enhancement of sleep quality and dream vividness, adding another dimension to the potential benefits.
However, it's crucial to approach micro-dosing with an understanding that it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. The effectiveness of micro-dosing can be influenced by various factors including individual biochemistry, lifestyle, and the specific challenges or goals of the user. By committing to the process and tailoring it to individual needs, users can explore the full potential of micro-dosing in a safe and responsible manner.