What are Magic Mushrooms

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MAGIC MUSHROOMS PRODUCTS.

When you are trying to understand something new, the natural thing to do is research as much as
possible. You’re here because magic mushrooms have intrigued you, and you’d like to know everything that you can before you try them for yourself. In this article, we’re going to dive into everything you need to know about magic mushrooms so that you are informed before you go on your trip!

W hat Are Magic Mushrooms?

Also known as “shrooms,” magic mushrooms refer to any mushrooms you can find containing the chemical psilocybin. Psilocybin is a chemical that offers the user the hallucinogenic effect they seek when they dabble in mushrooms. It works by binding to the serotonin receptors in the brain, creating an altered mood and a changed perception. Psilocybin mushrooms grow naturally around the world, and they are mostly found in moist, damp environments. In a lot of cases, you will find that the mushrooms you are looking for have been cultivated and grown by an individual, rather than in the wild. It’s the safest way to get magic mushrooms; you can guarantee that you’re not going to eat poisonous fungi!

Types Of Magic Mushrooms

Most people aren’t aware that there are almost 200 known types of mushrooms that contain psilocybin. There are, however, variations of mushroom that are used more than others, and these include:

Psilocybe Cubensis

These are the most popular of all the “magic mushroom” varieties and are widely cultivated and sold. They are easily identifiable by their large caps, with some looking conical in young mushrooms. They have a cinnamon hue, and the gills beneath the caps are spaced out and darker as they age.

Psilocybe Cyanescens

While these are not as well known as the psilocybe cubensis, the psilocybe cyanescens are slightly more intense and smaller than their psilocybin cousin. Most people refer to these mushrooms as “wavy caps” given their caps are large, flat, and wavy. When they’re moist, these are darker in color than dry, and the gills can be purple, and you can find them in mulched plant beds and wood chips.

Psilocybe Azurescen

Paul Stamets discovered this mushroom type almost 20 years ago, and it is known to be the most potent of all mushrooms worldwide. They’re a popular option and known as the “flying saucer” mushroom. They grow naturally in the West Coast, US.

Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric)

Given that we have said that there are over 200 variations of the magic mushroom,these are nowhere near all of the options available. However, these are the mushrooms that are widely cultivated and available for purchase.

Different Types of Mushroom Products

Magic mushrooms are most commonly found in their raw dried form, but can also be found in a variety of different forms. Shroom farms are producers that have come up with new and innovative ways to allow for mushroom users to enjoy the therapeutic benefits shrooms provide.

Below is are some of the main categories of magic mushroom product:

Dried Shrooms

Dried shrooms are basically magic mushrooms that have undergone a drying process. They are what most people picture when they think about psychedelic mushrooms. Dried mushrooms are by far the most common medicinal mushroom product on the market.

Shroom Capsules

The good thing about shroom capsules is that they are already portioned out into set doses of psilocybin. This means less guesswork and an easier time finding the right dosage. Many mushroom users microdose with shroom pills. Microdosing magic mushrooms are when a user takes a very low dose in order to get the therapeutic benefits of medicinal mushrooms but without the hallucinations and other intense psychedelic effects

Shroom Tea

Dried shrooms are basically magic mushrooms that have undergone a drying process. They are what most people picture when they think about psychedelic mushrooms. Dried mushrooms are by far the most common medicinal mushroom product on the market.

Shroom Chocolate

Shroom chocolates are perhaps the second most sought after psilocybin product after dried shrooms. Basically, psilocybin is infused into chocolate to create a rich and creamy treat. These delicious goodies are ideal for those who do not care for the taste of raw dried shrooms.

 

Shroom Gummies

Much like the shroom chocolate, shroom gummies are a tasty treat that is perfect for people who find dried shrooms to be a bit too bitter. Magic mushroom gummies are also infused with psilocybin and turned into psychedelic sweets for all to enjoy.

How to Consume Magic Mushrooms:

There is a range of ways that a user can consume magic mushrooms, and everyone has a different opinion on the best way to do it. Most people choose to ingest magic mushrooms in their whole form – as long as they have been washed. If you dry them out, you can preserve them for some
time – up to two years in some cases! Mushrooms are affected by the light.

The taste of magic mushrooms is different depending on the consumer. For example, some people hate the taste of regular mushrooms, but would still be willing to try magic mushrooms. Some people steep them in teaafter grinding up the mushrooms with a coffee grinder, and others mix it into chocolate. Other than dried mushrooms, shroom tea is the most common method. Some fry them up with a little oil or butter and have them as you would a regular mushroom. Lastly, if you can’t seem to bring yourself to taste them, you can consume them in a capsule.

What’s It Like?

The big question: what is it like to consume magic mushrooms? Well, we’re not talking about the taste anymore! Magic mushrooms have the potency to take you on a psychedelic trip, and each consumer experiences the trip differently. Many factors can impact the type of journey one experiences, yet there are a few things that you can expect to take away from a dose of magic mushrooms. Let’s take a look:

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    Expect your perception of reality to change. You may have seen people describing the walls undulating or there being a giant purple dragon in the lounge – reality doesn’t exist in a psychedelic trip Your senses will be heightened when you are taking magic mushrooms, with your sense of sight being especially strange. You may see patterns, and you may see objects morphing out as if they’re alive.

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    The main report from users is that they feel that they have left this reality and are living in a place where time and space no longer exist. Some have even reported a spiritual experience, with an intensity in their emotions. A typical trip with magic mushrooms allows people to experience hypnagogic experiences, which is like the space between being awake or asleep.

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    Studies of the brain show that a trip on magic mushrooms is akin to dreaming. You will experience emotional shifts, a distorted sense of time, illusions, and synesthesia. It can take an hour for the dosage to kick in, and the effects last for 4-6 hours.

Most people notice the first changes after an hour or so, and it starts with their vision. Halos around lights and geometric patterns are reported first – and you can see these with closed eyes. It’s after this point that your thinking begins to change, and your emotions shift, with most people entering a sense of euphoria.Perhaps you explore deeper into your feelings that you have buried down in everyday life – you’re more open on magic mushrooms. You may feel delighted, at peace, wonder, and a connection with the world that you may not have recognized previously.

Some people then go on to experience powerful emotions, and it’s a common reaction to fight them and try to repress them. If you want your trip to be a smooth one, the best thing you can do is experience them in fullness. Even the negative emotions you may feel can lead you to let go of in-depth resentment or paranoia you have been harboring. The feelings are all temporary, so you don’t have to panic; that’s how you will feel forever.

Physically, magic mushrooms have side effects that vary. Some people experience a racing heart rate; others experience a slowed-down heart rate. Some people feel highly aroused, restless, or nauseous. Headaches are a reported side effect, as is trouble with being coordinated in movement.

What You Should Know Before Shroom Consumption:

Before you take a trip on shrooms, there are certain things that you should know. Firstly, this is a psychedelic drug, so the setting is so essential – as is the set.

Set. The set refers to your mindset, and this is so important before you dive in. You must be in a place of calm and good health, and it’s worth taking a day off work for yourself. You don’t want to have to be interrupted by a business meeting or a family dinner! Stress in your life can also negatively affect a trip, and you must set your intentions before you get started.

Setting. Next, you need to think about where you take this trip. It would help if you were comfortable, and you must have someone with you who can keep an eye on you and your safety when you are tripping. As things become slightly different in your reality, you need to make sure that you are as safe as possible. You want to have the right temperature in the house, easy access to a bathroom, snacks, and water laid out and ready. If you have an enclosed garden, try and head outside. The stars look very different when you are on mushrooms!

Dosage. The dosage that you take is an essential factor in your journey with magic mushrooms. You have to start small – especially if you are new to the psychedelic world. If you start small and find the trip is too mild, you can always take more. However, you can’t take less. 0.8 grams of dried mushrooms is an excellent place to begin, and a standard dose sits at 1-2.5 grams.

A journey with magic mushrooms can last up to six hours, including the time it takes to kick in.

What Are The Risks?

The fear that some people have before they take magic mushrooms for the first time is that they may experience a bad trip. A bad trip includes agitation, confusion, paranoia, anxiety, and stress, and the experience of psychedelics can be extremely overwhelming when this is the case. We’ve talked about the set and setting of your first experience, and the right set and setting can ensure that a bad trip is less likely. A bad trip can still occur if the correct setting is in place, of course, but minimizing it as much as possible is essential. The worst thing to do in this case is to fight it; embracing and feeling the scarier feelings is better to get through it as unscathed as possible.

  1. Those with a history of psychotic disorders (including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,etc.) should avoid magic mushrooms. This is down to the fact that a prolonged psychosis can be the result of the use of magic mushrooms.
  2. If you are taking antidepressants, SSRIs, or any serotonin supplements, you should not mix these with magic mushrooms. It can be dangerous and a serotonin overload
  3. Those with a history of psychotic disorders (including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,etc.) should avoid magic mushrooms. This is down to the fact that a prolonged psychosis can be the result of the use of magic mushrooms.

What Are The Benefits of Shrooms?

The benefits of magic mushrooms are widely reported, despite the fact that there are those out there that make magic mushrooms sound like cannabis. However, if you are thinking about how they can be used to help, not hurt, we’ve got a list of benefits that you will be able to enjoy when you use magic mushrooms.

  1. They can help with depression. Mushrooms aren’t there to enhance the mood you are in. So, if you are currently low and depressed, you won’t feel worse just because you’ve tried mushrooms. Of courses, the evidence here is not conclusive as yet, and mushrooms aren’t the replacement for antidepressants. However, there have been reports that depression is improved, and it lasts. It’s not just a temporary improvement!
  2. Some people report a level of acceptance in their mortality and future when they try magic mushrooms. They experience reduced anxiety and a feeling of calm. Those with terminal illnesses who experience the trip with magic mushrooms have reported a calmness about their fate.
  3. They can help you quit smoking. The success rate of magic mushrooms helping those to quit a smoking habit is quite high at 80%. It helps those who don’t want to use patches and nicotine injections.
  4. The medical benefits aren’t the only reports from magic mushroom users. There is a spiritual awakening experienced by those who have used magic mushrooms before, with conclusions being made that magic mushrooms can help people to unlock their consciousness. It’s not known how it happens; it just does!
  5. There have been imaging tests on the brain on those under the influence of magic mushrooms that show that the brain changes in a positive way. The connections in the brain smooth out, and information is relayed better
  6. Magic mushrooms improve the overall psychological health of the user, creating new and better connections between the neurons in the brain. It’s not a side effect, it’s a purposeful thing, and you can see things in a better light. Magic mushrooms offer the user a trip that will help them to gain better clarity in life,even though the effects only last a few hours. The results after a trip can last for a long time!
    7. Relief from cluster headaches is another benefit reported by those who have experienced magic mushrooms. These are known as “suicide headaches,” and it’s not something anyone wants to experience. However, if you have had to deal with them, you may find that magic mushrooms help to relieve the effects.
    8. Sufferers of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) have previously reported that the regular intake of magic mushrooms can dull the symptoms. This was backed by a 2006 study by the University of Arizona.
    9 Humans fear rejection, but magic mushrooms have been shown to assist those who cannot deal with social rejection. They have experienced the ability to understand and accept that it’s not always their fault. Rejection is never pleasant, but mushrooms could help you to accept it!
     

MAGIC MUSHROOMS IN HISTORY

Most people think that magic mushrooms are only something that has come to light in the past thirty years. In fact, magic mushrooms are a psychedelic that goes back through history, long before popular culture made it a thing! Some historians believe magic mushrooms have been present as far back as 9000 BC, including in North African Indigenous cultures. This has come from the study of rock paintings as well as archaeological evidence that humans have been using magic mushrooms for thousands of years.

Prehistoric art across the whole of the globe have representations and evidence
of magic mushrooms. They have been previously thought to have religious symbolism, especially in the earlier mentioned shamanic rituals. Magic mushrooms have been used in the rite of passage ceremonies, and they pop up everywhere in history. If our ancestors did once use mushrooms, they would have had the effect of influencing prehistoric culture. Everything from art and religion to social values has been shaped over the years because of magic mushrooms and their influence in history. Terence McKenna once wrote a “Stoned Ape Hypothesis” that suggested the earliest humans ingested mushrooms, which is what opened the mind enough to lead to our current intelligence, of course, this is just speculation and hypothesizing as there is no evidence to back up this claim.

means “flesh of the gods.” They believed that this was magic mushrooms, and these, along with other psychotropics, were used to maintain a trance-like state to produce visions and commune with Gods. In the 16th century, Spanish Catholic missionary priests wrote about psychotropic substances, but it’s a controversial statement to make that magic mushrooms may have been present in holy history. Stories and rumors over the years do not give way to evidence, so it’s still the only speculation!

There is a definite confirmed use of magic mushrooms among the tribes of the indigenous people, especially the Mixtec, Zapatec, and Nauhua tribes of Central America. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Spanish forbade the use of magic mushrooms after deciding that it was a barbaric practice. Of course, this was ignored by Spanish Shamans, and they used them in secret for over 400 years. This served to preserve their heritage. It wasn’t until 1799 that the first reliable Western account of magic mushrooms was recorded. Children were accidentally fed psilocybe semilanceata, which is a species of a psychedelic mushroom. It was accidental ingestion, but it’s the first in history to be recorded.

In the late 1950s, magic mushrooms were more accessible and were eaten by Westerners. Mycologist R. Gordon Wasson traveled through Mexico to study mushrooms, and he witnessed their use in ritual ceremonies, participating alongside the Mazatec shamans. An article was written about his findings, and this was published in 1957 in Life Magazine. Roger Heim, a colleague of R. Gordon Wasson, took the help of Albert Hofmann (known as the father of LSD) to isolate and extract the psilocybin and psilocin from the mushrooms that were brought home from Mexico. It was then 1958 when the mushrooms were synthetically produced for the first time. The photo essay “Seeking the Magic Mushroom” was later published, which detailed his experiences with them and where he found them. Scientists decided to try them for themselves after reading Wasson’s report, which subsequently saw them fired from their Harvard University positions! It was then they decided to – in 1962 – start a psychedelic movement. This was when mushrooms were adopted into the 60s countercul ture, and there was a boom of peace and unity everywhere – what a correlation

Timothy Leary then read the article and was intrigued. The experimentation that followed at Harvard University led to the permanent ties of magic mushrooms to the hippie movement and spirituality. Mushrooms have been associated with this counterculture for many years due to this experimentation. In 1971, psilocybin was listed as a Schedule I drug in the US, making it illegal for use. However, the mushrooms themselves were not a part of this, which allows all countries that have signed the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances to regulate magic mushrooms as they would like to do so. Over the years, there have been rules on magic mushrooms, but these have been loosened more than any other psychedelic. As there have been studies showing that these are great as a therapeutic tool and useful for personal development, the understanding has made people less afraid of them.

MAGIC MUSHROOMS TODAY

In popular culture today, magic mushrooms are far more accepted than they ever were before. Some people choose to use them recreationally in groups, or others want to use them for one of the many benefits listed earlier in the article. Some choose to microdose with psilocybin, which means the consumption of the chemical itself in tiny amounts. These people won’t be looking for or experiencing full trips, but they will feel a boost in their mood and creativity, which will lower anxiety and make them more productive in their day-to-day lives. There are a few studies out there to support those claims that this works. There are scientists now that pursue a number of avenues that will research these chemicals as a standalone experience, and this is in spite of the ban in the 1970s that was made on psilocybin. It only began again after 30 years, and in October 2018, the FDA permitted companies to research magic mushrooms for the claims of how they can help with depression.

The research is going to be combined with intensive therapy to help those who have treatment-resistant depression. This affects around 100 million people around the world, and in September 2019, Johns Hopkins University opened a Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. The plan was for scientists to evaluate psilocybin magic mushrooms for their ability to help other conditions, including Lyme disease and PTSD. The medicinal uses are known and have been for many years, and researchers worldwide are digging down into the further applications of the mushrooms and how they interact with our brains and our bodies.

Mushrooms are represented in our culture as being very heavily related to the 1960s, and they are. Still, the chance to be able to discover further good qualities in the future is essential. The benefits of magic mushrooms and the way that they interact with us require new scientific research, and thankfully this is being undertaken right now!

ARE MAGIC MUSHROOMS SAFE?

There are plenty of reports to show that as psilocybin mushrooms are not addictive, they are more tolerable to take. Sure, you cannot predict how they will react in your body and you cannot predict your own behavior, but if you were to choose a recreational drug to experiment with, mushrooms are going to do much less harm than most. Magic mushrooms have so many benefits that it’s hard to ignore the fact that you could feel better in yourself when you do take them.

It’s important to buy your mushrooms from a reputable grower and choosing to buy the best magic mushrooms Canada has to offer is important! You want to know that you are eating a quality product, and that requires research on your part. Shrooms should always be eaten in the presence of someone not eating them – just in case you have a bad trip. Your enjoyment will depend on many factors, but they are a substance that requires just as much caution if it’s your first experience.

There are many different types of mushrooms out there, so choose those that are trusted – especially the popular ones! With the right amount of research, you should be able to find the right magic mushrooms for your first experience.

 
 

What are Magic Mushroom Edibles

What Are Magic Mushroom Edibles?

Similar to cannabis edibles, mushroom edibles are food infused with psilocybin, the active ingredient in shrooms. These edibles are very versatile; you can make both savory and sweet food with mushrooms, so whether you’re brewing an evening tea or baking some delicious snacks, sprinkling some psilocybin shrooms on top of them can already do the trick.

What Are the Benefits of Mushroom Edibles?

Mushroom edibles come with a few unique benefits that can make you reconsider your magic routine.For one, edibles come with a fixed dosage in each serving. That way, you know exactly how much psilocybin you’re ingesting with each portion. If you’re not comfortable with experiencing psychedelic trips, you can take smaller but consistent doses of mushrooms to boost their health benefits without getting you high on psilocybin.Another important advantage of buying mushroom edibles is the flavors they offer. As mentioned, psilocybin mushrooms aren’t the best thing in the world when it comes to taste. Their bitter, foul flavor often repels people from trying them.

Finally, there are the potential medical benefits that come with ingesting magic mushrooms, such as:

 

  • Enhanced creativity
  • More energy and motivation
  • Improved mood
  • Heightened senses
  • Enhanced perspectives about important concepts
  • Better ability to cope with personal trauma

 

How to Take Mushroom Edibles for Optimal Results?

Whether you’re taking mushroom edibles for their psychedelic effects, or you simply want to microdose with them, there’s one principle that applies to all consumers — take it low and slow. Starting with low doses allows you to assess the effects without going overboard. A lot of inexperienced consumers of psychedelics start with store-bought edibles because they don’t feel comfortable with gauging the dosage. Edible mushroom products available online are made by professionals and provide the user with consistency in each serving.If edibles aren’t your pair of shoes, you can infuse any kind of beverage with psilocybin. This substance is also water-soluble, making it a fine ingredient in vegan and vegetarian cuisines.But most importantly, always approach shrooms with caution and use them responsibly. We also recommend researching the effects of magic mushrooms so you can decide if they are right for you.

What Types of Magic Mushroom Edibles Are There?

Whether you’re a sweet tooth or a salty snacker, there are plenty of options to have your magic mushrooms and eat them too.

Here are the most common types of edible shroom products:

    • Magic mushroom treats:

 

    • this is the broadest category of mushroom edibles. It includes candies, gummies, chocolates, lollipops, and lots of pastries containing psilocybin.

 

    • Magic mushroom tea:

 

    • while not a typical edible, mushroom tea is one of the best ways to consume psilocybin. Shroom tea is a great option for adjusting your dose to your tolerance to psychedelics. Magic mushroom tea is also easier to make and cheaper to buy than regular edibles.

 

    • Salty snacks:

 

    • as a prospective psychonaut, you’re probably eager to explore different ways to enjoy your shrooms. Here’s the good news: psilocybin can be infused into anything you like to munch on, including salads, crackers, sandwiches, dips, sauces, etc. Just make sure they’re not typical junk food because bad food may compromise your experience with psychedelic mushrooms.

 

Last but not least, there’s a whole world of dishes you can spice up with magic mushrooms. Burgers, pastas, soups, stews, baked casseroles — the sky’s the limit. Just make sure you have some previous experience when it comes to cooking with psychoactive ingredients. Always leave extra time for the psilocybin to kick in, and don’t rush another dose until you’re off your current one.

How to Consume Magic Mushrooms

Consuming shrooms doesn’t have to be a nauseating experience. Enjoy that psychedelic trip, courtesy of our five best methods for consumption.

Most people use magic mushrooms for one of two reasons: either for fun, or as a spiritual ritual. At lower doses,psilocybin can certainly be simply enjoyable, making the experience a pleasant, mind altering trip. Then there are those, who treat it as a key to the doors of perception – in this case, higher doses usually apply. With proper experience, knowledge and guidance, magic mushrooms can lead you to valuable insights into the surrounding world, reality in which you exist and the one beyond.

Whatever the reason for taking magic mushrooms, there are several things you will have to keep in mind. If you are new to mushrooms, first of all don’t take too much at once. To find out about correct dosing, check out our Magic Mushroom Dosage Calculator via the image below.

Magic Mushroom Dosage Calculator

Once you take them, you have to be prepared for several hours of alternated consciousness – don’t take them shortly before work, driving, meetings etc. It is a good idea to stay indoors, preferably at home or some other safe and comfortable place, especially if you are taking mushrooms for the first time.

Going outside can lead you to more colourful visions and insights, but since you will be even less in control of the situation, it is rather advised for the more experienced users. Never even get close to mushrooms if you are not feeling well.

THE DIFFERENT WAYS TO CONSUME MAGIC TRUFFLES AND MUSHROOMS

Consuming shrooms doesn’t have to be a nauseating experience. Enjoy that psychedelic trip, courtesy of our five best methods for consumption.

STRAIGHT UP CHEW AND SWALLOW

The usual way of ingesting magic mushrooms is simply by eating them. In this case it is important to chew them thoroughly, to allow all the juices to come out. The psychoactive compound released from the mushroom by your saliva will start mixing with your blood, reaching every cell in your body. It will take more or less 45 minutes for them to start working, depending on the stomach content – the less you eat before, the better. It is advised to avoid food for a few hours.

To skip the not-so-pleasant chewing part, you could opt for a truffle grinder. This way you can mash the truffles as much as possible and swallow the paste, so you do not have to experience the flavour anymore than necessary.

WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF TEA?

How To Make Magic Truffle/Mushroom Tea

Not really a great fan of the bitter taste of mushrooms? Think about making a magic brew. Taking your mushroomsin a form of a tea will cause the specific taste to disappear. Just boil some water, crush the desired amount of shrooms into small pieces and throw them in. Slowly heat the pan, keeping it close to simmering, but do not bring it to boil – otherwise you might destroy the active compound, and be left with an ugly brew with little psychoactive value. Let it rest for some 10 to 15 minutes and “enjoy”.

MAGIC MUSHROOM CAPSULES

MAGIC MUSHROOM CAPSULES

Capsules offer users the option to microdose their magic mushrooms or truffles. If surfing the higher planes of existence for hours on end doesn’t appeal, but you would like an opportunity to experience ultimate clarity without losing an entire day, capsules may be your best friend. Using little more than empty capsules, a capsule machine, and a grinder, you can make your very own magic mushroom capsules!

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Capsules can be discreetly taken throughout the day, topping up as required. Shrooms are not known for being tasty. Luckily, this method removes that mouldy taste and makes dosing easier than ever. Only ever take capsules you have made yourself—that way you can guarantee their integrity. Stealthy in nature, it is a lot easier and less suspicious to carry around some capsules than it is bags of whole or ground mushrooms. Capsules can even bevegetarian-friendly, catering to many users’ requirements.

In terms of microdosing, the experience can be more or less tailored via consistent doses. Many users report using mushrooms in this way to aid them in creative pursuits or those that involve problem solving. By boosting positivity, increasing energy levels, and helping to provide focus, the key to microdosing is to keep the amount of mushroom per capsule below 0.5g. This way, the effect should not overpower the user. You will know your tolerance level better than anyone, so it is worth experimenting a bit to find out what works for you. Remember, start low and go slow.

PSILOCYBIN EDIBLES

PSILOCYBIN EDIBLES

Add magic mushrooms to food, and you will unlock a whole new world of experiences – not just from the psychedelic trip, but also by practising your culinary skills. Fundamentally, incorporating mushrooms into food will assist with both the taste and the feeling of queasiness that most users suffer. Given that magic mushrooms can be added to virtually any food, user preference will take priority. If, however, you are stuck for ideas, the following suggestions can be a great way to enjoy edibles.

The trick with your chosen recipe is to avoid adding the mushrooms during any cooking stage. Psilocybin, the critical component in mushrooms that makes you trip, starts to break down under excessive heat. Baking mushrooms on top of a pizza, for example, would result in an inferior tripping experience. Instead, try adding them to sauces or toppings after the cooking stage.

A prime example would be adding shrooms to freshly made pesto or honey, both of which can be enjoyed cold. A popular favourite are magic chocolate truffles. The more mushrooms used, the stronger and longer the trip; so again, experiment with dosage until you find what’s right for you.

LEMON TEK: TO INTENSIFY THE TRIP

LEMON TEK: TO INTENSIFY THE TRIP

Lemon tek is the party child of magic mushroom dosing. Not only is it quick and easy to take, but users claim the acidic nature of the lemon breaks down the psilocybin, intensifying the subsequent trip. While the topic of an intensified trip is a fiercely debated one, many agree that using this method does bring about the trip faster.

With that in mind, we would always recommend starting with half the amount of shrooms you would normally. Consumption is simple. Ground magic mushrooms meet lemon juice in a short glass of your choice. Leave it to sit, add water, and down in one go. Like we said, the party child of shroom consumption.

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Lime juice can also be used to similar effect. The great benefit of using either type of juice is the removal of that nauseating mushroom taste. As long as you like lemon or lime juice, Lemon tek is a fast and effective consumption method.

Can Magic Mushrooms Help With Depression?

Depression is one of the most important public health problems, and some people struggle to find a treatment that works. In addition to traditional treatment methods, such as therapy and antidepressants, alternative treatments such as magic mushrooms show promise. In fact, early research indicates that magic mushrooms could help with depression, but there are some qualifications that you should be aware of. 

Psilocybin

Psilocybin is a psychedelic that occurs in Psilocybe Mexicana, which most people refer to as “magic mushroom.” Psilocybin is also present in more than 75 other mushroom species. 

After you ingest psilocybin, it spontaneously converts into psilocin. This is the psychoactive agent in the mushrooms, and it is more lipid-soluble. Recent research suggests that the psychoactive effects of psilocin vary based on its stimulation of 5HT2A, a specific serotonin receptor. So far, there have been modest but nonetheless promising clinical trials for using psilocybin to treat depression, anxiety, death anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Other Important Components of Magic Mushrooms

It is also common for various magic mushroom species to contain tryptophan-derived beta-carbolines. These substances include harmine and harmane, and they can have a positive influence on the brain function. Beta-carbolines are an important part of the experience when using magic mushrooms because they inhibit monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that inactivates psilocin. As such, they also influence the effects that you notice when consuming magic mushrooms or psilocybe mushrooms. 

How Magic Mushrooms Can Help With Depression

Going back to the 5HT2A receptors of the brain, their potential for treating depression and other mental illnesses is somewhat unexpected. However, there is a clear link. 

For example, when the receptors are abnormal in terms of function or structure, this may indicate an underlying presence of drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Additionally, the drugs used to treat those conditions block the 5HT2A receptors. As such, there is a clear connection between the receptors and mental health, although not necessarily the one you would expect if magic mushrooms can help. 

The other possibility is that the potential benefits of magic mushrooms for depression comes from the beat-carbolines. A recent animal study found that harmane and harmaline have antidepressant effects. As they block monoamine oxidase, they share this common feature with drugs that have been commonly used for major depressive episodes. 

Some experts also believe that magic mushrooms help with depression by connecting you with your emotions. By contrast, antidepressants dull emotions, which can sometimes lead to feelings of flatness. Instead, psilocybin increases emotional processing. 

How Magic Mushrooms Can Help With DepressionCautions With Beta-carboline

However, beta-carboline is not commonly used for treating depression unless other methods fail due to the “cheese effect.” Essentially, if someone who is taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, such as beta-carboline, consumes tyramine, an amino acid found in cheese, wine, and beer, it can have negative effects. Specifically, the blood pressure can dramatically rise, causing a hypertensive crisis or even stroke or death. 

David Nutt’s Research

Although we still need more research on magic mushrooms before we can conclude that they definitely help with depression instead of just having the potential to do so, that research is already underway. David Nutt is a professor and neuro-psycho-pharmacologist at Imperial College London. With his researchers, he is working on human trials that use psilocybin for treating depression. 

In the research, volunteers have moderate to severe depression. They receive 25 milligrams of psilocybin, which is a macrodose that leads to a “deep trip” that lasts around four hours. This trip occurs in a controlled setting with two therapists assisting each volunteer. The therapists help with preparation before the trip and making sense of it afterward. 

So far, Nutt’s research shows a great deal of promise. In one trial, volunteers experienced long-lasting and rapid improvements in health. Out of the 20 patients in that trial, none needed antidepressants for the five weeks following the tests. Impressively, many symptoms had not returned after six months. However, there is no control group in that particular study. 

Anecdotal Evidence

A quick look online will show you plenty of anecdotal evidence of those with depression who experience relief with magic mushrooms. In most cases, this involves microdoses of magic mushrooms with the occasional full dose. 

Cautions When Using Magic Mushrooms for Depression

While magic mushrooms have potential for treating depression, there are still some factors or cautions you need to consider. 

Legality

Depending on where you live, magic mushrooms may not be legal, even for clinical use. This limits access to the magic mushrooms, and if you were to buy them illegally, there would be no quality controls in place. However, some jurisdictions allow magic mushroom use. 

LegalityThe Experience

Those who use magic mushrooms to treat depression are likely to find the experience very unsettling. It is possible to experience frightening hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, depersonalization, derealization, and distressing thoughts. Because of these potential effects, you should always try to use mushrooms with the assistance of a trained mental health professional. Otherwise, you may find the experience unsettling, even in the long-term. 

Do Not Stop Your Current Treatment

Because the research into magic mushrooms to treat depression is still in its early stages, it is important that you do not stop your current treatment from trying magic mushrooms, at least not without your doctor’s approval. 

Conclusion

Research is very much still in its early stages, but it seems that magic mushrooms, specifically the psilocybin they contain, holds potential for treating depression. The best results would be in a controlled environment with therapists close by because trips may bring past experiences related to the depression to emerge. 

Since most people with uncontrolled depression do not want to wait for more studies to be completed, there is also plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting the potential of magic mushrooms for treating depression. If you live somewhere where they are legal and choose to try this method, make sure that you have at least one person you trust around to keep you calm during the trip and help you after it is over. 

Can Magic Mushrooms Help With Depression?

Microdosing involves consuming tiny amounts of psilocybin mushrooms. You can also use psilocybin truffles, or sclerotia. Even though the effects are subperceptual, or subtle, they can still have a positive impact on your life. Microdosers often make the shrooms part of their weekly routine. These people believe that microdosing might give them improved levels of creativity and a higher level of focus and energy. Some people take tiny doses because they want to try to treat anxiety or depression.

About Microdosing

Many countries have outlawed substances like psilocybin. That means it has been hard to study their effects. There is little research still on microdosing. However, researchers do know what large amounts of psychedelics can do to your brain. 

Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that helps it work properly. This chemical is an important neurotransmitter, and it affects everything from how you process information to how you feel. Psilocybin has a structure that is like serotonin, and it works on a similar path.

The way that antidepressants work is by making more serotonin in your brain to try to improve the way that you feel. Psilocybin takes a more direct approach and tries to mimic serotonin. It may stimulate your brain’s serotonin receptor, which is in your prefrontal cortex. This receptor is called 5-HT2A. 

Stimulating it causes Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) to be produced, which stimulates activity, connections, and growth. That causes more glutamate to be transmitted. That is responsible for learning, memory, and cognition. Having more BDNF and glutamate may lead to the effects of microdosing. This can also cause parts of your brain to communicate, even if they usually do not. 

Entering a Flow State

Everyone has most likely experienced a flow state at some point or another. Think of a therapist who is in sync with their client or a surfer who is riding a big wave effortlessly. It is thought that small doses of shrooms may make you more likely to enter a flow state. 

The shrooms can imitate serotonin when they enter your brain, and there is more serotonin when you are in a flow state. In the same way, psychedelics can increase your brain’s dopamine levels. This is another important neurotransmitter that you can find in higher amounts in flow states.

Using Psilocybin Shrooms and Truffles 

Using Psilocybin Shrooms and Truffles 

With microdosing, you are taking very tiny doses of psychedelics. That means that the dose will not be high enough to cause any deviations from reality for you. The ideal dose will also not change your mindset, mood, or disposition. Instead, you will notice a subtle but present effect.

Truffles have the same chemical composition that shrooms do. The compounds are the same — baeocystin, psilocybin, and psilocin. A truffle is an underground bud that forms out of the mycelial strands that have not grown out. 

Measuring the Dosage 

Just like with different strains of shrooms, you can find different strains of truffles that have varying levels of psilocybin. Often, you can get 15-gram boxes, which may be one to five doses, depending on the level of potency. Determining a standardized level of potency is harder for truffles than for shrooms, which are fully grown. 

However, you can assume that 1 gram of truffles will have about 0.75 to 1.75 milligrams of psilocybin in them. That means that the most precise way to take microdoses is with mild to moderate batches of truffles. 

Get the dried type and grind them into a fine powder. Then, measure out about half of a gram to begin with. You can always take more at a later time. Unlike with shrooms, truffles often do not have an unpleasant earthy flavour. 

You should try to use the same kind of truffle. If you have fresh truffles, then you should use a food dehydrator to dry them out. Or you can also bake them at a very low temperature in the oven. Then, you can use a coffee grinder to form them into a powder. This can be placed into capsules, so all you need to do is take a pill at breakfast. You can also sprinkle the powder in your food if you would rather not take a pill every few days. 

Dosage Timing 

If you want to take a microdose so you will be more productive at work, try to take it early in the morning. This dose should be taken as soon as you wake up. Remember that if you wait until too late in the day to take your dose, you might have difficulties falling asleep. 

On the other hand, if you want to have a fun night out with your friends and maybe want to improve your dancing skills, you would want to wait until the evening or late afternoon to take your dose. 

It is recommended to pay attention to the spiritual, physical, or cognitive effects that you might experience. In general, the first time you take a dose should be on a free day. Once you have gotten used to the dose, you will likely not have any psychedelic effects. If you do, then you might want to cut back on the dose for the next time. 

What Is the Best Schedule

What Is the Best Schedule?

Remember that there is no set time for the best way to microdose. But you might want to start out by taking a dose every three days. On Day 1, take your first dose. On Days 2 and 3, do not take anything. You can have your next dose on Day 4. 

Consider keeping a journal to observe how you feel after each dose. That will let you better determine if the dose is working for you. Continue this process twice a week for the next several weeks. Make sure that you keep up your journal to document the long-term and short-term changes you notice in your behaviour, energy, and mood.

Take five or 10 minutes each day and check in with how you are feeling. Don’t judge, but write down all of your thoughts and feelings, instead of what you did that day. This is similar to meditation, except you have a tangible item to show for your efforts. You can gain a greater understanding of your mind by doing this, and you can increase your awareness of your internal state. 

Of course, you can still do meditation along with your journaling and your microdosing. You might choose to do this one to three hours after first taking the dose to allow it time to affect your body. But you can also choose to journal at the end of your day to review how it went. 

If you want, then you can also incorporate some data collection. Depending on what you want to track, you might score yourself on tranquillity, mood, presence, creativity, or focus. If you want to quit something like sugar or nicotine, you might also rate how strong your cravings are. 

If you want to begin a new habit, then you can track how easy it was to do it that day. That way, you can review the effects of the dose with just a glance. But keep it simple, so you don’t dread doing this every day. It should be enjoyable, not a chore for you. 

Be vigilant when you are observing the microdosing effects, especially between your doses. Some users perceive that they enter a flow state and feel more energetic and creative right after their doses. 

While you are microdosing shrooms, follow your normal routine. Do not change what you do. The idea is to enhance your everyday life by using microdoses. However, if this is your first time trying microdosing, consider taking off a day from your social commitments or work. That way, you can better observe any unusual effects before you take them publicly. 

Should I Microdose Every Day?

You should not take truffles every day. The more that you use psilocybin, the more of a tolerance you are likely to build up. This is true even with microdosing. After a few days, you may notice diminishing returns. That is why you want to leave a bit of a gap between your doses.

There may even be health concerns if you take microdoses each day. Taking too much psilocybin may cause certain health risks. It is better to avoid doing it too often. 

Should I Microdose Every Day

Potential Positive Effects 

There are two main reasons that people will microdose. First, they might want to reduce the intensity or frequency of undesirable mental states. Secondly, they may want to improve the intensity or frequency of a desirable mental state. 

An example of reducing an undesirable mental state is when someone wants to try to reduce the symptoms of a mental illness. That could include: 

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • ADHD or ADD
  • Social or Generalized Anxiety 
  • Addiction

You might also want to increase desirable mental states. That might include energy, flow states,creativity, focus, and improved relationships. Some users find that microdoses make them feel more empathetic and improve their athletic coordination. 

Entering a Desirable State 

Many people decide to microdose because they want to improve themselves or focus on their personal development. Some users find that they are more creative after taking small doses, and they also feel more energized and productive. That increased focus can be directed toward creative pursuits or for work. 

One reason for the potential creative effects of microdoses is because it can enhance your flow state. It is easier for you to enter a flow state after using a microdose of magic mushrooms, which means you can explore new types of consciousness. 

You can microdose to solve problems at work, reduce your procrastination, or come up with new concepts. It can even be helpful outside of work because it may improve your social interaction skills or your spiritual awareness. 

Are There Any Microdosing Risks?

Remember to look at your local laws before you decide to start microdosing. Besides the legal aspects, microdosing magic mushrooms is generally considered to be safe. This is a good way for you to be introduced to psychedelics.

Many people have successfully used psilocybin with no issues in the past. Combined with the fact that the dosage is very small, this is a measurable, safe way of exploring a flow state. 

Of course, you might still notice some negative side effects. For example, some users notice increased anxiety or emotional turbulence. This is because of the amplifying effect of psilocybin. The psychedelic can amplify the mood that you are in. It is not a numbing agent or a stimulant. That means you should carefully look at your mindset before taking microdoses.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, you may do well to wait to take a small dose. And if you have severe anxiety, schizophrenia, or psychosis, you should talk to your physician first. They can help you see any potential risks. If you overdo it, then a microdose may actually cause a state of mania, which may make any of your underlying conditions worse.

Are There Any Microdosing Risks

Is It Safe?

You should always be aware of the laws in your area before you decide to try microdosing. There are no studies on how microdosing may affect humans. However, using psilocybin truffles is likely safe to do.

What researchers still do not know is how microdosing may affect your body. You should err on the side of caution and consult with your doctor before deciding to do microdosing. You might want to limit it to only a few months each time. 

If you have to undergo routine drug screenings, you will want to take care. Typically, psilocybin is not included in standard drug tests. However, some types of extended screenings do look for psilocybin. Do your research before you decide to microdose magic mushrooms.

Closing Thoughts 

No matter what you decide, you can rest assured that you will not have a bad trip or have undesirable psychedelic effects. With a microdose of magic mushrooms, you can introduce yourself to psilocybin comfortably and safely. You will probably enjoy feeling more creative and bolder. 

Can Magic Mushrooms Help With Depression?

Depression is one of the most important public health problems, and some people struggle to find a treatment that works. In addition to traditional treatment methods, such as therapy and antidepressants, alternative treatments such as magic mushrooms show promise. In fact, early research indicates that magic mushrooms could help with depression, but there are some qualifications that you should be aware of. 

Psilocybin

Psilocybin is a psychedelic that occurs in Psilocybe Mexicana, which most people refer to as “magic mushroom.” Psilocybin is also present in more than 75 other mushroom species. 

After you ingest psilocybin, it spontaneously converts into psilocin. This is the psychoactive agent in the mushrooms, and it is more lipid-soluble. Recent research suggests that the psychoactive effects of psilocin vary based on its stimulation of 5HT2A, a specific serotonin receptor. So far, there have been modest but nonetheless promising clinical trials for using psilocybin to treat depression, anxiety, death anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Other Important Components of Magic Mushrooms

It is also common for various magic mushroom species to contain tryptophan-derived beta-carbolines. These substances include harmine and harmane, and they can have a positive influence on the brain function. Beta-carbolines are an important part of the experience when using magic mushrooms because they inhibit monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that inactivates psilocin. As such, they also influence the effects that you notice when consuming magic mushrooms or psilocybe mushrooms. 

How Magic Mushrooms Can Help With Depression

Going back to the 5HT2A receptors of the brain, their potential for treating depression and other mental illnesses is somewhat unexpected. However, there is a clear link. 

For example, when the receptors are abnormal in terms of function or structure, this may indicate an underlying presence of drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Additionally, the drugs used to treat those conditions block the 5HT2A receptors. As such, there is a clear connection between the receptors and mental health, although not necessarily the one you would expect if magic mushrooms can help. 

The other possibility is that the potential benefits of magic mushrooms for depression comes from the beat-carbolines. A recent animal study found that harmane and harmaline have antidepressant effects. As they block monoamine oxidase, they share this common feature with drugs that have been commonly used for major depressive episodes. 

Some experts also believe that magic mushrooms help with depression by connecting you with your emotions. By contrast, antidepressants dull emotions, which can sometimes lead to feelings of flatness. Instead, psilocybin increases emotional processing. 

How Magic Mushrooms Can Help With DepressionCautions With Beta-carboline

However, beta-carboline is not commonly used for treating depression unless other methods fail due to the “cheese effect.” Essentially, if someone who is taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, such as beta-carboline, consumes tyramine, an amino acid found in cheese, wine, and beer, it can have negative effects. Specifically, the blood pressure can dramatically rise, causing a hypertensive crisis or even stroke or death. 

David Nutt’s Research

Although we still need more research on magic mushrooms before we can conclude that they definitely help with depression instead of just having the potential to do so, that research is already underway. David Nutt is a professor and neuro-psycho-pharmacologist at Imperial College London. With his researchers, he is working on human trials that use psilocybin for treating depression. 

In the research, volunteers have moderate to severe depression. They receive 25 milligrams of psilocybin, which is a macrodose that leads to a “deep trip” that lasts around four hours. This trip occurs in a controlled setting with two therapists assisting each volunteer. The therapists help with preparation before the trip and making sense of it afterward. 

So far, Nutt’s research shows a great deal of promise. In one trial, volunteers experienced long-lasting and rapid improvements in health. Out of the 20 patients in that trial, none needed antidepressants for the five weeks following the tests. Impressively, many symptoms had not returned after six months. However, there is no control group in that particular study. 

Anecdotal Evidence

A quick look online will show you plenty of anecdotal evidence of those with depression who experience relief with magic mushrooms. In most cases, this involves microdoses of magic mushrooms with the occasional full dose. 

Cautions When Using Magic Mushrooms for Depression

While magic mushrooms have potential for treating depression, there are still some factors or cautions you need to consider. 

Legality

Depending on where you live, magic mushrooms may not be legal, even for clinical use. This limits access to the magic mushrooms, and if you were to buy them illegally, there would be no quality controls in place. However, some jurisdictions allow magic mushroom use. 

LegalityThe Experience

Those who use magic mushrooms to treat depression are likely to find the experience very unsettling. It is possible to experience frightening hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, depersonalization, derealization, and distressing thoughts. Because of these potential effects, you should always try to use mushrooms with the assistance of a trained mental health professional. Otherwise, you may find the experience unsettling, even in the long-term. 

Do Not Stop Your Current Treatment

Because the research into magic mushrooms to treat depression is still in its early stages, it is important that you do not stop your current treatment from trying magic mushrooms, at least not without your doctor’s approval. 

Conclusion

Research is very much still in its early stages, but it seems that magic mushrooms, specifically the psilocybin they contain, holds potential for treating depression. The best results would be in a controlled environment with therapists close by because trips may bring past experiences related to the depression to emerge. 

Since most people with uncontrolled depression do not want to wait for more studies to be completed, there is also plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting the potential of magic mushrooms for treating depression. If you live somewhere where they are legal and choose to try this method, make sure that you have at least one person you trust around to keep you calm during the trip and help you after it is over. 

Can You Cook Magic Mushrooms?

Magic mushrooms are widely known for their psychedelic effects due to psilocybin and psilocin. They have mind-altering abilities and the ability to create an out-of-body experience, both of which lead to their popularity. Magic mushrooms have been used by humans for millennia, with our ancestors using them in religious and spiritual ceremonies. 

Today, there are multiple ways of enjoying magic mushrooms, with the simplest being just eating them, whether raw or dried. This method is popular for not only its simplicity but also its potency. Some people want to know if they can cook with magic mushrooms, and the answer is yes, provided you are careful with heat. 

Why Cook Magic Mushrooms? 

Everyone has a different reason for wanting to cook magic mushrooms. Some people are not a fan of their flavor, so they use cooking as an opportunity to mask it with other ingredients. 

Others want to incorporate the mushrooms into their life in a more natural way, such as including them in a meal. No matter the reason you want to cook magic mushrooms, there are some crucial things to know. If you do not feel up to cooking, you could also buy shroom edibles that already feature the psychedelic fungi. 

Cooking With Magic Mushrooms Is Safe

One of the biggest concerns people have about cooking with magic mushrooms is safety. As long as you are responsible and use appropriate quantities of mushrooms, it should be completely safe. This is especially true because cooking should reduce the psychoactive effects. 

Additionally, magic mushrooms do not seem to be addictive, so this is not a concern either. However, if you consume them consecutively, you may build up your tolerance. 

Always Check for Poisonous Mushrooms

The most significant danger when cooking with magic mushrooms is the same one as when you cook with non-psychedelic mushrooms: accidentally eating a poisonous one. Most mushrooms look incredibly similar to the untrained eye, so always buy your magic mushrooms from a trusted source. Otherwise, you may accidentally eat poisonous mushrooms, which can be toxic or even fatal. 

Always Check for Poisonous Mushrooms

You Can Cook Them – But Heat Can Reduce Potency

Before you cook magic mushrooms, be sure that you understand that exposing them to heat can reduce potency. Because of this, you want to stick to recipes that do not subject the mushrooms to high heat and do not cook them for that long. The most crucial factor is to opt for recipes that minimize the amount of time that the mushrooms spend in the heat. 

Keep Them Below 200 Celsius (392 Fahrenheit) 

The critical temperature to remember is 200 degrees Celsius or 392 degrees Fahrenheit. This is when psilocybin starts to melt and break down. If you keep the mushrooms below that temperature, then you should successfully maintain the vast majority of their potency. 

Add Them Last

The best method of ensuring that your mushrooms stay below that temperature and maintain as much of their potency as possible is to add them as close to the end of your recipe as you can.

How Cooking Magic Mushrooms Changes Their Effects

In addition to the potential loss of potency when exposed to high temperatures, cooking magic mushrooms will also change the digestive process. Specifically, if you add lipids to the mushrooms in your recipe, you should experience a more intense trip that lasts longer. 

How to Rehydrate Magic Mushrooms for Cooking

Cooking with raw magic mushrooms is relatively straightforward, as you can use them just like you would any other mushroom. However, many magic mushrooms come in dried form, requiring a little extra effort. 

As you rehydrate the magic mushrooms, you want to minimize the psilocybin that seeps into the liquid that you use. To do this, stick to low heat for 20 to 30 minutes. If you opt for hotter water or higher temperature, the psilocybin will seep out more quickly.  

The Best Time and Place to Cook With Magic Mushrooms

The Best Time and Place to Cook With Magic Mushrooms

Because of their psychedelic effects, most people with experience using magic mushroomsagree that you should avoid them in any form, including cooked, when you are not in a great mood. Your disposition may influence your psychedelic experience, so if you are in a bad mood, the experience may be unpleasant. 

In addition to avoiding bad moods, make sure to pick a peaceful environment to enjoy the meal in, just like you would if you consumed mushrooms in any other way. This is a necessary precaution to keep you safe regardless of the type of trip you have. 

What Effects to Expect From Cooked Shrooms

The effects associated with cooked shrooms are the same as any other form of magic mushrooms. Many people enjoy eating them because of their ability to improve a mood that is already good. You can feel euphoric, happy, or delightful. They can also boost insightfulness and creativity. Others have spiritual experiences with magic mushrooms, such as feeling in tune with their surroundings. 

You should not experience any long-term adverse effects as long as you consume your mushrooms in moderation. However, you may notice mild dizziness, anxiety, headache, and nausea during your trip. The anxiety typically wears off quickly. 

If you build up a tolerance or consume higher quantities of magic mushrooms, you will have a greater risk of adverse effects. This is why it is crucial to stick to smaller doses and avoid constant use, so you do not build up a tolerance. 

Recipe Ideas for Magic Mushrooms

Now that you can indeed cook magic mushrooms and realize you should be careful with the heat you expose them to, the sky’s the limit for cooking the mushrooms. You can add magic mushrooms to nearly anything you want, remember to try to opt for dishes that add them later on. 

For example, if you make pizza and put magic mushrooms on, do not add them until the last minute or two of cooking. Some other ideas for cooking with magic mushrooms include chocolate truffles, tea, risotto, chili, sauce, and any other food you love. You can also opt for beverages or something that keeps the mushrooms cold, like pesto or smoothies. 

4 Easy Ways to Make Magic Mushroom Chocolate

You can definitely enjoy magic mushrooms just the way they are. However, many people don’t like their flavour. That is why so many people like to add them to desserts. If you have a sweet tooth, this might be a perfect way to take a fun psychedelic trip. 

Magic mushrooms and cooking are a great combination because you can enjoy a great taste and still get the desired effects from your shrooms. Turning your shrooms into dessert can help you make your experience that much more enjoyable.

Chocolate and magic mushrooms have been used together for many years. If you are interested in trying this combination for yourself, you might be looking for the best way to do so. Here are a few recipe ideas to help you.

Drying Magic Shrooms

If you have fresh shrooms, they will not stay fresh for a long time. Plus, these recipes all call for dried shrooms, so you will need to make sure that no moisture remains in them. You will need a desiccant to ensure that they are dry enough. You can make this yourself at home.

A desiccant will absorb water from the atmosphere, so humidity won’t affect your shrooms. But first, you will need to pre-dry the shrooms. That way, you can get out extra moisture from them and stop them from becoming mouldy. 

All you need to do is put the shrooms on a plate and turn on a fan over them. Leave them until they start to feel dry when you touch them. You can store them for several weeks like this, but you might need to add an extra step.

Using a Desiccant

Now that you have removed the moisture from your shrooms, you want them to be “cracker dry.” The best way is by turning Epsom salt into a desiccant. You will also need a hammer, a baking tray, an oven, and an airtight container.

First, you will put about a centimetre-deep layer of Epsom salt on your baking tray. Then, you heat the oven to around 205 to 250 degrees Celsius. Leave the salt in the oven to cook for around two hours. That gets rid of the extra moisture.

As soon as you take it out of the oven, the Epsom salt will begin to absorb moisture in the air. You should act quickly and avoid letting the salt cool down. Everything will be in a big cake, so you can use the hammer to break it into pieces. 

You should then place the pieces in your airtight container. This should be a short enough time that you do not need to worry about the salt absorbing too much moisture. But you will still want to act quickly. 

Thoroughly Drying Magic Shrooms

Thoroughly Drying Magic Shrooms

The last step will involve drying your shrooms thoroughly. You will need to get out your Epsom salt desiccant, as well as a container that has an airtight seal (this can be the same container you put the salt in after baking it). This container should be large enough that it can easily hold the shrooms and salt. You will also want to have the pre-dried shrooms and a metal mesh.

First, place the desiccant in the airtight container in one layer. Then place a layer of paper towels over it. Now, place your metal mesh in the container around the sides. This will make a sort of platform to hold your magic shrooms above the towels. The reason this step is so important is that you do not want the shrooms to touch the desiccant, which is not edible.

Now, you can put the shrooms on top of your mesh and place the lid on your container. As soon as you do this step, your desiccant will begin to absorb the extra moisture from your shrooms. You want to make sure that the container is airtight, so the desiccant does not begin to absorb the moisture from the air outside the container.

Your shrooms will be ready to use when they are cracker dry. This just means that they should snap in half if you try to bend them. You will want to check on your mushrooms every few days to see how they are doing.

If you will not be using your shrooms right away, you may want to get a vacuum machine. That way, you can vacuum seal the shrooms to prevent any moisture from getting into them. You can also try sandwich bags with zipper seals, but these may not be completely airtight. Some people like to use glass canning jars with screw-top lids.

Dosage for Magic Shrooms

Dosing for each of these recipes is fairly easy. All you need to do is to put it in one normal dose for each portion. For example, if you are creating one chocolate bar for two people, then you can use two doses. Then, make sure that you distribute the shroom pieces evenly throughout your bar. For one dose, you would eat half of a bar.

Remember that the main psychoactive ingredient in your magic shrooms is psilocybin. When it is exposed to high heat, it can easily break down and become ineffective. It is a good idea to make sure that you do not put your magic shrooms in anything that is too hot.

Easy Magic Shroom Chocolate

Easy Magic Shroom Chocolate

If you are looking for something simple and quick, all you need to do is melt the chocolate and infuse it with your shrooms. To get started, you will need:

  • A Glass Bowl
  • Dried Magic Mushrooms
  • Any Type of Chocolate You Like
  • A Large Saucepan
  • A Sharp Knife
  • Chocolate Moulds or a Baking Tray

The first step is to double-check that the shrooms are completely dried. Then, you can use the sharp knife to cut the shrooms into tiny pieces. 

Next, break up the chocolate and place it in the glass bowl. Now, you can place the bowl over a saucepan filled with water. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to heat the chocolate above it. That will let the chocolate melt. Make sure you stir the chocolate frequently to avoid burning it.

This is a better alternative to melting the chocolate in the microwave. You can put the chocolate in the microwave on reduced power if you cannot get the stovetop method to work. However, it is more likely to burn the chocolate. Only place it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time and stir it in between.

Once your chocolate is melted, you can let it cool for a few seconds. That way, you will not get the shrooms too warm. Add your magic mushrooms while the chocolate is still liquid. Stir it well, so that the shrooms are evenly distributed. 

Now, pour the mixture into your moulds or onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place it in your fridge to set. If you use moulds, the dosing will likely be easier. For example, if each mould holds enough chocolate to serve two people, then five chocolate-filled moulds will give you 10 servings.

Making Shroom Chocolate from Scratch

Making Shroom Chocolate from Scratch

Is the easy method not cutting it for you? If you like to cook, why not make your own chocolate for your shrooms? To get started, you will need:

  • Dried Magic Shrooms
  • Thoroughly Dried Magic Mushrooms
  • 255 Grams of Cocoa Powder
  • 95 Grams of Butter
  • 65 Grams of Sugar
  • 85 Grams of Whole Milk
  • 130 Grams of Water
  • 30 Grams of Powdered Sugar
  • 1.5 Grams of Salt
  • Large Saucepan
  • Sharp Knife
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Sieve
  • Chocolate Moulds

To get started, fill your saucepan with the water and allow it to simmer. While this is heating, start cutting up the shrooms with your sharp knife. Form a paste with your butter and cocoa powder.

Now, add this mixture to your hot water. Mix everything together and allow it to simmer. Then, you can take it off the heat and put it in a mixing bowl. 

In a separate bowl, sift together your salt and sugar using your sieve. That can take out any lumps and prevent you from having areas that are saltier than others. Then, you can add this mixture to your butter and cocoa. 

While you are stirring this, you can add your milk to it. When this is evenly mixed, add your magic shrooms. The mixture should not be too hot at this point. Make sure that you mix it well, so it is spread out evenly. That way, you will get around the same dose for each chocolate.

You can then pour everything into your moulds and put them in your refrigerator to set.

Magic Shroom Hot Chocolate

Magic Shroom Hot Chocolate

If you want a rich, chocolatey drink, then this is just the recipe for you. You will have to avoid having it too hot, so you can avoid damaging your shrooms. To start off, you will need to get:

  • Completely Dry Magic Shrooms
  • 450 Grams of Sugar
  • 290 Grams of Cocoa
  • 14 Grams of Salt
  • 130 Grams of Whole Milk for Each Serving
  • Large Bowl
  • Sharp Knife
  • Airtight Container

First, you will want to ensure that your shrooms are in small pieces. Next, place all of your dry ingredients, including the shrooms, in your mixing bowl. Make sure that you spend some time combining everything well. Now, place this in an airtight container. This is your magic shroom hot chocolate mix.

To make your hot chocolate, you can microwave the milk until it is warm. However, make sure that it is not boiling. Then, you can place about 30 grams of the mix in the mug and stir it well. 

You will want to let your shrooms steep for around five minutes before you start to drink. That will make your hot chocolate as strong as possible. While you do not necessarily have to swallow pieces of your shrooms, it can make your trip more potent. This is not necessary, but it is recommended.

You can also add extras to your hot chocolate. For example, you might want to add marshmallows or some whipped cream. You could even try stirring it with a peppermint stick and eating that, as well.

Magic Shroom Brownies

Magic Shroom Brownies

If you want something a little more substantial than a bar or a cup of chocolate, you might want to try these brownies. The trick is to place the shrooms in the frosting instead of baking them in the brownies, like you might with cannabis. You will need these ingredients:

  • 170 Grams of Butter
  • 95 Grams of Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Large Eggs at Room Temperature
  • 255 Grams of Sugar
  • 190 Grams of Flour
  • 5 Grams of Baking Powder
  • 5 Grams of Salt
  • 5 Grams of Vanilla Extract

Start out by melting your butter in the saucepan. Now, stir in your cocoa and allow it to cool. Mix your sugar and eggs together until they are blended well. Combine the baking powder, salt, and flour separately and then add this mixture slowly to your egg and sugar mixture. 

Finally, add your chocolate mixture and the vanilla and stir until blended well. Put everything in a 33-by-23-centimetre pan and bake at around 175 degrees Celsius for 25 to 28 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to begin cooling. The next step is to make the frosting. For this, you will need:

  • 85 Grams of Softened Butter
  • 265 Grams of Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 65 Grams of Baking Cocoa
  • 5 Grams of Vanilla Extract
  • 30 Grams of 2 Percent Milk

Cream the sugar and butter until it is fluffy, which will be around six minutes. Now, add the vanilla and your cocoa. Put in just enough milk so the icing can spread easily. Now, stir in your chopped dried shrooms. Blend the frosting well before spreading it over your brownies. Make sure that you cut them up evenly, so you can get equal doses.

Closing Thoughts

Combining magic shrooms and chocolate is an old tradition that you will hopefully enjoy taking part in. Hopefully, these recipes will give you chocolatey treats that can make your shrooms a bit easier to swallow.

Growing Magic Mushrooms from Cubensis Spores

If you tried buying magic mushrooms plenty of times and finally feel like growing magic shrooms yourself, you can consider using cubensis. However, you might have questions about how to do it. Keep reading to learn more about this process.

Where Do I Get Started with Growing Magic Shrooms?

First, you will need to do some homework on growing magic shrooms. You are beginning something new, so research is always a good idea. Plus, the cultivation process is advanced. 

You might be wondering if shrooms are all you need to get started. Specifically, a grower will want the spores. However, if you have only a mushroom, then it is likely that the spores are already gone. Instead, you may want to think about getting special spores for growing.

Where Do I Find the Right Spores?

There are many different forms of mushroom spores to consider. For example, you might get spore syringes, prints, dried shrooms or clones, and spore vials. Of course, the type of spore that you get will determine the method that you use to inoculate the growing substance. For beginners, spore vials are generally a good idea.

What Is the Best Growing Material to Use?

Then, you need to prepare your growing material. The spores will spread their mycelium, or fungus, through this material. The material allows your shrooms to get vital nutrients and eventually begin to grow.

You have a wide range of materials to choose from for growing your shrooms. Manure, bark, damp dirt, some types of flour, and tree stumps are all options. With modern methods, however, many growers use growing matter and vermiculite. You could try using brown rice flour. This is a reliable, clean, and simple way of growing shrooms.

What Is the Best Growing Material to Use

How to Sterilize Your Materials

To prepare your materials, you will need to sterilize them. This is important to prevent contamination from microorganisms in the growing material. If your cakes or jars are contaminated, the shrooms may not grow. They might also develop bacteria before you can consume them. If this happens, you can try using boiling water to sterilize them. 

You can use a flame to sterilize your tools, such as your tweezers and syringe needles. With this method, you will use an alcohol burner or even a lighter. Place the tip of the item in the flame until it becomes red hot. Then, allow it to cool before using it on any plastic items to avoid melting the plastic.

A pressure cooker can also be used to get supplies sterile. If you do not have one, you can borrow it from someone. All you have to do is place your tools in and follow the instruction guide. Of course, before doing this, you will want to determine if a material can be placed in a pressure cooker. For example, plastic items cannot go into the pressure cooker.

What Are Jars and Cakes?

For small or average-size shrooms, you will use substrate cakes. These will be placed in growing boxes or glass jars. If you want to have a larger batch of shrooms, you might want to look into getting a kit.

Mushrooms do not grow the same way that plants do. Shrooms are a fungus. First, a mycelium will grow. This is a white structure that looks like a web. Later on, the structure will sprout the shrooms. The process of planting the fungus is known as inoculating it.

If you are growing in bulk, you will need three to six jars, fresh manure, and a large tub. You should have about a 1:3 ratio of spawn to manure. If you want something that is not as smelly, you may want to use coir, which comes from a coconut. Your tub will need to have rows of holes near the bottom on the sides of the tub and another row near the top.

What Is the Inoculating Process Like?

When you inoculate the material, you will be injecting your spore liquid onto the substrate’s surface. Then, the spores can soak into the material. The best temperature will be around room temperature. You will want to avoid overheating the area to avoid inadvertently killing off the shrooms.

With some types of substrates, you have a bit more flexibility. You just want to avoid the temperature dropping to 15 degrees Celsius or colder. The mycelium will go through the reproductive cycle known as a flush. During this time, the fungus will create mushrooms. To start the cycle, you will soak the substrate in water. It needs to be kept consistently moist by being misted with water. You can check the humidity and temperature level every day for the next several weeks.

When Do I Get to Harvest Shrooms

When Do I Get to Harvest Shrooms?

You can pick them once the heads have started expanding. However, you want to get them before they begin to release their spores. If you will not be using your shrooms immediately, you will need to dry them. That way, they will not go bad or get mouldy. 

To pick them, you will want to grasp them at the bottom. Gently twist and pull on the stem until the bottom becomes loose. You do not want to break them or damage the substrate by accident.

What Do I Do with the Growing Supplies?

You will not want to throw away the mycelium after you have harvested your first round of shrooms. You can get more than one flush or set of shrooms popping up. The numbers and amount of your harvest will differ, but with the right conditions, you can expect to get somewhere around three flushes. You will want to keep everything clean, so you can maximize the number of flushes. 

If you plant your mycelium in a shady, moist area, you may have some shrooms coming up after it rains. You can throw it away, but reusing or composting your material can be a good idea.

Closing Thoughts 

Growing your own magic mushrooms can be a fun and rewarding experience. To make it as easy as possible, you can look for growing kits. That way, you will not need to try to hunt down all of the necessary supplies yourself. You can even find kits that have premade substrates. Using a kit can save you both energy and time. 

Can Tiny Doses of Magic Mushrooms Unlock Creativity?

You probably know that taking a larger dose of magic mushrooms can send you on a trip. You may experience hallucinations and other symptoms. But what if you take a smaller dose, also known as micro-dosing? According to some 2018 research, it might give you a boost of creativity.

About Micro-dosing 

The study didn’t have a control group, which is important for finding out what really caused the burst of creativity. It’s possible that people’s expectations factored into it.

With micro-dosing, you take about a 10th of a normal dose of magic shrooms. The goal is to improve your mood or boost your creativity. In the study, participants took a small dose of psychedelic truffles. Before the dose, 38 of the participants took three quick written tests.

The first one tested their intelligence. Another one tested their convergent thinking. With this type of thought process, problems with only one solution are solved. For example, a participant might see a grid with images of different objects. One item from each row was chosen, and the commonality was described. For example, a bathtub, sink, and a hose would have water in common.

In the last test, the participant’s divergent thinking was tested. This is the ability to think of different solutions to one problem. For example, a participant might be given a word, such as a towel or pen. Then, they would need to come up with different uses for it.

Next, the participants took about a third of a gram of the magic truffles. The participants took the same tests but had different results.

About Micro-dosing 

Results of the Study 

The results of the study showed that after taking a micro-dose, the level of intelligence generally did not change. However, both convergent and divergent thinking improved. This contradicted a previous study about psychoactive shrubs and vines in the Amazon. The 2016 study found that divergent thinking was improved after taking some psychoactive substances, but the participants’ convergent thinking got much worse.

However, one reason for the differing results could be the dose instead of the substance. When you have a recreational dose, you may feel more unconstrained and dreamlike. Even though that can help with brainstorming, it might not help with solving problems. That means that an ideal dose would strike a balance between the two.

It is important to remember that the study had no control group. That means that the micro-dosemay not have been a reason for the creativity to be boosted. Some of the participants may have figured out the tests after the first round. However, the study authors believe this is unlikely.

People might have also expected to become more creative and unconsciously done better on the second round of tests. No matter what, the authors found that creativity is highly dependent on the user’s situation. For example, psychedelics may factor into creativity. However, changing up your office or going on a hike could also make a difference. There are many variables to consider.

Try Micro-dosing for Yourself

In general, you should not experience significant mood, mindset, or disposition changes when micro-dosing. Instead, you will notice a subtle effect. Fresh and dried shrooms have different levels of psilocybin in them, so they will offer varying effects. Each variety will have a different level of psilocybin, as well. Even certain parts of the shroom will have more or less of the substance.

Preparing Your Shrooms

You can use any type of magic mushroom when you are micro-dosing. You will want to look at how much psilocybin is in each of the strains. If you’re starting out with fresh shrooms, you will want to dry them, grind them into powder, and then measure about around 0.1 grams of the powder. This is a good starting point, especially if you have never used them before.

When you take them, you might notice that you feel a little drowsy within a few minutes. This is the first effect that comes in a magic mushroom trip. Make your dose a little smaller, and you will have found the right amount to take.

Preparing Your Shrooms

Taking Your Dose

There are many ways that you can take a micro-dose. You can measure out an exact dose and then put the powder in empty capsules. That way, it will be evenly distributed. It can also prevent them from tasting too bad.

You might also want to make a magic mushroom tea. You can dissolve the shrooms in hot water and add some honey to cover up the taste. You may even want to experiment with mixing shrooms into other drinks.

How Often Should Micro-dosing Be?

The first time you take a micro-dose, you may want to take off time from work or school. That way, you can see what the effects are like. You can start out by taking two doses each week for the first several weeks. Keep track of how you are feeling and what the effects are. You might want to start a journal.

Many people find that the day after a micro-dose, they have more energy and their creativity is increased. You will usually not want to take a micro-dose every day. You can build up a tolerance to psilocybin, so after a few days, you may not see your desired effects anymore. Remember that you can still feel positive effects even several days after a dosage. To make the most out of your shrooms, it is a good idea to space things out a bit.

Closing Thoughts 

When it comes to micro-dosing shrooms, there are still many unanswered questions. More research is needed to determine if it will work in the long run. For example, some magic mushroom users might become used to the tiny levels of psychedelics and need to take more of them.

But if you’re curious about magic shrooms, you might want to try out micro-dosing. Not only is there a chance that it can boost your creativity, but it is also a great way to introduce yourself to the world of shrooms.