I was diagnosed with depression and didn't want to go back on pharmaceutical antidepressants which made me chubby and destroyed my libido.
Last February a friend gave me some mushrooms. What strain? Who knows! I ground them up in the coffee grinder I use for spices and took a little every 4th day. A little? less than 1/8 teaspoon. I'll attach a picture.
After two doses (8 days) I noticed my mood and energy elevated, and that I was 100% kinder to the people I love the most. I felt like my real self before my depression. I continued to dose until last winter when my friend's source dried up. After about a month off the dosing, I spiraled back down. By late January 2019 I was pretty miserable. In February I started to research growing my own and sent off cash to Source of Spores, who is not fulfilling a sacred responsibility (the spores still have not arrived and my emails and texts have not been answered). I found this forum, got some spores from a source I found here and inoculated Saturday morning.
(I have found a limited source to tide me over until I can grow my own medication).
I strongly recommend Ayelet Waldman's book "A Really Good Day" (https://www.amazon.c...e/dp/1101973722) about her experiences with microdosing LSD, as well as her perspective as a former Federal Public Defender. My public library had it.
I haven't read Michael Pollan's book but I'm glad a bestselling author has jumped on and is normalizing microdosing for the general public.
I take a bit every 4th day. I have never taken enough to get any psychedelic effects.
I think each person has to figure this out on their own. Different people have higher or lower tolerances, different crops/strains may have different amounts of the medication. Start small and work up incrementally. I have read some opinions that you should work up to a point where you get some psychedelic effects and then back off a bit. I'm not so sure. It may be a much smaller dose than "just below tripping" that is effective.
I think the coffee grinder is a good idea for homogenizing what may be a heterogeneous material (caps and stems different? I don't know).
Be well and happy and kind to your loved ones.