Some Canadians are microdosing magic mushrooms for their mental health, but research on benefits is slim – CBC

Evidence hasn’t shown that psilocybin or other psychedelics work in small doses, says research psychologist

Apr 29, 2023

When Shannon Chiarenza needs to “dial down the stress” and sort through challenges in her life, she sometimes reaches for a microdose of psilocybin.

“I found it to have been very beneficial for my mental health,” said Shannon Chiarenza, a mother and content creator in Vancouver.

Psilocybin is the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. When Chiarenza takes it, which she started doing three years ago, she uses a very small amount — less than 300 milligrams.

Taking such small amounts of a drug at a time is known as microdosing.

“Either you won’t feel anything or you will feel just like a calmness in the background,” she said.

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