The effects of microdosing can vary from dose to dose and this inconsistency can dictate what kind of experience one may have. Some are just looking for a boost in mood or a sense of balance while some enjoy the anticipation and shift in perceptions that’s possible from microdosing.
When psilocybe mushrooms are freshly picked, psilocybin and psilocin are both present. The stem will start to bruise and turn dark blue. This is known to be the psilocybin. On the other hand, Psilocin (the compound that shifts your state and gets you high) degrades quite quickly after being freshly picked. If stored in the fridge, they will start to quickly degrade and rot. When properly dried and cured, the psilocybin in the dried mushroom will remain stable for a long shelf life.
When consuming Psilocybin Cubensis mushrooms in whole fruit or ground powdered form the mushroom matter is broken down by the stomach acid, passing the psilocybin to the liver and turning it into psilocin where it then gets processed in the brain. At this point, it is believed that at least 50% of the psilocybin can be lost through this common practice.
Since microdosed amounts can be quite small to begin with, any loss of psilocybin ingesting it the standard way can affect the experience as a whole. If you are sipping on some home made tea or a smoothie dosed with micro levels of psilocybin mushrooms, the delay and latency of the psilocybin may leave you with more to be desired. You may experience a calm & subtle shift that may come in waves or you may become irritable and unsure of how you really feel.
Here is a piece from the Handbook of Analytic Seperations, published in 2008, which states:
. They also used aqueous alcohol which increased the amount of psilocin recovered from the plant material. This was ultimately discovered to be an anomalous result from the degradation of psilocybin to psilocin. Use of dilute acetic acid solutions was found to be better for this recovery without the degradation problem.
A common and effective practice of extracting psilocybin from mushroom matter is by using an aqueous alcohol.
However, the “use of dilute acetic acid solutions” was found to be more effective.
And lemon juice happens to be an acetic acid.
If you could convert the Psilocybin before it enters the body and ingest it in the form of Psilocin, this may be the the cleanest and most effective way of consuming it.
For many of those seeking an enhanced and vivid experience, this could be your go-to method for microdosing.
For us, this method has been a staple in our practice and a definite gamechanger.
Here’s an excerpt from The Psilocybin Bible, which touches on it candidly:
Possibly the simplest consumption method with the most immediate and most intense effects, lemon tek involves soaking your ground mushrooms in lemon juice for half an hour then taking the resulting lemon juice like a shot. Some people swear by this method, claiming it brings the high on incredibly quick.
The theory behind this method is that instead of waiting for the acids in your stomach to break down the mushrooms, you’re creating an outside environment for that to happen in; namely, the acid in the lemon juice.
Thus the psilocybin starts to break down into psilocin before you’ve ingested, allowing your body to just grab hold of that psilocin before you know it. It’s worth noting that these claims are made by people on the internet, and there is very little evidence that this actually occurs.
You’ll need to use the juice of a lemon; make sure that the liquid completely covers your ground-up shrooms. If you choose to leave the solution for longer than 30 minutes, then there may be a more advanced breakdown of psilocybin and you’ll likely get higher quicker. However, we think that 30 minutes is about right.
Use real lemon juice for this method, not the stuff out of a bottle. You don’t have to add a teaspoon of honey before you take the shot, but it makes it a little more palatable and the sugar can help take the edge off the trip a little bit. However, feel free to leave this out if you prefer. Some have said that adding a shot of whiskey or rum to the mixture is also a good way to mask the taste, but we’d never recommend that of course.
Dosing in this method can be difficult, as the experience is so intense.
For a trip that comes on quickly but is relatively mild, consider a microdose of 0.3 grams. That should leave you nicely funky without wiping you out entirely. Don’t worry if you don’t have the scales to weigh out a dose this low, simply weigh out a gram and split it three ways. A normal dose for one person with lemon tek is between 0.5 and 1 gram per person. Always dose lower than you first think; remember, you can always take more.
~ From The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible | Chapter 13 – Page 297 & 298
~ The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible | Chapter 13 – Page 297 & 298