Often times, the conversation surrounding Psychedelics includes the association of a hallucination experience. As this may be true, it’s not always the case. Indigenous cultures have been working with Psychedelic plants for many thousands of years for not only physical healing but also spiritual worship. Normally they will work with large quantities of Psychedelic plants in a ceremonial setting. This is what we like to refer to as MACRO-dosing.
There is great benefit to occasional Macro-dosing, depending on the user’s end goal. That might be spiritual enlightenment, higher consciousness, or elevated perception. There are a few names for this type of dosing – Macro, Ceremonial, or Hero Dose.
At John Hopkins University, they have been conducting studies for the last few decades on patients who suffer from depression, end of life anxiety, addiction and PTSD with the use of a Hero dose. This is normally 3-5 grams of Psilocybin (Psychedelic) Mushrooms, administered by and monitored by a professional clinician as the patient occasionions their psychedelic experience.
But for those who choose to work with a MICRO-dose, they may only use .1 – .25 grams of Psilocybin, never actually feeling any affects at all. The purpose is not to necessarily feel anything, but to aid in the re-wiring of their neural network in hopes of achieving much of the same desired affects that Macro-dosing offers.
Both are highly beneficial, but to each it’s own. Which path would you prefer to take?
Every member of the Mushroom Doctor team is a Veteran whose mission it is to see those who suffer from PTSD find healing and freedom from the the debilitating affects. But we also know that PTSD is not reserved for Veterans alone. In fact, nearly everyone suffers from some form of trauma or another.
If you’ve ever read the book, “The Body Keeps The Score”, you would discover that the author’s assertions from years of study is that trauma is saved like a record in the unconscious mind that we refer to as the body. Trauma can be absorbed at the molecular level and healing can not be found from Talk Therapy alone.
Statistics reveal to us that an average of 22 Veterans commit suicide each day due to PTSD, and many of those were prescribed psychotropic medication with little to no affect. In recent years, many Veterans who suffer from the deteriorating affects of PTSD are finding healing in the arms of Psychedelic Assisted Therapy.
Studies are revealing a rapid decline in PTSD in subjects that work with psychedelic plant medicine on occasional macro-dose or daily micro-dose levels. The exciting news is that they are finding this modality is not only saving lives, but has zero side effects that one might find in prescribed medication.
You don’t have to be a veteran to understand the debilitating nature of PTSD, and you don’t have to continue living with the mental or emotional affliction it brings to your relationships, work, or overall well-being. There is a solution and it’s found in nature.
First, what IS micro-dosing as it relates to psychedelics? Well, to put it simply – it’s taking a small dose on a regular basis to aid in mental and emotional relief without feeling high. The purpose of micro-dosing is not necessarily to “feel” anything, but instead, to encourage the growth of new neurons in the brain so we can feel better, perceive the world with less negativity, and make better decisions that will benefit our relationships, work, and life.
What does that look like?
Well, by micro-dosing a very small amount of psychedelic substances such as Psilocybin Mushrooms, the blood flow to our Default Mode Network – the function of the brain that we make decisions or react from when we encounter a stress or stimuli (or yucky emotion) – slows and the ability to make different or “better” decisions is exercised.
A whole new world opens up for us! Instead of making the same old negative choices, or reacting poorly when life throws us a curve ball, we get to make more positive and beneficial choices. The more we do this, new neural pathways are created in the brain and our ability to be more productive, happy, and successful in each day will increase.
“What fires together, wires together”, so the more we re-wire our brain and develop alternative and healthy responses to the stressors life throws our way, the more we will live happier and healthier lives. This will overflow into our relationships, our businesses, our life purpose, and all we desire to see come to fruition in our world.