Psilocybin to Quit Smoking

It’s not just a play on words; with the help of psilocybin, it’s reality.

Psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms is a natural chemical found in some wild mushrooms that used to get a bad rap for their recreational hallucinogenic usage back in the 50’s and 60’s. 

When taken in microdosing quantities (small doses) there are no psychedelic effects but the benefits are still welcomed! One of these benefits we are referring to is the wonderful researched and studied nixing of the addiction to cigarettes. 

Say bye-bye to that terrible habit. You know, the one that keeps you craving it every few hours, the pattern that causes cancer, the routine that makes your clothes smell, breath wreak and teeth yellow.  Shall we go on?

A bit unusual sounding, kicking a nicotine habit with magic mushrooms may sound eye-brow raising worthy, but … kid you not, clinical trials and new research presents psilocybin as an effective treatment for addiction. 

How Do Magic Mushrooms Treat Nicotine Addiction?

Psilocybin causes the brain to speak and interact with itself on a whole other level. It engages and wakes parts of the brain that are “sleeping”. “These brain changes lead to a sense of unity.” – Matthew Johnson (experimental psychologist at Johns Hopkins University)

Whatever you do, don’t chalk this up to hippy talk, Johns Hopkins University is a worldwide renowned pioneer in the medical space, so much so, that they have even recently implemented their own Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research!

Johnson explains how sections of the brain that don’t normally talk to each other communicate more and the parts that interact frequently with one another talk less while using psilocybin. 

David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London asserts that his studies revealed a disruption of negative feedback networks in the brain and by breaking those networks down, there is a chance they won’t reform. 

Addiction is a negative feedback and can be broken down. 

Psilocybin is Better Than the Nicotine Patch.  🡨 PROVE IT!

Challenge accepted. 

Johnson, has just recently conducted a larger research study (results are still coming in) regarding the comparison of psilocybin to the nicotine patch.

Over half of the subjects who took psilocybin are smoke-free after 1 year which is about twice as effective as the patch!

Do note: the study Johnson conducted administered a higher dosage of magic mushrooms to the patients coupled with therapy. 

A valid quote-worthy recognition is the perfect way to conclude. 

“Depression and addiction are major causes of death in our society, and it’s not getting better –it’s getting worse. I think there is a broader societal recognition that we need to be creative and not dismiss things because of arbitrary associations.” – Johnson

How to Microdose Psilocybin

Microdosing

Microdosing psilocybin includes a few different, yet important guidelines to refer to. Everyone is on their own journey; however, we suggest and offer helpful information upon your microdosing venture. 

Proper sourcing of the fungus, a couple different ways to microdose, and doses to take are included within this blog. Read on to learn how to microdose psilocybin. 

Proper Sourcing

First thing is first, source credible and pure psilocybin or (magic mushrooms). 

The importance of finding the most uninterrupted and natural mushroom form (preferably organic) to begin with is essential. This way the dosage and unobstructed pure mushroom entity will be ingested. 

Whether it’s doing your research and foraging for your own psilocybin mushrooms (pick wisely because the wrong mushroom could land you a bed in the hospital, or worse!) or it’s sourcing your mushrooms from a credible company or friend; knowing where your mushrooms come from are critical. 

Due to the fact these mushrooms are being ingested, the importance of their organic nature is quite heightened. Pesticides are dangerous and could interrupt the quality and benefits the untouched version possesses so be sure to do your due diligence. 

Ways to Microdose

There are a few different ways to ingest allocated microdoses of psilocybin. This could be in pure, whole mushroom form, powder form mixed in food or even steeped in tea or coffee.

Selecting the best way to microdose is completely up to you and what fits into your lifestyle or preferences.  

Popular microdosing ways include:

  • The chew and swallow method is just as simple as it sounds. This down the hatch method may appease some and not work for others due to the earthy and slightly bitter taste. 
  • Tea time anyone? Heat some hot water up (don’t boil it), chop up some mushrooms and toss em’ in. This magic tea will take 10-15 minutes to steep (letting the mushrooms rest in the water). 
  • Edibles can disguise the taste of psilocybin nearly completely. By adding crushed or ground up mushrooms into cooking, a sandwich, or any other culinary delight you wish may just be the most enjoyable way to ingest. Do note that adding them as a toping or after the “cooking” stage is the best option, as heat will break down the psilocybin components and effect the potency. 

Doses to Take

Microdose doses are recognized as small amounts, you know “micro” doses. These doses are typically 1/10th to 1/20th the recreational dose amounts. 

As you can imagine, microdosing is a very small amount and can range anywhere from .1 grams to .5 grams.

We suggest starting off small and adjusting as necessary. 

To measure out your desired dose amount, use a kitchen scale. 

Microdosing Psilocybin

Before you begin microdosing, do your research. Know and understand which drugs can counteract with this natural drug and do not take if those drugs are currently in your system.

It is also important to understand that in some cases, microdosing can effect an individual who has current medical disorders adversely.