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Article: The top 6 microdosing protocols

The top 6 microdosing protocols
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The top 6 microdosing protocols

Embarking on a journey of microdosing can open doors to a heightened wellbeing. As this practice continues to capture the fascination of curious minds, it becomes increasingly important to delve into the microdosing protocol options. While the Fadiman protocol may have taken the spotlight, we invite you to join us on an exploration of other routines.

 In the following section, we will unravel the secrets of different microdosing protocols, equipping you with a comprehensive understanding that will help you unlock the full potential of microdosing, and choose a method that works for you. 

 

  1. FADIMAN MICRODOSING PROTOCOL

 Designed for beginners, this protocol follows a three-day cycle repeated over four to eight weeks. The first day is a microdosing day, followed by a transition day, where some effects of the microdose may still be felt. The third day is a normal day for reflection. Trying this protocol for at least a month helps determine its effectiveness for you. This routine is often abbreviated to- 1 day on, 2 days off. 

DAY 1: Microdosing day

DAY 2: Transition day

DAY 3: Normal day / Reflection day

DAY 4: Microdosing day

DAY 5: Continue cycle for 1 to 2 months

RESET: 2 to 4 weeks of rest (no microdosing)

Interestingly, the famous Fadiman routine for microdosing is based on anecdotal data and was not originally devised by Fadiman himself. It emerged from the experiences and reports of individuals experimenting with microdosing psychedelics, and Fadiman popularized this approach through his book and advocacy. The routine has since become widely known and followed by many individuals interested in microdosing as it suits a wide range of lifestyles.

 

2. 'TWO DAYS A WEEK' / FIXED MICRODOSING PROTOCOL

 For those who prefer a consistent schedule with set days, choose two fixed days in a week that suit your routine. Ensure at least one day between microdosing days and follow this cycle for one to two months. 

DAY 1: Microdosing day on a day of your choice

DAY 2: Transition day

DAY 3: Normal day / Reflection day

DAY 4: Microdosing day on a day of your choice. Keep a minimum of 1 day between microdosing days

CYCLE: continue for 1 to 2 months

RESET: 2 to 4 weeks of rest

 

 3. 'EVERY OTHER DAY' / MICRODOSING INSTITUTE PROTOCOL

This protocol, popularized by the Microdosing Institute, is designed for individuals seeking relief from conditions like depression, anxiety, or migraines. It involves microdosing on alternate days and transitioning days. Maintain the cycle for one to two months.

DAY 1: Microdosing day

DAY 2: Transition day

DAY 3: Microdosing day

DAY 4: Transition day / Transition day

CYCLE: continue for 1 to 2 months

RESET: 2 to 4 weeks of rest (no microdosing)

 

4. 'INTUITIVE MICRODOSING' PROTOCOL

This flexible protocol allows you to decide intuitively when to microdose while ensuring at least one day between doses. It is suitable for those who have previously followed the Fadiman protocol and prefer a more intuitive approach.

 

5. PAUL STAMETS 'STACKING LION'S MANE' PROTOCOL

 Developed by renowned mycologist Paul Stamets, this protocol combines low-dose psilocybin, niacin flush (vitamin B3), and lion's mane mushroom. The recommended schedule is four days on and three days off, followed by a rest period of two to four weeks.

DAY 1 through 4: Stacking Lion's mane, psilocybin and niacin

DAY 5 to 7: Rest or Lion's mane only

DAY 1 through 4: Stacking Lion's mane, psilocybin and niacin

DAY 5 through 7: Rest or Lion's mane only

CYCLE: continue up to 1 month

RESET: 2 to 4 weeks rest (no microdosing)

 

6. NIGHTCAP MICRODOSING PROTOCOL

 This protocol is beneficial for individuals who experience fatigue while microdosing. It involves taking the microdose before bedtime, at least an hour before sleep. This may help to improve the quality of sleep and even lead to vivid dreams. Follow the cycle for one to two months, followed by a rest period of two to four weeks.

 

DAY 1: Microdosing 'nightcap' evening

DAY 2: Transition day

DAY 3: Microdosing 'nightcap' evening

DAY 4: Transition day

CYCLE: continue for 1 to 2 months

RESET: 2 to 4 weeks of rest (no microdosing)

 

THE CONCLUSION 

Exploring the different microdosing protocols is crucial to finding the approach that best suits your needs and goals. While the Fadiman protocol and the 'two days a week' protocol are widely recognized, it's important to consider other options as well. Each protocol offers a unique schedule and structure, allowing you to tailor your microdosing practice according to your preferences and desired outcomes.

By experimenting with different protocols, you can gain valuable insights into how microdosing affects your mind, body, and overall well-being. It's important to note that microdosing is a personal journey, and what works for one individual may not work for another. Therefore, taking the time to explore and find the most suitable protocol for you is essential.

When embarking on your microdosing journey, it is advisable to commit to a specific protocol for an extended period, typically one to two months. This duration allows for a more comprehensive assessment of its effects and provides a better understanding of how microdosing can benefit you personally. Switching between protocols too frequently may hinder your ability to fully evaluate their impact on your daily life.

Additionally, the incorporation of reflection or transition days in many protocols is highly valuable. These days allow you to compare your experiences on microdosing days to regular days, enabling you to gain insights into the effects and benefits of microdosing. Taking the time to reflect and observe any changes in your cognition, mood, productivity, or overall well-being can provide valuable self-awareness and aid in making informed decisions about continuing or adjusting your microdosing practice.

Lastly, it's essential to listen to your body and mind throughout the process. Pay attention to how each protocol affects you physically, mentally, and emotionally. This self-awareness will help you make informed choices and adapt your microdosing routine accordingly.

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