I grew up in the 80s and 90s where the only kind of mushrooms that I knew of were the kind you ate. Mushroom’s were for cooking, they most certainly were not for expanding your mind, or helping you with depression or creativity. I tried smoking weed in high school but it always gave me instant anxiety. I assumed because my body disagreed with weed so much it would be the same with magic mushrooms or LSD so I never experimented with either of them. The thought of having a bad trip was not an appealing experience.

Fast forward 2o years and I found myself burned out form working in the creative industry for the last decade. My job was to be creative and think outside the box and I just didn’t have it anymore, was I finished at 35? Then I started to hear and read about the powers of microdosing psychedelics and in particular psilocybin. Could this be it? Could these magic mushrooms get me out of my creative slump and back to who I used to be? I did my research and found a producer of microdose pills that contained lions mane and niacin two substances that when combined help with cognition. Having never ordered magic mushrooms off the internet before I was skeptical but process was painless and my microdose capsules arrived within a few days.

This being my fist time with psychedelics I didn’t know what to expect. I decided to go with the Dr.Fadimans approach. Dr. Fadiman recommends taking one microdose every 3 days so as to prevent changes in tolerance over time. He says, “the first day you feel great. The second day you would feel half of that. And the third day you won’t feel anything.”

Week 1: Mon/Thu/Sun
Week 2: Wed/Sat
Week 3: Tue/Fri
Week 4: Mon/Thu/Sun

There is also the Workaholics microdose approach which is geared towards someone looking to test microdosing for improvements at work. The schedule is Monday – Friday, and leaves weekends for recovery. There is also the Balanced microdose approach with is every other day. I figured Dr.Fadimans approach was the one for me and off I started on my microdosing magic mushroom journey.

At first I didn’t notice anything but slowly I started to feel extra limber—of body, mind and spirit. Physically, that manifested as an extra spring in my step, and a carefree bounce as I moved around my office. I dealt with stressful situations better, and reacted well to other people’s ideas. My memory recall was firing on all cylinders, even shocking my one co-worker into asking was this because of the magic mushrooms? It most certainly was. I continued to microdose magic mushrooms for the next year and I can honestly say they got me out of my creative slump and have me a new perspective not only professional, but personally. It didn’t solve all of my life’s problems, but it definitely made the days easier and provided me with a new lease on life.

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By Lauren on March 4, 2022

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