Microdosing is the act of consuming a micro-amount of a psychedelic substance with the motive to improve one’s life in various aspects. Some benefits of microdosing include but are not limited to boosted creativity, cognitive function, well-being and heightened performance.
Those benefits sound pretty good, don’t they? But is it really that straightforward? Can you just take these tiny doses and get all that in return? Like most things, this practice is not black and white, meaning it is a bit tricky to get it right.
In this article, we will be going over how to find the perfect microdosing schedule for you, your lifestyle and your needs.
When we hear the word ‘schedule’ we often imagine a calendar with carefully pencilled in events that run off a pattern. While many microdosers follow a strict schedule, many do not.
To begin, let’s go over the typical schedule that is most widely used before we go over the other alternative ‘schedules’. Just remember that this practice benefits each individual very differently and a lot of the microdosing journey has to do with optimization.
Typical protocol for a microdosing schedule
The standard recommended schedule is 1 day on, two days off. It looks like this:
Day 1: Dose Day
Day 2: Day Off
Day 3: Day Off – Back to Baseline
This schedule is excellent for those looking for a more general and overall effect from their journey. Here are a few examples of who may benefit from this schedule.
- Microdosers looking to improve their mental health.
- Microdosers looking to minimize symptoms of anxiety and/or stress.
- Microdosers looking to boost their brain function.
- Microdosers looking to dissolve general brain fog and/or increase focus.
If you are someone who is experimenting with the above schedule, know that it is normal to take time off. You can still get a lot of positive results, even if you follow this protocol loosely. In some cases, microdosing can have a long-lasting positive effect.
In fact, it can be encouraged to take a break and see how you feel. A lot of the microdosing journey is about experimentation. When it comes to optimising your doses, it is important to play around with it and try different things to see what works best for you.
Alternative ways to microdose without a schedule
Let’s say you don’t really fancy following a schedule or find that it doesn’t align with your current lifestyle. That is totally fine, too!
The thing about this practice is that there are no one-size-fits-all aspects to it. Let’s look at a few specific examples and why a set schedule may not always work best.
If you are a creative person and you are a painter by trade. You microdose to boost your creativity, a full-on schedule may not be what you need.
If you have a one week on, one week off painting schedule and are only painting every other week, then you may only need to be dosing yourself every other week when you are working on said paintings.
Or, you may paint for 1 week a month, meaning it is only necessary for you to microdose during that time period!
As another example, a student who uses microdosing as a study tool may only find the need to microdose when they are studying for exam week.
When finding the right groove, it is important to assess why it is that you are microdosing and what you are hoping it get out of it.
REMEMBER: Your schedule or microdosing flow can be changing all the time. The only thing to strictly follow is how often you microdose. Make sure you avoid dosing yourself multiple days in a row. This is because we are not quite sure of the long-term effect of this practice and believe it to be a safe practice to give your brain and body 2 days to get back to baseline before your next dose day. Additionally, our bodies can build a tolerance to psychedelics. If you wait a few days between your doses, you are ensuring that you are getting the most out of every dose!
Time passes and things change
When I began microdosing, I did it to improve my mental health, which was suffering at the time. I microdosed alongside other positive changes I made in my life for 1.5 years.
By the time I hit the 1.5-year mark, I realised I had established many tools to tackle my mental health myself and only took microdoses when I entered busy periods at work or when I was experiencing a creative drought.
That being said, it is really important to keep an eye on where you are at, where you want to be and any adjustments that may suit your motives.
It is also good to remind yourself that microdosing is a tool, not a solution. It will not magically fix all of your problems for you.
Through my own experience and the journeys I have been on with other clients, I have learned that a collective approach is best and will provide you with some remarkable results.
The way our doses hit us is dependent on a long list of things. From your mind-state, to how much food you ate that day, to your dosage, to your surroundings, etc.
Our minds and bodies are endlessly unique, complex and have no choice but to adapt to each setting and situation. This is why I like to use the term ‘microdosing journey’ as it truly is a journey, to say the least.
Don’t be afraid to play around with everything and ride the wave. We go through countless cycles and phases in our life, so expect your microdoses and microdosing schedule to change as you grow as a person and enter each life cycle.
As always, happy dosing!