For mental health, well-being and well-living
Microdosing Plant Medicines & Psychedelic compounds is revealing itself to be the next leap in the evolution of mental health therapies and well-being in general.
I see micro-dosing as a revolution in the field of mental health, and a bridge between the ancient and traditional ways of working with Sacred Plant Medicines and the modern approaches towards healing, both in conventional, alternative & complementary therapeutic modalities.
Microdosing and the use of very small doses of plant medicines is not something entirely new: cultures of all around the world use their Sacred Medicines in smaller doses than their usual ceremonial and healing doses to assist their daily life, tasks and the well-being of their community.
In my personal experience, coming from a long record of mental health adversities, microdosing plant medicines following a scheduled protocol to support mental & emotional health challenges has radically made a difference with amazing and very impressive results. I feel microdosing is a powerful way to receive the blessings this Master Plants have to support us in our journey of life.
These Master Plants are here to remind us who we are, to teach us how to live in harmony in ways that are honoring to our uniqueness and in synergy and collaboration with everything around us, surroundings, nature and beyond. They're here to help us remember and teach us how to live well, be well and walk in beauty.
Microdosing Plant Medicines ultimately awakens a sense of deeper connection and appreciation for life and everything that’s part of it, bringing us home within and create and live our lives from that space, walking, living and being in beauty, gratitude, appreciation, meaningfully and purposefully.
Microdosing is basically the intake of a sub-perceptual dose, 1/10 – 1/20 of what would be considered a “trip” dose of a Plant Medicine or a psychedelic compound.
A true microdose is low enough to not feel any of the usual effects attributed to psychedelic compounds and plant medicines at high doses, yet high enough to experience the subtle yet noticeable presence of the medicine and still allowing you to continue with your usual daily life.
To really allow the benefits of microdosing to reveal themselves and be integrated, a microdosing cycle usually it’s done in periods of 1 to 3 months with a resting time in between cycles, scheduled accordingly following one of the many available, suggested and safe protocols to work with these medicines.
Microdosing it’s a gentle, safe, easy to integrate and profound way to connect with Plant Medicines and receive their gifts, blessings and benefits.
Experiential and testimonial reports from thousands of people are
revealing it to be great for:
Alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression
Aid in the reparation and the recovery process of traumatic exeriences
Shifting thought patterns
Bring mental clarity
Open up perspective when experiencing challenges
Improving life quality in general
Boost creativity and motivation
Facilitate an easier access to “flow-states”
Improve social and interpersonal engagement
Equalize, harmonize and balance body-heart-mind-spirit
As psychedelic research grows, there are more and more accounts and clinical trials backing up these experiences and benefits and revealing even more of the potentiality and actual capacity these plants have to improve mental health and well-being in general.
We are witnessing a psychedelic renaissance happening , and psychedelic assisted therapies and healing modalities are bursting al over the globe, just like mushrooms and seedlings, popping up with the vibrancy of new life, new beginnings and possibilities.
As time goes by, clinical trials with psychedelics and plant medicines progress with positive and very promising results, and the account of thousands of people’s experience  grow speaking about how positively this way of working with Sacred medicines has impacted their lives, it becomes more obvious and evident how Plant Medicines and their compounds can be, paraphrasing Stanislav Grof, to mental health and wellbeing what the telescope was for astronomy or the microscope to biology: a complete game changer and revolution.
I have no doubt about that.
I experienced it myself, having worked with Plant Medicines as allies in different ways, helping me to shift and overcome depression, C-PTSD, anxiety, burnout and addiction, improving my quality of life and being amazing teachers and guides in ways beyond what I can describe with words.
Similarly, thousands of people report having radically shifted and overcome treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, C-PTSD, OCD, addiction, among many other mental health conditions and challenges.
This is also backed by a growing number of clinical trials and studies that have explored and are currently exploring the potential and actual capacity of these medicines to be the next evolution of mental health treatments 
And alongside this, there are thousands of years of use of Plant Medicines from different cultures with unique and specific ways to work with them, while all of them sharing the importance these medicines have in the well-being and health of both the individual and the community at large.
"Psychedelics and Plant medicines are to mental health and well being what the telescope was for astronomy or the microscope for biology:
A complete revolution"
WHY HAVE A MICRODOSING COACH?
As powerful as these medicines can be, this is not a “one-size fits-all” solution nor it’s intended to be a "quick fix"; every individual has a unique way in which these medicines can support in the best way.
In my experience and perspective, these medicines are holistic in their essence, and the best results can be achieved when approaching them following a method that matches that nature of Plant Medicines; That is by following a clear and well defined protocol that includes all aspects of human experience: Body - Heart - Mind & Spirit.
When working with these medicines for mental health & Well-being, having an appropriate process of preparation and integration, during the journey and after completion, that provides tools, resources and support to ensure receiving the most out the microdosing protol creates the fertile grounds for receiving what these Sacred Plants have for us, and allow the realizations and changes occurred to ground deeper, being embodied and translated into everyday life.
Microdosing plant medicines has the potential to be of incredible assistance for Well-Being & Well-Living, improving our quality of life, and it's important to approach it responsibly, informed and with clear intentions to receive the most out of it.
That’s when what I do comes into the scene, to support you find the best way to begin your microdosing protocol, gather the insights you’re receiving and integrate them into your life.
The space I offer and create for you it's a "Microdosing Launchpad". It is not therapy nor I'm giving medical advice, what I offer and the space I hold for you is intended to facilitate your journey, giving you fundamental information and resources to get started in an empowered and informed way for you to make the most out of your microdosing journey, help you to find the stepping stones that will guide you to accomplish your intentions for microdosing.
Plant Medicines bring clarity and, as guides and teachers they are, they show us the way, but it is our commitment and willingness to make the steps required to integrate and embody all that which they show and reveal to us that plays a big part in the process.
If you’re new to these kinds of medicines and feel this is something that you’d like to explore and that can support you in some way, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure it all out by yourself (what medicine suits best, how much, how often, when, when not, how it can help, frequency, appropriate way to follow a protocol, which one suits best, etc.) and find the best approach that will work for you.
Also, having some external support along the way as things unfold based on your intentions for microdosing and where you’re at in your life can be very helpful and it can be what makes a difference in being able to gather all the insights from the experience and integrate them into life.
Even if you are experienced with these medicines, having support as you go into a microdosing protocol and the integration of what’s unfolding makes a big difference to experience the best results of the process. This is specially true if you struggle following through and sticking to a protocol process; having someone walking alongside can be very beneficial along the way.
In my experience, having explored microdosing both in sporadic and spontaneous ways and following a schedule and being committed to it, I can notice the radical difference in the outcomes of the process related to my intentions to start a protocol and the long lasting improvement on several areas in my life.
With an spontaneous and unscheduled approach, I got some results with it and felt the medicine helping me, yet it was only when I followed and committed to a protocol over a period of time and was very dedicated to it and my process that I got the most lasting and profound effects.
THESE ARE THE WAYS WE CAN WORK TOGETHER...
MICRODOSING INITIATION SESSION
This session is designed to get you right on track for starting your microdosing protocol. Consider this your "Microdosing launchpad" created to provide you with all the information needed to get started + resources and stepping stones to help you on your journey.
In this 1hr session we’ll explore:
*Personal Assesment: Where you’re at and your motivations to start microdosing
*What microdosing is and it’s not
*How to approach a microdosing protocol
*Microdosing protocols and which one might suit best for you
*Microdosing scheduling & dosage
*Contraindications of microdosing,
*Microdosing plant medicines: which ones and how to do it,
*Plant medicines: Their background and Appropriate way to use them,
*Creating your personal microdosing ceremony,
*Tracking your process,
*Supportive practices to make the most out of your microdosing experience,
*Somatic wisdom: awakening and embodying your inner teacher
*Anchor points for supporting your journey,
*Protocol completion and integration.
100usd - 300usd on a income based sliding scale model.
More about the sliding scale model I use and how to find where you are in the scale HERE
& INTEGRATION SESSIONS
These sessions are an suitable for you if you're already following a microdosing journey and are a great to help you track your process and fine tune as required in moving forward.
They also provide a space for you to integrate what’s emerging and find perspective, more clarity from the insights, and receive further guidance to make the most out of your experience as you continue.
On these sessions I’ll be holding a space of loving presence and permission for you to share what’s unfolding, your realizations, challenges, shifts, insights and all that’s presenting itself along your microdosing journey.
I’ll also be offering perspective, reflections and further support and guidance as needed, to help you integrate your realizations and experiences, sharing other resources and practices that will support your process along the way.
100usd - 300usd on a income based sliding scale model.
More about the sliding scale model I use and how to find where you are in the scale HERE
MY APPROACH TO MICRODOSING PLANT MEDICINES
The space I offer and create for you it's aimed to provide a starting point, a "Microdosing Launchpad". It is not therapy nor is medical advice, what I offer and the space I hold for you is intended to facilitate your journey, giving you fundamental information and resources to get started in an empowered and informed way for you to make the most out of your microdosing journey, helping you to find the stepping stones that will guide you to accomplish your intentions for microdosing.
My personal approach to microdosing is based on working with Plant Medicines in their natural form (not synthetic compounds), and informed by my own experience of working with these medicines in different ways and settings and how they have supported me along my own life's journey.
Although Microdosing can also be explored with isolated, naturally extracted or synthesized forms of the compounds that are part of Plant Medicines (as well as other psychedelic substances), I feel and know by experience that it is in their original form that they can deliver the best results.
Plant medicines are a consciousness and a living being that deserves to be honored and respected, and it is through their natural form and wholesome essence that we can receive all the support they have for our body-heart-mind & Spirit alike. Consider the possibility, that these plants carry a Spirit, a Consciousness, that it's part of Mother Earth, and are here ready to support you, listen to you and help you be who you are here to be.
Before starting to work together, I like to connect first to get to know each other a bit more and find out how can I support you the best based on where you’re at in your life and your motivations & intentions to start a microdosing journey.
We will have a consultation call to connect, give you space to share what’s present for you and why you want to start microdosing, and if it feels like a resonant yes for both we’ll arrange everything to begin the journey.
MICRODOSING COACHING JOURNEY
This is a solid container to support your journey of microdosing for Well-being & Well-Living.
It begins with a Microdosing Initiation Session to connect, get to know one another, talk about your motivations and intentions to begin a microdosing protocol, discover the best way it can support you and find out if we are a fit for one another.
I will be holding a space of loving presence, permission and authenticity, welcoming you in your fulness of where you are.
We will work together for 1 month (or longer) depending on where you’re at and your intentions to start microdosing.
Working together over a period of time brings into the space the potency of a clear container that allows you to feel held along the way and gives you space to integrate things as the protocol and your process unfolds.
As your guide, this way of working together allows me to support you in the best of my capacity, being available for you as required along the way and be a pillar and accountability resource for you to make the most out of your experience and really embody and integrate the insights and realizations of this time into your life in down to earth ways.
If you're new to these plants and/or want to use microdosing to support you in a specific way I highly recommend you considering going into a minimum 1 month microdosing journey to make the most out of your experience and have support along the way. Consistency is essential in order to experience the best results of working with these medicines in this way.
This container created is therapeutic yet it's not meant to replace therapy or medical treatment. It is however a powerful space that can support you in making meaningful changes and improve your quality of living, as well as synergize with any other healing modality, whether conventional or alternative, that you are working with towards your well-being and healing.
What you receive from me:
Weekly 60-90min sessions via zoom.
Email and text messaging support as required (answering within 24hrs).
1 extra check in and integration session after the completion of our time working together.
THIS IS GREAT FOR YOU IF:
You want to start microdosing but don’t know how to do it,
You’re taking your first steps into plant medicines and are unfamiliar with them,
You’re considering microdosing plant medicines can support you at this time,
You’d like to have a external support person to start your journey,
You want a dedicated regular check-in space during you microdosing protocol,
You want to use microdosing to address a mental and/or emotional health and wellbeing challenge you're facing,
I offer my sessions on an income-based sliding scale model.
Inspired by the Spirit and wisdom of Sacred Reciprocity, known as Ayni in the Andean Tradition, inclusivity, accessibility & fair exchange, I feel that offering an income-based sliding scale is the most aligned way to provide access to everyone, in a way that's honoring all parts involved.
1st session Microdosing Initiation: 100usd - 300usd*
+ 4 sessions journey: 355usd - 1155usd*
TOTAL INVESTMENT: 455usd - 1455usd*
To find out where you fit in the scale, check out my quick guide to the sliding scale model
READY TO START?
0% interest payment plans are available.
If you're undergoing financial hardship at the moment and feel a strong call to do it, please contact me to have a conversation and find a payment plan that works and feels great for both of us.
Contributions on the higher end of the scale helps those that are in a financial challenge to afford this program and allows me to open up spaces for scholarships and pro-bono sessions.
It is a powerful way to take part in your own process while also supporting the larger community.
In the same Spirit of Sacred Reciprocity, a percentage of your investment is directed to support different communities and projects I'm connected to like elders of the Tz'utujil community in Guatemala, The Yawanawa in Brazil, and Bumi Sehat Foundation in Bali.
If you want to know more about what's the best approach for you or you're still not sure if this is for you contact me and we can have a free 15' consultation call.
*Payment, Refund and Re-scheduling Policy: Sessions are confirmed once payment is cleared.
Unless we had agreed on something else, sessions are paid upfront and in full.
There are no refunds for the session(s). 24hrs notice for cancellations and rescheduling is needed.
"I'm grateful and blessed for the beautiful session with Juan. His energy, presence, passion, voice, music, the space and container created honoring Cacao and the traditions helped me learn a lot and gave me a beautiful foundation to continue working and connecting with Cacao for myself and others when the time comes.
Looking forward to connect again and learn more!"
References & further resources for your research
Here are further resources and cites that provide more information for you. I highly encourage you to do your own research and gather as many perspectives you feel necessary in exploring this fascinating, ancient yet in some ways quite new and uncharted territory.
1. Schultes RE, Hofmann A. Plants of the gods: their sacred, healing, and hallucinogenic powers. Rochester, NY: Healing Arts Press; 1979; https://www.worldcat.org/title/plants-of-the-gods-their-sacred-healing-and-hallucinogenic-powers/oclc/47666585.
2. Psychedelic Speakers IV: Microdosing Webinar with James Fadiman and Sophia Korb (Jan. 20, 2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmfW25doED4
3. James Fadiman's website: https://sites.google.com/view/microdosingpsychedelics/home
4. Might Microdosing Psychedelics Be Safe and Beneficial? An Initial Exploration. James Fadiman, Ph.D. & Sophia Korb, Ph.D. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02791072.2019.1593561?journalCode=ujpd20
5. Self-Rated Effectiveness of Microdosing With Psychedelics for Mental and Physical Health Problems Among Microdosers - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00672/full
6. Powerful substances in tiny amounts: An interview study of psychedelic microdosing. Petter Grahl Johnstad - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1455072517753339
7. College of Medicine - Tucson - Department of Psychiatry; Psilocybin and OCD - An interview with Dr. Francisco Moreno and Dr. Brian Bayze; https://psychiatry.arizona.edu/news/psilocybin-and-ocd
9. Clinical potential of psilocybin as a treatment for mental health conditions - Jeremy Daniel, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP1 and Margaret Haberman, PharmD, BCPP -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6007659/
10. Classical hallucinogens as antidepressants? A review of pharmacodynamics and putative clinical roles - David Baumeister, Georgina Barnes, Giovanni Giaroli, and Derek Tracy -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4104707/
11. Safety, tolerability, and efficacy of psilocybin in 9 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder
13. Journal of Psychopharmacology - Psilocybin, psychological distress, and suicidality - Peter S Hendricks, Matthew W Johnson, and Roland R Griffiths - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, Birmingham, AL, USA; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baltimore, MD, USA - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4721603/pdf/nihms750560.pdf
14. Journal of Psychopharmacology - Pilot study of the 5-HT2AR agonist psilocybin in the treatment of tobacco addiction - Matthew W Johnson, Albert Garcia-Romeu, Mary P Cosimano, & others - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269881114548296
15. A systematic study of microdosing psychedelics - Vince Polito, R ichard J. Stevenson; February 6, 2019; https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0211023