Microdosing Mescaline .Psychedelic microdosing involves taking doses of psychoactive drugs so small you won’t feel their effects. Instead of launching yourself into a full-blown psychedelic experience, the purpose is to produce small cognitive changes that can help with day-to-day life.
The typical definition boils down to around 10% of a psychoactive dose.
Most people microdose every few days for several weeks or months. It works best with other lifestyle changes that improve one’s daily habits.
What Are the Benefits of Microdosing?
Microdosing mescaline offers similar benefits to LSD and magic mushrooms. People most commonly microdose for the following reasons:
- Boost creativity
- Facilitate productive flow states
- Improve mood
- Bolster empathy and connection with others
- Achieve deeper states of meditation and self-awareness
- Establish new habits and cognitive patterns
However, is the practice effective? There’s no science to back it up yet, but plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests it is.
A recent study in the Harm Reduction Journal sought to figure out why people took microdoses of psychedelics like mescaline.
In this study, 278 respondents taking a variety of psychedelics responded to a survey with their personal testimony. These questions regarded the topic of what microdosing helps them with — in their opinion.
The following list is the response of these participants. It’s important to keep in mind that this is not a scientific evaluation but, rather, a self-reported benefit of the microdose experience.
While readers should not consider this proof of effectiveness per se, these are the perceived benefits that proponents of microdosing claim to experience :
- Improved Mood — 26%
- Better Focus — 14.8%
- Higher Levels of Creativity — 12.9%
- Improvements in “Self-Efficacy” — 11.3% (note: this refers to things like improving your motivation and ambition as well as how productive or “effective” your actions are.)
- Increased Energy — 10.5%
- Better Sociability — 7.6%
- Higher Cognitive Ability — 5.8%
- Reduction in Anxiety — 4.2%
- Visual / Physiological Enhancement — 3%
- Other Benefits — 2.2%
- Reduction of Other Symptoms — 1.1%
Some seek out microdosing as a possible treatment for their attention, depression, and anxiety disorders. While there have been some anecdotal reports of success with this, it’s vital to never attempt this on your own.
Never give up or change your medication without the express permission of your physician or therapist.
If you’re microdosing correctly, you shouldn’t be feeling much of anything. Microdosing is mostly characterized by a lack of anxiety, a general sense of clarity, and a smoother overall demeanor.
If you’re “feeling” the effects, you’ve likely taken more than a microdose!
People generally feel calmer when microdosing and have an increased interest in life’s activities, more energy, and a more sociable attitude.
Dosage: How Much Mescaline to Take For a Microdose
There are several different forms of mescaline — each one requires some changes in dosing. Since it naturally occurs in many kinds of cacti, it can be as easy as eating a little bit of a cactus every day — though, be warned, the taste is not something you’ll grow to love.
Below is a breakdown of some of the different types of mescaline out there and what it means to use them for a microdose.
Mescaline Dosage Chart: Microdosing
|San Pedro (Huachuma)
Microdose levels: 10–40 milligrams
Mescaline isolate is one of the easiest ways to consume your mescaline microdose. This consists of small amounts of powder that you can easily put into a shot glass and shoot back with water or juice.
Some also like the isolate because they can add it to their morning cup of coffee or smoothie.
You can also make mescaline microdose capsules using raw isolate powder.
If you’re using this form of mescaline, test a sample of the powder with a test kit to ensure it’s safe and pure.
Microdose Levels (dried): 1–2 grams
San Pedro grows very fast, but its mescaline content is much more comparable to peyote than Peruvian Torch. San Pedro is legal to buy, own, and grow, though it’s still technically illegal to consume — these facts make it a popular option.
The mescaline content is lower than peyote — you’ll need to take about twice as much to get the same effects. In the case of microdoses, this isn’t much of a problem.
You can take san pedro cactus powder by filling it into capsules (you’ll need about 2 or 3 standard 00 capsules for a single 1–2 gram dose) or mixing the bitter powder with some water or juice.
Microdose Levels (dried): 1 gram
Peyote is by far the most popular mescaline-containing cacti. While concentrations vary from cactus to cactus, peyote is much stronger than the other options by volume.
That popularity is a double-edged sword, however. As more people find interest in mescaline and turn to peyote, it is at risk of endangerment. For this reason — and because it’s illegal to buy or own — we recommend either the isolate or san pedro cactus as your source of mescaline instead.
You can take peyote by eating small chunks of the dried buttons or mixing the powder into water or juice.
Be warned: none of these cacti taste very good; you’ll want to chase the taste back with something.
Microdose Levels (dried): 5–15 grams
Many love this cactus for its ability to grow fast, but it also contains the least amount of mescaline compared to the other options, so you’ll have to consume more.
That said, this is a legal cactus to own and grow, but it’s still illegal to consume or extract it. Regardless, this cactus is easy to get your hands on in most parts of the world.
You may even find this cactus at a local Home Depot or garden shop!