Microdosing psilocybin mushrooms has gained popularity in recent years as a mental health and lifestyle trend that is said to boost focus, productivity, creativity, and moods. Microdosing involves taking a small percentage of what is needed to feel the psychedelic and hallucinogenic qualities of psilocybin. By consuming just a fraction of a recreational dose, users experience the subtle benefits of psilocybin without having to undergo an intense psychedelic trip. 

Understanding Microdosing 

While there are many definitions of microdosing, in general it is regarded as anywhere from 1/5th  to 1/20th of a standard dosage. For example, a medium-strength dose of psilocybin is approximately 2 to 3 grams of dried mushrooms, and a microdose could be around 0.3 grams. This small-scale amount is typically taken on a regular schedule to increase the effects of the drug. Additionally, microdosing is often accompanied by self-reflection, mindfulness practices, and lifestyle adjustments to maximize its benefits. 

The Benefits of Microdosing

Psilocybin itself is a naturally occurring psychoactive compound produced by more than 200 species of fungi. It works by activating serotonin receptors in the brain, affecting mood, cognition, and perception. While hallucinations are not always an effect of psilocybin, the drug generally distorts how people perceive things in their environment. When it comes to microdosing psilocybin, many have claimed to experience the following benefits:  

  • Increased Focus and Concentration: One of the first things microdosers claim to experience is an improvement in focus and concentration. Users often describe a heightened ability to engage in tasks with sustained attention and reduced distractions.
  • Heightened Creativity and Problem-Solving: Microdosing psilocybin has also been associated with enhanced creativity and problem-solving abilities. Many individuals report experiencing a greater flow of ideas, increased mental flexibility, and improved divergent thinking while microdosing.
  • Elevated Mood and Well-Being: Microdosing psilocybin has been linked to improvements in mood and overall well-being. Users often report increased feelings of positivity, reduced stress and anxiety, and enhanced emotional resilience. These mood-enhancing effects may be attributed to psilocybin’s interaction with serotonin receptors and its ability to promote neuroplasticity and emotional processing.

Current Research and Testing

Given the current illegality of psilocybin under American federal law, there is a lack of rigorous scientific studies specifically examining microdosing protocols and their effects. However, there is still research being done on the effects of psilocybin microdosing and its potential benefits for users. One study done by the National Institutes of Health found evidence that in the long-term, “microdosing led to improved mental health, altered attentional capacities (reduced mind wandering and increased absorption), and increased neuroticism”. This finding supports the anecdotal claim that microdosing psilocybin improves focus and concentration. This enhanced focus may stem from psilocybin’s impact on the brain’s serotonin system, which plays a crucial role in regulating attention and cognitive processes.


Similarly, another study published in Scientific Reports found that, “psilocybin microdosers demonstrate greater observed improvements in mood and mental health at one month relative to non-microdosing controls”. This indicates that microdosers experience greater improvements in emotional positivity and overall well-being compared to non-microdosers. In the future, further research is needed to explore the optimal dosage, frequency, and duration of microdosing.


Microdosing psilocybin has the potential to increase focus, creativity, and productivity for people around the world. While scientific evidence is still emerging and caution is warranted, the reports from microdosers are intriguing. As interest in microdosing grows, it is critical that we continue to pursue research to establish safe and effective protocols. By gaining a deeper understanding of psilocybin and its effects on the brain, we can potentially unlock the transformative potential of microdosing psilocybin in the pursuit of a more focused and productive life.

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