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After its decriminalization in many parts of the world, cannabis has been a popular investment among financial markets, but experts agree that cannabis’s time in the spotlight is coming to an end, making way for the psilocybin industry’s ride to stardom.

Adding a microdose of psilocybin to your morning routine by consuming mushroom capsules might sound reckless to some, but those that have experienced the effects that microdosing has on the body and mind, say otherwise.

Every Monday morning, Sam, a 28-year-old professional working in the tech industry and living in Santa Barbara California, wakes up and gets ready for the day before him. He reads the news, enjoys an everything bagel, gulps down a cup of coffee, and finally, swallows a small capsule, containing 10 mg of psilocybin mushrooms. Commonly known as microdosing.

What is microdosing?

Microdosing is “the action or practice of taking or administering very small amounts of a drug in order to test or benefit from its physiological action while minimizing undesirable side effects.”

With the assistance of a mental health care professional and an in-depth microdosing guide, people can slowly start adapting a microdosing routine into their everyday lives, just as Sam from Santa Barbara has.

Of course, how much and how often will depend on what your psychiatrist thinks is best. But once a person finds the right amount for them to function without fogging their mind or any side effects that come with overdoing it, incorporating psilocybin mushrooms into a daily routine is said to be seamless. And the part is, those that have done it, claim that microdosing mushroom capsules don’t come with any of the harsh side effects that, say, antidepressants come with.

The amount of people that have underlying depression, anxiety, and lack of mental sharpness on a day-to-day basis, seems to always be increasing. Microdosing can help people that suffer from any degree of these illnesses.

What drive people to take mushroom capsules before going to work

We asked Sam why he felt like he needed to take medicinal mushroom capsules before work.

“The increase of empathy and mental clarity that microdosing psilocybin brings me, has changed my life,” says Sam. Going on to explain that when the workday gets stressful, he is able to work through problems with a calm mind, and a greater ability to hear other peoples’ points of view when handling the occasional workplace dispute.

And Sam is not alone in using psilocybin as a performance enhancer at work. More and more people are reportedly microdosing, on the job, and off, as they claim it boosts creativity, empathy, concentration and apparently helps people feel more present.

Naturally, different kinds of jobs would require different kinds of mindsets, but generally, a “good employee” should be productive, be able to think outside the box, and should also be able to communicate comfortably and clearly with co-workers.

When you take a look at the personal testimonies of people that claim to microdose on a daily basis, it’s no mystery as to why. It appears that psilocybin, for many people at least, helps people fill the roles they are expected to play at the workplace.

Microdosing Canada offers a hopeful new future treatment

As more and more scientific evidence of the benefits that psilocybin mushrooms can bring comes forth, a sense of hope and excitement is swelling. The concept of less harsh treatments for things like depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD is something that millions of people in Canada alone could benefit tremendously from.

Traditional treatments for these conditions can make day-to-day life difficult. Even for people with varying levels of mood disorders, things like work performance, family life, and personal relationships can be difficult to maintain. But can psilocybin mushrooms really help everyone?

Are mushroom capsules safe for everyone?

In the past few years, a plethora of new evidence from scientific studies has come forth, showcasing the potential that psilocybin mushrooms could have on the psychiatric field, and revolutionize the way we treat mental illness.

But to say that mushroom capsules are safe for everyone, would be a reach. Each person is different, and consequently, what works for some people might not work for others. There are things like preexisting conditions and allergies that need to be considered.

It’s for this reason that microdosing mushroom capsules should be something guided by a health professional in a controlled setting first.

Is it Legal?

Psilocybin is technically still illegal to possess, produce and sell within the borders of Canada, with the exception of scientific and medical research. However, currently, Canada is one of the only countries around the world that allows the consumption of medicinal mushroom capsules, specifically for people who have severe depression and other mental illnesses. People with terminal illnesses are exempt from the law prohibiting possession.