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Minimal doses of cannabis or psychedelics spread evenly 3X per day.
Purpose: To describe a dose schedule I have been using for years with cannabis, but only recently extrapolated to mushrooms that allows me to stay at a steady-state that is subtle, maximizes therapeutic benefit, and contributes minimally to tolerance building.
Background: In the pharmaceutical world, a steady-state is reached when the amount of drug in your body stays relatively constant all day. It is a standard dosing procedure used in many different types of medications, but especially mood-stabilizers, antidepressants, and anti-psychotics. It’s very common for prescription medications to be dosed multiple times per day to achieve this. I have found additional benefits from applying this theoretical knowledge to my life…
Protocol: Use your therapeutic minimum (the least amount of any substance you need to receive the main desired effect) 3X per day
EXAMPLE SCHEDULE (CANNABIS) –
- 8:00AM – 3 hits of a 40/40/20 CBG/CBD/THC blend
- 2:00PM – 2 hits of 40/40/20 ^^^
- 8:00PM – 0.5-1g joint of 40/40/20***
EXAMPLE SCHEDULE (MUSHROOMS) –
- 8:00AM – 0.10 – 0.15g
- 2:00PM – 0.10 – 0.15g
- 8:00PM – 0.15 – 0.3g***
*** The reason I up this last one, because it helps overcome the increase in metabolic enzymes (monoamine oxidase) and feels fairly comparable to me by that point in the day.
NOTE – I rarely combine these two protocols and instead alternate them on a cycle as needed (on my mushroom days I do consume cannabis, but typically only at night as I’m winding down). A 7 day week for me could look like: Monday (cannabis), Tuesday (mushrooms), Wednesday (cannabis), Thursday (mushrooms), Friday (mushrooms or cannabis or nothing), Saturday (ad libitum/no schedule), Sunday (mushrooms or cannabis).
Discussion: I started experimenting with this protocol in late 2018, three whole years after I first introduced CBD into my medical cannabis routine and blasted everything I thought I knew about cannabis wide open. It took three years, because that’s how long it took me to finally feel comfortable understanding how CBD affects THC for me, and could feel confident moving forward without introducing too many other new variables.
The active molecules that make us feel things each have their own half-life, which is the amount of time it takes for half of the active molecules to be deactivated by our body. The longer the half-life, the longer the molecule will be actively circulating, the longer we will feel the effects.
The half-life of cannabis and mushrooms are both fairly low, meaning they fall below the amount needed to feel the effects after a few hours. Using low doses typically means the half-life is perceivably shorter, because you’re starting off at the threshold of feeling things to begin with.
I would never suggest that anyone try this without the consent and supervision of a medical professional (nurse, MD, DO, PsyD, etc) or therapist who can answer questions on a 1:1 basis. This giant gap in knowledge between scientists and public service workers who keep our society healthy and safe is a huge problem. And it’s a problem we are far too delayed in addressing and why I’m so passionate about sharing my information with everyone, including doctors, therapists, and, yes, even the police and politicians if they are open to learning about how these medicines can be powerful tools to help reduce harm in the community.