Is microdosing addictive?

Nicolas Roegiers
July 13, 2022
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Of course it all depends on the substance you microdose. In our case we are talking about the active ingredient of the ‘magic truffles’ called psilocybine. The short answer is no.

Microdosing comes with a lot of benefits. It gives you the opportunity to find your focus, feel more positive and live in the moment. It may even be a treatment for headaches, allergies and several health disorders. Because of its many advantages, the question is sometimes asked whether you can get addicted or habituated to microdosing. That was our main question too, when thinking about Aydoo in the first place. In short the answer is no. But let's dive a little deeper.

According to science and confirmed by the ‘Drug Policy Alliance’ psilocybin is not considered to be addictive physically or mentally. Nor does it cause compulsive use. One of the reasons is that the human body quickly builds tolerance to psilocybin, such that people that could have a addictive behaviour require much higher doses after only a few days of repeated use, making it extremely difficult to have any effect after more than four days of repeated usage. One of the reasons to follow a protocol.

Following a protocol

When you find your sweet spot, you can start following one of the five recommended protocols. Each protocol consists of a number of days on which you do not take a dose:

  • Fadiman protocol: take a dose on day one and four in a six day week.
  • Two Fixed Days per Week: chose two fixed days in a seven day week
  • Microdosing Institute Protocol: take a microdose every other day
  • Stacking: take a microdose at the four first days of the week and then wait three days to start over again
  • Intuitive way: feel for yourself when it is a good time to microdose

After 4 to 10 weeks of following a protocol, you choose what works best for you. Some people decide to decrease their dose for the next period or try another protocol.

Whatever protocol you use, we recommend inserting a reset period after a cycle of 4 to 10 weeks. This means that you take 2 to 4 weeks rest to reset your system. Why? When you take your microdose for too many weeks in a row, as with other supplements, the effects will diminish. This is why we incorporate a reset period in every microdosing protocol.

Inserting a reset period to prevent habituation

A reset period helps prevent any kind of tolerance. Tolerance or habituation means that you need to take a higher dosage to achieve the same effect. Increasing your dosage without thinking this through, can be dangerous because more side effects and risks are associated with higher dosages.

Moreover, the lower intensity of the effects is in part psychological. You are no longer paying attention to the effects and your body gets used to the routine. Taking a larger dose won’t help. It is better to allow yourself a full reset. In this way your body can naturally adjust and after a few weeks you will be eager to take a microdose again.

The importance of coaching

Following your protocol and incorporating a reset period is important. To help you stick to it, and do it in a safe and guided way, Aydoo provides professional coaching. We developed a journal and app for daily result tracking. That makes it possible for you to make an inventory of how you experience your microdosing journey.

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