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5 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Psilocybin and Psychiatry – A Look at How Far We’ve Come and Where We’re Going
Psilocybin throughout history has taken on a few different connotations – from spiritual to harmful and finally to where we are today, an image of hope for treating mental and mood disorders In recent years, studies on psychedelics and the new role that they can play in the psychiatric field, have increased tremendously. Studies on medicinal psilocybin mushrooms have spiked in recent years For example, The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is a multimillion-dollar research group, created by Dr. Doblin, that employs 130 neuroscientists, pharmacologists, is working vigorously to lay the groundwork for what experts call the up and coming “psychedelic revolution”. The growing interest that scientists and mental health professionals have in substances like psilocybin mushrooms, is giving new hope to the millions of people around the world today that suffer from mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Universities and nations across numerous countries have set up psychedelic research centers, where investors are putting millions of dollars into medicinal psilocybin start-ups and studies. This flood of scientific evidence has lead Canada and the United States to begin to loosen their strict anti psychedelic drug policies. The science behind why medical professionals are welcoming a psilocybin mushroom revolution Today, many of the most common treatments for depression, involve pharmaceuticals that often bring heavy and unpleasant side effects. While in contrast, microdosing psilocybin mushrooms are not addictive and cause no organ damage in even high doses, according to numerous different studies. And when it comes to effectiveness, the results don’t lie. For example, in November 2020, a study showed that 71% of people that were suffering from major depressive disorders saw a more than 50% decrease in symptoms, after just four weeks of taking psilocybin mushrooms. And to top that off, half of the participants even enter remission. This new evidence and support from modern-day psychiatry are helping to create a massive shift in our collective view on psychedelics’ effect on the brain – In sharp contrast to what our view used to be, just decades ago. Psychiatry and psychedelics’ relationship in the past Going back to before the American “war on drugs” scientists like William Richards at the Maryland Psychiatric Research, were on the verge of revolutionizing the way that we treat alcoholism and anxiety. Science was proving that entheogens (psychoactive substances) were extremely therapeutic and have been for nearly all of human existence. But moving on past the 1960s, people began to associate “spiritual” drugs with the counterculture movement and the use of psilocybin quickly turned political, rendering all funds for research, obsolete. In the 1990s however, researchers began exploring again, how psychedelics affect human biology. Through the use of neuroimaging techniques both before and after volunteers used the drugs. The studies showcased how psilocybin acts on receptors for serotonin, which is a known neurotransmitter that greatly affects mood. Present-day Today studies on the use of psilocybin for the treatment of depression, anxiety, treating addiction, and general spiritual exploration, are being heavily funded by private institutions around the world. Millions of dollars are currently being spent on this promising new frontier, bringing hope not only to the patients that could greatly benefit but also to the mental health professionals who want nothing more than to see their patients improve. The future – microdosing Canada and the raise of the medicinal mushroom dispensary Several countries around the globe have hinted at the complete legalization of psilocybin mushrooms and medicinal mushroom dispensaries, painting a bright future for the use of psychedelics in medicine. Highly respected institutions such as John Hopkins University, the Icahn School of Medicine, and the University of Califo...
5 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Mushroom Capsules With Your Morning Coffee? - What It’s Like to Microdose Before Work
Adding a microdose of psilocybin to your morning routine by consuming mushroom capsules might sound reckless to some, but those that have experienced the effects that microdosing has on the body and mind, say otherwise. Every Monday morning, Sam, a 28-year-old professional working in the tech industry and living in Santa Barbara California, wakes up and gets ready for the day before him. He reads the news, enjoys an everything bagel, gulps down a cup of coffee, and finally, swallows a small capsule, containing 10 mg of psilocybin mushrooms. Commonly known as microdosing. What is microdosing? Microdosing is “the action or practice of taking or administering very small amounts of a drug in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable side effects.” With the assistance of a mental health care professional and an in-depth microdosing guide, people can slowly start adapting a microdosing routine into their everyday lives, just as Sam from Santa Barbara has. Of course, how much and how often will depend on what your psychiatrist thinks is best. But once a person finds the right amount for them to function without fogging their mind or any side effects that come with overdoing it, incorporating psilocybin mushrooms into a daily routine is said to be seamless. And the part is, those that have done it, claim that microdosing mushroom capsules don’t come with any of the harsh side effects that, say, antidepressants come with. The amount of people that have underlying depression, anxiety, and lack of mental sharpness on a day-to-day basis, seems to always be increasing. Microdosing can help people that suffer from any degree of these illnesses. What drive people to take mushroom capsules before going to work We asked Sam why he felt like he needed to take medicinal mushroom capsules before work. “The increase of empathy and mental clarity that microdosing psilocybin brings me, has changed my life,” says Sam. Going on to explain that when the workday gets stressful, he is able to work through problems with a calm mind, and a greater ability to hear other peoples’ points of view when handling the occasional workplace dispute. And Sam is not alone in using psilocybin as a performance enhancer at work. More and more people are reportedly microdosing, on the job, and off, as they claim it boosts creativity, empathy, concentration and apparently helps people feel more present. Naturally, different kinds of jobs would require different kinds of mindsets, but generally, a “good employee” should be productive, be able to think outside the box, and should also be able to communicate comfortably and clearly with co-workers. When you take a look at the personal testimonies of people that claim to microdose on a daily basis, it’s no mystery as to why. It appears that psilocybin, for many people at least, helps people fill the roles they are expected to play at the workplace. Microdosing Canada offers a hopeful new future treatment As more and more scientific evidence of the benefits that psilocybin mushrooms can bring comes forth, a sense of hope and excitement is swelling. The concept of less harsh treatments for things like depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD is something that millions of people in Canada alone could benefit tremendously from. Traditional treatments for these conditions can make day-to-day life difficult. Even for people with varying levels of mood disorders, things like work performance, family life, and personal relationships can be difficult to maintain. But can psilocybin mushrooms really help everyone? Are mushroom capsules safe for everyone? In the past few years, a plethora of new evidence from scientific studies has come forth, showcasing the potential that psilocybin mushrooms could have on the psychiatric field, and revolutionize the way we treat mental illness. But to say that mushroom capsules are safe for everyone, would be a reach. Each person is different, and c...
5 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Psychedelics vs Cannabis – Why Psilocybin is Winning Canadian Investor Interest
After its decriminalization in many parts of the world, cannabis has been a popular investment among financial markets, but experts agree that cannabis’s time in the spotlight is coming to an end, making way for the psilocybin industry’s ride to stardom. Thanks to decades of heavy research and countless studies, psilocybin (commonly refered to as “shrooms” or “magic mushrooms”) have finally entered society’s collective consciousness as a medicinal substance that has the power to improve people’s lives, effectively shedding its negative persona as being taboo and dangerous. Canada sees a spike in scientific interest in psilocybin mushrooms In the last decade, Canada has seen slow but steady progress in studies about how microdosing psychedelics like mushrooms capsules have the potential to successfully treat those with mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. What is microdosing? According to Biomed Central, microdosing is “the practice of consuming very low, sub-hallucinogenic doses of a psychedelic substance”. Many people that support microdosing in Canada have said that they increased the overall quality of life after microdosing mushroom capsules, by lessening their levels of anxiety and bringing a clearer, more present state of mind. The benefits that come from microdosing psilocybin have lead experts to believe that legalization of psilocybin mushrooms is a very likely event to come in the near future. Psilocybin mushroom prescriptions As a result, biopharmaceutical companies all over Canada have been racing to develop psychedelic-based prescriptions. Buying mushroom capsules from a medicinal mushroom dispensary is already possible if you have a terminal illness or meet other extreme requirements. But Canadians are pushing to make the buying of medicinal mushroom capsules a much easier process for all. The scientifically-proven benefits that could be harnessed by so many from medicinal mushroom capsules are swaying investors to step away from the once-promising cannabis industry into the psilocybin mushroom industry. While the two industries are different in complex ways, there are still some similarities between the two. Cannabis vs psilocybin – the differences and similarities between the two industries While both psilocybin mushrooms and cannabis are currently still considered illegal under federal law in countries around the world, the two industries are actually pretty different from one another. Both substances are still considered “recreational” by many, but those who are in the know, understand that psilocybin and other forms of psychedelics, hold much more potential for revolutionizing how health professionals can treat mental health. This makes psilocybin appealing for those that want to invest in something deeper and more long-lasting than a popular recreational substance. Cannabis does have medicinal properties as well and is rightly sold and marketed for that reason but not to the same extent as psilocybin. If scientist and medical officials have their way, microdosing Canada would be used as a mental health and wellness prescription, not as an entertainment-based market like cannabis often is. Microdosing Canada and the potential for investors The driving force behind what makes investing in the psilocybin mushroom industry so promising is the fact the microdosing Canada and the legalization of medicinal mushroom capsules aren’t trying to build off of the same idea that the cannabis industry has. Going to a medicinal mushroom dispensary will be more like going to a pharmacy, where doctors will be prescribing microdosing as a form of mental health treatment. And mental health is what it all comes down to. Mental health and well being With the current mental health crisis making life difficult for so many around the world, investors in microdosing Canada see a unique opportunity to not only invest in it for huge financial gains, but also for the betterment of mental health and the well being of ...
5 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Psilocybin Mushrooms – Are They the New Future of Therapy in Canada? – Microcybin
Listen to this content More and more health professionals across the globe are calling for the green light by government agencies to allow them to use psilocybin mushrooms as a form of psychedelic assisted therapy – will magic mushrooms ever be the new face of therapy as we know it? Although Psilocybin has been prohibited by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) in Canada since 1975, just last year, the health minister of Canada began taking advantage of her authority to grant legal exemptions to the prohibition. The exemptions now include people with treatment-resistant depression and terminal illness. So, with psychedelic therapy taking off in the mental health professional and psychiatric fields, it’s a good idea to brush up on what psilocybin psychedelic therapy is, and how it could potentially improve the lives of millions. Psychedelic Therapy- what is it? Hallucinogenic compounds like psilocybin and ayahuasca have been used for thousands of years by multiple different cultures and peoples. And we are still using their mind-altering powers today, through psychedelic psilocybin assisted therapy. Since the 1950s and 60s, scientists and researchers have conducted studies and trials about the use of psychedelic substances like psilocybin. And ultimately, they’ve found that psilocybin is completely harmless and safe to ingest in controlled situations and environments, and they even found them to improve one’s well-being . While Psilocybin mushroom and mushroom capsules are still illegal in many places around the world, it is strongly believed that they could be hugely beneficial in the treatment of mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. What is psilocybin? Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance that alters one’s mood, perceptions, and consciousness. Psilocybin mushrooms are usually small and brown in color and can be found growing naturally in parts of Europe, Mexico, and North and South America. These “magic mushrooms” work by activating the serotonin receptors in the parts of the brain that are responsible for mood, perception, and cognition, formally known as the prefrontal cortex. People’s experiences with psilocybin mushrooms will vary depending on a multitude of factors. Things like the quantity of the drug taken, expectations of what the experience will be like, and even past experiences, can all shape the outcome of the high or “trip”. How does psychedelic therapy work? Because the use of hallucinogens in therapy is not widely used, there are no set methods for practitioners to follow, so most have their own methods and techniques. But still, there are some shared elements to the procedure. Microdosing So what is microdosing ? It’s the administration of a low dose of a sub-psychedelic drug like psilocybin mushrooms and mushroom capsules, LSD or MDMA. Microdosing has been shown to increase energy and sense of presence and reduce anxiety and depression. Supervision Psychedelic assisted therapy sessions are always carefully monitored and guided by mental health care professionals. Therapists often focus on creating a comfortable environment and strong relationship of trust with their patients before introducing psychedelic assisted therapy, as it’s important to feel calm and attentive during sessions. Repetition Therapists will usually ask their patients to repeat their microdosing of psilocybin mushrooms or other hallucinogenic drugs once every two weeks between sessions. Integration After a magic mushroom therapeutic experience, the next step is to integrate all that has been experienced. Processing and making sense of the emotions experienced and feelings felt is crucial for seeing progress. Psychedelic therapy can improve the lives of many As the research of psilocybin assisted therapy continues, researchers are finding more and more successful applications in patients with a number of different ailments. With psychedelic assisted therapy, people with anxiety and mood disorders h...
5 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Magic Mushrooms – How Do They Really Affect Your Brain and Body? – Microcybin
Listen to this content Psilocybin mushrooms or “magic mushrooms” are no longer used strictly for recreational use. Today, scientists see a bright future for Psilocybin mushrooms, thanks to the life-changing effects that they can have on the brain and body. Canada and just a handful of states within the US are blazing the trail for psychiatry and the treatment of mental health as we know it. Recent studies have shed light on just how effective controlled amounts of psilocybin mushrooms can be in treating depression and anxiety. But where do these claims come from and what really goes on inside our brains and bodies when we take psilocybin mushrooms? What one can expect during a typical psilocybin mushroom trip Most people recount stories of their magic mushroom experience being deeply spiritual and almost euphoric. People also often report hallucinations and feelings of being connected to the universe and forgetting one’s ego or sense of self is also a common experience. The full effect of symptoms is usually seen about 20 to 90 minutes after ingestion But as with all forms of drugs, not everyone will react the same. Many people report feeling anxious and uncomfortable during the actual “high” and reporting that the feelings of calm connectedness came after the experience Everyone will have a different experience, and side effects will vary depending on how many psilocybin mushrooms you ingest. But here are a few known effects and sensations that many people report having. Distorted sense of time One classic side effect of magic mushrooms is an undeniable sense of time being slowed down. Some people claim to have lost track of time completely while on shrooms. An out of body experience and hallucinations Magic mushrooms can induce out-of-body experiences that feel real but actually aren’t. Like seeing yourself from above or feeling like you’re watching yourself from a distance. You may also see things that aren’t there, or even feel like you can hear colors or feel music. This is referred to as synesthesia. A spike in creativity and imagination Many people report feeling more open-minded and appreciative of beauty and the world around them, after their mushroom experience. Now let’s get into the why behind all these spiritual experiences reported by mushroom ingesters in order to get a better understanding of what magic mushrooms really do to the brain and body while they’re in the system. Magic mushrooms and the transformation of the brain When you look deeper at the side effects that psilocybin mushrooms have on people, you can get a better idea of what’s going on in the brain. Scientists actually think that the common symptom of hallucination and synesthesia is actually your brain’s networks rewiring themselves. Or in other words, scientists think that magic mushrooms help to rewire our brains and tell them to use other neural pathways than we typically would. Normally, the brain uses just a small portion of its neural pathways. But when under the influence of psilocybin mushrooms, the brain opens itself up to the use of the pathways less traveled. This influx of new pathways used is what scientists think is extremely helpful for those suffering from addiction, depression, or even PTSD. The evidence NYU conducted a clinical trial on patients that had taken just one dose of psilocybin, and the results are groundbreaking. Five whole years after the trial, the group reportedly had fewer symptoms of cancer-related depression and anxiety , all after just one dose of psilocybin. Another recent study, in 2020, conducted by Yale University, found that people who take magic mushrooms report feeling more connected to humanity and end up adopting a more positive outlook on life. This specific study was conducted on 1,200 American festival-goers, and the consensus was overwhelming. Psilocybin gave them long-lasting positive changes to their mental health. Where to find a great medicinal mushroom dispensary After years of being stigma...
5 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Psilocybin and the Treatment of Autism – Helpful or Harmful? – Microcybin
Listen to this content For years, people have sworn that psychedelics like “magic mushrooms” or psilocybin were life-changing and mind-altering in the best way, but still, the taboo couldn’t be shaken. Today, that’s all changing, as micro amounts of psilocybin mushrooms are now being used for the treatment of autism. But is this something that’s actually as good as it sounds? Canada is currently blazing the trail in the field of psychology, as it recently became one of the few countries in the world to allow people that suffer from autism, depression, and other mental conditions or terminal illness to consume psilocybin mushrooms as a form of medicinal treatment. Although psilocybin mushrooms are still illegal to possess or produce, some say this is a huge step in the right direction and away from a misunderstood past. The long-standing taboo around psilocybin mushrooms The idea that hallucinogens like psilocybin mushrooms could potentially be helpful in treating autism isn’t a new idea at all. During the 1960s, hallucinogens and their effects on the brain and psyche were actively being studied in the United States and were on the way to showing promising results. That is until 1974 when hallucinogens, including psilocybin mushrooms, were suddenly labeled as a controlled substance and declared illegal. For many years afterward, magic mushrooms were demonized and their potential to ease mental disorders like anxiety, PTSD and autism were brushed under the rug. What makes magic mushrooms so magical? Psilocybin mushrooms contain the ingredient psilocybin that is categorized as a hallucinogen. The ingredient comes from a specific kind of mushroom and can cause warped perception and changes in behavior. When people use magic mushrooms recreationally, they often take large doses and therefore experience hallucinations and a disoriented sense of time and space. Each person will react differently when using “shrooms” recreationally and therefore some might have unpleasant experiences while others have euphoric ones. This distortion of perception often provides people with spiritual experiences and deep and feelings of connection and clarity. And these claims hold water. Psilocybin is known to help ease depression and anxiety so well that it is being used by health care providers for people that suffer from terminal illnesses like cancer. There is plenty of research that shows how psilocybin can alter the way that the brain communicates with itself, which in turn can potentially strengthen neural connections when used in micro amounts and in controlled settings. The rewiring of brain networks from controlled amounts of psilocybin mushrooms through the use of mushroom capsules has even been shown to help those that suffer from drug addiction or PTSD. Psilocybin mushrooms and the potential for treating autism Psilocybin can potentially have positive effects in people with autism as it has been seen to boost mood and social connection for those with fewer serotonin receptors. This is because psilocybin is an agonist of the serotonin receptors in the brain. Adults with high-functioning autism typically experience a high level of social anxiety as they lack social and emotional awareness. In theory, medicinal mushrooms should help autistic individuals with these challenges, but since psilocybin mushrooms are hallucinogens, it can be hard to know what kind of experience a person will have. So while the evidence is there that medicinal psilocybin mushrooms in a controlled setting could help autistic people rewire their brain networks in a way that could help ease anxiety brought on from low social and emotional awareness, more studies are still needed. In the end, whether or not psilocybin mushrooms is helpful or harmful, will need to be discussed with a medical professional. What is microdosing? Microdosing is the act of consuming ultra-low amounts of a hallucinogen. In the same way that microdosing medicinal mushrooms can help those with...
6 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
A Look into Canada’s First Psychedelic Training Program for Mental Health Professionals
Canada once again sets the bar for accessible and effective mental health treatments, research, and training. Mental health has long been a field of medicine that rarely gets the funding that is sorely needed. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people will experience some manner of mental health problem or illness within their lifetime. These problems do not seem to be relegated to any particular race, class, or creed— instead experienced by all, at any time, and for an untold number of reasons. However, whether or not you can afford appropriate care and treatment is another story. Which is where psychedelics may come into play. These naturally occurring substances are off-patent, meaning that they can be produced and disseminated cheaply, the likelihood of overdose, adverse reaction, or addiction is essentially nil, and recent studies suggest that the efficacy of psychedelics in treating mental illness like depression, anxiety, alcoholism, and more, is incredibly high. Which could mean that in the future of psychedelic therapy— anyone could afford great mental healthcare, in such a way that doesn’t interfere with their own schedules or budgets. Now, all we need are providers that are trained in how to assist. Luckily, Canada has answered that call, offering a training course for mental healthcare providers interested in psychedelic therapies. So if you’ve ever found yourself asking “ what is microdosing? Could it benefit me?” Or “Who can I talk to about microdosing in Canada?” You may now be able to contact a fully trained professional to help field these queries and more. Why Therapists Need Training These programs aren’t just an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in psychedelic therapy— both clients and practitioners alike— they are also an important part of pushing for a better, more informed policy regarding psychedelic therapy. Despite the push in the last few years to better explore therapy options using psychedelics like ketamine and PTSD treatment, or microdosing mushrooms, Canada and other countries that are promoting the studies are still having to fight against prohibitive legislation. Largely because so much of the information available is anecdotal at best, as gaining the legal right to study these treatments and finding the funding to perform those studies has been almost impossible. But as more users and therapists come forward with positive results, more studies are allowed, and better research is gathered— these therapies could easily transition into mainstream treatment options, helping to shed the stigma that has long been associated with psychedelic use. In order to really be able to gain necessary insight and provide the opportunity for the best results possible , it helps immensely to properly train the mental health professionals that could guide future patients into a better mental space. This is why standard mental health providers are rigorously trained and certified to begin with. So it makes sense that any new treatment options within the field should be accompanied by specific training programs. What a Psychedelic Training Program Looks Like The initial training camp began in March of 2021, and lasted three months. Following the first round of training, the program was showered with impressive reviews and positive sentiment as many of the providers that attended were pleased with the program’s structure and efficacy. Following the 2020 pandemic and associated lockdowns, mental health providers across Canada, and the world, have announced growing concern of the possibility of another impending pandemic— one of profound mental health disturbances and problems. AS many look for better tools and more effective training to treat this new wave of depression, anxiety, and PTSD that the global lockdown measures have wrought. While psychedelics have garnered massive attention and positive results, particularly from laypeople and those self-medicating with mushroom capsules— professionals in the f...
7 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Can Microdosing Mushrooms Really Cause Psychosis?
Unpacking one of magic mushroom’s oldest wive’s tales. It’s been reported (multiple times) that psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, is one of the safest recreational substances on the planet. It’s non-habit forming, almost impossible to overdose on, has yet been found to negatively interact with the cardiovascular system, quickly eliminated from the body— and could cause psychosis?? It seems counterintuitive that the drug with the world’s highest safety index— often used to help soothe some of the most common mental illnesses and issues— could, in fact, wind up making you legitimately crazy. However, it’s an idea that gets passed around more often than the common cold. It’s purportedly one of the reasons that the drug is still classed as a Schedule I narcotic and is often cited as to why the research into psychedelic therapy got shut down in the late 1960’s to begin with. But can mushrooms cause psychosis? Can LSD cause schizophrenia? What link do psychedelics and psychosis have? Does it actually ever happen? And if it does— why? The Link Between Magic Mushrooms and Psychosis In the 1960s when psychedelics were really enjoying their public and recreational heyday, reports of psychotic breaks after using psychedelics began to surface. Newspaper articles talking about increased rates of teen suicide, jumping from windows, or becoming locked up in a psych ward after taking magic mushrooms, LSD, or mescaline because of standard news. In the ’50s doctors had allegedly used classic psychedelics like LSD to treat intense psychiatric disorders— like schizophrenia— and found that instead of addressing the problems, psychedelics made it worse. Suddenly, a psychedelic epidemic was upon North America. Not much different from the villainization of marijuana just a few decades before, psychedelics soon became the prime suspect in the unrest felt by most young people during the 1960s and 70s. Firmly placing themselves in the crosshairs of President Reagan and his war on drugs. The validity of these claims— and a number of others made by the Reagan administration at large— are still under hot debate. Where many instead see psychedelic use as a type of social dissonance, using these substances to expand their minds and promote peace in times of war. The Vietnam war was indeed a societal turning point for many Americans, as veterans returned to few useful social and health programs after being involved in one of the country’s most horrific and damaging wars. Others who stayed behind vehemently protested the US government’s choice to be involved, creating a hugely divided society. For some, psychedelics offered a way to help to better process all of the intense emotional and social states they were involved in— for others, it was just another teenage dalliance into hard drugs and a sad life. However, despite the widespread, and largely negative, media coverage and highly vocal concerns, no scientific study was ever performed to confirm that classic psychedelics were behind this “new wave” of suicidality and psychiatric disorders. Not until 2015, that is. New Research, New View In 2015, researchers and clinical psychologists Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs performed a massive meta-study of data collected over the years, as well as collected data from the general population of people who had used psychedelics. Questioning whether the use of classic psychedelics ( magic mushrooms , LSD, and mescaline) could increase the risk of developing any of the 11 indicators of mental health issues. This like depression, anxiety, suicidality, and even schizophrenia were assessed. What they found was not what was expected. The Norwegian team found no link between classic psychedelic use and increased risk of psychiatric disorders. Instead, suggesting that because these issues were (and still are) incredibly common— roughly 1 in 50 people suffer from them— but perhaps misunderstood, “correlation was mistaken for causation.” W...
9 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
How Long Does Psilocybin Stay in Your System? – Microcybin
Strap in kids— we’re going to discuss the science behind how psilocybin works in your body, and how long it takes to get rid of it. When it comes to taking psilocybin mushrooms for mental health, the world is slowly coming around. With programs for microdosing in Canada , the UK, and even the US popping up regularly. However, there’s still a bunch of places around the world that stick to outdated and unfounded laws regarding the use and usefulness of mushrooms. So more than understanding how psilocybin and the mushrooms that contain it could help you out— you’ll also want to know how long they stay in your system. How Does Psilocybin Work? Wondering about how psilocybin works is often a question of what you mean by the word “work”. How it affects our brains, what makes us hallucinate, or how microdosing mushrooms may help alleviate certain mood disorders are all examples of psilocybin working. In Our Brains Psilocybin, the active and hallucinatory ingredient in magic mushrooms is rapidly broken down into a metabolite called psilocin. This metabolite is what begins to alter and affect our brain chemistry. Psilocin, is what’s considered an “agonist” for several specific serotonin receptors. Agonist simply means any chemical that connects with receptors in our bodies— like a key into a lock— to produce certain responses. Because psilocin works like serotonin, our bodies respond to it in a similar fashion to how they would respond to our natively produced serotonin. Agonists can vary widely in their ability to produce certain effects— this is known as “affinity”. This means that an agonist can have high, moderate, or low affinity for certain receptors, which describes the attraction between the agonist and it’s associated binding site. For the most part, psilocin is believed to have high affinity for certain serotonin binding sites, but recent research suggests that it also may interact with dopamine and glutamate systems, which could further explain some of psilocybin’s beneficial effects . How We Trip What makes us hallucinate is mitigated by the same pathways that eliminate psilocybin from our systems. Dose, metabolism, and species of mushroom all play a part in whether or not we will hallucinate. Specifically with psilocybin, it’s becoming increasingly more accepted that you don’t need to hallucinate in order to reap the benefits of mushrooms — however, some of us enjoy a good trip now and again— and there’s nothing wrong with that. Psilocybin is one of the safest substances known world wide. This is because it’s nearly impossible to become addicted to and has an incredibly low likelihood of overdose. For most people, effects begin about 10-40 minutes after taking mushrooms, which can last anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on the situations mentioned above. The larger the dose, the more likely you are to experience hallucinations, and the longer they may last. For most adults, hallucinations or strong psychological effects will happen with a blood concentration of psilocybin around 4 µg/liter. These effects can be further enhanced by other recreational substances (like alcohol or tobacco) which is why it’s always suggested to use psilocybin on it’s own. Does Microdosing Affect Concentrations? Microdosing may affect the time it takes to clear your system of psilocybin— largely because microdosing psilocybin means taken lower doses at specific concentrations. What is Microdosing? Microdosing is the system in which people will take sub-hallucinogenic doses of certain psilocybin containing mushrooms, in order to address certain psychological issues or mood disorders. Used to address things like depression , anxiety, fatigue, and other stress related mood problems. A medicinal mushroom dispensary may not be easy to find— but if you plan on microdosing it is clearly the best choice. Largely because if you plan to buy Shrooms in Canada or elsewhere, the concentration of psilocybin can vary based on a number of factors. Which makes...
7 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
LSD Used as a Painkiller – Microcybin
Listen to this content With traditional painkillers wreaking havoc— experts are looking for better choices when it comes to chronic pain management. Generally, when you think of LSD, you think of insane, quirky, books and films with bombastic characters being taken for the ride of their life. Maybe you think of the ‘60s, where those hippie vibes and love for all where the central focus of a culture steeped in drugs. What probably doesn’t come to mind, however, are the people that are living with chronic pain. Confined to homes and beds, or those struggling with the crushing depression that comes with chronic illness. While lyseric acid diethylamide, better known as LSD is often associated with psychedelic experiences and near mystical journeys, researchers are looking to change these perceptions. Specifically when it comes to chronic pain management. And they’re doing it by asking patients to microdose LSD. Difficulties in Pain Management In the effort to find better alternatives for chronic and extreme pain management, researchers have turned to psychedelic therapies . While these therapies are in no way novel— used throughout history by any number of indigenous tribes , as well as having undergone rigorous study in the 1950s— the idea of microdosing LSD , psilocybin , and other psychedelics is still in its infancy. Particularly in the realm of pain management. Modern chronic pain management is a field of medicine that has seen a number of extreme disappointments, as well as catastrophic failures. Largely due to the opioid epidemic that is actively killing thousands of people each year , contributing to nearly 50,000 deaths in the US alone in 2019. Opioids are the most commonly prescribed class of medication for chronic pain, and have been for decades. With low efficacy and high likelihood of abuse, doctors globally are desperately searching for better options, and according to a study found from 1964– LSD may be that better option. In 1964, just a few years before psychedelic therapy research was shut down largely due to Nixon’s war on drugs, Dr. Eric Kast discovered something truly exceptional about what was then considered a common street drug. Small, sub-hallucinogenic doses of LSD controlled the chronic and debilitating pain of cancer victims far better than that of either Morphine or Demerol— both pain control favorites of the present age. Not only did these microdoses of LSD more effectively control patients’ pain, but it controlled it much longer than either of the opiates that were given. Suggesting that LSD was not only a more effective analgesic (painkiller), but also much more safe. This is because LSD, like many psychedelics, has an incredibly high therapeutic index . Which means that it is metabolized in the body quickly, presents a low risk to a large number of possible patients, doesn’t entail withdrawal symptoms, and has an extremely low likelihood to result in an overdose. To the point where one study states that “[classical hallucinogens] safety has recently led to considering LSD as one of the safest psychoactive recreational substances.” Despite unnecessary and unfounded public stigmatization. Effects of Microdosing LSD Unfortunately, this long held public perception, further exacerbated by questionable legislation and restriction, has made LSD and other classical hallucinogens extremely difficult to study. But, bright news ahead: they are being studied, and the results are incredibly encouraging. Particularly when it comes to liquid LSD microdosing , or microdosing psychedelic in general. This is because hallucinogens are emerging as a potent force when it comes to battling both physical and emotional pain— without the need for lengthy regimens or high doses, and with an exceptionally low degree of abuse or addiction. Something that current gold standard medications— both for emotional distress and pain management— cannot say credibly. Using LSD for back pain, migraines, joint pain, and other types of...
8 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
MDMA The New Promise for PTSD Treatment – Microcybin
Listen to this content As we begin to place renewed focus on mental health advocacy and treatments, experts are urging for better solutions to long ingrained problems. 3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine better known as MDMA has been making headlines for decades. First demonized in the rave scene if the 90s, this spectacular and incredibly useful substance was pulled from a number of novel treatments, effectively shutting down any medical application the chemical could possess. However, in more recent times, researchers are again turning towards this drug to help solve one of the most puzzling and destructive emotional issues that plague today’s society. Finding a new found beneficial relationship in MDMA and PTSD. Having been around since 1912, few seem to realize the inherent innocuity of the drug, despite it only becoming a media sensation in the 1980s. Prior to its public stigmatization, the drug was considered to be a serious contender for best treatment in resistant behavioral psychotherapy. Pharmacologically, MDMA functions similarly to the SSRIs we know today. Where it differs is its ability to affect a number of symbiotic neurotransmitters all at once. Common antidepressants focus solely on our serotonin systems, where MDMA not only affects serotonin, but also norepinephrine and dopamine. Making it a triple threat when it comes to combating negative emotional responses to historic traumatic events. Something that currently known pharmaceuticals can’t do . So why are we hesitating to roll it out as a treatment? Changing Minds Perhaps the biggest hurdle to getting MDMA into a clinical setting, is finding a way to shrug off the enduring social stigma that the drug itself has, as well as battling the stigma behind PTSD. Many patients that suffer with PTSD do not seek the help they need, often feeling like they are “beyond help” or have difficulty recalling the traumatic events during therapy sessions, ones that are pivotal to their treatment. This double-edged sword creates a space where hesitancy to seek treatment, coupled with the difficulty engaging in research make MDMA treatments a tough nut to crack. MAPS, the multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, described this issue in their mission statement , regarding the efficacy of MDMA used for treatment of PTSD as one of monetary concern. This is because MDMA is “off-patent”, which means that finding funding for both the drug itself and the necessary studies can be extremely difficult— as there would most likely be a low return on investment, making most investors shy away from funding these necessary studies. However, the association does press that despite it not being a money maker, using MDMA for PTSD treatment could prove to be a revolutionary paradigm within the psychotherapy space, one that is in dire need of disruption. This disruption is so necessary, as most of the drugs that are considered gold standard for PTSD treatment don’t work well and can often come with uncomfortable and unproductive side effects. Things like lethargy, weight gain, somnolence, among others. Each contributing to difficulty in treatments. Not to mention they can be dangerous if stopped abruptly and require rigorous regimens and near constant concomitant therapy. Especially in places like the US, these treatment regimens can be cost prohibitive to many who suffer with PTSD and don’t have the resources or ability to collect the necessary resources, in order to afford appropriate treatments. Meaning that because of this inherent need for return on investment, many sufferers are left behind. Understanding Treatment Resistant PTSD On the other hand using MDMA therapy, PTSD patients in particular, could be a way to bring more effective treatment into the clinical setting. Particularly in the way that MDMA has been found to require fewer doses and is more effective, cutting lengthy regimens short. This also means that providers could more easily allocate their own dwindling resou...
7 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
How LSD Can Help Unlock Your Creativity – Microcybin
Listen to this content There are a number of things that people do in order to boost things like creativity, productivity, and general mood. Any number of retreats, diets, fads, exercise regimens, sleep routines, even questionable products like yoni eggs or weird enemas (which are absolutely not being suggested here). The thing is, we will do just about anything to try and keep our levels of creativity and motivation at their peak, so that we can continue on with the demands of a modern-day work-life balance. The problem with most of these things is that they’re difficult to maintain long term, they’re insanely expensive, or perhaps worst of all: they don’t work and they’re actually terrible for you. However, LSD and creativity have had a long and loving relationship. What began as recreational use, largely popularized amongst artists and creatives, has slowly evolved into something that has transitioned away from the tie-dyed delinquency and become something decidedly grown up. Where microdosing LSD has become the favored brain hack by the young, business elite. As opposed to taking mind-bending and hallucinogenic doses, which has its own benefits and contributions, microdosing entails taking small doses that don’t cause any noticeable psychedelic effects, instead just serving to enhance creativity, motivation, and cognition. Your Brain on [Beneficial] Drugs While things like “creativity” and “motivation” are somewhat difficult to quantify objectively, subjective evidence seems to be incredibly abundant— specifically regarding perceived beneficial outcomes to microdosing . As thousands of microdosers have already reported extremely favorable results from the practice. Despite it being difficult for science to concur that LSD & creativity truly go hand in hand— what they have found is that microdosing LSD benefits a specific type of cognitive function— called divergent thinking— that could be translated to creativity. This is all due to the way in which researchers believe LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide for all you sticklers out there) interacts with chemicals in the brain. While the substance interacts with the serotonin systems, similarly to that of other hallucinogens like mushrooms and DMT— it stands alone a bit in the way it interacts with the dopamine systems. Improving specific dopaminergic protein recognition and signaling. Which is something that some scientists attribute the ego-shattering effects of LSD to. The substance also interacts with histamine and glutamate systems. Moreover, LSD is also shown to bind to serotonin receptors far longer than it stays in the bloodstream. Which could help explain the long lasting beneficial mood and emotional effects of the drug, as well as how tolerances are quickly developed, but also eventually lost. These effects may also explain why so many reports of almost immediately unnoticeable, but qualitative benefits are experienced by microdosers overtime. Particularly those that are difficult to put into words. However, one study has aimed to elucidate this change to the beneficial cognitive effects of microdosing LSD — to which they found is improved both convergent and divergent thinking. Improving cognitive flexibility and problem solving. The study does report some shortcomings in the data pool, but urges the scientific community to look into the practice further. How to Microdose LSD Depending on how you get your LSD to begin with, there are a number of ways to take LSD, with perhaps the most common being liquid LSD. Microdosing Is merely the act of taking sub-hallucinogenic doses of the popular hallucinogen, which translates into fractional amounts of what one would take if they were interested in having a trip. This particular dose varies greatly from person to person, and finding the right dose for you is much easier if you can find pre-dosed liquid, as opposed to blotter paper. Essentially, finding the right dose requires users to take a small (usually anywhere from 10...
7 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Why is Big Pharma Sleeping on Psychedelics? – Microcybin
Listen to this content What could be the biggest breakthrough in modern mental health treatments isn’t getting much love from big pharmaceutical companies— despite evidence shoring its extreme potential. We want to know why. Did you know you can buy shrooms in Canada ? That parts of the US have gone as far as decriminalizing personal possession of psychedelics, and are quickly moving toward legalizing them for medical purposes? That a medicinal mushroom dispensary is on your doorstep? Chances are, if you’re not a part of the psychedelic revolution, this may come as news to you. However, flick on any TV in the states and you’ll be bombarded with advertisements heralding smiling faces and happy couples all thanks to Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft, and an entire alphabet’s worth of antidepressants. How is it that we are more familiar with these medications— whether we take them for ourselves or not— than we are familiar with the flora and fauna that grow in our backyards? Why are we primed to get more excited at the promise of taking a pill that dramatically alters the way our bodies were built to function, as opposed to munching on a mushroom that merely mimics our beneficial bodily properties? In a word? Money. Money motivates, money markets, money medicates. And so far, there doesn’t seem to be much money (either in production or research) in psychedelics, despite the data that’s saying it could be the exact substance that we have been searching for for decades. New Frontiers in Mental Health While the world looks on as major players in the global economy begin to rethink their positions on the historic scheduling of naturally occurring hallucinogens like psilocybin, it seems that big pharmaceutical companies are choosing to sit this one out. Perhaps because of the resolute focus on vaccine production and effective COVID-19 treatments, lack of research, or inability to secure patents— whatever the motivating factor is, many are still scratching their heads as to why pharmaceutical companies haven’t begin to curl their wide-reaching fingers around what many believe to be the “miracle drug” for modern mood disorders. Of which there are plenty. It’s estimated that in Canada alone, 1 in 5 adults will struggle with mental health issues at some point in their lives. Worldwide, suicide rates have skyrocketed and professionals are bracing for the impending wave of mental health disturbances in response to the current pandemic and its associated lockdowns and economic repercussions. Which means that the next pandemic to prepare for might not be viral at all. Which would also suggest that should big Pharma want to reap the financial benefits from this soon to be crisis, they had better begin to pay attention to mental health medication and treatments. Perhaps the most motivating factor behind big Pharma taking their time to introduce psychedelics into their arsenal isn’t necessarily that they don’t work, or aren’t profitable, but because research on their efficacy has been slowed or barred because of governmental red tape. Psilocybin, along with many other psychedelics have been dubbed a ‘schedule I’, meaning that as far as the government is concerned, they’re useless and dangerous. Which makes gaining quality research hard to come by. The Price of Business Research is expensive. Creating new drugs is expensive. Marketing, packaging, testing, quality assurance— all of these things are not cheap. Especially if there is only anecdotal evidence to support the fact that psychedelics could indeed provide genuine help to those in need. But, there are also the long term costs to be considered. In a study to be published later this year , two 25mg doses of psilocybin were shown to be more effective at treating depressive disorders than the legacy drug escitalopram. Escitalopram, or better known as its brand name Lexapro, is a selective serotonin Reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), the gold standard of antidepressant medication in today’s market. SSRI...
7 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
The Healing Power of Psychedelics— Were Our Ancestors Visionaries? – Microcybin
Listen to this content And if they were, how do we get back to their level of knowledge? A place where everyone can afford a more stable mental clarity, all powered by nature. It’s a given when thinking about human nature, fear of the unknown. Something that is routinely exploited in modern society, for a myriad of purposes: financial gain, power, influence. We, as a species are built to fear that which we don’t understand. More than just a reflex of our reptilian brains— but something inbuilt and coddled by our modern environments. Boogeymen abound, and there are always monsters in the darkest corners. Whether we have the fortitude to check them out for ourselves or not. So we tend to live in a state of fear. Though rarely obvious, more of just an undercurrent. Fueling an entire generation of fearful individuals who suffer from anxiety and depression. PTSD and unresolved trauma. Of course there is good argument supporting this fear. Out of safety. Out of care. We teach ourselves and others to fear the unknown because it’s safer that way. This bleeds into nearly every aspect of our waking lives. From the jobs we keep to the people we socialize with. Surfing division, confusion— and of course— more fear. Our ancestors knew this fear. They understood it, respected it, even cultivated it themselves. Albeit in an incredibly different manner. How History Understands Psychedelics Entheogens— hallucinogenic substances sourced naturally from the plants and fungi that grow readily around us— were used often and with extreme purpose only handfuls of centuries ago. Some are still used as judiciously today. The Mayans, Aztecs, ancient Chinese, Greeks, Tungusics, monks, and others all relied on their knowledge of the plants that surrounded them and how they interacted with our psyche. While these cultures used these plants well outside of any realm of science that we would recognise today, there was still a genuine degree of scientific inquiry and application used when administering these drugs. Using them to foster greater relationships with ourselves, our loved ones, and our surroundings. Vilified in the 1960s psychedelics have struggled to find footing in our modern day society. Despite real need and piles of anecdotal evidence as to their efficacy. Diving into the history of why these substances— like psilocybin— became illegal in the first place is even further filled with dark eddies of confusion. Largely because they have next to zero abuse potential, are almost impossible to overdose on, and outside of some very uncomfortable psychedelic journeys, cause few adverse effects for the majority of users, it becomes incredibly difficult to see why they were outlawed in the first place. Which can easily lead to some pretty intense and controversial theories as to what the governments of that time were working to achieve. However, these past influences don’t change the fact that in present days, more people than ever struggle with their mental health, and few have any good options on how to best deal with that struggle. Healthcare, particularly the boutique realm of mental healthcare, is often cost prohibitive for most. Many of the modern day medicines used aren’t just relatively ineffective— but are incredibly dangerous. Perfectly exemplified by the subsequent use of synthetic medicines like Quaaludes and Lithium following the outright ban of psychedelics. Breaking Down in Order to Rebuild The future may not be as bleak however. Particularly as scientific communities and medical professionals around the world begin to push with renewed vigor for the ability to more closely study the possible benefits that psychedelics may hold. Giving mushroom capsules and cancer treatments , high doses and substance abuse disorders, or highly traumatic mental health states and microdosing closer inspection. Universities from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom among others have begun to press for more expansive laws regarding testing the...
6 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Psilocybin and Magic Mushrooms— A Global Guide to Legality and Decriminalization – Microcybin
Listen to this content Wondering where in the world you can find a medicinal mushroom dispensary ? Or where you can just buy shrooms ? Canada has come to your rescue. Not only has Canada begun to allow mushroom dispensary online , they also have some fairly favorable legislation when it comes to the use and study of this substance. Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been used for centuries as medicine with a particular focus on mental health maintenance and voyages. From shamanic ritual, to religious ceremony, and even coming of age quests, mushrooms have played a vital role in history when it comes to mental health. And up until the 1960’s they played a key role in psychological evaluation of Westernized societies as well. Around that time, the War on Drugs was begun, and psilocybin, as well as a number of other potentially beneficial psychedelic substances had fallen through the cracks. Waking up to hidden potential, modern day society has begun to warm to the idea of microdosing , Canada among the forefront of the countries most invested in exploring it’s much needed potential. The Difference Between Medicinal and Recreational The difference between recreational use of a drug and medicinal use of a drug is something that has been philosophically debated for decades. While it might seem an easy distinction to make, in cases like psilocybin— the waters become incredibly murky. This is largely because of the properties of psilocybin itself, and the benefits that the substance offers users. Using mushrooms recreationally might mean using them because they are fun. But recreational mushroom use still has the potential to improve mental health and mood. Which could suggest that even used recreationally, this substance has medicinal benefit. More than that, psilocybin is non-addictive, has an incredibly low abuse potential, and if taken too often, users can create such a tolerance that they will diminish the substance’s effect almost entirely. Which all contribute to any danger there might be in recreational use of the substance. With the inherent safety of psilocybin in mind, there is also mushroom capsule benefits that should be recognized. Mushroom capsules , often used for microdosing, really have one purpose: to aid in mental health recovery and improvement. These capsules are predosed, so “getting high” on them is unlikely, and also fully outside of their intended use. What makes these capsules so revolutionary, specifically in countries like the US, is that they can be used as an effective and affordable way to help people better their lives. While the therapeutic potential of psilocybin has yet to be fully researched, this isn’t because of a lack of evidence for use. It’s because of historically racist and discriminatory political processes. Using Nixon-era anti-drug laws to continue to support prison slavery and block any useful scientific inquiry. Understanding Microdosing However, lawmakers and the people that elect them seem to be coming around to this reality. By the end of 2020, both Oregon and Colorado had put laws into place that protected anyone who chose to use psilocybin , particularly in small amounts without the intent to distribute or produce. While this isn’t technically counting psilocybin as legal— it does decriminalize possession, which is an important step into recognizing the potential that psilocybin, and the mushrooms that contain it, hold. Canada is not far behind, as it has decriminalized psilocybin and even turned a blind eye to medicinal mushroom dispensaries. Particularly those that are geared towards promoting microdosing. But what is microdosing ? And how do dispensaries, mushroom capsules , and a microdosing guide stand to help people get back on their feet during times of mental duress? Unfortunately, largely because of the archaic and prejudiced laws that still remain in place regarding most psychedelics, much of the necessary research required to back up the ...
8 minutes | May 24, 2021
The Key Differences Between Psilocybin and Shrooms – Microcybin
Listen to this content Believe it or not, there are some pretty dramatic differences between psilocybin mushrooms and psilocybin. Here’s what you need to know. Short answer? Everything and not much. Confusing as that may sound, it’s true. See magic mushrooms contain psilocybin, in fact it’s one of the key ingredients that make up magic mushrooms that account for those psychedelic trips . So in that respect, there isn’t much about the two that’s different. But if you consider psilocybin as a unique and individual substance, specifically within the realm of medical applications— magic mushrooms and psilocybin are worlds apart. What makes these two so different are the number of constituent chemicals and the relativity in concentration of psilocybin and associated chemicals of magic mushrooms. To break it down, when a person takes 2 grams of Psilocybin, they are taking 2 grams. When a person takes 2 grams of dried mushrooms, they could be taking anywhere from 0.5 – 2.0% of that weight as psilocybin. Moreover, they are also consuming constituent substances (albeit in much smaller concentrations) like psilocin, baeocystin, and norbaeocystin. The concentration of psilocybin in any one species of mushroom can vary greatly. And not just from species to species, but from batch to batch, depending on growing conditions, preservation methods, and storage systems. Making it much more difficult to clearly define just how much psilocybin is the right amount for certain desired results. While the main differences between these two substances are minimal, they definitely can come into play, especially if you’re microdosing . Canada tends to view them differently depending on the form they come in. Which makes sense as the concentrations of psilocybin, along with all of the other substances that make up magic mushrooms, will play a main role in dictating the body’s response to the mushroom. Which is a big reason why scientists and researchers tend to stick to pure psilocybin, often synthetically created . Not because it behaves any differently in the body from the psilocybin that’s found in magic mushrooms, but because they can keep a more accurate account of how people respond to certain doses of psilocybin itself, without having to account for the effects of additional chemicals. This is also a big reason that microdosers choose psilocybin capsules , instead of relying on dried mushrooms. It’s easier to stick to a microdosing guide , and know exactly how much you are taking. What is Psilocybin The psilocybin, in its pure form, given to many patients and research subjects, is largely no different from that contained in psilocybin mushrooms . Psilocybin, and it’s. Metabolite (more on that in a minute) psilocin, are considered indolealkylamines. Aside from being a mouthful, indolealkylamines (IAA) are chemicals that are analogs (or identical twins) of the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine). This means that in the body, psilocybin functions almost identically to a neurotransmitter that our bodies already produce and rely on pretty heavily. Anytime we ingest Psilocybin, our bodies (mostly our livers) break it down into psilocin. The psilocin then actively starts to bind to our 5-HT2A receptors in our brains. In fact, before psilocybin is broken down in our bodies to create psilocin, it’s largely thought to not be psychoactive at all, instead leaving all the heady properties to psilocin itself. This is why psilocybin is often referred to as a “prodrug” or something that’s inactive until our bodies activate it. Despite knowing this, science is still fairly unclear as to why people experience the effects that they do. Not only that, but researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how all of these constituent chemicals interact in the body, and any other receptors that psilocin may interact with. So there’s still a ton about psilocybin that we just don’t know yet. And what we experience can often be difficult to put into...
6 minutes | May 24, 2021
Mushroom Capsules Benefits – Microcybin
Listen to this content Mushroom capsule benefits may seem like a novel concept, and one that is in incredibly high demand— especially now. With the global pandemic continuing to draw on well into its second year, health professionals are reporting growing alarm at the rate of increased mental health disturbances. Creating a whole new crisis that we may not be fully equipped to deal with. However, it’s something that microdosers and avid fans of supplement mushroom capsules have been preparing for for years. From improvements to immune system health, increased motivation and energy, as well as helping to provide mental clarity and improve cognitive function, mushroom supplements have been helping people get through the worst for centuries. With most of the supplements on the market paying homage to traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicinal treatments. Nootropics may be a new concept into the holistic health market, but the mushrooms behind this new exposure to cognitive development have been being used, and helping people live better lives , for ages. While it’s important to remember that supplements— even microdosing— are not scientifically proven to cure any diseases or to treat medical conditions, studies are being performed everyday in order to provide concrete evidence that these supplements that have been used regularly throughout history do have the impact that has been so regularly reported. What Are Mushroom Capsules? Mushroom capsules take many different forms, from magic mushroom extract capsules to non-psychedelic supplement mushroom capsules. Which type you’re likely to seek out will depend heavily on what you are looking to achieve. Benefits of magic mushroom capsules are largely focused on cognitive and mood benefits. Specifically when used for microdosing . Canada has recently come around to the idea of using psilocybin for mental health and addiction issues, as have some states in the US and much of Great Britain. Propelling the movement forward by increasing scientific inquiry into the benefits of microdosing psilocybin . Mushroom microdose capsules are of a huge benefit for those looking to stick to a microdosing schedule as they come pre-dosed to precise specifications, allowing microdosers to better know exactly the amounts that they are taking, and how they respond to them. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to collecting and interpreting data on the benefits of microdosing is that many microdosers don’t have access to exact dosages, which means that data can be seen as imprecise, which makes anecdotal evidence difficult to study. It can also make it difficult to stick to a strict regimen, which is necessary when building a microdosing schedule that can provide reliable results. How Are They Different From Regular Shrooms? Aside from not always being “magic”, mushroom supplements pull their reported restorative prowess and wide-ranging health benefits from a number of different mushroom species, not just those that contain psilocybin. So you may be taking a mushroom supplement that doesn’t contain any psychedelic or psychoactive ingredients, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that these types of fungi based supplements are without merit. In fact, mushrooms and many of their fungi based family are propelling science, nutrition, health and everyday life into the 22nd century right under our noses. Apart from mushroom capsules being used as food supplements and fungi for meat replacements, it is also helping to create more ethical systems in the worlds of fashion, packaging, medicine, and a wide range of other ever important industries. But as supplements, mushrooms can often take the cake. Having been used in ancient Chinese medicine for centuries, many modern manufacturers have finally realized the potential that these medicinal mushroom varieties hold. With the most common non-psychoactive species used in modern health and fitness being: Lion’s Mane, Hericium erinaceus Reishi, Ganoderma lingzhi Cordycep...
7 minutes | May 24, 2021
Canada Made History — Psilocybin Allowed for End-of-Life Care – Microcybin
Listen to this content With mounting evidence, psilocybin related therapies gain new ground in Canada. There are a handful of countries on the worldwide spectrum that have fully embraced and legalized psilocybin , and psilocybin containing mushrooms. Canada, however, is not one of them. While the medicinal mushroom dispensary can be easily found online, and are openly tolerated by law enforcement officers, research geared towards better palliative treatment is still largely stifled by archaic and outmoded laws. But in late 2020, this all began to change. Canada engaged in a landmark decision as the Minister of Health , Patty Hajdu, openly and lawfully condoned the medical use of psilocybin to treat end-of-life mental distress and anxiety in terminally ill patients. Putting a new emphasis on the importance of mushroom dispensary function, regulation, and legality. Of the total 11 patients that were granted the ability to undergo psilocybin related treatment for mental duress, among them was the first non-palliative patient. Mona Strelaeff was earmarked as the first non-terminally ill patient to receive the exemption to a long standing law against the use of psychedelics, in order to help her contend with ongoing trauma that led to debilitating anxiety, depression, and addiction. Which could prove to be building a stronger foundation for psychedelic therapeutics in patients with non-terminal mental illness. For many, signaling a future in which psilocybin can be used to treat a number of mental health issues that only continue to mount in modern society. Landmark Litigation While the country is still a long way from recreational use, or allowing citizens to just go buy shrooms , Canada has long been an advocate for more realistic drug and recreational substance policy. As showcased by the national legalization of marijuana, which occurred in 2018. More than just looking forward to a more reasonable future regarding drug laws and related incarceration operative costs, Canada seems to be pressing for a better standard of living. A peace of mind that can be wholly accessible to all of its citizens. Psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms , has been once again making headlines owing to its seemingly miraculous effects when it comes to the functioning of the human psyche. For people struggling with treatment resistant depression, alcoholism, and extreme anxiety facing terminal illness, psilocybin therapy has been consistently shown to be not only useful, but in many cases— transformative. With more than one report of it being the only treatment to have ever worked to alleviate the trauma and turmoil brought on by persistent mental health difficulties. Moreover, anecdotal evidence has been pouring in regarding its effect on more common and less disruptive types of mental duress, including mental fatigue, generalized anxiety, and even seasonal depression . Using much smaller and more frequent doses to help tackle marginalized populations that suffer from mental distress that doesn’t necessarily require aggressive treatment. Allowing for clearer cognitive processes, greater energy levels, and modulation of mood. What Psilocybin Can Do for Mental Health If the anecdotal evidence has proven anything, it’s that Canadians are keen to take greater personal responsibility for their mental health practices and personal maintenance. While the newest exemptions to Canada’s drug laws have been largely doled out to those suffering from the anxiety and depression that comes with staring your own mortality in the face, the accompanying research could help to disseminate psilocybin therapeutics to a much wider population. Particularly as they have shown great promise in improving the mental states of those that have been historically difficult— if not impossible— to reach. End-of-life care has always been a difficult space to navigate, specifically as patients grapple everyday with losing their lives. This type of impending and ...
8 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Best Psychedelic Documentaries - Microcybin Canada
For anyone with a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, as well as a vested interest in psychedelics— these four films are for you. So you’re looking for a list of the best psychedelic documentaries? Of course, you are. Whether it’s because you’ve started to hear the rumblings worldwide about how there is a new psychedelic revolution going on, or you want to learn a bit more before you yourself start to microdose — Canada, you’re in luck. Psychedelic Documentaries While none of these movies should be used as a microdosing guide, what they can offer is a more intimate look at the science, and the people, behind this new psychedelic therapy movement. Microdosing mushrooms, Canada or elsewhere, has become a way for people to access their own journey to a better and more stable mental wellbeing if the flood of anecdotal reports are to be believed. However, without rigorous study and piles of useful data, scientists will be hard-pressed to bring legitimacy to any of these claims— so where are all the studies? Watch any one of these four films (or binge all four for a wild day trip) and you’ll soon gain a better understanding at the movements that have tied the hands of researchers for decades, the societal impact of psychedelics, and get an insider look at some inspiring, and sometimes incredibly dark, personal psychedelic journeys. Magic Medicine (Amazon Prime) Magic medicine is a provocative and classic look into the exploration of how to treat treatment-resistant depression. The twist? They’re doing it with magic mushrooms. Canada is no stranger to this new form of a possible treatment for depressive mental disorders, with many programs and research centers currently dedicated to finding out as much as they can. This particular film focuses on the journey of four individuals from the United Kingdom however, another country that is pushing hard for better regulation regarding these stubbornly scheduled drugs. Showcasing the difficulties experienced by both sides of the psychedelic therapeutics community. Something the documentary delves into hard; going back and forth between the encouraging, and often harrowing, journey the patients find themselves on, weighted against the tribulations that modern clinicians must go through in order to create worthwhile clinical trials using these substances. Magic Medicine brings some interesting and well-researched scientific clout to the psychedelic experience, analyzing what really happens during psychedelic clinical trials. A film that is brilliantly designed to discuss the possible medicinal applications of psilocybin with anyone— regardless of how they feel about the practice. Making it the ideal film to reference when trying to explain your motivations for microdosing to people who still think of mushrooms as just another drug. Neurons to Nirvana (Amazon Prime) What begins as a much more scathing commentary on the villainization and alienation of psychedelic drugs in society morphs into a deep dive into the neurological benefit and application of psychedelic drugs. Focusing the lens of education on the history of many hallucinogenic drugs, following them through the ages, and how they’ve made such a profound impact on society as a whole— let alone the incredible psychiatric benefits that they represent. The principal reason this is such an epic documentary? Psychedelics of all kinds— not just psilocybin, but MDMA, LSD, DMT, and others are calmly and intelligently discussed, not as a recreational tool, but instead as a global resource that should be protected, respected, and in essence— used. This film does a great job of explaining not only the knowledge we have about these substances but also all the knowledge we’re lacking. Shining a light on where further research is desperately needed so that greater understanding and better utilization can be continued into the future. Linking our current emotional and societal constipations to the possible purge of these damning resolutions thro...
9 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
The Best Microdosing Apps for Anyone Taking Psychedelics – Microcybin
Looking to up the ante on your microdosing journey? Here are four apps that are changing the way that both users and researchers are looking at microdosing psilocybin. What do magic mushrooms, Canada, and the iTunes App Store have in common? While these three things may seem wholly unrelated in almost all ways— they’re all looking for innovative ways to better support your mental health. Microdosing and its vast and growing community of support, are making some serious waves, ones that are finally hitting the mainstream shore. The act of taking super small amounts of psychedelic mushrooms in order to stave off stress, boost motivation, and help disperse those emotional thunderclouds has gained popular approval the world over; so much so, that there’s now purpose-built apps to help better guide you through a microdosing journey. Hoping to not only quiet the mind and balance the emotions, but also to gain the all-important data needed to further the cause. How Microdosing Psilocybin Works Microdosing is a pretty rigorous system for most people genuinely interested in it for its neurological benefits. In order to microdose effectively, users need to establish their own tolerance for an appropriate dose and adhere to specific dosing schedules, only taking enough psilocybin to generate the desired neurological response, as opposed to hallucinations or having a full-on trip. These sub-hallucinogenic levels vary from user to user. Once the optimum dosage is figured out, the psilocybin is taken regularly for a period of time ranging from a few weeks to a few months. The reason both dose and schedule are so important— not only for microdosers but also for researchers— is because it helps them better track any neuro-emotional benefit. As the psilocybin interacts with the bodies’ serotonin and dopamine systems, fascinating things begin to happen in the brain and body. Ones that scientists still have yet put its finger on, which is why they need all the help from microdosers they can get. What is known, however, has been reported by users and seen by professionals, shows some pretty great promise. Elevations of mood, increase in physical energy, dissolution of fear, decrease in anxiety… and the list goes on. Researchers believe that because psilocybin interacts with the brain in a way that most traditional pharmaceuticals can’t, it’s not just something that makes the brain function more smoothly, but also may hold regenerative powers. Microdosing Guide: Finding the Best Shroom Dispensary It’s not only dose and schedule that matter, however, but also the mushrooms themselves. Sounds fairly straightforward, but essentially microdosers need to gain access to mushrooms that can either be prepared at home, or come pre-dosed as a capsule. Grinding dried mushrooms at home can cause some anomalies in dose, as it’s difficult to get it on the nose because of natural variations in the shrooms’ potency. Sourcing mushrooms for microdosing, Canada or elsewhere, you’ll want to either have a super reliable and trustworthy dealer, or find a reputable online dispensary. There is such a thing as a medicinal mushroom dispensary, so it simplifies finding a quality provider where you can buy shrooms. Canada is no exception. Making it much easier to set up a rock-solid microdosing schedule here than in most places. If you’re outside of Canada though, you might run into some issues finding dispensaries or suppliers online. There are a number of companies worldwide that supposedly sell spores, but you’ll have to rely on trial and error as to the potency of their products and how best to preserve them. Troubles with drying practices can actually cause a loss of potency with magic mushrooms. Canada, on the other hand, offers a few decent dispensaries that will sell pre-portioned capsules, ideal for microdosing and with guaranteed active and quality ingredients— so if you live here, go there. Why Use a Microdosing App? This has to do with the promotion of the int...
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