Erowid once said: “Determining the correct dose can be the difference between a positive and negative experience. A low dose can cause irritation and can be uncomfortable. A too high dose can be frightening and potentially dangerous. Each individual reacts differently to various substances and dosages: Finding the appropriate amount that works for you is the trick.
Moreover, some people do well once a slightly higher dose than others. There is nothing wrong with that as long as they are determined with responsibility. Of course, lower doses are cheaper, safer and there is less chance that the experience overwhelms you. A lower dose is always more suitable for public or if you still want to communicate well with others in any way whatsoever. Higher dosages are generally more intense, and there is less chance of an under-response or no response. Many people prefer a higher dose because they have a ‘discovery level’ they want to achieve. It’s best to do this in a safe environment where you can immediately sit or lie down when it seems appropriate.
When choosing the dose, think about where you want to go during your trip, what state of mind you would like to achieve and what kind of experience you are looking for. Body weight, health, gender and medications you take can all affect the intensity of the effect, as well as what, when and how much you’ve eaten that day.
The average oral dose for adults, according to Hoffmann, is about 4-8 mg of psilocybin. So you can estimate what an appropriate dose is by checking the graphs in scientific literature. The amount for “% dry weight” is the same as the number of centigrams per gram, so you can multiply the amount of grams of shrooms by ten to find out. Here’s an easy to use dosage schedule for magic mushrooms:
- 05-10 grams for a light trip for starters,
- 10-25 grams for a medium trip,
- 25-60 grams for a trip to the highest level for true psychonauts.
Unfortunately, there is no reliable way to measure the weight of fresh mushrooms to dry. They contain about 90% water (10 grams moist = 1 gram dry), but the ratio for each species is slightly different.
If you are going to trip for the first time we recommend you to use 5-10 grams of fresh mushrooms or truffles or no more than 1-2 grams of dried
Also you can start using a milder kind of magic truffles for the first time like the Psilocybe mexicana for example. When you start with the Psilocybe
hollandia, we recommend to take half a portion. However, it’s all up to your common sense and your experience with magic truffles and shrooms or other psychedelics.
Terence McKenna (1946-2000 RIP) has always recommended what he famously calls “the heroic dose.” Chew five grams of dried mushrooms, lie down in darkness and silence, and you’ll realize “every man can be a Magellan (navigator) in his own mind.” However, I think that’s only for real psychonauts, like he was.
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