Achat champignon magique are no longer the stuff of hippies from the 70s. From white-collar business owners to vanlifers, people from all walks of life are now microdosing mushrooms, a practice that involves consuming small doses of the drug psilocybin to achieve mental and emotional well-being. A typical microdose is around a one-tenth of the usual recreational dosage and doesn’t cause hallucinations. It is thought to boost creativity and improve focus.
But there is little scientific research on the effects of psilocybin at these low doses and only anecdotal reports from self-experimenters. Some experts argue that the low dosages might not produce any psychological effects at all. But others say it might alleviate symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Some even suggest that it could be used to treat addictions and eating disorders.
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While there’s little hard data, people are buying into the idea. The moms CBC spoke with — many who wanted to use first names only because the mushroom product they take is illegal — swear it’s a lifesaver. They’ve formed a burgeoning movement with websites, support groups, and doctors who offer advice on how to do it right.
While microdosing is relatively safe, it’s important to follow a structured regimen and not overdo it. Using too much psilocybin can lead to cognitive and physical side effects such as nausea, headache, and fatigue. It can also cause anxiety and panic attacks, especially for those with a history of psychosis or severe psychiatric conditions.