Society’s New Obsession with Magic Mushrooms
Picture it: Soft, ambient lighting, a super comfy sofa and vibrant art hanging on the walls. To the average person, it simply like your typical Insta influencer’s #minimalliving post, but it’s actually so much more.
This is the inside of a research laboratory that’s designed to exude peace and comfort. So, as the patient lies on the patient wearing headphones and sunglasses, soul-soothing tunes play softly in the background.
With trained medical staff present, much of the session is spent in quiet introspection. What appears to be psychotherapy is actually psilocybin therapy is now in session.
Psilocybin, a psychedelic, is the active ingredient found in shrooms. And even though it’s about 100 times less powerful than LSD, it can still bring about euphoria, a feeling of altered time and space and mystical experiences.
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
But unlike marijuana, which received an enormous amount of attention for its ability to potentially treat PTSD, anxiety and depression, psilocybin doesn’t have the same cultural status.
It’s still thought of as a remnant of acid trips from the 1960s where users under the influence did nothing more than take a magic carpet ride, at least they did in their minds.
However, truth be told: Psilocybin also possesses a variety, medically backed benefits.
Microdosing of psilocybin has now come full circle; so much so that in addition to major medical research centers wanting to understand how it can treat both mental health issues and serious medical concerns, it’s now being embraced by celebrities and other notable figures.
But before we divulge who’s microdosing, let’s take a trip back in time.
History of Magic Mushrooms
You likely know shrooms as the hippie drug popularized throughout the 60s and 70s. While our generation took ecstasy at Coachella, our grandparents got high at Woodstock and spread peace, love and LSD in the back of their Volkswagens.
However, after being classified as a Schedule 1 substance, the use of shrooms went largely underground. Flash forward to now, and you’ll find not only celebrities who use magic mushrooms in microdoses, but also medical experts who believe both micro and microdosing could be the key to treating a variety of mental health conditions, like anxiety, depression and PTSD.
And now that California and Denver have decriminalized possession, mushroom advocates are coming together to spread the word about this powerful hallucinogenic. They’re even making movies and tv shows about magic mushrooms.
But not for the reason you might think.
Not everyone who stands behind the magic mushroom trend wants to sit around thinking they’re having an out-of-body experience. As much as we’d appreciate one of those during our morning Zoom meetings, it’s also pretty great to keep your feet on the ground and not feel like you’re about to peak in the astral plane.
It turns out when you aren’t wrestling with constant waves of anxiety and depression, real life is pretty dope, too.
That’s what microdosers are after: A full life free from the anxiety and sadness that gets in the way of living how they truly want.
When you think of someone who does shrooms, the stereotypical image of a bell-bottom-clad, tasseled-suede-vested hippie can be hard to shake. But in reality, microdosers are regular people who may or may not appreciate thrifted 70s’ attire as much as the rest of us.
In fact, there are even plenty of celebrities who have tried magic mushrooms. Some have pretty wild trips, but others are regular users who recognize the potential mental health value of our favorite fungi.
Kristen Bell became a fan of microdosing after learning about its ability to treat depression.
Dennis Hopper used it to expand his imagination while Susan Sarandon, best known for her role in Thelma and Louise, has dabbled in dosing, though she does prefer to stay in touch with the great outdoors and doses when she’s outside.
Now, we’re not saying everyone should run out and start using magic mushrooms. However, there’s now plenty of scientifically backed data that supports its efficacy in certain situations.
The new generation of psychonauts, you know, those savvy psychedelic travelers looking to explore new terrain in microdoses, are just like you and me.
In fact, there’s such a buzz around psychedelics that movies about magic mushrooms have opened our eyes about this promising field of research.
For example, The Mind Explained, Psychedelics, narrated by Emma Stone, highlights how psychedelics can ease health-related anxiety, help with smoking cessation and provide relief in cases of treatment-resistant depression.
In addition to intriguing documentaries, we also think research-based evidence is important.
That brings us to our next point.
A 2020 study at John Hopkins Hospital demonstrated that psychedelic treatment helped alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and major depression.
In addition, the study also showed that two doses of psilocybin improved depressive symptoms in patients who suffered from major depressive disorder for at least 30 days or more.
Final study results revealed that microdoses were four times more effective than treatment with traditional antidepressant medication, like Lexapro or Effexor.
Additionally, the study found that microdosing provided a better end result when compared with higher dosing. The gradual introduction of psilocybin was well tolerated and has fewer side effects.
So, what’s all this mean?
Let’s start by saying magic mushrooms aren’t a cure-all for everything. The key is proper integration and learning how to incorporate psychedelics into your life. Whether you choose to learn how to meditate or practice mindfulness, it’s all about finding the right balance.
There’s also absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel a little more pep in your step while perfecting your daily flow.
The FDA has deemed MDMA and psilocybin to be “breakthrough” designations, which means they can now be studied a clinical setting after showing promising results in patients with mental health conditions.
Microdosing is now likely to become less taboo and more mainstream, especially in the treatment of anxiety and depression.
The key to microdosing is the actual dosage, as well as its timing. You also need to discuss with your doctor and make sure it’s okay for you to try.
Once cleared, we suggest trying a small dose, such as 100 mg of our Schedule35 blend. If you’re in therapy, talk about microdosing and how it can help your progress. As always, you can reach out to us with any questions about our products, too