Updated: Sep 15
In this guide, I am going to share everything you need to know to get started & succeed at Microdosing.
Intro - My Microdosing Story…
(How to avoid the mistakes that I made)
I remember the first time I took a microdose. I held the little gel capsule in the center of my palm, I held it to my chest, and took a deep breath.
My heart was pounding in my chest like someone was knocking on my front door! My stomach was churning, like a million little ants were crawling around…
I was anxious. Really anxious…
Like the kind of anxiety that consumes your whole body as if a poison has entered your bloodstream…
The thing is, I was not anxious about microdosing. For years, I had been working with many types of plant medicine in ceremonial settings.
The idea of psychedelics was not a new or scary concept… Especially in the form of a “micro” dose…
So why was I so anxious…?
At the time, I actually had no idea. I had struggled with daily anxiety for the better part of 10 years…
And by daily anxiety, I mean daily panic attacks… Multiple times a day!
When I look back at that time in my life, I have clarity around why I was so anxious…
It is actually very simple. I had a lifetime of suppressed emotions - Grief, sadness & anger.
At that time though I was lost in the dark, and I finally faced the fact that this was not going to magically disappear.
I wanted to live a “normal” life… Whatever that means…
That is what drew me to microdosing… It was a natural way to overcome this debilitating suffering.
And it helped me in tremendous ways.
In the first week, I noticed improvements. My anxiety decreased, I was able to focus and it was easier to stay present.
I finally started to feel “myself” again.
So I started to microdose everyday. Things went great for about 6 weeks!
And then I spiraled into a dark place… A “healing crisis”.
At the time it was horrible --
My anxiety came back and it was even worse than before. My mind was filled with negativity, and old addictive patterns surfaced.
In the end, it was a blessing in disguise because it led me deeper on my path of healing & awakening.
That being said, since then I have found ways to microdose that avoid the mess I went through…
Which is what this document is all about. I want you to skip the pain I experienced… Or at least minimize it.
1. Without An Intention, You will be lost in the dark
When I began microdosing, my intention was something like, “I don’t want to feel anxiety”... This was a very ineffective intention.
The truth is, my heart’s intention was something like, “I want to experience joy, peace & freedom”...
That was not what I was focusing on every day though. I was focusing on the negative - aka “not feeling anxiety”...
That was a poor intention, and if I could go back in time I would choose something very different…
This is something I always work with my 1:1 clients with… Creating a good, foundational intention. So let’s do the same for you.
With intentions, we always want to focus on the positive…
If you were free from anxiety, depression or whatever it is that is painful in your current situation…
What would your dream life be like?
Focus on that, keep it simple, and write it down in 1 or 2 sentences.
For example… “My intention is to feel deeper levels of joy, peace & freedom” is a great intention.
Try to avoid using “want”. It is better to speak it as a present moment statement, rather than “wanting” something off in the future... Ground it in the now.
If you would like, take it a step further…
Use the power of your mind to manifest this. I know that may sound crazy, but it works!!
To Manifest your intention, every time you microdose do this:
Feel your intention in your body,
Visualize your intention in your mind
Know your intention to be true in your heart
Willfully speak your intention out loud, and into existence
2. Why It is crucial to find your Sweet Spot
(and how to do it properly)
I remember my first 6 weeks of microdosing, I just had a big bag of mushrooms. I would take a random amount and eat it raw, or blend it with some cacao.
Some days I would dose 2 or 3 times… And I was not taking breaks.
By the end of the 6 weeks, I was in a confused place mentally and emotionally…
I remember one day I was trying to do some journaling… I looked up and stared at the wall in deep thought… And the wall started moving!!!
At that point, I realized I had gone beyond microdosing, and I needed to reassess my situation…
This is why it is so important to set a clear schedule, and find your sweet spot.
Microdosing has proven to be very safe and effective. What I was doing was not microdosing, and this is not a safe or effective long term protocol.
My suggestion for a starting dose is to choose between 50mg, 100mg & 200mg daily…
To put this in perspective, a psychedelic dose is anywhere from 2500mg up to 5000mg!!
Here is my general guideline for finding your sweet spot:
If you’re nervous about starting, or you know that you are a highly sensitive person… Start with 50mg.
If you feel confident about microdosing and/or you have experience with mind altering substances, start with 100mg.
If you are taking anti-depressants, smoke a large amount of marijuana or you know yourself to have a high tolerance to substances, then start with 200mg.
Please note: If you are taking any kind of medication, please consult with your Doctor first. This is not medical advice. Also, these are very general guidelines. There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach, so please use your own discernment.
What your perfect dose, or “sweet spot” should feel like…
In the morning I take my microdose with some coffee, I sit and meditate for a few minutes and then I get started on my day. Everything is “business as usual” and I go through my day as normal. I’m fairly busy living my life and so I forget that I even took a microdose...!
Then at some point through out my day, the thought floats into my mind… “Wow! This is a really good day. I feel better than I have for a long time…” Then I suddenly remember… “Oh yah! I took that microdose this morning…”
So your sweet spot should feel subtle and in the back ground… people often report:
Increased creativity and focus
Colors, sounds and sensations heightened - The world appears and feels “brighter”
Increase in mood and energy
Decrease in anger, depression, and anxiety
Deeper connection to self, nature and other people
3. How Often you Should (& Shouldn’t) be Microdosing
Your schedule is how often you are going to microdose for… There are various protocols you can choose from. These include:
5 days on, 2 days off
4 days on, 3 days off
1 day on, 2 days off
Microdosing every other day
Notice how every option includes days off. This is very important!
Don’t make the same mistake I did… I overloaded my system and built a tolerance too quickly. If I had taken days off every week, I would not have spiraled into a dark healing crisis.
The days off from microdosing will allow you time to reflect, integrate and prevent building a tolerance.
Our favorite (And recommended) schedule is 5 days on, 2 days off. We like this schedule because it is integrated into your daily life, which is how you will effectively transform your way of being. It also fits into a 7 day calendar so it is easy to keep track of your days on, and days off of microdosing.
Whatever consistency you choose, be disciplined and stick to that… At least to begin with…
You will create a deeper connection with the mushrooms and your microdosing routine.
Once you have finished your first duration (let’s say 3 months), you may choose to microdose on a more intuitive basis.
We suggest microdosing for a 3 month period, or at least a minimum of 6 weeks, to start seeing lasting improvements.
4. The Journaling Practice that Changes Lives…
(Even if you’re not microdosing)
I will be honest with you… I don’t enjoy journaling. I know it’s beneficial, it just doesn’t excite & motivate me…
So in my natural curiosity, I have discovered a method that works well for me. Even though I have lackluster attitude towards journaling…
It just so happens that this method is very effective for your mental health.
So whether you are “anti” journaling like me, or you love your daily journaling practice…
I highly encourage you to implement this technique during your microdosing protocol. It only takes 15 minutes per day.
This method is from a book called The Third Door by Alex Banayan.
The 30 Day Challenge by Alex Banayan
For this challenge, I want you to make it feel Sacred. Buy a special notebook, and commit to this practice. What you get out is what you put in.
The method is simple. Pick a time over the next 30 days that you can devote 15 minutes to that is consistent. Like first thing in the morning, after breakfast, when you get home from work, before you go to bed, etc…
This is important. It’s like brushing your teeth. You do it in the morning and at night without fail, you do not need to “think” about it (at least I hope you do… if not add that to the to-do list!).
Remove ALL distractions, then you will answer these 3 questions everyday:
What filled me with enthusiasm today?
What drained me of energy today?
What did I learn about myself today?
This is like going to the gym. It is about doing it everyday without fail. It is a 30 day challenge for a reason.
After 30 days, do a “graduation ceremony”. Set aside 1 hour of sacred time to reflect on the last 30 days answers. Look at them objectively. Then answer these questions:
What filled me with enthusiasm this month?
What drained me of energy this month?
What do I learn about myself this month?
Rinse and repeat for as long as you’re microdosing. This is an extremely powerful and enlightening journaling technique.
5. Why a Spiritual Practice will do more for you than any Microdose…
I can not stress this enough…
The single most impactful choice I have made for my well being is a spiritual practice.
For me this is a combination of meditation, prayer and time in nature…
Here is an interesting thought...
Every single culture has some form of spirituality/religion, prayer & meditation. Except our modern capitalistic culture of course...
It is part of humanity. It is part of being human…
Without a connection to the Divine, and a daily practice of meditation & prayer, we are not a whole human being. And this is why we are in a mental health crisis.
Spiritual practice can come in many forms… So do what feels right for your heart & soul. The most important thing is to take action everyday!
Here are some of my favorite practices:
Breathing practices - Especially box breathing & conscious connected breath
Smile Mudra / Inner Smile
Mindful time in Nature
Sitting and observing Nature
Watching the Sunrise & Sunset
Mantra, Kirtan & Chanting
Prayer for yourself & loved ones
As you can see there are many options, so get creative!
Invite the Divine into your day.
6. Why Praying to God/Creator/Universe AND to the Spirit of the Mushrooms unlocks the hidden power of this medicine…
For most of my life I thought prayer was for church, and I naturally thought it was “not for me”... Until I spent time with various indigenous teachers & elders.
This is when I learned that prayer is simply communing with the Divine (God/Creator/Spirit) and the Natural world (Mother Earth).
We all have this power of communication. Prayer has brought immense benefit into my life. When we include the higher power of God and the Earth into our day, we begin to experience deeper levels of healing…
Here’s the cool thing… Mushrooms have a spirit too. This spirit is what heals people… So TALK to your microdoses… Include them in your prayers.
Seriously… Try it for 30 days and you will know what I am talking about.
I also want to give you a prayer “hack”... Prayer is a technology for bring the spiritual / mental into the physical…
What we pray, speak and think becomes our reality. So it is good to know “how to pray”...
For many years I prayed for way too much and my life was constantly in chaos. I was always asking for help and healing and transformation…
There’s an old saying… “Never pray for patience”... Because god will give you all the situations you need to learn patience.
Instead… Pray to UNDERSTAND patience…
So when you include prayer with your microdosing intention, try doing it like this…
“God / Creator / Mother Earth / Mushroom Spirit… My name is _____________. Please help me to understand (Insert your intention here… I.E. Joy, Peace, Love, etc…).”
This simple prayer yields incredible results, especially over the course of 30 days.
7) You Will Not Heal Alone.
(Here’s why you will Need help along this path…)
Microdosing and Mushrooms are amplifiers… They help to amplify our self awareness.
After supporting many people on their microdosing journey, and going through my own healing... I have found that this amplification of self awareness is the key to why mushrooms can help so many people, in such a diverse way.
Here’s the thing about self awareness… It is our True Self. It is the neutral observer that is free from emotional attachments, pain & suffering.
In a way it is the “enlightened” part of us…
So through making a connection to this part of yourself, you can begin to untangle from depression, anxiety, trauma & darkness.
That being said, once we find this place of Truth… We need to know WHAT to do with it…
My story is a great example…
I microdosed for 6 weeks and then went through a healing crisis.
It brought up a ton of my shadows, darkness, and trauma to the surface. It basically brought me straight to the “root” of my anxiety…
This was overwhelming for me…
I could only sit in “awareness” of it for so long… And then I needed help!
That’s when I met the teachers & healers that helped me clear myself from the pain and suffering. So I could live a life of Joy, Connection & service…
Microdosing is a journey of healing, and healing is not an “isolated” event…
We can not heal alone.
We need help…
So please, if you are microdosing make sure you have support, ideally from a mentor or healer. Someone that understands this medicine, and can help you heal from the inside out…
At the very least find a friend, family, or community who can support you.
Would You Like Additional Support...?
If you need support with your journey of healing and awakening, I would love to explore working together.
What I offer is one of MANY options. There is an abundance of skilled healers, teachers & guides in this world. I encourage you to follow your heart & your intuition when it comes to finding guidance and healing. It is important to use discernment.
Even if you do not choose to work with me, I know of several amazing individuals who may be able to offer you support. I am happy to help you find someone that will meet your current needs.
1:1 & Group Mentorships
I have dedicated my life to help people to move through darkness and to find joy, connection & purpose. We do this through creating a lasting relationship with God/Creator & The Mother Earth.
I am currently offering Group Mentorship and 1:1 mentorship. This is deep dive work for those that want to truly transform their lives!
[This can be done with or without microdoses. Many of the people I work with do not microdose.]
Over the last 10+ years, Robbie has been on a journey of healing, awakening and transformation. After losing his father from Cancer as a teenager, he became sick. This sickness was on all levels - emotional, mental, physical & spiritual. He found healing through plant medicine, ceremony, meditation, diet, & energy work. Robbie has gone from a life of darkness, depression & anxiety, to living a life of joy, connection & service. He now offers coaching, mentorship, & energy work to support others. Microdosing is one of the many tools he uses for healing.