After struggling with bouts of depression and anxiety in her early twenties, fitness professional, Beth, explains how microdosing on mushrooms helped her to feel happier and more creative than ever…
What is microdosing?
“Microdosing is taking a very small amount of psychedelics, psilocybin mushroom in my case, about 0.2 of a gram. But it differs from person to person taking into consideration their weight etc. You don’t experience any sort of ‘trip’ or ‘high’ but it has an effect on your brain in a creative and happy capacity.”
How did you get into it?
“I’d struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety through my early twenties and was very against using prescription drugs. I researched alternative methods and came across research that had used psilocybin mushrooms in clinical trials to treat these disorders. I gave it a go and I really noticed a difference, my partner even more so. I was a happier more creative person and more myself!”
How often do you do it?
“I would say I do it about 4-5 times a year. I take a micro-dose for 4 days and then 3 days off. I take breaks so I don’t build up a tolerance to the psilocybin. Every couple of months I’ll do another micro-dose week, or when I feel like my brain needs a little help.”
Why do you do it?
“To take control of my anxiety and depression without the use of prescription drugs which are highly addictive! Psilocybin mushrooms are not addictive at all and are completely natural.”
In fact, according to Forbes, Silicon Valley is all about microdosing on magic mushrooms, because it gives them an edge over their competitors, helping them stay focused. It supposedly boosts creativity and work performance, and Steve Jobs was supposedly a fan.
Plus, in the recent (and well worth watching) Goop documentary, it was revealed that Gwyeth Paltrow sent her staff to give ‘shrooms a go in Jamaica, to treat anxiety and depression, with many comparing the experience to therapy.
How much does it cost?
“I have a lovely friend who actually grows them himself. We call him the wizard, so completely free for me. But I’ve had friends who’ve paid a lot of money for them!”
Are there any downsides?
“The price for other people as it is still classed an an illegal drug in the UK.”
It’s still illegal in the UK and much of the US – although if Denver, Colorado is anything to go by, that may change.
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Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.