I Quit Adderall and Now I’m Microdosing Psilocybin

Magic mushrooms changed my mind, and that’s how I found my focus. An ADHD experience, six months later.

Dylan M. Austin

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two dried mushroom stems atop a line of microdosing capsules

TL;DR: I’ve microdosed with psilocybin for six months. Here’s how it’s going, a Q&A with my social media followers, and an exclusive discount for ordering magic mushrooms products online (yes, really).

It’s not legal, it’s not formally approved for medical use, and it’s riddled with controversy, but I’ve been taking magic mushrooms every workday for six months.

Okay, fine.

To put it a little less salaciously, I’ve been taking a measured, consistent, low dose of mushrooms every weekday for six months to treat my troop* of mental illnesses. And the truth is, I’ve never felt better.

Did you know that a collection of mushrooms is called a “troop?” I didn’t until I just Googled it for this very reason. We learn a lot around here.

This was far from a random decision on my part, though I do my fair share of those. It’s not the complete picture as to why I decided to add shrooms to my daily vitamin intake, but the ongoing ADHD medication shortage right now is truly abysmal.

Even if I wanted to stay on Adderall (more on that later), the reliability of procuring those little pills has been challenging for (emphasis on plural) years now. So what’s the alternative?

“It’s called microdosing and it’s perfectly safe.”

A micro intro to Psilocybin

The world of mental health research is increasingly interested in the potential of psilocybin — a natural compound derived from certain mushrooms — as a therapeutic tool for all sorts of conditions.

Because the government and Big Pharma are evil and dumb and bad, you probably have some unjustified level of negative association with hallucinogens. Maybe you’ve seen headlines about mushrooms treating depression, but they seem exaggerated for clicks…

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Dylan M. Austin

Copy and content writer in Seattle. Sometimes satirical, sometimes sincere. Run-on mixed metaphor. Gay, autistic dog dad with ADHD (and too many plants).