If you’re trying to get the most out of your psychedelic experiences, or simply want to maximize the utility of a first or infrequent dose, there are tools that you can use. Different approaches—whether you’re microdosing, tripping, or preparing for either—have different methods to make your experience easy, insightful and enjoyable.
Physical tools for tripping and microdosing
These physical tools make up a part of your ‘setting’ or the environment where you use magic mushrooms.
Grinding your mushrooms in bulk, before weighing doses, is the best way to increase consistency between experiences from the same batch. This eliminates the chance of getting a “strong shroom” surprise—the Russian roulette of group trips. The potency of individual mushrooms can vary by as much as ten-fold between mushrooms from different batches.
Tracking the aspects of your trip or microdose in a journal will help you find the factors that reliably provide you with positive outcomes. It helps you define your intention before you begin, track your insights during the session, and reflect on your experience after the fact. Many experienced psychonauts and therapist guides mention the possibility of “recapturing the magic” long after a trip ends—simply by reviewing the notes from your enlightened states.
Having a creative outlet during your heightened state is often a strong suggestion, especially alongside a journal. This can be something as simple as some pencils and paper, all the way to clay and paints. Even microdosing is associated with increased creativity and other measures of divergent thinking.
Prepared psilocybin products
One of the easiest ways to maximize your trip or microdosing is to buy prepared psilocybin products, skipping the hassle of grinding and dosing. Some examples include encapsulated microdoses with a dash of cacao; simple, pre-dosed, quarter-gram capsules; or more sophisticated blends that might include additions like CBD or ginseng. With some preparation and empty capsules, you can develop and create your own preferred blends alongside quality dried mushrooms.
Like the cacao, CBD and ginseng that are mentioned in the products above, there are some other well-known options that might make your experience different or more enjoyable.
While it’s not totally clear, something in lemons accentuates the psilocybin trip. It often intensifies and shortens the experience, though it doesn’t do it reliably. Other acidic substances like citrus or tomato can also mimic this phenomenon.
Ginger is known to treat indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. This is due to its ability to provoke gastric movement and emptying. If you’re prone to nausea after eating magic mushrooms, consider adding ginger in some way, or preparing a tea.
Many psychonauts are considering how they can introduce cannabis into their magic mushroom experiences, given expanding legalization. Combining the two can both intensify your trip, and potentially cloud the overall adventure. The possible effects will also depend on the potency of your cannabis, and whether it is THC- or CBD-rich.
Applying these tools have the power to maximize your trips and super-charge your microdoses.