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How To Grow Penis Envy Mushrooms

The Pros And Cons That Come With Growing Penis Envy Mushrooms

Penis Envy Mushrooms are a magic mushroom growers dream due to the potency and weight of their fruiting bodies. However, there are still pros and cons that come with growing Penis Envy Mushrooms, as with anything really. The main downside or ‘con’ in learning how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms is that they are one of the most difficult P. Cubensis varieties to cultivate. One downside, most likely due to their physical characteristics, is that Penis Envy Mushrooms drop very few spores. Therefore, a home or commercial cultivator would need quite a few Penis Envy Mushrooms in order to collect enough spores to produce a viable spore print or syringe. Another con is the fact that this genetic line has been artificially selected, leaving Penis Envy Mushrooms less resistant to contamination. Most likely, this species would not have survived in nature, as they typically take about 25% longer to colonize and pin. Penis Envy Mushrooms have a pin rate that is around half of that of other magic mushroom varieties. They also need specialized conditions for the incubation stage. Such examples would be the addition of a casing layer, as well as a substrate with higher moisture-content. 

On the other side of the coin though, a ‘pro’ to learning how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms is that they offer the benefit of getting the most out of your substrate. Penis Envy varieties tend to pull out of the substrate much easier than other strains. Therefore, preventing the grower from having to decimate the casing or substrate when pulling out a large flush. Although these types of mushrooms can be grown on birthing cakes (not well though), they are best suited using a bulk application. Growth Parameters are the same as any P. Cubensis, but harvesting can prove to be a little bit different. Unlike other strains, when the Penis Envy Mushroom caps break their veil, they are not yet ready to be harvested. After the veil is torn for mature mushrooms, a waiting period of 3 to 5 days is recommended. 

Known Penis Envy Mushroom Strains That Can Be Grown

Even with their origin still a mystery, there are several known Penis Envy Mushroom strains that can be grown today. (Again, abiding in a legal manner and depending on the area in which you live.) There have been several mycologists and genetics vendors who have performed culture isolation/crossing on the Penis Envy strain, starting in the late 1970s with Stephen Pollock. This has resulted in several distinguishable sub-variants, such as; Albino Penis Envy (Albino PF x Penis Envy cross), Penis Envy #6 (a mutation), Texas Penis Envy (Texas Orange Caps x Penis Envy cross), Penis Envy Uncut (a mutation), and Trans Envy (Transkei x Penis Envy cross). Important to remember, potency among all Penis Envy Mushroom strain varieties is consistently higher than all other Psilocybe Cubensis varieties. Below is a brief description of each:

Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms: this particular mushroom has the milky white coloration of the Albino PF variety, and its caps are sometimes tinged dark blue. Albino Penis Envy mushrooms are also smaller than Penis Envy mushrooms on average. 

Penis Envy Uncut Mushrooms: said to be the most potent of all of the Penis Envy varieties, this strain has a couple of unique characteristics. With a distinct physical feature, the Penis Envy Uncut Mushroom Strain has caps that do not open at all, even late in the fruiting bodies maturity. Additionally caps are distinctly darker than the regular Penis Envy strain.

Trans Envy Mushrooms – a variety that have been isolated by a mushroom spore vendor named ‘Spores Lab’. They appear closer to a Transkei Magic Mushroom in appearance, with slender yellow-white stems and medium sized caps. This variety is also slightly less potent than other Penis Envy varieties.

While each of these mutations have slightly different physical characteristics and potencies, the potency among all Penis Envy varieties is consistently higher than all other P. Cubensis varieties. Similar to Golden Teachers Mushrooms, Penis Envy varieties take longer to grow and mature than many other strains. Therefore leaving them with a higher psilocybin concentration than many other strains. In fact, some strains of Penis Envy are twice or three times as powerful as other strains, so be sure of which mushroom you are growing. 

How Much Time It Takes To Grow Penis Envy Mushrooms

As with any growing process, enjoying each step without expectation of a perfect timeline is key in having a good experience. With proper preparation and research, however, you should be able to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms within two months. Although nothing is set in stone when it comes to Mother Nature, an approximate timeline in how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms is as follows: 

Week 1- Spore inoculation to spore germination. 

Week 2- Spore germination or inoculation to complete colonization of the substrate or cake. Week 2 to 4- The start of the fruiting cycle, which can then take about two more weeks. 

Week 4 to 6- Once the substrate or cakes turn a blue color, the mushroom fruiting is complete. 

All in all, the complete growing cycle for psilocybin mushroom spores takes 4 to 6 weeks from spore inoculation to fruiting harvest. Final mushroom quality and yield depends on how well a grower has monitored and controlled the temperature, humidity, and pests or contaminants. Growing experience and an intuitive feel for the biological rhythms of mushrooms being grown are some of the greatest determining factors for success. Once the basics of a mushrooms growth cycle and needs are understood, a timeline for learning how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms can be better calculated. 

How To Grow Penis Envy Mushrooms Using Their Spores

In learning how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms, inoculation can be done with their spores using high quality spore prints. A spore print is the powdery deposit obtained by allowing spores of the Penis Envy Mushroom to fall onto a surface underneath. The tricky thing with Penis Envy varieties and their spores, is that their collection is quite more difficult. On average, less than five percent of the Penis Envy Mushrooms drop spores making their availability limited. Collection can be done, however, as an alternate method is used where the person must swab the gills with a sterile q-tip. Once spores are collected or bought, germinating them is the next step in learning how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms.

Paper Rubbing Penis Envy Mushroom Spores:

  • Fold and rub together the Penis Envy Mushrooms spore printed paper so that spores drop onto nutrified agar media. (This method is not the best as concentrated populations of mushroom spores are usually grouped together giving less than desired results.)

Germinating the Penis Envy Mushrooms spores from a print is best done on nutrified agar plates in a glove box setup, as with tissue/agar cloning.

Scalpel And Streaking Penis Envy Mushroom Spores:

  • Sterilize a scalpel by passing it through a burning flame, then cooling it in the nutrified agar. This way the scalpel gets covered with a moist and adhesive layer for better Penis Envy mushrooms spores attachment.
  • Touch the spore print with the scalpel tip to collect the plentiful mushroom spores.
  • Streak the tip into an “S” pattern across the surface of the petri dish.
  • 5 to 15 days later, your spores (should) germinate according to the streaking pattern.
  • Colonies of germinating spores can then be subcultured into more petri dishes.

Cultivators can also use Penis Envy Mushrooms spores stored in solutions suspended in syringes and vials for their growing desires as well. These are where the spores are re-hydrated using sterile water, and then used to inoculate the growing medium. The advantage of a Penis Envy Mushrooms spore syringe is that this spore water can be used to inoculate the substrate of your choice, giving a higher chance of the spores germinating.

Penis Envy Mushrooms Spores Syringe:

  • Start out by sterilizing your water and glass beaker, cover with foil.
  • Place the bottle in your pressure cooker and heat it until it reaches 15psi. Once it reaches the desired pressure, lower the temperature and maintain it for 30 minutes.
  • After the 30 minutes, turn off heat completely and allow the water to cool to room temperature. If the water is still hot, there is a huge risk of killing the spores. It is easiest to let the water sit overnight.
  • Once the water is cool (usually a few hours if not left overnight), sterilize the tweezers and scalpel in a flame.
  • Remove the foil, and with your tweezers, take the spore print from its storage and hold it over the opening of the beaker.
  • With the scalpel in hand, carefully scrape some of the spores into the water.
  • Fill the syringes instantly by placing the tip of the syringe in the water and pulling to fill it up. It is a good idea to empty the syringe back into the beaker, and repeat this process a couple of times. (This will ensure there is a good spread of spores throughout the water.) 
  • Now that you have a filled syringe you need to leave it at room temperature for 2-3 days so that the Penis Envy Mushrooms spores can fully hydrate. 

Inoculation Is A Key Step In Learning How To Grow Penis Envy Mushrooms

Once you learn how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms using spores you have collected or purchased, the next step for your spores is inoculation. This process is the introduction of the Penis Envy spores to the desired substrate, in hopes of producing thriving mycelium. Penis Envy spores do not contain chlorophyll, they feed off substances other than light to gain the nourishment they need to germinate. The variety of mushroom dictates the most suited material as different types of mushroom grow in different materials (the substrate). Suitable materials for a substrate range from sawdust, straw, wooden plugs, to whole grains. Although Penis Envy mushrooms can be grown on birthing cakes (not well though), they are best suited using a bulk application. Blending together the Penis Envy Mushrooms spores and the nutrients provided by the suited substance is known as the spawn. The spawn is key, as it allows the mycelium to develop. And the mycelium is the fungus from which mushrooms emerge during fruiting. When the spawn is mixed with a substrate fruiting tends to be more vigorous and mushrooms are more plentiful. Penis Envy mushrooms tend to grow more slowly than other members of their species, and take longer to fruit. But this unique characteristic also allows the Penis Envy fruiting bodies to develop more psilocybin than faster-growing strains. Plus, Penis Envy varieties tend to pull out of the substrate much easier than other strains. Therefore, preventing the grower from having to decimate the casing or substrate when pulling out a large flush. Growth Parameters are the same for Penis Envy Mushrooms as any P. Cubensis strain, but harvesting can prove to be a little bit different. Unlike other strains, when the Penis Envy Mushroom caps break their veil, they are not yet ready to be harvested. After the veil is torn for mature mushrooms, a waiting period of 3 to 5 days is recommended.

How To Grow Penis Envy Mushrooms From A Grow Kit

Using a psilocybin grow kit for cultivation basically cuts out all the options and steps listed above. In the purest sense, when learning how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms, you basically need a mycelium substrate and a hospitable environment for the mycelium to thrive. The mycelium is simply the underlying fungus that grows into your edible fruiting body mushrooms. Because growing kits include the mycelium and a grow box, it makes the growing process very easy and straightforward-they already include almost everything you need, and you can grow without spores. Typically, a Penis Envy Mushrooms grow kit will include: a substratum containing living mycelium, transparent grow bag with an air filter, and two paper clips. Using a psilocybin grow kit has benefits because the development of the mushroom spores into the mycelium has already been done in a sterile laboratory. The mushrooms have not yet grown inside the kit because the mycelium is in a hibernation stage due to the cold environment. However, when using growing kits there is a potential risk of contamination, lack of consistency, and even fake products. A trusted and reputable source of Penis Envy Mushrooms grow kits, such as FungusHead, is the best option for successful harvest results. Whichever you choose in how to grow Penis Envy Mushrooms, enjoy the magical process!

 

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Penis Envy Mushrooms Strain Review

With all the popularity gaining around psilocybin mushrooms, or magic mushrooms have you, there is one particular strain with the most intriguing name of all. The Penis Envy Mushroom. 

Interestingly enough, the first thought for some people when they hear of this strain is that it perhaps has some sort of magical qualities for male performance. But in fact, this is not the case. Characterized by their strange appearance, having a dense, bulbous, and wrinkly stipe, these mushrooms are named for their resemblance to… you guessed it, the male penis. But besides their appearance, a Penis Envy Mushroom strain review reveals there are much more unique aspects to them. For starters, their spore release is dramatically much less than their cousins. Despite its spore drop challenges, it is an aggressive fruiter, producing some monsters in later flushes as reported. This particular strain is well known for its high psilocybin content, and has also been reported as easy to grow from home as well. Be aware, however, that psilocybin mushrooms are considered a Schedule I drug in the United States, and are not legal for personal use cultivation. Also, their origin is still much of a mystery, and largely debated amongst mushroom enthusiasts making them even cooler. All we can say is that any valid information about the Penis Envy Mushroom strain is always worth a gander.

The Mysterious Origin Of The Penis Envy Mushroom Strain

When it comes to their origin, there is no clear evidence on where the Penis Envy Mushroom comes from besides theories of being a mutant. No specific proof has been found with their discovery, but it is believed by some that the specimens known today derived from a created unique mutation. Legend has it that Penis Envy Mushroom strain originated from an exceptionally large and healthy mushroom found deep in the Amazon Rainforest. One found by Terrence McKenna- the fabled ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants. For many Penis Envy enthusiasts, the best theory is that the Penis Envy Mushroom strain birthed from the Amazonian Cubensis species McKenna carried in his store. However without confirmed facts, mislabeled findings are still prevalent unfortunately. Hence the importance of acquiring spores from a reputable and reliable source for Penis Envy Mushrooms. With the confusion of different variations, some people may identify incorrect specimens as Penis Envy Mushrooms strain. Interestingly enough, a recent revelation has been made that the Penis Envy Mushroom strain is the result of a recessive genetic mutation. Meaning the mushroom must exhibit two mutated copies, or it will not exhibit the properties of the original mushroom. This was discovered when labs found that the Penis Envy Mushroom strain can revert to looking like a cubensis mushroom. Other misidentified mushrooms may look like the Penis Envy variety, but in actuality are not. They probably only have one mutated copy, which means visually, it will not look like it should.

The Famous Appearance Of The Penis Envy Mushroom

This may come as no surprise, but yes, these mushrooms get their name from the fact that they do indeed look like the male reproductive organ. Characterized by their strange appearance, with a dense and wrinkly stipe, these mushrooms often are on the larger size of the spectrum. They are typically thick, gnarly stemmed mushrooms with a bulbous cap that only sometimes separates from the stem. At least that is what is observed with the true genetics of the Penis Envy Mushroom Strain review. Again, for purposes of identification, their bulbous cap may or may not open up and separate from the usually very thick stem. As far as their color, Penis Envy Mushroom strains typically range from a light tan to darker brown, with more variations amongst varieties. Blue bruising seen on the stem can be an indication of high psilocybin content as well. They also possess unique characteristics like an underdeveloped cap and often the lack of a velum (veil) separating cap and stem. This unique characteristic which results in light and sometimes ineffective sporulation can make them more difficult to cultivate. Penis Envy mushrooms are also one of the densest varieties of magic mushrooms, and while they are typically shorter in height and smaller overall than other species, they still possess significant weight due to their density. 

Why “Rare” Comes Up In A Penis Envy Mushrooms Strain Review

Although microscopic in size, mushroom spores give us the blueprint for all mushroom growth. Or in other words, the spore of a mushroom contains all of the necessary materials to form a brand new fungus. A mature mushroom is said to contain up to 16 billion spores, giving Mother Nature and cultivators plenty of opportunities to propagate more. In Mother Nature, when the spores of a mushroom are released they often travel a certain distance before they land. The single cell then sends out hyphae (each of the branching filaments that make up the mycelium of a fungus) to help establish and gather food for the actual mushroom. After the spore has sent out its hyphae, they will eventually meet up with the hyphae of another mushroom. After the sexual process of reproduction has begun, the mushroom forms the structures of a “fruiting body” that will eventually produce and disperse spores. Not only are mushroom spores beautiful when captured, but necessary for successful and legal cultivation. As for Penis Envy Mushroom spores though, the difficulty-barrier along with the intensified experience that this variety provides has made them more desirable and rare.

Unlike what some people claim or believe, the spores of the Penis Envy Mushroom strain do in fact look the same as the cubensis strain. As with all mushrooms, spore size, color, and shape are all very similar. In fact, even under a microscope an observer may not be able to see any differences between Penis Envy Mushroom spores and their cousins. But what sets the Penis Envy Mushroom strain review apart from others is their spores. Penis Envy Mushrooms do not open up their fruiting body cap in the same way for spore release as others do so freely. Making spore collection far more difficult than their P. Cubensis cousins, creating an even more rare situation. This mostly is their only downside as it is hard to collect spores, as less than five percent of the mushrooms drop spores. Collection can be done, however, as an alternate method is used where the person must swab the gills with a sterile q-tip. Ensuring you receive reliable and reputable information about Penis Envy Mushrooms strain and their spores from a trusted source is crucial. Make sure to choose a high quality source, such as FungusHead, for all your questions, needs, and concerns. 

Known Penis Envy Mushroom Strain Varieties

With their origin still a mystery, it matters not to those mushroom enthusiasts in creating more strains. There have been several mycologists and genetics vendors who have performed culture isolation/crossing on the Penis Envy strain, starting in the late 1970s with Stephen Pollock. This has resulted in several distinguishable sub-variants, such as; Albino Penis Envy (Albino PF x Penis Envy cross), Penis Envy #6 (a mutation), Texas Penis Envy (Texas Orange Caps x Penis Envy cross), Penis Envy Uncut (a mutation), and Trans Envy (Transkei x Penis Envy cross). Important to remember, potency among all Penis Envy Mushroom strain varieties is consistently higher than all other Psilocybe Cubensis varieties or strains.

Albino Penis Envy Mushroom Strain: this particular mushroom has the milky white coloration of the Albino PF variety, and its caps are sometimes tinged dark blue. Albino Penis Envy mushrooms are also smaller than Penis Envy mushrooms on average. 

Penis Envy Uncut Mushroom Strain: said to be the most potent of all of the Penis Envy varieties, this strain has a couple of unique characteristics. With a distinct physical feature, the Penis Envy Uncut Mushroom Strain has caps that do not open at all, even late in the fruiting bodies maturity. Additionally caps are distinctly darker than the regular Penis Envy strain.

Trans Envy Mushroom Strain – a variety that have been isolated by a mushroom spore vendor named ‘Spores Lab’. They appear closer to a Transkei Magic Mushroom in appearance, with slender yellow-white stems and medium sized caps. This variety is also slightly less potent than other Penis Envy varieties. 

Penis Envy Mushroom Effects

Interestingly enough, psilocybin mushrooms are the most commonly used psychedelics among people ages 34 and younger. And a 2012 study of 409 university students in the American northeast found that nearly 30% of those surveyed had tried mushrooms at least once. And amongst mushroom and psilocybin enthusiasts, the Penis Envy Mushroom is an absolute winner for most. The Penis Envy Mushroom strain is known as the most potent Psilocybe Cubensis magic mushroom variety. Unfortunately though, due to the current legality of psilocybin containing mushrooms, there are no publicly accessible test results to confirm exactly how much more potent this variety is. Nor the differing ratios of psychotropic compounds that are present in Penis Envy Mushroom strain varieties, in addition to higher concentrations. Effects felt from this strain can include vivid visual stimulation, intense feelings of euphoria, deep introspection, philosophical thoughts, tremendous joy, distortion of space and time, synesthesia (ie. hearing colors, seeing sounds), ‘mystical’ or spiritual feelings of connectedness to the universe, and even out of body experiences. In fact, those who have tried psilocybin mushrooms and have experienced Penis Envy Mushroom strain effects have reported feeling:

  • Hypnagogic Experiences – 1-2.5g includes increased intensity of emotional experiences, increased introspection, and altered psychological functioning.
  • Perceptual Shifts – Changes in perceptual shifts such as illusions, synaesthesia, and mixing sensory modalities are experienced.
  • Visual Perception – You may experience changes in your visual perception such as halos around lights and objects and geometric patterns, when your eyes are closed.
  • Personal Perspective – Your thoughts and emotions will also start to change.
  • Emotional Shifts – Strong emotions are often experienced, ranging from good and bad. Most recommend that you don’t resist these emotions in either direction, but rather let them work their own course. Many who do report strong negative emotions also report a simultaneous sense of calm acceptance and detachment from them, especially if they remind themselves that the emotions are temporary.

For most, Penis Envy Mushroom strain effects will have you experience level 4-5 trips that take you to a different dimension for hours. A report from data collected in the 2010 NSDUH study show that, compared to other drugs, hallucinogens — which, according the NSDUH, includes LSD, PCP, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin mushrooms, and MDMA (ecstasy) — were used by about 1.2% of the population of people 12 years of age and older within the past month. Interestingly too, prescription “psychotherapeutics” are reportedly used illegally at a rate nearly 6 times that of hallucinogens. With new data and revelations being made, there is still much to learn about the potential healing effects attributed to psilocybin mushrooms. Such as those found in the Penis Envy Mushroom strain review.

Finding Authentic Penis Envy Mushroom Strain Information And Spores

Finding authentic Penis Envy Mushroom strain information and spores comes with patience, but in today’s world it is in fact more accessible than in the past. When searching online for an authentic Penis Envy Mushroom strain review, make sure to look for a reputable and reliable source, such as FungusHead. Knowledgeable staff members should be well aware of their city, state, and country laws/regulations concerning psilocybin mushrooms such as the Penis Envy Mushroom Strain. Clear communication and excellent customer service from an online provider should also be apparent once contacted. After those key services are confirmed, narrowing down a potential Penis Envy Mushroom strain review source is that much closer. An easy to navigate website, positive reviews, and verified linking is a great indication that an individual has found where to find Penis Envy Mushrooms strain safely. Providers and retailers that offer premium options can end up saving an interested consumer time, money, and energy in their search. Only a reliable and reputable source for Penis Envy Mushroom strains will ensure you receive customer satisfaction in a professional way that ensures you come back time and time again. Again though, be advised that psilocybin mushroom spores retailers will deny the sale if they suspect they will be intended for cultivation purposes without the proper licensing. Stay safe, stay knowledgeable, and enjoy your search for the magic of a Penis Envy Mushroom strain! 

 

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Golden Teacher Mushrooms Strain Review

One of the most popular magic mushrooms in demand today is the P. Cubensis, or more commonly known as the Golden Teacher Mushroom strain. Named after it’s iconic gold-capped appearance and for its introspective, philosophical effects, it is a favorite of all time. This well known magical beauty is a species of psychedelic and is scientifically known as Psilocybe Cubensis. Psilocin and psilocybin are the two major active elements of psychedelic species mushrooms, making them especially unique in the fungi worlds. Both Cultivators and Psychonauts alike seek Golden Teacher Mushrooms because of their easy and fast growth cycle, as well as the psychedelic journey they give with a profound impact. These beautiful mushrooms are able to provide a more guided, educative experience, rather than just a pure “trip” as most experience with other varieties. Because their cultivation in a home setting is easier, they have been more widely distributed in comparison to other types of psilocybin mushrooms. In a Golden Teacher Mushroom strain review, its effects on the brain and body is unlike other psychedelic varieties. Again, making it an all time favorite amongst the magic mushroom community at large. Let’s take a look into the divine and unique characteristics that is the Golden Teacher Mushroom strain. 

Some History And Facts In Identifying The Golden Teacher Mushrooms Strain

There is still some mystery though when it comes to the history and origin of the Psilocybe Cubensis strain, as with many mushrooms. Although discoveries about mushrooms and their use is still being explored today, there is still much to learn. The exact origin of Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain is still unknown, however, they are often easily recognized with their golden caps speckled with yellow. As no surprise here, the Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain does in fact have fruiting bodies that most often are true to its name. They are elegant and quite large in comparison to the other types of Psilocybe Cubensis. Golden Teacher mushrooms have a distinct appearance, with a long and winding, hollow stipe that is quite thicker towards a base. In particular, Golden Teacher Mushrooms have fruiting bodies with a golden or yellowish colored center, and a partially covered cap. Their cap size can be on the larger size, reaching up to 8 centimeters in diameter and have an elegant look in comparison to its cousins. This particular strain also has gills that may vary between white and purplish brown, making it distinctive. Again, as with any mushroom, it’s important to correctly identify a strain before attempting to collect spores, keep, or consume! Golden Teacher Mushrooms fruit less when compared to other Psilocybe Cubensis strains, however, they also easily grow under optimal conditions. This fact alone also explains why they are more popular and well liked by new cultivators.

As far as the history goes during a Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain review, there are a few facts we know to give somewhat of a timeline. It’s distinctive feature of a yellow or gold cap is what has propelled its identification throughout the years. This species was first described in 1906 by Franklin, found in the country of Cuba and named Stropharia Cubensis. Almost one year later, Narcisse Theophile identified it as Naematoloma in Tonkin, Saskatchewan. Almost four decades later in the state of Florida, it was then named Stropharia Cyanescens in 1941 by William Alphonso Murrill. And then finally in the mid 1980’s (almost another four decades later) it was given its current name and classification of, Psilocybe Cubensis. In better efforts of understanding the origin of its name, each part of the scientific name of the Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain has meaning. Psilocybe is derived from the Greek word Psilos which means a thing with a bare head, and Cubensis referring its origin directly from Cuba. Interestingly enough, some strains of Psilocybe Cubensis Mushrooms are commonly known as Penis Envy Mushrooms due to their shape. Hence the importance of correctly identifying a particular mushroom, as the Penis Envy type is especially more potent. 

A Golden Teacher Mushrooms Strains Review Of Effects On The Brain

Golden Teacher Mushrooms Strain experiences are often described as revelatory, or at the very least insightful. Hence their name, as this strain of mushroom provides powerful lessons that remain long after the experience as reported by some. The fruiting bodies of the Golden Teachers Mushrooms strain have a mild potency and a variety of effects on the brain. Generally, all mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin, have special effects on the brain similar to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). These powerful effects include visual distortions, enhanced colors, lightness or giddiness, powerful emotions and an immense change in mood and/or feelings. Possible effects of psilocybin in particular include: euphoria, paranoia, peacefulness, spiritual awakening, confusion and ironically clarity with quickly changing emotions. Derealization is also common for Golden Teacher mushrooms strain effects, which is the feeling that an individual’s surroundings are not real. On the other side of the coin, psychological distress is most often the reported negative effects after recreational use of psilocybin mushrooms. This distress can take the form of extreme anxiety or short-term psychosis, depending on the individual’s experience. Distorted thinking, visual alteration, frightening hallucinations, and depersonalization are also some psychedelic substance effects known to be ‘scary’ for some. The environment factor in which an individual or group experiences taking Golden Teacher mushrooms, or other psilocybin mushrooms, is important as well. Those who partake in consuming psilocybin in a calm and supportive environment tend to have a more positive transforming experience. 

While brain activity generally returns to normal after magic mushroom use, such as with the Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain, research suggests some effects can last longer even after wearing off. One study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, measured how psilocybin affects five domains of personality — Neuroticism, Extroversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. It found “significant increases in Openness following a high-dose psilocybin session. Openness is a psychological term for an individual’s attitude toward new experiences, and can be associated with traits like Imagination, Creativity and Aesthetic Appreciation. Not only was openness one of the general mushroom effects, but it rose during a psilocybin session. Nearly 60% of study participants, it “remained significantly higher than baseline more than 1 year after the session,” the researchers wrote. A surprising find, since various research has shown that personality doesn’t usually change much after the age of 30. A recommended dosage for dried Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain ranges between 1 gram and 2.5 grams. This dose allows a margin of error for new people who have never used this strain of mushroom, but could also be small for regular and experienced partakers. The Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain can take effect in as quickly as 20 minutes, and the experience usually lasts for four to six hours.

Golden Teacher Mushrooms Strains Review Of Effects On The Human Ego

In a Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain review, these magical little guys offer mildly higher psychedelic effects, explaining why they are considered a gateway mushroom for newbies. Golden Teachers get their fame from the spiritual effects and shamanistic characteristics that are attributed from their use. It’s common knowledge that after consuming Golden Teacher Mushrooms users will get a feeling of gentle enlightenment and loss of the human ego. They are helpful in connecting the true spirit to nature and all that lies within. Again, hence their name  as it is also derived from their special abilities of healing the ego mind. Some of the psilocybin mushroom effects people report is also losing their sense of self while on magic mushrooms. This lack of ego is typically short-lived, but may be related to some longer-lasting mushroom effects of psychedelics. According to a 2017 study published in the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, temporary ego loss could prove to be very beneficial in the right context. “This ‘ego dissolution’ results in a moment of expanded awareness, a feeling in which the mind is put more directly and intensely in touch with the world,” said co-author Philip Gerrans, a philosophy professor at the University of Adelaide, in a statement. “Through this experience it may be possible to re-engineer the mechanisms of self, which in turn could change people’s outlook or worldview. The profound sense of connection produced by this experience has the potential to be beneficial for people suffering from anxiety, depression and some forms of addiction.” Proving to be substantial hope for those suffering from severe mental disorders, according to Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain review.

Why And How People Grow The Golden Teacher Mushroom Strain

Consumers, Mushroom Enthusiasts, and Researchers alike all grow the Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain for their own reasons. Keep in mind though, psilocybin containing mushrooms are still classified as a Schedule I Controlled Substance. Cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms, such as the Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain, is considered drug manufacture in most jurisdictions and is often severely penalized. But for those interested in growing legally for research purposes, there are two different ways of growing a Golden Teacher Mushroom strain. 

Growing With Golden Teacher Mushroom Spores: This method is the most suitable option and (cost-effective technique) for those who really want a customization of the mushroom growth process for flush optimization, or better yielding. Mushroom spore cultivation, such as growing a Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain from spores, is considered the more advanced option of the two. Advanced cultivation means starting the mushroom growth cycle from scratch, or in other words without mycelium. You can find spores in Golden Teacher Mushroom strain prints, Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain syringes, and Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain vials. The major advantages associated with using spores is that it saves the cultivator money, and can maximize the yield by allowing cultivators to control the growing conditions. 

Growing With A Golden Teacher Mushroom Grow Kit: Usually the best method for growers who are less knowledgeable and experience with the entire mushroom growth cycle. Or alos for those cultivators who want quick results, or less time before fruiting and harvesting. When using grow kits, however, you must be at least familiar with their instructions. Grow kits have already used the spores for inoculation, and in essence have already done most (if not all of the work) in growing the mycelium needed for fruiting bodies. Grow Kits have essentially ‘frozen or stilled’ the mushroom growth process just before the fruiting takes place. As long as required environmental conditions are met, a flush or harvest of Golden Teacher Mushrooms will grow. Grow Kits basically save the grower time and efforts required during the mushrooms entire growth cycle.  

Find A Golden Teacher Mushrooms Strain From A Reputable Source

There’s a reason why the Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain has always been a favorite among growers for years, they are easy to grow and provide enlightenment gently. Of all the psilocybin strains known, Golden Teacher Mushrooms tend to be the easiest to find. In fact, in today’s world, magic mushrooms information and products are ever more accessible than in the past. When searching online for where to find authentic Golden Teacher Mushrooms, make sure to look for some key services the retailer can provide. Such services should include: knowledgeable staff members, discreet and professional shipping options with order tracking and reliable delivery, and of course excellent customer service available at any time. Knowledgeable staff members should be well aware of their city, state, and country laws/regulations concerning psilocybin mushrooms. Clear communication and excellent customer service from an online provider should also be apparent once contacted. After those key services are confirmed, narrowing down a potential Golden Teacher Mushroom strain provider is less daunting. A reliable company with an easy to navigate website, positive reviews and feedback, and excellent source of communication is a great start. Reputable and knowledgeable providers that offer premium options can end up saving an interested individual time, money, and energy in their Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain review. Again though, be advised that psilocybin mushroom spores retailers will deny the sale if they suspect they will be intended for cultivation purposes without the proper licensing. Stay safe, stay knowledgeable, and enjoy your journey of the Golden Teacher Mushrooms strain review! 

 

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How Long Does It Take To Grow Psilocybin Mushroom Spores?

You’ve done it! You have found high quality psilocybin mushroom spores and are now ready to take on the magical growing process. So, how long does it actually take to grow psilocybin mushroom spores from the moment after inoculation? Although most mushrooms grow relatively within a similar time frame, different factors can of course impact their growth cycle. Final mushroom quality, growth cycle time, and yield all depend on how well a grower has monitored and controlled the temperature, humidity, and pests or contaminants. Once the basics of mushroom growing is understood, a cultivator can get a better idea of an accurate time frame for psilocybin spore growth. Before digging deeper into how long it takes to see the magic pop through the soil, let’s take a look at what separates magic mushrooms from their family members found at the local grocery store. Gaining a better understanding of what you are growing will always bring helpful insight for the journey ahead.

What’s Makes Psilocybin Mushrooms Spores Different Than Their Cousins

It is important to clarify that “psilocybin mushrooms,” or “magic mushrooms,” may refer to any number of mushrooms that contain psychedelic compounds like psilocybin or psilocin. Psilocybin is the main ingredient found in several types of psychoactive mushrooms, making it perhaps the best-known naturally-occurring psychedelic drug. Quite different from the cremini mushrooms you just picked up from the grocery store, which have zero psychoactive elements at all. At first glance psilocybin mushrooms, or Psilocybe Cubensis by their scientific name, do not look particularly magical. Magic mushrooms are often small, and are usually color shades ranging between brown and tan, to a golden beige. In fact, the scientific name of this little brown-and-white mushroom roughly translates to “bald head,” befitting the mushrooms’ rather plain-looking appearance. Psilocybin and psilocin are the two major psychoactive substances which naturally occur in psychedelic mushrooms. Psilocin is biologically active, whereas psilocybin is a psilocin prodrug, meaning that it is converted into psilocin when ingested via dephosphorylation. After the gut digests and absorbs these particular magic mushrooms, the body converts it to psilocybin. 

Psilocybin is a hallucinogen that works by activating serotonin receptors, most often in the prefrontal cortex. This particular part of the brain affects mood, cognition, and perception for people. It is also important to note that hallucinogens work in other regions of the brain that regulate arousal and panic responses. Psilocybin does not always cause active visual or auditory hallucinations. Instead, it distorts how some people that use psilocybin perceive objects and people already in their environment. Again, very different effects on the body and brain, than those of its cousins such as Portobello or Lions Mane. In the wild, people commonly mistake magic mushrooms containing psilocybin for any number of other mushrooms that are poisonous. Hence the importance of becoming knowledgeable about mushrooms, as well as being able to properly identify them. Especially if collecting spores of your own in hopes of answering the question- how long does it take to grow psilocybin mushroom spores?! Knowledge is power, and knowing what you collect from the wild is of the utmost importance.

So How Long Does It Take To Grow Psilocybin Mushroom Spores?

Most first time cultivators wonder how long does it take to grow psilocybin mushroom spores before actually doing so, and that’s a fair thought. Whether the Golden Teacher, Amazonian, Penis Envy, or another psilocybin mushroom, the cubensis strain is one of the easiest species to cultivate. With proper preparation and research, you should be able to grow your own within two months. Although nothing is set in stone when it comes to Mother Nature, an approximate timeline for the psilocybin mushroom growth cycle can go as follows. Within week 1- spore inoculation to spore germination. Within week 2- spore germination or inoculation to complete colonization of the substrate or cake. Within another 2 to 4 weeks the start of the fruiting cycle, which can then take about two more weeks. Once the substrate or cakes turn a blue color, the mushroom fruiting is complete. All in all, the complete growing cycle for psilocybin mushroom spores takes 4 to 6 weeks from spore inoculation to fruiting harvest. Keep in mind though, the common button mushroom varieties can take up to 15 weeks to complete an entire production cycle for growers. That is from the start of composting to the final steaming off after harvesting has ended. A lot of the growing cycle again depends on the strain and conditions of the mushroom spores. Final mushroom quality and yield depends on how well a grower has monitored and controlled the temperature, humidity, and pests or contaminants. Growing experience and an intuitive feel for the biological rhythms of mushrooms being grown are some of the greatest determining factors for success. Once the basics of mushroom growing is understood, a cultivator can get a better idea of an accurate time frame. 

Why Penis Envy Mushrooms Are More Of A Challenge When Growing

As with all mushrooms, spore size, color, and shape are and look the same. Even under the best microscope available, an observer may not be able to see any differences between a Cubensis and Penis Envy spore. But what sets the Penis Envy Mushroom apart from others is in fact, their special spores. Penis Envy mushrooms do not open up their cap in the same way for spore release as other psilocybin mushroom species do. Releasing only about 5% of their spores, their spore collection is far more difficult than their P. Cubensis cousins. Hence explaining why Penis Envy mushrooms are more of a challenge when growing for legal experimentation purposes. What’s even more interesting about the Penis Envy Mushroom is it’s unknown origin, which could explain it’s unique and rare spore profile. No one truly knows where this mushroom came to be, with only theories of their beginnings from famous mycologists like Terence McKenna and Steven Pollock. No specific proof has been found with their discovery, but it is believed by some that the specimens known today derived from a created unique mutation from the Amazonian Cubensis species McKenna carried in his store. So, when it comes to the question of how long does it take to grow psilocybin mushroom spores of the Penis Envy kind, there is no exact answer. 

Why Utilizing A Mushroom Grow Kit Can Help

Thanks to the growing knowledge and benefits found with mushroom consumption these days, mushrooms of all kinds mind you, you can now find kits to grow your own. With some of the first on the market being Oyster mushroom kits, growing kits provide an even simpler introduction to mushroom cultivation from home. Psilocybin mushroom grow kits are also great for when you do not want to make your own substrate, or do not have the resources to sterilize materials yourself. It’s typical to find three basic things inside of a psilocybin grow kit: substratum containing living mycelium of the P. Cubensis (spores that have been developed), transparent grow bag with an air filter, and two paper clips. The mushroom substrate in a psilocybin grow kit consists of rye, vermiculite and perlite. Using a psilocybin grow has benefits because the development of the cubensis spores into the mycelium has already been done in a sterile laboratory. The mushrooms have not yet grown inside the kit because the mycelium is in a hibernation stage due to the cold environment. Trusted and reputable sources, such as FungusHead, are the best choice for purchasing a psilocybin mushroom spores grow kit. Also, please keep in mind that growing or germinating psilocybin mushrooms is illegal on a federal level and in most states. This article does not advocate the cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms, but more serves as a source for information on psilocybin and mushroom grow kits.

Understanding The Growing Psilocybin Mushroom Spores Process

There is no exact time frame when using psilocybin mushroom spores for growing, and sometimes that is the beauty that comes with anything magical. Learning how long does it take to grow psilocybin mushroom spores comes with experience and luck. A mushroom cultivators experience level, growing environment, and psilocybin strain chosen can all have an effect on the timeline from start to finish. In growing psilocybin mushroom spores, it’s important to understand that mushrooms like dark, cool, and humid growing environments. When you’re growing mushrooms at home, a place like your basement is ideal, but a spot under the sink could also work. But an unused cabinet or closet will also work, anywhere you can create near darkness and control temperature and humidity. Make sure to test out your spot by checking the temperature before embarking on the growing process. Knowing the basic fundamentals of what mushrooms need during their growth and life cycle is key in growing those magical fruiting bodies. 

Modern methods that are typically used for finding how long does it take to grow psilocybin mushroom spores, is basically vermiculite mixed with growing matter. Organic materials for substrates such as brown rice, coconut husks, or whole oats seem to be popular choices. The variety of mushroom dictates the most suited material as different types of mushroom grow in different materials (the substrate) from straw to wood chips. Whatever you choose for your psilocybin mushroom spores, make sure your materials and substrate are not contaminated with any other microorganisms. Mushrooms are easily outnumbered and can lose their growing ground, literally if contaminated. Proper sterilization of all equipment and substrates is essential for any mushroom spores to thrive and prosper during their growth time period. Mushrooms are the fruiting body result grown from part of a particular fungus. Research has found that the first fungus stage of growth, the mycelium, is also very beneficial in consumption with the actual mushroom fruit bodies themselves. This part of the mushroom growth cycle is a white web-like structure that first forms, before sprouting the actual mushrooms. Generally though, the process is the same and mushrooms can be seen within two months from inoculation. Speaking of terms used to explain the mushroom growing process, let’s take a look at another timeline and process when growing mushrooms legally.

An Example Timeline For Using Psilocybin Mushroom Spores

Although most mushrooms grow relatively within a similar time frame, different factors can of course impact their growth cycle. Final mushroom quality, growth cycle time, and yield all depend on how well a grower has monitored and controlled the temperature, humidity, and pests or contaminants. To start a flush, or mushroom growth, soak the substrate in water, then keep it moist by misting with water and checking temperature and humidity levels daily for a few weeks. When inoculating, you’re injecting the spore liquid on the surface of the substrate and allowing the spores to seep into your material. The ideal temperature incubating for the next 4 weeks is around 27 degrees Celsius (a warm room in a house). Phase one of your growing is where you’ll create what’s known as a birthing cake, which helps to feed the mycelium. The substrate serves as fertile ground for the spores to develop and consists of brown rice flour and vermiculite. After about a month, the spores will grow into mycelium and colonize the substrate. Technically, a birthing cake is when the mycelium has fully colonized and embedded around the substrate, ready to sprout mushrooms. These substrate “cakes” can then be moved into grow chambers, where they will further develop and eventually fruit. The reproductive cycle of the mycelium is referred to as a flush, during which the fungus produces mushroom fruit bodies. After sprouting, the mushrooms are usually ready to harvest in about a week or two. Lastly, shifting your focus on the entire process, rather than the end result, helps you enjoy the growing journey. To be able to grow anything is a privilege, let alone such an alien and magical organism. Cultivating a substance that can transform your consciousness, possibly heal your mind and soul is the mystery and magic of nature, and thus deserves appreciation! In your search for how long does it take to grow psilocybin mushroom spores, enjoy every minute as the mystery of nature unfolds. 

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Where To Find Golden Teacher Mushrooms?

There is no question about it, magic mushrooms or those that contain the psychedelic element of psilocybin, are a hot topic in today’s world. Magic Mushrooms, such as Golden Teacher Mushrooms, are taking presence in the medical community as an alternative option from pharmaceuticals for mental disorders and severe depression. With some states leading the way such as Oregon and California, as far as legalizing their responsibly done sale and use, psilocybin mushrooms are making big leaps into our culture. Magic mushrooms are being more and more sought after for their ‘ego-freeing’ effects which in some studies have shown to be successful in the treatment of severe depression. In fact, one of the most popular magic mushrooms in demand today is psilocybe cubensis, or more commonly known as Golden Teacher Mushrooms. This well known magic mushroom strain is a species of psychedelic mushroom whose main active elements are psilocybin and psilocin. Golden Teacher Mushrooms, or psilocybin containing mushrooms for that matter, produce hallucinogenic effects as a trait common amongst all magic mushrooms. These vastly unique and organic effects are still being researched to this day, and there are a growing number of followers eager for their results. But the questions remain- where to find golden teacher mushrooms and can a person legally buy them? Let’s start with a general understanding of what these fantastical mushrooms are first. Therefore, then leading into the best place where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms with purposes of interest only, of course. 

What Makes Golden Teacher Mushrooms So Special

An interested individual’s best bet is to familiarize themselves with Golden Teacher Mushrooms, including characteristics, traits, and origins. This is especially important before even thinking about where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms. Although their exact origins are still unknown, these types of mushrooms are highly recognizable because of their golden caps with specks of yellow. Compared to most strains of Psilocybe cubensis, Golden Teachers have larger stems and caps and are quite a lovely specimen of mushroom. These mushrooms also range in color besides the iconic gold and are reddish-cinnamon brown to golden brown in color. Their fruit body or flesh will turn blue/purple when bruised due to the oxidation of their psilocin content which is a big identifying characteristic. Their caps are planar (look like a plane) when fully mature, and their horizontal gills are slightly indented at the attachment point on the stem. Besides Golden Teacher Mushrooms being named after it’s iconic gold-capped appearance, it is also equally named for its introspective, philosophical effects. These beautiful mushrooms are able to provide a more guided, educative experience, rather than just a pure “trip” as most experience with other varieties. 

Golden Teachers have an air of mystery, which could explain as to what makes this fungi so special compared with others. In fact, Golden Teacher Mushrooms are fairly new as they first appeared, that we know of, during the 1980’s. Psilocybe Cubensis is a dung-loving species that often grows from the dung of herbivores, such as cows, goats, and other grazing mammals. It prefers humid grasslands and has been found in tropical and subtropical environments. But in the US, it is sometimes found growing wild in the southern part of the states. This particular strain of P. Cubensis is among the most popular psychedelic fungi, highly sought by shroomers and growers alike. The Golden Teacher Mushroom effects of the brain and body is unlike other psychedelic varieties, which is also why it is a favorite amongst the magic mushroom community. And there are quite a number of other things about the Golden Teacher Mushrooms that contribute to their popularity amongst people. One of these prized characteristics is that the P. Cubensis species is one of the easiest species to cultivate, making it a well-known psilocybin mushroom as well.  This common knowledge could also explain why Golden Teacher Mushrooms have been widely distributed in comparison to others. The mycelia are like microscopic straws that look similar in appearance to foam or hoarfrost. The gills are closely spaced and contain purple spores that can germinate once they are in a suitable substrate. Learning where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms is very important if cultivation is the goal, as a good source is integral. 

Known Effects From Consumption of Golden Teacher Mushrooms

Those who are new to the world of psychedelics and shrooms can count on Golden Teachers for an enjoyable experience with a less chance of having a bad trip. Hence, this particular species of mushroom is often sought by newbies as a gateway shroom for magic mushroom experimentation. Golden Teacher Mushrooms are also lauded for their spiritual and/or shamanic effects. Therefore, it is also not recommended that this type of mushroom be used for casual tripping. On a very personal and spiritual level, these psychedelic mushrooms can be used for gaining new insight about yourself and the universe. It’s not uncommon for the Golden Teacher Mushrooms to produce a feeling of enlightenment and a deeper connection to nature. Spirit healers have turned to Golden Teachers as a tool for restoring the mind and spirit. Expect a visionary experience along with waves of universal energy surging through you with strong open and closed eye hallucinations. In fact, the name ‘Golden Teacher’ comes from the magic mushroom’s ability to teach by providing new psychedelic experiences and transcendence to the shroomers. There’s no education higher than unraveling the mysteries of the universe.

Generally, the Golden Teacher mushroom effects of the brain, or all mushrooms containing psilocybin, are similar to those of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). These effects can and do include an altered perception of time, space, surroundings. An immense change in mood and/or feelings has also been reported to be felt after consumption/use. As for psilocybin in general, possible effects include: Euphoria, Paranoia, Peacefulness, Spiritual Awakening, Confusion, and Quickly Changing Emotions. Derealization is also common for mushroom effects, which is the feeling that an individual’s surroundings are not real. Distorted Thinking, Visual Alteration, Distortions, Frightening Hallucinations, and Depersonalization are also some mushroom effects known. On the other side of the coin, psychological distress is most often the reported negative effects after recreational use of mushrooms that contain psilocybin. This distress can take the form of extreme anxiety or short-term psychosis, depending on the individual’s experience. The environment factor in which an individual or group experiences taking Golden Teacher mushrooms, or other psilocybin mushrooms, is important as well. Those who partake in consuming psilocybin in a calm and supportive environment tend to have a more positive transforming experience. Again, wisely looking where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms is important in ensuring a premium product is found before use and/or consumption. Staying informed of their effects is equally important and can set the tone for an experience. 

Is It Legal To Learn Where To Find Golden Teacher Mushrooms?

I mean, learning is always legal- we all hope! What each individual does with that learned information and knowledge is up to them. Knowing the legalities of where you live and any and all laws pertaining to the possession of Golden Teacher Mushrooms is up to you. It cannot be advised enough to know what exactly you are looking for, and doing your due diligence in ensuring the products you seed are acquired in a legal and safest way possible. Although it is illegal in many nations to possess magic mushrooms, or those containing psilocybin such as Golden Teacher Mushrooms, it is most often legal to own and sell spores in most places. In the United States only the psychoactive compounds (psilocybin) are scheduled under federal law, with the exception of Oregon at a state level. However, a few jurisdictions (such as the US states of California, Georgia and Idaho) have specifically prohibited the sale and possession of psilocybin mushroom spores. Many have questioned the constitutionality of these laws, as the religious significance of psilocybin containing mushrooms is clear for those doing the questioning.

Great Resources In Finding Out More About Psilocybin Mushrooms

Joining fungi community groups in your city and online are also great resources in learning where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms. Like minded individuals tend to share reliable information as to where to locate them responsibly. Most often fungi groups share a common love for their magical friends and are enthusiastic when it comes to learning and sharing information about them. Each person on this earth holds vast information and knowledge that they themselves have acquired through personal experience and the meeting of others along their path in life. The only way this knowledge is shared is through the human experience and each other, hence why community groups online and offline remain popular amongst the people. This resource of information tends to be the most current as well, as communication is more direct and first-hand. Also, If you hunt wild mushrooms, make sure you are an expert at identifying them. Severe pain and even death is a result for those that have identified toxic mushrooms incorrectly on top of being unsure where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms and other psilocybin mushrooms. 

Taking the time to find a reliable online resource is a great step in your search for where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms. This can be done by looking into reviews, validity of a website, and online forums that share their experience with reputable companies. Using a reliable and reputable retailer for Golden Teacher Mushrooms is also a quite beneficial and valuable resource. One such retailer is Fungus Head, a trusted source and provider of everything psilocybin and has everything you need to grow your very own. Not only do mushroom retailers take pride in providing information about Golden Teacher Mushrooms to those individuals interested, but provide the supplies needed for any mushroom experimentation. Keep in mind though, psilocybin mushroom spores retailers will deny the sale if they suspect they will be intended for cultivation purposes without the proper licensing. On a federal level, and in most of the United States and world for that matter, cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms is still illegal. Informed and reputable retailers operate their businesses in accordance with the laws, they would not exist without taking necessary precautions.

Where To Find Golden Teacher Mushrooms

Where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms, or any psilocybin containing mushrooms for that matter, is not the easiest task. But, with their growing interest and popularity in today’s world, it is in fact more accessible than in the past. When searching online, make sure to look for some key services the retailer can provide. Such services should include: knowledgeable staff members, discreet and professional shipping options with order tracking and reliable delivery, and of course excellent customer service available at any time. Knowledgeable staff members should be well aware of their city, state, and country laws/regulations concerning psilocybin mushrooms. Clear communication and excellent customer service from an online provider should also be apparent once contacted. After those key services are confirmed, narrowing down a potential Golden Teacher Mushroom retailer to one that has a quality and easy to navigate website and positive reviews is a gread indication that an individual has found where to find Golden Teacher Mushrooms safely. Again though, be advised that psilocybin mushroom retailers will deny any sale if they suspect they will be intended for cultivation purposes without the proper licensing. Providers and retailers that offer premium options can end up saving an interested consumer time, money, and energy in their search. FungusHead for example, is a trusted source for anything psilocybin mushroom related, such as Golden Teacher Mushrooms, and has everything you need to grow your very own. From the kits themselves to products such as heated mats and thermo-hygrometers, as well as full mycological study kits including psilocybin mushroom spores. FungusHead has the high quality services and products an interested individual would need, with most importantly knowledgeable and supportive staff members. Only a reliable and reputable source for Golden Teacher Mushrooms will ensure you receive customer satisfaction in a professional way that ensures you come back time and time again. 

 

 

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Golden Teacher Mushroom Effects Of The Brain And Body

With the recent legalization of psilocybin amongst other drugs in Oregon, and growing interest in legalization by other states, magic mushrooms are here to stay. Magic mushrooms, or those that contain the psychedelic component psilocybin, have received much attention in their healing effects of the brain and body. Specifically concerning those individuals who suffer from anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and severe depression. Studies have indicated that psilocybin containing mushrooms show little to no negative side effects, when used responsibly and with a positive open mind. Making them an intriguing option as well for those individuals wanting to switch from using pharmaceutical drugs that have negative side effects of the brain and body long term. With more studies under way, scientists and mushroom enthusiasts alike hope to shed some light on the healing properties of psilocybin containing mushrooms.

One of the most popular magic mushrooms in demand today is the psilocybe cubensis, or more commonly known as the Golden Teacher Mushroom. This well known magic mushroom strain is a species of psychedelic mushroom whose main active elements are psilocybin and psilocin. The p. cubensis species is one of the most well-known psilocybin mushrooms probably because they are easy to cultivate in a home setting, and therefore have been widely distributed in comparison to others. Golden Teacher Mushroom is named after it’s iconic gold-capped appearance, and for its introspective, philosophical effects. The Golden Teacher Mushroom effects of the brain and body is unlike other psychedelic varieties, making it an all time favorite amongst the magic mushroom community. These beautiful mushrooms are able to provide a more guided, educative experience, rather than just a pure “trip” as most experience with other varieties.

Why Psilocybin Is Sought After For Its Effects

Psilocybin is the main ingredient found in several types of psychoactive mushrooms, making it perhaps the best-known naturally-occurring psychedelic drug. Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance people ingest from various types of mushrooms that grow in regions of Europe, South America, Mexico, and the United States. Psilocybin is a hallucinogen that works by activating serotonin receptors, most often in the prefrontal cortex. This particular part of the brain affects mood, cognition, and perception for people. It is also important to note that hallucinogens work in other regions of the brain that regulate arousal and panic responses. Psilocybin does not always cause active visual or auditory hallucinations. Instead, it distorts how some people that use psilocybin perceive objects and people already in their environment. Such distortions and experienced realities have proven in studies to have positive lasting results for individuals severely suffering from various psychological disorders. Thus why psilocybin containing mushrooms are sought after for their effects.

Psilocybin and psilocin are the two major psychoactive substances which naturally occur in psychedelic mushrooms, or specifically a Golden Teacher Mushroom. Psilocin is biologically active, whereas psilocybin is a psilocin prodrug, meaning that it is converted into psilocin when ingested via dephosphorylation. Factors such as the amount of ingested mushrooms, personal past experiences, and expectations of how the experience will take shape, can therefore all impact the effects of psilocybin. After the gut digests and absorbs these particular magic mushrooms, the body converts it to psilocybin. The hallucinogenic Golden Teacher mushroom effects of psilocybin usually occur within 30 minutes of ingestion and can last between 4 and 6 hours. Keep in mind though, each person will be affected differently based on the factors named above. In some individuals, the changes in sensory perception and thought patterns can last for several days if not months. Having a clear understanding of possible Golden Teacher Mushroom effects, as well as other species of psilocybin mushroom effects, is imperative in having a positive experience.

Psilocybin is metabolized mostly in the liver. As it becomes converted to psilocin, it undergoes a first-pass effect, whereby its concentration is greatly reduced before it reaches the systemic circulation. Psilocin is broken down by the enzyme monoamine oxidase to produce several metabolites that can circulate in the blood plasma. Some psilocin is not broken down by enzymes and instead forms a glucuronide; this is a biochemical mechanism animals use to eliminate toxic substances by linking them with glucuronic acid, which can then be excreted in the urine. Based on studies using animals, about 50% of ingested psilocybin is absorbed through the stomach and intestine. Within 24 hours, about 65% of the absorbed psilocybin is excreted into the urine, and a further 15–20% is excreted in the bile and feces. It’s important to understand that although most of the remaining drug is eliminated in this way within 8 hours, it is still detectable in the urine after 7 days. In comparison to LSD on a weight per weight basis, Psilocybin is about 100 times less potent with the physiological effects lasting almost half as long. Golden Teacher mushroom effects of the brain and body are a complicated and fascinating look into how nature interacts within itself.

Golden Teacher Mushroom Effects Of The Brain

Generally, the Golden Teacher mushroom effects of the brain, or all mushrooms containing psilocybin, are similar to those of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). These mushroom effects include an altered perception of time, space, surroundings, and can include an immense change in mood and/or feelings. Possible effects of psilocybin include: Euphoria, Paranoia, Peacefulness, Spiritual Awakening, Confusion, and Quickly Changing Emotions. Derealization is also common for mushroom effects, which is the feeling that an individual’s surroundings are not real. Distorted Thinking, Visual Alteration, Distortions, Frightening Hallucinations, and Depersonalization are also some mushroom effects known. On the other side of the coin, psychological distress is most often the reported negative effects after recreational use of psilocybin mushrooms. This distress can take the form of extreme anxiety or short-term psychosis, depending on the individual’s experience. The environment factor in which an individual or group experiences taking Golden Teacher mushrooms, or other psilocybin mushrooms, is important as well. Those who partake in consuming psilocybin in a calm and supportive environment tend to have a more positive transforming experience.

While brain activity generally returns to normal after Golden Teacher Mushroom effects wear off, research suggests some effects can last longer. One study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, measured how psilocybin affects five domains of personality — Neuroticism, Extroversion, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness. It found “significant increases in Openness following a high-dose psilocybin session. Openness is a psychological term for an individual’s attitude toward new experiences, and can be associated with traits like Imagination, Creativity and Aesthetic Appreciation. Not only was openness one of the general mushroom effects, but it rose during a psilocybin session. Nearly 60% of study participants, it “remained significantly higher than baseline more than 1 year after the session,” the researchers wrote. A surprising find, since various research has shown that personality doesn’t usually change much after the age of 30. Especially as drastic as found with mushroom effects, such as Golden Teacher Mushroom effects. As we all know from personal experience in most cases, openness tends to decrease as people get older. Not always, but most often.

Golden Teacher Mushroom Effects Of The Ego

With a basic understanding of how psilocybin interacts internally when ingested, we can dive into the Golden Teacher mushroom effects of the brain. When you ingest psilocybin internally, your gut then converts it into another chemical called psilocin. This resulting chemical psilocin is what triggers changes in an individual’s brain, where the mushroom effects are most felt. The chemical psilocin then binds with serotonin receptors in the brain, specifically the 5-HT2C receptor. This particular receptor regulates neurotransmitter chemicals that control feelings of appetite, cognition, anxiety, imagination, mood, and perception. It also increases activity in the visual cortex of the brain, leading to changes in perception and visual effects. For those struggling with narcissism, it’s interesting that psilocin has shown to decrease network activity in the “default mode network,” driving the experience of ego loss.

Some of the psilocybin mushroom effects people report is also losing their sense of self while on magic mushrooms. This lack of ego is typically short-lived, but may be related to some longer-lasting mushroom effects of psychedelics. According to a 2017 study published in the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, temporary ego loss could prove to be very beneficial in the right context. “This ‘ego dissolution’ results in a moment of expanded awareness, a feeling in which the mind is put more directly and intensely in touch with the world,” said co-author Philip Gerrans, a philosophy professor at the University of Adelaide, in a statement. “Through this experience it may be possible to re-engineer the mechanisms of self, which in turn could change people’s outlook or worldview. The profound sense of connection produced by this experience has the potential to be beneficial for people suffering from anxiety, depression and some forms of addiction.” Proving to be substantial hope for those suffering.

Magic And Golden Teacher Mushroom Effects Of The Body

Some of the risks associated with psychedelic mushrooms, such as Golden Teacher Mushrooms, are mostly psychological, not physical. Physically, magic mushrooms containing psilocybin are considered one of the least toxic drugs known. Although lethal doses have been determined from experiments in several animal models, recorded cases of death exclusively attributed to usual doses of psilocybin mushrooms in humans are extremely rare. Golden Teacher Mushroom effects last around 4-6 hours, with peak effects occurring 2-3 hours after ingestion. These effects include sensory enhancement, a sense of time changing (minutes can feel like hours), real or imagined objects appear to be moving (flowing patterns and shapes) both with eyes open or closed. Known side mushroom effects of the body from psilocybin vary, and are becoming more known as research and studies are opening the realm into these magical mushrooms.

But as with any substance, the body can react differently within and for each individual. Based on known studies, there are somewhat common side effects of the body from consuming magic mushrooms containing psilocybin, such as Golden Teacher Mushrooms. Common side effects include: pupil dilation (93%); changes in heart rate (100%), including increases (56%), decreases (13%), and variable responses (31%); changes in blood pressure (84%), including hypotension (34%), hypertension (28%), and general instability (22%); changes in stretch reflex (86%), including increases (80%) and decreases (6%); nausea (44%); tremor (25%); and dysmetria (16%) (inability to properly direct or limit motions). The temporary increases in blood pressure caused by the drug can be a risk factor for users with pre-existing hypertension. These mushroom effects caused by psilocybin have been corroborated by several early clinical studies. A 2005 magazine survey of club goers in the UK found that nausea or vomiting was experienced by over a quarter of those who had used psilocybin mushrooms in the last year. Although it’s important to note that this effect is caused by the actual mushroom, rather than psilocybin itself.

In one study, administration of gradually increasing doses of psilocybin daily for 21 days had no measurable effect on electrolyte levels, blood sugar levels, or liver toxicity tests. Overall, the mushroom effects of the body in an individual using psilocybin vary between each individual. Personal factors such as differences in chemistry, mental state, personality, immediate environment, and personal experience are examples. If the recreational user experiences issues with mental health or feels anxious about using psilocybin, they face a higher risk of having a bad experience. Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD), sometimes mistakenly referred to as “flashbacks,” is a condition unique to psychedelics, involving perceptual changes lasting weeks or months following the use of a drug like psilocybin. Though exact prevalence is unknown, HPPD is considered relatively rare, with no physical changes or neurological damage associated as the cause. Overall, we as a human race and society, still have a lot to learn about the Golden Teacher Mushroom effects of the brain. But, thanks to thousands of years of experience and a growing surge of modern research, we have at least learned enough to know it’s probably worth learning more.

 

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All You Need To Know About Magic Mushrooms And Psilocybin

With more and more demand for natural alternatives concerning treatment and care of the brain and whole body, magic mushrooms ( or psilocybin specifically) are becoming a more prevalent topic in today’s world. Whether it be mental, physical, or psychological ailments, mushrooms are gaining interest as an alternative way of healing for many. But what exactly do mushrooms offer in terms of health versus risk? What are, if any, the side effects of taking mushrooms internally both mentally and physically? Have well-respected, substantial, and qualified studies been conducted on their effects and safety? Are mushrooms, or psilocybin products legal to obtain and use in your state? Is an individual able, and for that matter allowed, to grow their own magic mushrooms for personal use? These are all excellent and popular questions that come with the territory concerning magic mushrooms and what they encompass. In this blog, we hope to answer these questions and help anyone interested become more acquainted with magic mushrooms and psilocybin. Including how, where, and why they are used in yesterdays and today’s society.

What Are Magical Mushrooms?

Fungi have flourished and existed on our beautiful Earth for quite some time, possibly more than 2 billion year!. They have developed some impressive evolutions during that time, including many that can either be considered fascinating or frightening to people. And for most people out there, sometimes a bit of both. Some ancient mushrooms grew nearly 30 feet (9 meters) tall before trees existed! For example, a honey fungus that still grows today in Oregon may be the largest organism on the planet, spanning an area of about 400 acres! Oregon scientists studying this particular organism estimate that If you scooped it all up and piled it together, it could weigh at least 7,500 tons and maybe up to 35,000 tons. And not to mention, this particular honey fungus is aged anywhere from 2,000-to-8,000 years old! There are even certain kinds of fungi that can glow in the dark, and a few that turn insects into zombies. Some species are lethal to humans, while others provide us with valuable superfoods. Mushrooms and their magical family members are complex, wonderful examples of Mother Nature and her exquisite creations.

What Exactly Qualifies A Mushroom To Be Considered Magical?

So what exact characteristics qualify a particular mushroom to be considered “magical”? The types of mushrooms containing psilocybin are most commonly known as “magic mushrooms”. Magic mushrooms are among the oldest recreational drugs that human beings have ever used, and what is even more amazing is that they are still actively used today! Mushrooms, or fungus if you will, have been mentioned and referenced throughout our history of civilization thru ancient cave paintings, manuscripts, and constructs. They continue to be referenced in pop culture, music, movies, and many books. Some recent research is not only suggesting, but proving, that magical mushrooms (those containing psilocybin) may have beneficial medicinal properties as well.

Magic mushrooms are often small, and are usually color shades ranging between brown and tan, to a golden beige. At first glance magical mushrooms, or Psilocybe Cubensis by their scientific name, do not look particularly magical. In fact, the scientific name of this little brown-and-white mushroom roughly translates to “bald head,” befitting the mushrooms’ rather plain-looking appearance. But those who have ingested a dose of Psilocybe Cubensis say it changes the user’s world completely. Psilocybin is most commonly found in wild or homegrown mushrooms, and sold either fresh or dried. In the wild, people commonly mistake magic mushrooms containing psilocybin for any number of other mushrooms that are poisonous. Hence the importance of becoming knowledgeable about mushrooms, as well as being able to properly identify them.

The Vast Species Of Psilocybin Containing Mushrooms

Did you know that there are over one hundred and eighty different species of psilocybin containing magic mushrooms?! Latin America and the Caribbean are home to more than 50 species, and Mexico alone has 53. There are 22 species of magic mushrooms in North America, 16 in Europe, 19 in Australia and the Pacific island region, 15 in Asia, and a mere four in Africa. These diverse fungi hail from roughly a dozen genera, but are often lumped together as “psilocybin mushrooms.” Most belong to the genus Psilocybe, including well-known species like P. Cubensis (Gold Top) and P. Semilanceata (Liberty Cap). Psilocybin mushrooms might be so diverse, according to a study in Evolution Letters, because they didn’t inherit the genes behind psilocybin from a common ancestor. Instead they passed them directly among distant species in a phenomenon called “horizontal gene transfer.” Psilocybin could have originally evolved as a defense mechanism, the study’s authors suggest, deterring fungi-eating pests by “altering the insects’ ‘mind’.” Which quite possibly could explain the mushrooms unique characteristics that make it psychedelic.

The other group of magic mushrooms is considerably smaller, but has a rich history of religious use back in time. It consists of one iconic species Amanita Muscaria (think the Mario Brothers Game mushroom), and a few less famous relatives like Amanita Pantherina (Panther Cap). Instead of psilocybin or psilocin, its main hallucinogens are chemicals known as muscimol and ibotenic acid. These “muscimol mushrooms” are related to some notoriously toxic fungi, namely Amanita Phalloides (Death Cap) and Amanita Ocreata (Destroying Angel). They’re generally less poisonous than those killer cousins, but given the high stakes of a mushroom mix-up, non-experts are advised to steer clear of Amanita varieties altogether.

Here is a breakdown of the most common or popular species of magical mushrooms:

  • Psilocybe cubensis is on the larger side as far as magic mushroom size goes. It’s also one of the most common. Called the common large Psilocybe, golden cap or Mexican mushroom, it has many different types. The cap is usually reddish brown, with a white or yellowish stem. When bruised or crushed, its sticky flesh often turns bluish. Some people consider this a definitive sign of finding a magic mushroom, but some toxic types of mushrooms bruise as well. It’s usually found in moist, humid climates and grows on the dung of grazing animals like cattle.
  • Psilocybe semilanceata or liberty cap is a common psilocybin mushroom. In general, P. semilanceata is found in damp, grassy fields usually populated by cattle or sheep but unlike P. cubensis, it doesn’t grow directly on the dung. It’s a small mushroom, either light yellow or brown, with a very pointed cap. Another psilocybe mushroom, Psilocybe pelliculosa, is often mistaken for P. semilanceata, but its psychotropic properties are weaker.
  • Psilocybe baeocystis has a dark brown cap and brownish or yellowish stem when fresh. It can be found in fields in addition to growing on rotting logs, peat or mulch. Nicknames include potent Psilocybe, blue bell and bottle cap.

Not All Mushrooms Are Created Equal When It Comes To Compounds

Each species contains varying levels of active compounds, making them quite vastly unique in potency. Some species contain psilocybin at levels as high as 1.78% on a dry-weight basis, whereas other species contain psilocybin at levels as low as 0.16% on a dry-weight basis, an eleven-fold difference. Furthermore, on the basis of weight, dried mushrooms typically contain ten times as much psilocybin as fresh (wet) mushrooms, due to the reduction in moisture content which occurs through drying. Hence why it is important to understand the variances of psilocybin sources, and their respective amounts when deciding to use or consume internally.

Mushrooms don’t just exist just to get people or animals high, as they have their own lives. And as with all of Mother Nature’s creatures and living organisms, reproduction is at the fore-front. Like other fungi, mushrooms reproduce via spores, which travel by breeze to find a new place to grow. But, mushrooms most often live in sheltered areas on forested floors, where the wind doesn’t blow. To solve the problem of spreading their spores, some magic mushrooms (including the hallucinogenic Amanita Muscaria) create their own wind geniusly. In order to do this, the fungi increase the rate that water evaporates off of their surfaces, placing water vapor in the air immediately around them. This water vapor, along with the cool air created by evaporation, works to lift spores. Together, these two forces can lift the spores up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) above the mushroom, according to a presentation at the 2013 meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics. How very impressive to say the least, for an organism bound to the ground!

What Is Psilocybin Exactly?

Psilocybin is the main ingredient found in several types of psychoactive mushrooms, making it perhaps the best-known naturally-occurring psychedelic drug. Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic substance people ingest from various types of mushrooms that grow in regions of Europe, South America, Mexico, and the United States. Psilocybin is a hallucinogen that works by activating serotonin receptors, most often in the prefrontal cortex. This particular part of the brain affects mood, cognition, and perception for people. It is also important to note that hallucinogens work in other regions of the brain that regulate arousal and panic responses. Psilocybin does not always cause active visual or auditory hallucinations. Instead, it distorts how some people that use psilocybin perceive objects and people already in their environment.

Psilocybin and psilocin are the two major psychoactive substances which naturally occur in psychedelic mushrooms (or magic mushrooms). Psilocin is biologically active, whereas psilocybin is a psilocin prodrug, meaning that it is converted into psilocin when ingested via dephosphorylation. Factors such as the amount of ingested mushrooms, personal past experiences, and expectations of how the experience will take shape, can therefore all impact the effects of psilocybin. After the gut digests and absorbs these particular magic mushrooms, the body converts it to psilocybin. The hallucinogenic effects of psilocybin usually occur within 30 minutes of ingestion and can last between 4 and 6 hours. Keep in mind though, each person will be affected differently based on the factors named above. In some individuals, the changes in sensory perception and thought patterns can last for several days if not months.

Psilocybin is metabolized mostly in the liver. As it becomes converted to psilocin, it undergoes a first-pass effect, whereby its concentration is greatly reduced before it reaches the systemic circulation. Psilocin is broken down by the enzyme monoamine oxidase to produce several metabolites that can circulate in the blood plasma. Some psilocin is not broken down by enzymes and instead forms a glucuronide; this is a biochemical mechanism animals use to eliminate toxic substances by linking them with glucuronic acid, which can then be excreted in the urine. Based on studies using animals, about 50% of ingested psilocybin is absorbed through the stomach and intestine. Within 24 hours, about 65% of the absorbed psilocybin is excreted into the urine, and a further 15–20% is excreted in the bile and feces. Although most of the remaining drug is eliminated in this way within 8 hours, it is still detectable in the urine after 7 days. Psilocybin is about 100 times less potent than LSD on a weight per weight basis, and the physiological effects last about half as long.

How And Who Are Consuming Magic Mushrooms Containing Psilocybin?

But just how much popularity have magic mushrooms gained over the years, and by whom? In each year between 2002 and 2014, an annual average of 0.1% of people across all ages were considered to be current psychedelic users (meaning they reported use within 30 days of completing the survey). In 2014, 0.3% of the 16,875 adolescent respondents (12 to 17 year-olds) in the US were considered to be current users of psychedelics, 0.3% of the 11,643 young adult respondents (18 to 25), and 0.1% of 33,750 adult respondents aged 26 or older. However, from 2004–2005 (the last year data for this specific question were available), around half of the people who reported trying a psychedelic for the first time used psilocybin mushrooms (out of approximately 67,000 respondents). Although the actual numbers may be greater, as there are most definitely psychedelic users not reporting thru surveys voluntarily.

These days, magic mushrooms are finding broader acceptance and awareness in popular culture. Some people have taken up what’s called “microdosing” with psilocybin, essentially consuming tiny amounts of the chemical. They don’t experience full-blown trips. Instead, they feel a boost in mood and creativity that they believe lowers their anxiety and makes them more productive.The potency of a mushroom depends on the Species, Origin, Growing Condition, Harvest Period, and How Consumed. For example; the amount of active ingredients in dried mushrooms is about 10 times higher than the amount found in their fresh counterparts. Which is a substantial difference when consuming. It’s also important to understand these variances can lead to vastly different end products and experiences. Knowing your source when buying mushrooms containing psilocybin is imperative, as well as knowing how much to physically ingest.

How Much Psilocybin Should An Interested Individual Use?

The appropriate dosage of psilocybin can vary depending on the intended purpose. Psilocybin, like other psychedelics, often evokes conscious awareness of subconscious thoughts and feelings, such as repressed memories, feelings about life circumstances, fantasies, or deep fears. Thus, if someone makes the decision to use psilocybin mushrooms, it is important for that person to be prepared to deal with unusual – and perhaps even challenging – thoughts, images, and feelings in an open and thoughtful manner. It is also best to use psilocybin (or any psychedelic) with someone not under the influence of the substance (a “guide”) who can prevent the user from engaging in dangerous activities. Although psilocybin is considered active at doses around 3-4 mg, a common dose used in clinical research settings ranges from 14-30 mg. Listed below are a selection of psilocybin dosages used in clinical trials and the associated medical condition the dosage was aimed at treating:

  • 0.314 mg of psilocybin (oral, per kg of body weight) – Psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer: A randomized double-blind trial, Griffiths et al., Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2016.
  • 0.286-0.429 mg of psilocybin (oral, per kg of body weight) – Pilot Study of the 5-HT2AR Agonist Psilocybin in the Treatment of Tobacco Addiction, Johnson et al., Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2014.
  • 0.3-0.4 mg of psilocybin (oral, per kg of body weight) – Psilocybin-assisted treatment for alcohol dependence: A proof-of-concept study, Bogenschutz et al., Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2015.
  • 10-25 mg of psilocybin (oral, not proportional to body weight) – 1) Psilocybin with psychological support for treatment-resistant depression: an open-label feasibility study, Carhart-Harris et al., The Lancet, 2016, 2) Psilocybin with psychological support improves emotional face recognition in treatment-resistant depression, Stroud et al., Psychopharmacology, 2018, 3) Effects of psilocybin therapy on personality structure, Erritzoe et al., Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2018.
  • 2 mg of psilocybin (intravenous, not proportional to body weight) – Implications for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy: functional magnetic resonance imaging study with psilocybin, Carhart-Harris et al., British Journal of Psychiatry, 2012.

The most popular species of psilocybin mushrooms is Psilocybe cubensis, which is usually taken orally either by eating dried caps and stems or steeped in hot water and drunk as a tea, with a common dose around 1-2.5 grams. Mushrooms with psilocybin usually have a bitter taste, so people consume them either as a brewed tea or prepared with a food item. Preparing mushrooms with a food item helps to mask or neutralize the sometimes bitter taste. Some people even prefer sweetness to counteract the bitterness by covering them with chocolate. For those who wish to not eat or chew mushrooms with psilocybin, supplements can be found as well. There are manufacturers that crush dried mushrooms into a powder and prepare them in capsule form.

Are Magic Mushrooms Considered Safe To Use And Consume?

Amid this upswell of research, the old caricatures of magic mushrooms seem to be quickly changing. The U.S. cities of Denver and Oakland both decriminalized psilocybin in 2019, for instance, and similar efforts are now underway elsewhere, including some at the state level. Psilocybin was also recently designated a “breakthrough therapy” for depression by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and in late 2019, a major study found “no serious adverse effects” in 89 healthy volunteers, and no negative effects on cognitive or emotional functioning.

The effects of psilocybin are highly variable and depend on the mindset and environment in which the user has the experience, factors commonly referred to as set and setting. In the early 1960s, Timothy Leary and colleagues at Harvard University investigated the role of set and setting on the effects of psilocybin. Leary and his colleagues administered the drug to 175 volunteers from various backgrounds in an environment intended to be similar to a comfortable living room. Ninety-eight of the subjects were given questionnaires to assess their experiences and the contribution of background and situational factors.

Individuals who had experience with psilocybin prior to the study reported more positive experiences than those for whom the drug was novel. Group size, dosage, preparation, and expectancy were important determinants of the drug response. In general, those placed in groups of more than eight individuals felt that the groups were less supportive, and their experiences were not as pleasant. Conversely, smaller groups (fewer than six individuals) were seen as more supportive. Participants also reported having more positive reactions to the drug in those groups. Leary and colleagues proposed that psilocybin heightens suggestibility, making an individual more receptive to interpersonal interactions and environmental stimuli. These findings were affirmed in a later review by Josten Berge (1999), who concluded that dosage, set, and setting were fundamental factors in determining the outcome of experiments that tested the effects of psychedelic drugs on artists’ creativity.

The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances assigns psilocybin a relatively high therapeutic index of 641 (higher values correspond to a better safety profile); for comparison, the therapeutic indices of aspirin and nicotine are 199 and 21, respectively. Risk of fatal overdose is virtually nonexistent with psilocybin mushrooms; however, risky behaviors sometimes occur while people are under the influence. Due to the lack of quality control regulations under prohibition and the risk of consuming things growing in nature, there is potential for people attempting to pick psilocybin mushrooms in the wild to accidentally take poisonous mushrooms instead. Similarly, though also very unlikely, poisonous mushrooms are sometimes misrepresented and sold as psilocybin, and these do come with more physical risks, including fatal.

Are Magic Mushrooms Bad For You Or Addictive?

Knowing the actual effects of psilocybin mushrooms, information on dosing, and resources for handling difficult experiences can help prevent dangerous situations, while enhancing their potential benefits. Mushrooms, including those that contain Psilocybin, have been used for centuries by people and for good reason. Researchers around the world are exploring “magic mushrooms” , transformative power to help people quit smoking, lower violent crime, treat depression, calm anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, and trigger lasting spiritual epiphanies in psychologically healthy people. Among regulated drugs, psilocybin mushrooms also have relatively few medical risks. In September 2019, Johns Hopkins University unveiled its Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. There, scientists plan to evaluate psilocybin as a possible treatment for everything from Opioid Addiction, Lyme Disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Nicotine and Alcohol Dependency, and many other ailments.

Magic mushrooms, or psilocybin specifically, is not considered to be addictive nor does it seem to cause compulsive use. One reason being the intense reaction that comes along with using psilocybin can be very physically and mentally challenging. Therefore, causing an individual experiencing such strong feelings to want to limit their use. Another reason is that the human body quickly builds tolerance to psilocybin specifically. So much so that people require much higher doses after only a few days of repeated use, making it extremely difficult to have any effect after more than four days of repeated usage. Also because of the similar brain receptors involved in their effects, cross- tolerance occurs with LSD and psilocybin. Meaning that if someone takes LSD one day, the effects of taking psilocybin the next day will be diminished. Some psychedelics can even help treat addiction to habit-forming drugs like cocaine and nicotine.

Again, the risks from psilocybin are dependent on set and setting and differ from other types of drugs. The consequences of negative or challenging experiences can be minimized by education and awareness of psilocybin’s effects, with particular attention paid to issues around set and setting prior to the experience. Most of the comparatively few fatal incidents reported in the literature that are associated with psychedelic mushroom usage involve the simultaneous use of other drugs, especially alcohol. Probably the most common cause of hospital admissions resulting from psychedelic mushroom usage involve “bad trips” or panic reactions, in which affected individuals become extremely anxious, confused, agitated, or disoriented. Accidents, self-injury, or suicide attempts can result from serious cases of acute psychotic episodes. Although no studies have linked psilocybin with birth defects it is recommended that pregnant women avoid their usage.

Studies And Observations Done Concerning Psilocybin

Because of the expensive and maze-like approval process for research with Schedule I drugs, not to mention the political influence of the war on drugs, studies are limited. Research and studies evaluating psilocybin’s beneficial uses, most often do not receive funding from academic or government institutions. Instead, psilocybin research opportunities rely on non-profit organizations like the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, the Beckley Foundation, the Heffter Research Institute, and public donations. Magic mushroom studies tend to be small, and rely on volunteers willing to take the “drug” which can lead to varied and alternate experiences.

According to an October 2014 study, researchers at King’s College London asked 15 volunteers undergo brain scanning by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. They did so once after ingesting a dose of magic mushrooms, and once after taking a placebo. The resulting brain connectivity maps showed that, while under the influence of the drug, the brain synchronizes activity among areas that would not normally be connected. This alteration in activity could explain the dreamy state that magic mushroom users report experiencing after taking the drug, the researchers said.

Interestingly though, magic mushrooms are proving to be good, especially when coupled with meditation or contemplative training. Psilocybin seems to offer some people a route to an alternate view of reality. One in which they shed the limitations of their individual consciousness and embrace a sense of interconnectedness and universality. These “experiences” have shown to be not temporary, but have transformative psychological effects. Some studies even offer insights on how we might minimize suffering and interpersonal strife, giving some people hope in gaining a sense of peace.

It is important to note that in the past, psilocybin and other hallucinogenic drugs were at the center of a thriving research program. During the 1960s, for example, Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary and his colleagues ran a series of experiments with magic mushrooms called the Harvard Psilocybin Project. Among the most famous was the Marsh Chapel Experiment, in which volunteers were given either psilocybin or a placebo before a church service in the chapel. Those who got psilocybin were more likely to report a mystical spiritual experience. A 25-year follow-up in 1991 found that participants who got the psilocybin remembered feeling even more unity and sacredness than they said they’d felt six months after the fact. Many described the experience as life altering.

Today, there are dozens of studies taking place to evaluate the medical safety and efficacy of psychedelics, including psilocybin. Much of the early research did not stand up to today’s standards, as they often lacked a placebo control group or double-blinding procedures (in which neither the subject of the research nor the investigators knew whether the subject received psilocybin or placebo). Nevertheless, their promising findings have been revisited and spurred a resurgence of new, more rigorous research on the potential benefits of psychedelics for various ailments. Visit ClinicalTrials.gov and search for ‘Psilocybin’ to find ongoing and planned clinical trials involving Psilocybin.

How Common Have Magic Mushrooms Been Found To Be Used By People?

Psilocybin mushrooms are considered one of the most well-known psychedelics, but according to SAMHSA (or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), which conducts the largest annual national survey on drug use, their use is not at all common. Psychedelic use is so low that several drugs are grouped under the category of “hallucinogens,” which includes LSD, Peyote, Mescaline, Psilocybin (or Magic Mushrooms), and “Ecstasy” or Molly (MDMA). In the United States, the NSDUH (National Survey on Drug Use and Health) suggested that, between 2009 and 2015, around 8.5 percent of people reported using psilocybin at some point in their life. Most people who have used psilocybin, have done so usually at dance clubs or in select groups of people seeking a transcendent spiritual experience. Data from people reporting lifetime use of psychedelics shows similar rates across most age ranges, meaning just as many young adults in the 21st century have used psychedelics as older adults who lived through the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Psilocybin mushrooms have been and continue to be used in indigenous New World cultures in religious, divinatory, or spiritual contexts. Reflecting the meaning of the word entheogen (“the god within”), the mushrooms are revered as powerful spiritual sacraments that provide access to sacred worlds. Typically used in small group community settings, they enhance group cohesion and reaffirm traditional values. Terence McKenna documented the worldwide practices of psilocybin mushroom usage as part of a cultural ethos relating to the Earth and mysteries of nature, and suggested that mushrooms enhanced self-awareness and a sense of contact with a “Transcendent Other”—reflecting a deeper understanding of our connectedness with nature

In medical settings, doctors have tested psilocybin for use in treating Cluster Headaches, End-Stage Cancer Anxiety, Depression, and other Anxiety Disorders. But, as life proves to us all at some point in our lives, with the good can also come the bad. Not everyone will experience a substance the same way. Factors can differentiate between an individual’s chemistry, experience, and awareness of self, therefore leading to different experiences and results.

Magic Mushrooms Known Sides Effects Of The Brain

When you ingest psilocybin internally, your gut then converts it into another chemical called psilocin. This resulting chemical psilocin is what triggers changes in an individual’s brain. Psilocin binds with serotonin receptors in the brain, specifically the 5-HT2C receptor regulating neurotransmitter chemicals that control feelings of appetite, cognition, anxiety, imagination, mood, and perception. It increases activity in the visual cortex, leading to changes in perception and it decreases network activity in the “default mode network,” driving the experience of ego loss.

The mental side effects of psilocybin are generally similar to those of LSD, or Lysergic Acid Diethylamide. These effects include an altered perception of time, space, surroundings, and an intense change in mood and/or feelings. Possible effects of psilocybin include: Euphoria, Paranoia, Peacefulness, Spiritual Awakening, Confusion, Quickly Changing Emotions, and Derealization- or the feeling that your surroundings are not real. Distorted Thinking, Visual Alteration and Distortion, Frightening Hallucinations, and Depersonalization- or a dream-like sense of being disengaged from your surroundings. Psychological distress is the adverse event most often reported after recreational use of psilocybin. This distress can take the form of extreme anxiety or short-term psychosis. The environment factor in which an individual or group experience taking magic mushrooms is proving to show to be important as well. Those who partake in consuming psilocybin in a calm and supportive environment tend to have a more positive transforming experience.

While brain activity generally returns to normal after psilocybin wears off, research suggests some effects can last longer. One study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, measured how psilocybin affects five domains of personality — neuroticism, extroversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. It found “significant increases in Openness following a high-dose psilocybin session. “Openness is a psychological term for someone’s attitude toward new experiences, and is associated with traits like imagination, creativity and aesthetic appreciation. Not only did openness generally rise during a psilocybin session, but in nearly 60% of study participants, it “remained significantly higher than baseline more than 1 year after the session,” the researchers wrote. That was surprising, they added, since personality doesn’t usually change much after the age of 30, especially not like this. “Normally, if anything, openness tends to decrease as people get older,” the lead author of the study said in a statement.

Some people report losing their sense of self while on magic mushrooms. This “dissolving” of the ego is typically short-lived, but may be related to some longer-lasting effects of psychedelics, like the openness mentioned above. And according to a 2017 study published in the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, temporary ego loss could be beneficial in the right context. “This ‘ego dissolution’ results in a moment of expanded awareness, a feeling in which the mind is put more directly and intensely in touch with the world,” said co-author Philip Gerrans, a philosophy professor at the University of Adelaide, in a statement. “Through this experience it may be possible to re-engineer the mechanisms of self, which in turn could change people’s outlook or worldview. The profound sense of connection produced by this experience has the potential to be beneficial for people suffering from anxiety, depression and some forms of addiction.”

We, as a human race and society, still have a lot to learn about how magic mushrooms affect the human brain. But, thanks to thousands of years of experience and a growing surge of modern research, we have at least learned enough to know it’s probably worth learning more.

Magic Mushrooms Known Side Effects Of The Body

The risks associated with psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms containing psilocybin are mostly psychological, not physical. Physically, psilocybin mushrooms are considered one of the least toxic drugs known. Although lethal doses have been determined from experiments in several animal models, recorded cases of death exclusively attributed to usual doses of psilocybin mushrooms in humans are extremely rare. Psilocybin’s effects last around 4-6 hours, with peak effects occurring 2-3 hours after ingestion. These effects include sensory enhancement, a sense of time changing (minutes can feel like hours), real or imagined objects appear to be moving (flowing patterns and shapes) both with eyes open or closed. Known side effects of the body from psilocybin vary, and are becoming more known as research and studies are opening the realm into these magical mushrooms.

As with any substance, the body can react differently within and for each individual. Based on known studies, there are somewhat common side effects of the body from consuming magic mushrooms containing psilocybin. Common side effects include: pupil dilation (93%); changes in heart rate (100%), including increases (56%), decreases (13%), and variable responses (31%); changes in blood pressure (84%), including hypotension (34%), hypertension (28%), and general instability (22%); changes in stretch reflex (86%), including increases (80%) and decreases (6%); nausea (44%); tremor (25%); and dysmetria (16%) (inability to properly direct or limit motions). The temporary increases in blood pressure caused by the drug can be a risk factor for users with pre-existing hypertension. These qualitative somatic effects caused by psilocybin have been corroborated by several early clinical studies. A 2005 magazine survey of club goers in the UK found that nausea or vomiting was experienced by over a quarter of those who had used psilocybin mushrooms in the last year. Although it’s important to note that this effect is caused by the actual mushroom rather than psilocybin itself.

In one study, administration of gradually increasing doses of psilocybin daily for 21 days had no measurable effect on electrolyte levels, blood sugar levels, or liver toxicity tests. Overall, the side effects of the body in an individual using psilocybin vary between each individual. Personal factors such as differences in chemistry, mental state, personality, immediate environment, and personal experience are examples. If the recreational user experiences issues with mental health or feels anxious about using psilocybin, they face a higher risk of having a bad experience. Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD), sometimes mistakenly referred to as “flashbacks,” is a condition unique to psychedelics, involving perceptual changes lasting weeks or months following the use of a drug like psilocybin. Though exact prevalence is unknown, HPPD is considered relatively rare, with no physical changes or neurological damage associated as the cause.

Psilocybin To Treat Depression

Researchers find that the psychoactive compound in mushrooms may be helpful for patients with severe depression who did not respond to conventional therapy. Discussions are on-going about whether psychological specialists can use psilocybin and similar hallucinogens as a treatment for depression. For the second time in a year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated psilocybin therapy, which is currently being tested in clinical trials, as “breakthrough therapy”. An action that is meant to accelerate the typically sluggish process of drug development and review. It is typically requested by a drug company and granted only when preliminary evidence suggests the drug may be an enormous improvement over already available therapy, according to the FDA.

Last year, the FDA granted “breakthrough therapy” status to psilocybin therapy in the still-ongoing clinical trials run by the company Compass Pathways. The company has been looking into psilocybin’s potential to treat severe treatment-resistant depression, or depression in patients who have not improved after undergoing two different antidepressant treatments, according to New Atlas. Additionally, a team of researchers from the University of South Florida discovered that psilocybin can also bind itself to receptors that stimulate healing. Therefore, it’s believed psilocybin repairs and grows brain cells, which could prove beneficial to those who suffer from treatment-resistant depression. This severe form of depression is one that impairs those suffering at the highest level. Treatment-resistant depression is when depressive symptoms aren’t relieved by any tried therapies, including:

  • Various medications
  • Various talk therapies
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Alternative therapies

Two very recent studies have looked at psilocybin as a treatment. One study examined the ability of psilocybin to reduce depression symptoms without dulling emotions, and the other assessed the relationship between any positive therapeutic outcomes and the nature of psilocybin-induced hallucinations. The researchers used functional MRI to analyze the brain activity of these people both before and after treatment with psilocybin.

The second study was one where all patients had been diagnosed with “treatment-resistant,” or severe, depression. As part of the research, they received one 10-milligram dose of psilocybin, and another dose of 25 milligrams a week later. Participants were also asked to fill in a clinical questionnaire, wherein they reported their experience. All 19 patients showed significantly decreased depressive symptoms 1 week after the treatment. After 5 weeks, 12 of the 19 patients showed lasting benefits and were therefore deemed to be “responsive” to the treatment. These results were clearly interesting and exciting for researchers eager to learn more about magic mushrooms, or psilocybins, helpful benefits.

The whole-brain analyses performed by the researchers showed a decreased cerebral blood flow in the temporal cortex, including in the almond-shaped amygdala, or the brain’s so-called fear hub, which processes our “fight-or-flight” response. The decreased blood flow in the amygdala correlated with the decrease in depressive symptoms, and the researchers also found increased resting-state functional connectivity, or stability, in the brain’s “default mode network.” An increase in the integrity of this network has previously been found to be associated with depression, so observing this after treatment was deemed intriguing by the researchers.

The Legalities Of Obtaining, Growing, And Using Magic Mushrooms

Indeed, magic mushrooms are having a therapeutic moment. In North America, at least four organizations, each with unique strategies, are working to expand access to psilocybin for anyone with mental health issues, severe or not. These groups hope to undo decades of psilocybin prohibition by removing criminal penalties for possession or cultivation, or by providing access to psilocybin in a therapist’s offices, or both. Psilocybin has been in the news with increasing frequency, as research into psychedelic therapy has grown more and more popular in the scientific community and general public. Some cities and local jurisdictions in the United States, such as the cities of Oakland, Denver, and Santa Cruz have decriminalized psilocybin to varying degrees. Much like cannabis, public perception of certain psychedelics like psilocybin is shifting rapidly. Researchers, Scientists, and the public at large are starting to understand the incredible potential for therapeutic benefits of entheogenic plants.

Although, whether or not such psychedelic therapies will become federally legal is still far from reality. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), psilocybin is a “chemical obtained from certain types of fresh or dried mushrooms.” The mushrooms containing psilocybin are also known as magic mushrooms, hallucinogenic mushrooms, or “shrooms”. In the United States, psilocybin is a Schedule I drug under an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act called the Psychotropic Substances Act. The legality of possessing, growing, consuming, or selling magic mushrooms greatly depends upon where you live. This means that it has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use, and is not regarded safe for use. This includes even under a doctor’s supervision. Since psilocybin is a psychotropic substance found in magic mushrooms, this is usually interpreted to mean that the mushrooms themselves are illegal. However, since mushroom spores don’t contain psilocybin, some have pointed to this as an ambiguity in the federal law.

Usually busts related to magic mushrooms occur under state law (unless they’re in extremely large amounts) and most local jurisdictions in the United States ban possession of them. In recent years, though, cities and states have begun to reevaluate their stance on mushrooms. Contrary to popular belief, Denver would not be the first North American locale to decriminalize mushrooms. In 2005, a New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled that growing mushrooms for personal use doesn’t technically count as drug manufacture, so even sprouting psilocybin in your dorm room isn’t illegal. Louisiana also exempts the cultivation of psychoactive plants and fungi “strictly for aesthetic, landscaping, or decorative purposes.” .

States Take Legal Action Concerning Magic Mushrooms Into Their Own Hands

With those victories in hand, mushroom legalization activists are hard at work in other states. Legislators in the states of Oregon, California, and Iowa have introduced bills supporting mushroom decriminalization. The state attorney general recently approved OPS’s ballot title, so they now have until July 2020 to gather about 117,000 signatures. Then, during the next presidential election, Oregon voters will decide if this program is right for them. If voters approve the Oregon Psilocybin Service Initiative in 2020, the state would develop a licensed psilocybin therapist industry and lower criminal penalties for growing or consuming mushrooms.

In many national, state, and provincial drug laws, there is a great deal of ambiguity about the legal status of magic mushrooms, or ones containing psilocybin. There is a strong element of selective enforcement in some places, since psilocybin and psilocin are deemed illegal to possess without license as substances, but mushrooms themselves are not mentioned in these laws. The legal status of Psilocybe spores is even more ambiguous, as the spores contain neither psilocybin, nor psilocin. Hence, they are not illegal to sell or possess in many jurisdictions, though many jurisdictions will prosecute under broader laws prohibiting items that are used in drug manufacture. A few jurisdictions (such as the US states of California, Georgia and Idaho) have specifically prohibited the sale and possession of psilocybin mushroom spores. Cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms is considered drug manufacture in most jurisdictions and is often severely penalized. Although some countries and one US state (Florida) has ruled that growing psilocybin mushrooms does not qualify as “manufacturing” a controlled substance. Overall, it is very important as an individual or business to understand the legalities of psilocybin in the state of which you reside.

Psilocybin Legalities Around The World

Possession and selling of fresh mushrooms and spores (dried mushrooms are almost always illegal) is still legal in many places around the world. But laws from nation to nation are wildly inconsistent. For example, until 2005, it was legal to sell fresh magic mushrooms in Great Britain; spore possession is still legal. The Netherlands, once known as a hotbed for drugs illegal elsewhere, banned the sale of dried mushrooms in 2001 and fresh mushrooms in 2008. But, residents are still allowed to be in possession of small amounts of “magic truffles,” which refers to magic mushrooms that aren’t quite fully developed, thereby skirting the law. Our neighbor Mexico has banned mushrooms completely, unless they’re used for religious purposes.

The United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances (adopted in 1971) requires its members to prohibit psilocybin, and parties to the treaty are required to restrict use of the drug to medical and scientific research under strictly controlled conditions. However, the mushrooms containing the drug were not specifically included in the convention, due largely to pressure from the Mexican government. To reduce accidental deaths related to drug use, improve public health outcomes, care for vulnerable populations, and protect young people, it is important to prioritize education about potential risks, precautionary measures, and reducing harm instead of zero-tolerance policies and criminalization.

History About The Use Of Magic Mushrooms By Our Ancestors

Some historians believe that magic mushrooms may have been used as far back as 9000 B.C. in North African indigenous cultures, based on representations in rock paintings. The art in question shows masked figures holding mushroom-like objects. Other drawings show mushrooms positioned behind anthropomorphic figures, possibly a painted direction to the fact that magic mushrooms commonly grow in dung.

Central Americans were using psilocybin mushrooms before Europeans landed on the New World’s shores. Not surprising, for the fact that magic mushrooms grow well in subtropical and tropical environments. Statues and other representatives of what appear to be mushrooms that have been found in Mayan and Aztec ruins in Central America. The Aztecs used a substance called teonanácatl, which means “flesh of the gods,” that many believe were magic mushrooms. Along with peyote, morning glory seeds, and other naturally occurring psychotropics, the magic mushrooms were used to induce a trance, produce visions, and communicate with the gods. Effectively, the Spanish and Portugese settlers viewed the convulsions, visions, and babbling the mushrooms caused as the natives communing with the devil. The continent was rapidly converted to Christianity, and the so-called pagan ways were lost for many practitioners.

Similarly, rock paintings in Spain created about 6000 years ago suggest that the mushroom Psilocybe Hispanica was used during certain religious rituals near Villar del Humo. When Spanish Catholic missionary priests came to the New World in the 16th century, some of them wrote about the use of these psychedelic substances. In fact, It’s very possible that magic mushroom use by prehistoric cultures began even before that time. Mostly for the possibility that we have just not found the evidence to suggest so yet.

On the subject of myth, settle in for a not so innocent or normal tale of Christmas cheer. According to Sierra College anthropologist John Rush, magic mushrooms explain why kids wait for a flying elf to bring them presents on December 25th each year. Rush explains that Siberian Shamans used to bring gifts of hallucinogenic mushrooms to households each winter. While also keeping in mind that reindeer were the “spirit animals” of these Shamans. Perhaps suggesting that the ingestion of magic mushrooms might just convince a hallucinating tribe member that those animals could fly. Plus, Santa’s red-and-white suit looks suspiciously like the colors of the mushroom species Amanita Muscaria. Interestingly enough which grows, wait for it, under evergreen trees. Boom. Additionally noted, this species of magic mushroom is toxic to people, however it seems to be not so toxic for some wild animals. Siberian reindeer also have a taste for magic mushrooms, according to a 2009 BBC nature documentary. It’s unclear whether the reindeer feel the effects, but Siberian mystics would sometimes drink the urine from deer that had ingested mushrooms in order to get a hallucinogenic experience for religious rituals.

How Magic Mushrooms Made Their Way Into Western Society

It wasn’t till the late 1950s that the Western civilized world got introduced to psilocybin. R. Gordon Wasson and Roger Heim, with help from Albert Hofmann, managed to extract and identify the two hallucinogenic drugs (psilocybin and psilocin). Each found inside the magic mushrooms collected from the Mazatec tribe, which they collected while on an expedition in Mexico. In 1957, a piece with the title, “Seeking the Magic Mushroom” was published in Life magazine, where Wasson detailed his discovery of the mushroom and his findings. Once the drug gained popularity as a psychedelic substance, it became closely associated with the contemporary Hippie culture. Therefore leading the way where magic mushrooms were soon considered to be the gateway to spirituality.

Although dozens of species of psychedelic mushrooms are found in Europe, there is little documented usage of these species in Old World history besides the use of Amanita Muscaria among Siberian peoples. The few existing historical accounts about psilocybin mushrooms typically lack sufficient information to allow species identification, and usually refer to the nature of their effects. For example, Flemish botanist Carolus Clusius (1526–1609) described the Bolond Gomba (Crazy Mushroom), used in rural Hungary to prepare love potions. English botanist John Parkinson included details about a “foolish mushroom” in his 1640 herbal Theatricum Botanicum. The first reliably documented report of intoxication with Psilocybe Semilanceata, Europe’s most common and widespread magic mushroom. It involved a British family in 1799, who prepared a meal with mushrooms they had picked in London’s Green Park. Psilocybin use in Europe is less documented, as more research into the topic needs to be done.

In short, the idea that magic mushrooms have a long, holy history is highly controversial. Some believe that none of this evidence is definitive, and that people are seeing what they want to see in the ancient paintings, sculptures and manuscripts. But, there is confirmed use among several contemporary tribes of indigenous peoples in Central America, including the Mazatec, Mixtec, Nauhua and Zapatec. If we were to take a lesson from this history of mushroom use throughout the history of mankind, it would be the reality that magic mushrooms existed and were noticed. Magic mushrooms will most likely continue to be used in the future, well after current society finds its place in the history books.

Are Mushrooms Legal In California?

Making one of the first big moves toward the legalization of psilocybin is the state of California. Last November, proponents (Decriminalize California) submitted the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative 2020. The California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative would legalize and regulate psilocybin mushrooms for medical and therapeutic use, and decriminalize them for personal, spiritual, religious, and dietary use. The Initiative would also decriminalize baeocystin and nor-baeocystin, two alkaloids related to psilocybin and psilocin, which occur naturally in psilocybin mushrooms.

The California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative

The California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative would help to create a legal framework in which sales of psilocybin mushrooms would be regulated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health. One in which seeks to “decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in California by submitting a citizens initiative to be placed on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 election, to the Office of the Attorney General.” The California Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative(#17-0024) did not qualify to appear on the ballot in California as an initiated state statute on November 6, 2018. But, the measure would have decriminalized the use, possession, cultivation, sale, and transportation of psilocybin for persons 21 years of age or older. The Initiative would also enable adults to cultivate psilocybin mushrooms for personal use within their own home and on private property. Even allowing adults aged 18+ to give away mushrooms to other adults for free. Keeping in mind that individuals may not exchange psilocybin mushrooms for money, goods, or services, as such a transaction would constitute a ‘sale’. Individuals wishing to sell psilocybin mushrooms would need to be licensed to do so by the State of California.

The Initiative would have decriminalized psilocybin and psilocin in all its forms. Including all species of psilocybin mushrooms, their respective sclerotia (truffles), and extracts and derivatives thereof. Isolated/synthetic psilocybin and psilocin would also be decriminalized under the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative. Furthermore, the Initiative would decriminalize spores capable of producing psilocybin and psilocin, as California is currently one of only three States in which psilocybin mushroom spores are illegal. California residents and magic mushroom supporters are clearly a reason why the movement toward the legalization of psilocybin therapies is gaining traction.

How Legalization Would Affect Sales Of Psilocybin In California

Psilocybin mushroom sales would not be restricted to ‘dispensaries’ and could theoretically be sold by any licensed business in California. However, on a practical level, some businesses might be unwilling to sell psilocybin mushrooms due to the fact that psilocybin would remain a Schedule 1 controlled substance under Federal law. But, if the California Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Initiative were successful, the sales of psilocybin mushrooms would not be subject to an excise tax. In the case of State-legal adult-use cannabis sales in California, high excise tax rates have deterred consumers from purchasing cannabis legally, thereby diverting sales to the illegal market. The Initiative deliberately prohibits imposing an excise tax on psilocybin mushrooms, in order to incentivize consumers to purchase from regulated, licensed retailers.

Under the Initiative, psilocybin mushrooms would be regulated as a food, and therefore may be subject to local sales tax, depending on the form in which the mushrooms are sold. For example, whole psilocybin mushrooms would not be subject to sales tax, however, a dietary supplement containing psilocybin mushrooms would be subject to sales tax (as is the case with all dietary supplements). Psilocybin mushrooms intended for religious/spiritual or medical/therapeutic use would be exempt from sales tax. Although the tax of a good seems unimportant, for any small business owner the sales tax can determine whether a quality product can prove to be profitable under such strict regulation.

Does The Initiative Decriminalize Psilocybin At The Federal Level?

Unfortunately for those individuals who live in less open minded states concerning magic mushrooms and psilocybin, no. Psilocybin would continue to remain a controlled substance under Federal law. Therefore, meaning that Federal agencies can continue to enforce laws prohibiting the possession, manufacture, distribution, etc. of psilocybin in all states. Even those who have taken actions in legalizing their use in their own state or region. Over the past few decades, despite multiple states passing laws which decriminalize and legalize cannabis, there remains no substantial change to Federal law. Similarly, it is unlikely that this initiative will result in any changes to Federal law pertaining to psilocybin in the immediate future.

Are Mushrooms Legal In Colorado?

Denver may be the first city in the country to decriminalize shrooms, but Colorado as a whole has a right-to-try law. This law allows terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs, including LSD or psilocybin, without getting permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do so. As a result, a small number of people all around Colorado can legally use psilocybin as part of their palliative care. But, in May 2019, Denver Colorado, became the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms after an ordinance was admitted to the ballot and voted on. This Initiated Ordinance 301 is known as the Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative. The initiative passed with 50.64 percent voting “yes,” and 49.36 percent voting “no,” on a public ballot. Decriminalizing does not mean however that it is now legal to possess shrooms in Denver, have paraphernalia to use them, manufacture them, or to sell them.

Rather, decriminalization would mean:

  • To deprioritize, to the greatest extent possible, the imposition of criminal penalties on people who are 21 or older for personal use or possession of psilocybin mushrooms.
  • To prohibit the City Council of Denver from spending resources to impose criminal penalties on people who are 21 or older for personal use or possession.

If someone younger than 21 years old possesses mushrooms, they may still suffer serious legal consequences. No one can grow, process, possess with intent to sell, or traffic psilocybin mushrooms without facing serious legal consequences. Arguments against the initiative expressed concern for Colorado’s larger role in making dangerous drugs look safe by legalizing or decriminalizing them. This concern is compounded by the lack of scientific understanding of the potentially addictive properties of mushrooms or what long-term effects from regular use might look like.

Under Colorado law, the unauthorized use of a controlled substance, including psilocybin mushrooms, is a level 2 drug misdemeanor. Under CRS 18-18-404, before March 1, 2020, the penalties for the use of psilocybin mushrooms include a fine of up to $750 and up to 12 months in jail. However, if it is your first drug offense, you may be eligible for a pretrial diversion program to have your charges dismissed if you successfully complete a drug education and treatment program. Starting March 1, 2020, the punishment could be probation of up to 1 year, possibly 120 days in jail, and up to $500 in fines. But for a 3rd or subsequent offense, there could be up to 180 days in jail.

Whether Colorado or any other state decides to legalize psilocybin for medical or recreational purposes, the first step in Denver can allow some insight into how the general public will use magic mushrooms when they are not so illicit. Psilocybin abuse is not a widespread drug problem, compared to abuse of alcohol, marijuana, opioids, or cocaine, but thousands of people still use this substance for nonmedical reasons, which may be dangerous. Hence the reason why more research and studies are needed in magic mushrooms safety, and the use of psilocybin specifically.

Can A Person Grown Their Own Magic Mushrooms At Home?

One way to ensure access is for individuals to become psychedelically self-sufficient by growing psilocybin mushrooms at home. The man who did the most to bring magic mushrooms to mainstream U.S. drug culture was a writer and ethnobotanist named Terence McKenna. He had been experimenting with psychedelics since his teen years, but it wasn’t until a trip to the Amazon in 1971 that he discovered psilocybin mushrooms — fields of them, according to a 2000 profile in Wired magazine. In 1976, McKenna and his brother published “Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide,” a manual for cultivating psilocybin mushrooms at home. “What is described is only slightly more complicated than canning or making jelly,” McKenna wrote in the foreword to the book.

The increasing availability of information on growing techniques makes it possible for amateurs to grow magic mushrooms (Psilocybe Cubensis) without access to laboratory equipment. Along with states that embrace legalization of psilocybin, magic mushroom cultivation and use is on the rise. Countries and states that remove restrictions would most likely allow the growing and cultivation of magic mushrooms by individuals. But, keep in mind with some restrictions or limitations in being able to do so. One such example is again, the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative. This Initiative, proposed by California residents and mushroom advocates, would enable adults to cultivate psilocybin mushrooms for personal use within their own home and on private property. Although, individuals may not exchange psilocybin mushrooms for money, goods, or services, as such a transaction would constitute a ‘sale’. Individuals wishing to sell psilocybin mushrooms would need to be licensed to do so by the State of California.

Although the prospect of home cultivation may sound daunting, with a little knowledge the process is fairly simple. Here, we’ll make some cases as to why growing your own can save both money and hassle; we’ll also explore the less tangible benefits of personal empowerment and the potential to build community. While under federal law, such activity is currently illegal, with Denver, Oakland and Santa Cruz all having decriminalized psilocybin mushrooms, the possibility of legal home cultivation for personal use may be just over the horizon.

The Cost That Comes With Growing Your Own Magic Mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are one of the most widely used recreational psychotropic drugs because they can be found in the wild or grown fairly easily and inexpensively. If you’re buying magic mushrooms In the US, the cost is about $35 per eighth of an ounce (or $10 per gram). In Canada, where the first magic mushroom dispensaries are opening (though still not technically legal yet), those suffering from conditions such as depression, anxiety and cluster headaches can register to receive encapsulated microdoses of magic mushrooms at an even higher price per gram than those buying illicitly in the US.

By contrast, for $15-$20 you can purchase magic mushroom spores (the mycological equivalent to cannabis seeds) and with the right know-how and a few easily sourced (or, indeed, home-built) pieces of equipment, you could potentially produce well over 100 times the amount of mushrooms you could buy for the same price. Of course, there are additional set-up costs (both in terms of money and time), as well as a level of risk, but some underground growers have reduced these drawbacks by spreading them between a group of like-minded and trusted individuals, effectively setting up self-sufficient magic mushroom collectives.

Magic mushrooms are one of the easiest things to grow in the world – they need a few specific parameters and a bit of patience. The kits that we sell come with a perlite and vermiculite substrate which has had mycelium added to it, which is where the shrooms come from. It’s super easy to activate and begin growing your shrooms; keep reading for a full guide on how to do it properly.

Each mushroom strain has a set of different properties as they’re from different parts of the world. Some are much easier to grow than others, some are much more potent and other produce larger yields than others. They also grow in various different shapes which you’ll notice once they open up. The following photo is of two different strains (Panamerican and B+), which were set to propagate on the exact same day. The Panamerican shrooms has hardly produced any mycelium but larger mushrooms much faster, whereas the B+ has created a layer of mycelium over the entire surface and is beginning to fill up with small mushrooms.

4 Key Factors when growing Magic Mushrooms:

  • Lighting: One of the most important factors when growing magic mushrooms is the amount of light that they receive and the quality of that light – they should never be given direct light. propagator.
  • Humidity: Humidity is essential, as it’s what activates the mycelium which is where the shrooms sprout from. In order to provide the right amount of humidity, you’ll need to use a small greenhouse
  • Temperature: Temperature is another incredibly important parameter; mushrooms generally thrive between 21 and 24°C, so if you want to produce as many shrooms as possible we recommend keeping the propagator right in the middle.
  • Hygiene: Hygiene and a clean environment is paramount to growing magic mushrooms. They’re quite sensitive, and they need a clean and sterilized environment – never ever touch them with your hands.

Give your magic mushroom kits the right lighting, humidity, temperature and clean environment and they’ll produce plenty of psychedelic heads. FungusHead has everything you need to grow your very own magic mushrooms, from the kits themselves to products such as heated mats and thermo-hygrometers, as well as full mycological study kits.

Magic Mushroom Cultivation

After anywhere between 7 and 14 days you should start seeing the first few mushrooms appear. From then onwards they’ll start popping up all over – if you check on them a few times a day you’ll probably notice them getting larger, growing a few centimeters a day. They might be ready after around 3-4 days, and after harvesting you’ll need to let them dry for a few more days before being able to study them.

When removing the mushrooms, simply put on some gloves and pinch them between your fingers, twisting slightly – they should pop out straight away. They’re quite sensitive, and wherever you touch them they’ll begin to turn a dark color for a couple of hours. This is normal, don’t worry about contamination or rot.

Once you remove all of the mushrooms, don’t throw away the container – mycelium can stay active for a while longer, depending on the conditions given. You may have a whole new crop of mushrooms after just a couple of days. If you’ve provided absolutely perfect conditions, you may even get three or four decent goes out of just one container.