Shrooms -Everything You Need to Know About Them

Shrooms are unlike anything on Earth. In fact according to the late great Terence McKenna shrooms might not even be from Earth at all. McKenna often talked about mushrooms being from outer space and that they traveled through the cosmos for eons and just happened to take hold here on our planet. And possibly in other spots in the universe.

“I am old, older than thought in your species, which is itself fifty times older than your history,” Mckenna wrote in in the foreword to his seminal 1976 book Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide. “Though I have been on earth for ages I am from the stars. My home is no one planet, for many worlds scattered throughout the shining disc of the galaxy have conditions which allow my spores an opportunity for life.”

What are shrooms

So what are shrooms exactly? Well when it comes to the “shrooms drug” or any other variety of mushroom for that matter—they are not a plant or an animal. But they behave like both. Shrooms grow from the ground like a plant but they eat plants like an animal. Shrooms are actually just part of a fungus—specifically the reproductive portion (like an apple or cannabis flower.)—and even more specifically fungi that contain psilocybin or its derivative psilocin.  

There are different types of fungus; saprophytes that eat non-living matter aka decaying plants (like mushrooms). Saprodes aka mushroom fungus feed from the outside (dissolve the substrate), are very invasive and fast moving. Other fungus include parasites that eat living organisms and mycorrhizal fungi which form symbiotic relationships with their host. Some shrooms, particularly those that grow outdoors on wood, form this bond with nature.

Anyhow there are more than 180 species of mushrooms that contain psilocybin. They have a very long history of medical and religious use and recently. Nowadays many people are interested in their therapeutic use. Therapists and patients alike report that shrooms are helpful in treating a wide variety of ailments including depression, anxiety, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorders, cluster headaches, etc.

Currently researchers are investigating their use for treating depression associated with advanced cancer. There’s a group that’s looking to give shrooms to people who are dying to see if they can help alleviate their depression. Magic mushroom legalization is gaining hella political and legal support up in Denver and with help from respected writers like Michael Pollan shrooms are starting to gain more mainstream acceptance.

Shrooms effects

Shrooms effects can be amazingly glorious and life-changing. They can also be overwhelming and unpleasant, especially if you’re not relaxed and ready for them. With that being said it’s extremely difficult if not impossible to predict the strength or the effects of shrooms.

That’s because shrooms effects will vary depending on a number of things. The first thing to consider are the shrooms themselves. Freshness, whether they’re dried on not as well as their age, could have an impact on their overall effect. Another thing to consider is the amount that someone ingests as well as how they’re ingested. For instance using lemon juice to break-down the shrooms in a glass before swallowing them can change the time it takes for them to start working as well as their effects. We’ll discuss this “Lemon Tek” procedure later on in this article but the point is that the shrooms, your experience with them, outlook on them, how you consume them as well as you physical and mental state will all have an effect on their affect.

Physical things like your weight and whether or not you’ve eaten recently will play a role in how shrooms affect you. And we should remind you all that “set” your state-of-mind and “setting” where you consume and experience the shrooms all have an important impact. If you’re nervous or anxious about taking them or feeling that way already then shrooms could exacerbate those feelings. If you’re depressed on in a bad mood they could also elevate those negative feelings as well. Just change your mind, think good thoughts and you should be fine. You might need to experience those emotions to work through them?

Anyhow shrooms will cause the world to distort. Everything from colors to sounds to objects to time and space will all change. Many people experience mild hallucinations or visuals. Patterns on carpet or on walls could begin to move and appear more intense. There may be halos of light or color around objects or people. Colors seem more vivid and brighter. Some people report to see new colors that they’ve never witnessed previously. You may experiences changes in your visual perception such as halos around lights and objects and geometric patterns overlayed on top of your visual field. Trees and plants as well as inanimate objects could seem to breathe.

People could also see patterns or geometric shapes when their eyes are closed. This is sometimes referred to as closed-eye-visuals or CEV. People who take large amounts of mushrooms are typically treated to this effect.

Some people who eat shrooms experience what’s called synaesthesia. This is when sensory modalities are mixed—hearing or tasting colors or tasting or seeing sounds.

Taking shrooms could also induce a feeling of being in between wakefulness and sleep. These hypnagogic experiences are like being in a dream state. It’s no surprise that brain imaging studies show that a mushroom trip is neurologically similar to dreaming.

“The effect was strikingly similar to a brain in dream sleep,” according to Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, a post-doctoral researcher in neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and co-author of a study on shrooms and dreaming

“When you look at a brain during dream sleep, you see the same hyperactive emotion centers,” Carhart-Harris continues. In fact, administration of the shrooms drug just before or during sleep seemed to promote higher activity levels during Rapid Eye Movement sleep, when dreams occur.” An intriguing finding, Carhart-Harris says, given that people tend to describe their experience on psychedelic drugs as being like “a waking dream.” It seems that the brain may literally be slipping into unconscious patterns while the user is awake.

Anyhow for the most part shrooms make people feel:

  • Happy
  • Euphoric
  • Appreciative
  • Well-connected to or in awe of the universe
  • Energized
  • Excited

Shrooms also often increase introspection. This is how they are typically used in mental or behavioral therapy. They could allow someone to experience and work through repressed emotions. Often times under a shroom trip people are more open to thoughts and feelings they tend to avoid .

Shrooms often also increase the intensity of someone’s emotions and experiences. Things become much more funny or silly suddenly. Thoughts become more meaningful or deeper. There’s a greater sense of wonder about the world. And there’s a deeper appreciation for friends and family and nature. There’s often a strong sense of peace with the people, plants and animals on the planet or even in the universe.

Feeling of love and kindness seem to surface while on shrooms. But sometimes so do feelings of paranoia or other negative emotions. It’s important to understand that you can easily change your mind during a trip. Meditation is a good way to practice this ability. Many people believe that shrooms don’t give you what you want during a trip. They give you what you need. So maybe experiencing these negative emotions will release or purge them? This could allow someone to let go of pent-up anger, anxiety or other negative emotions.

Some of the less than pleasant effects of shrooms could lead people to:

  • paranoia
  • anxiety
  • feeling overwhelmed or panicked
  • nausea

Shrooms side effects

There are a few physical shrooms side effects. Some individuals feel a change in heart rate either slowing or speeding it up a bit. There could also be some feelings of nausea or other stomach aches. However the “lemon tek” method typically alleviates this. That’s because the somewhat physically uncomfortable conversion of psilocybin to psilocin occurs outside the body in a glass rather than in it. We’ll talk more about this lemon tek method below.

Anyhow other physical changes could be a change in blood pressure either up or down as well as restlessness or minor muscle aches or pains. A trip could also throw off your sense of balance or coordinating movement. A stronger trip could mean an increase in these things. Dilated pupils are also a common shrooms side effect as well as sexual arousal. Bad trips can happen. But what is at first often characterized as a bad trip in retrospect is a beneficial or good trip. Again the shrooms don’t give you what you want they give you what you need. So perhaps you needed to work through some shit? And now that you have you’re able to move on and let it go.

Shroom dosage

Shroom dosage is important. There’s a common saying, “the dose makes the poison.” This basic principal of toxicology is credited to Paracelsus who expressed the classic toxicology maxim “All things are poison, and nothing is without poison, the dosage alone makes it so a thing is not a poison.”

So pay particular attention to your shroom dosage. We recommend to always start with a low dose. That guideline is even more important to anyone who has yet to ever experience shrooms. It’s also true for an experienced psilocybin fan. That’s because dosages vary significantly from person to person, species to species, and mushroom to mushroom. Wait to try high doses of a strain until after you’ve experimented with them. Social and public situations are fine for low dose but keep those high doses confined to a much more safe and intimate environment.

From Erowid one of the most respected drug destinations on the internet: “The following doses give a range from relatively low dose to relatively high dose for a few of the more common species of mushrooms. Make sure you know what type of mushrooms you’re eating before you decide on a dosage. The most commonly purchased dry magic mushrooms in the United States are P. cubensis.”

Doses for P. cubensis are between 0.5 grams being a threshold dose all the way up to 5 grams or more being a high or “heroic”. A dose this strong often leads to what’s known as ego death. This is a complete loss of self-identity. You’ll basically forget where you are, who you are and what you are. The term was used by guys like Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert aka Ram Dass to describe the death of the ego and a feeling of a loss of “attachment to a separate sense of self.” And apparently this leads to massive self-growth and discovery.

Doses for both P. cyanescens and P. semilanceata aka wood-loving mushrooms are between .5 grams for a light or threshold dose and 3 grams for a heavier more substantial dose.

Also according to Erowid and personal experience “Boosting” with mushrooms, taking an additional amount sometime during the trip in order to increase the effects, is generally not considered very successful if it happens after the effects begin to taper at all. There are people who never go for more than an ultra light trip, and some feel it must be an earth-shattering experience. You’ll probably find your dosage somewhere between these two extremes.

As a rule of thumb, 10 grams of wet mushrooms is the equivalent of 1 gram dry, in other words fresh mushrooms are 90% water. Make sure that you don’t get these things too confused.

Shrooms and alcohol

Shrooms and alcohol, according to TripSit’s drug interaction chart, is relatively low risk. Although high doses of shrooms and alcohol probably won’t make you feel too good the next morning if you’re prone to hangovers. Shrooms are the safest drug that you can take. Much safer than alcohol which kills many people every year. Combining the two in moderation seems relatively safe. But then again we’re stoners not doctors.

A word on picking shrooms:

Here’s what the Audubon Society’s “Field Guide to North American Mushrooms” has to say on the issue:

“Collect mushrooms in a flat-bottomed basket. Take along a roll of wax paper and wrap each species you find; do not use plastic wrap since it hastens decay. This will keep species separate and fresh until you return home. A pocket knife or trowel is useful in extracting mushrooms from the ground; be very careful not to disturb the underground root system more than necessary.

Bring note cards with you and jot down pertinent field data. In particular, note the habitat of the mushroom, including what type of tree it is growing on or near; whether it is growing singly, scattered, in groups, or in clusters; any distinctive odor or taste; the color of the cap, stalk, gills, pores, or teeth, and latex, which may change after the mushroom has been picked. Note any color changes when it is bruised. You can also use the note cards to set up spore prints in the field; they will often be ready by the time you return home. If you are absolutely certain of the identification of an edible species, you can clean it in the field.

Until you are experienced, however, it is best to take the mushroom home intact; the stalk base is often a crucial identification feature, and cleaning can remove diagnostic characteristics. The more characteristics you can observe, the better chance you have of identifying the mushroom. It helps to have fresh mushrooms rather than old ones, and to collect many specimens of one kind at various stages of growth.”

How long does a shroom trip last

In general a shroom trip will last anywhere between 5 to 8 hours after eating them. Dose plays a role in this of course. The bigger the dose the longer the trip will last most likely.

However based on personal experience we’ve used the lemon tek method and have started to feel the effects of the mushrooms in about 30 to 40 minutes. This method also typically cuts the duration of the experience a bit. Using this method will lead to a trip that only about 3 to 4 hours long. We’ve also heard that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, has natural maois that bring on the high faster. Also shroom tea could hasten the high because the way tea is easily absorbed by the gut.

How long do shrooms stay in your system

Trace amounts of Shrooms will stay in your system for about a full day. Most reports say that it takes about 24 hours for the body to metabolize shrooms and eliminate any psilocybin or psilocin in the system. However we’ve heard that it may take up to three days for heavy users to pass shrooms through their system.

Upon ingesting shrooms psilocybin metabolizes into psilocin in about 20 to 40 minutes. Interestingly 95 percent of the psilocin is out of the body after four hours, more or less. It’s that remaining five percent that could stick around anywhere between 13 and 24 hours. Keep in mind that these are just estimates and that there are a variety of factors that affect the actual times these substances leave a particular person’s system.

How long do shrooms take to kick

A shroom trip will typically begin about an hour or an hour and a half after ingesting the mushrooms. Having less food in your stomach could increase their onset meaning that they’ll kick in faster (and more intensely) than if you’ve got a full stomach.

Like we mentioned earlier a shroom trip could begin in a little as 30 to 40 minutes if you employ the lemon tek method. Kick starting that conversion of psilocybin  to psilocin outside of the body seems to quicken the pace.

Is there a shrooms drug test

Most drug tests aren’t looking for psilocybin or psilocin. They’re all looking to bust people for stuff like weed, coke and opioids. These are the materials commonly tested for when it comes to five-panel drug tests. Nine-panel tests look into the use of barbiturates and benzodiazepines however none that we know of so far include shrooms on any of these tests.  

Anyhow no there is not a shrooms drug test that we know of. If you come across one or are subjected to one please let us know in the comments section below? We’re into harm-reduction. Particularly reducing the harm of law enforcement.

How long do shrooms last

Fresh shrooms need to be consumed quickly. Think about the mushrooms you get at the grocery store. They don’t stay fresh for very long so it’s advisable to either eat them right away or dry them.

Once shrooms are dried they lose about 90% of their body weight. That’s because they’re mainly filled with liquid. You’ll need to consume about ten times the amount of fresh shooms to dried shooms to get the same effects.

Dried shrooms if kept properly will last for many many years. Of course their potency could possibly lessen as they age. Keep your dried shrooms in an airtight container out of heat and light. You might want to drop in one of those desiccant packets in your container to keep them dry. Moisture will cause them to mold and go bad quickly. You could store them in the fridge to also lengthen their shelf-life but make sure that no moisture can get into them.

We like to keep our shrooms in baggies that we can label and then put those baggies into glass jars. Tupperware could work with the baggies but we’ve notices that tupperware somehow lets in air. So they’re not a great choice for long-term shroom storage.

Are shrooms bad for you

This depends on what you mean by bad. Like we’ve said before, shrooms don’t give you what you want they give you what you need. So maybe the trip you had wasn’t all that bad once you’ve had a chance to integrate your trip and let go of whatever was causing an issue. What’s bad for you is getting caught by law enforcement with them here in the USA.

Like weed, meat or Coldplay shrooms aren’t for everyone. Some people have a bad reaction to ‘em each and every time that they try them and they’re convinced that no matter what the “bad” trip was not worthwhile. And there are some people that don’t get much from shrooms. But there are several people that take shrooms and have positive life-changing effects. Some people report that they’ve used shrooms and have completely rid themselves of depression or anxiety in one shroom session. Some people say otherwise of course. It’s all a matter of brain chemistry and no two brains and their chemical make-up are alike.

But to really answer your question shrooms are the safest drug you can take. That’s according to the annual Global Drug Survey that polled around 120,000 people. Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, told the Guardian recently that the bigger risk with shrooms is accidentally eating the wrong variety of mushroom. “Magic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs in the world,” he said. “Death from toxicity is almost unheard of with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms.”

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Can you smoke shrooms?

You could smoke shrooms. But we’re not talking about P. Cubensis or P. Azurescens. Smoking these strains of mushrooms wouldn’t do much. That’s probably because the main psychedelic ingredient psilocybin burns at 180 degrees and you’d be destroying this as you burned it. It’s best to eat these types of shrooms.

We found some sketchy drug rehab website that talked about the “dangers of smoking shrooms” saying that the “spores easily get stuck in the trachea and lungs when inhaled. Thus, causing insurmountable respiratory problems, such as inflammation, choking and other pulmonary risks that require lengthy medical treatment.” but that kind of sounds like some bullshit.

Like we said above—you can smoke shrooms. There’s a completely different mushroom that you can smoke and it’ll get you pretty high. These shrooms are called Amanita Muscaria or sometimes refereed to as Fly Agaric. And they’re the stuff of legend. In fact there are a few legends that say that these popular red-capped mushrooms with white polka dots are responsible for the creation of not only Santa Claus but a little religions called Christianity.

John Marco Allegro, a British archaeologist speculated in his popular 1970 book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross that Christianity was essentially the product of a sex-and-mushroom cult, and the Amanita Muscaria shroom was seen as the gateway to understanding God. Through this understanding, it was believed that fertility would also be promoted. Many people still to this day believe Jesus was just a mushroom.

In 1964, the two chemicals responsible for the psychoactive effects of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom were identified. These chemicals are ibotenic acid (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-isoxazole acetic acid) and its decarboxylation byproduct muscimol (3-hydroxy-5aminomethyl isoxazole). Muscimol is probably the cause of the psychoactive effects, and the body probably changes ibotenic acid into muscimol for it to be psychoactive. Ibotenic acid produces psychoactive effects in humans in dosages from 50 to 100 milligrams, and muscimol produces the same effect in dosages of 10 to 15 milligrams.

What’s awesome about these shrooms is that they’re perfectly legal to grow, buy, sell, and possess. You can find dried amanita muscaria tops available online on sites like ebay. You can also find extracts of the same mushroom for sale online.

If the mushrooms are sold as a supplement, then they must comply with federal laws regarding supplements. As a result, most companies that sell them label them as “not for human consumption.”

A state law in Louisiana that went into effect in 2005 made it illegal in that state to consume Amanita muscaria mushrooms. The Louisiana law did not make it illegal to grow or possess the mushrooms for “aesthetic, landscaping, or decorative purposes.” People in Louisiana still get their mushrooms; they just do not tell anyone they are going to eat them.

Smoking amanita muscaria trip report

I used powdered and finely chopped dried mushroom and rolled a large joint, I’m a tobacco smoker so I smoked it with tobacco
& I find the taste of the mushroom to be earthy and pleasant. I suppose it could be also smoked on its own, or mixed with any herb of your choosing (there may be herbs said to be synergistic with the amanita suggested somewhere in the abundant available literature, it also could be smoked through a dry pipe or a water pipe).

Before smoking I set the intention that I wished to meet with the Spirit of the mushroom, and to generally become more familiar with this mushroom which
I have been celebrating and reading about.

What I did and what I would do again were I to repeat the experience is to roll a sizable enough joint to keep smoking until the first effects are felt.

The first thing I noticed was a marked stimulant effect. With each toke my eyes opened wider, I stood up feeling very energised, rejuvenated and refreshed & a pleasant stone was realised alongside a clear mind. Sitting outside I felt in very good company with the plants. I didn’t feel as though I was much different to the plants in my garden, it was as though we were all hanging out there together and sharing in the experience of simply Being. I could here sirens in the nearby streets and I remember the thought occurring to me that “people people with people heads which is a shame that they do that”. The plant company seemed absolutely preferable. I stood up and raised my hands towards the tendrils of the cathedral like silver birch that is growing in my yard. The energising effect was remarkable and lasted for about fifteen minutes where-after this was replaced by a more sedating effect.

I remember being struck by the heightened sensuality of tactility. Intimacy would be wonderful on the a. muscaria, it would be great to be with another who is in the same mind. I feel the experience would be less about sex than it would be about simply Being with another, exploring touch. There is definitely potential for the a. muscaria as an aphrodisiac.

As I moved inside a sense of well being and euphoria ensued. I turned off the television as what people do, did or were doing be it ‘real’ or fictional was all pretty unentertaining. I turned on the radio, this was much better. The experience of music was awesomely enhanced. I was listening to jazz, it was as though I was eavesdropping on one of the best conversations I had heard in a long time. Courted by the gentle beat I was very willingly pulled into the soundscape. Music (especially ambient & instrumental) is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to on the a. muscaria, even more so
than usual.

About 45 minutes in I was hit with a heavy stone, like a dopamine rush. I was listening to some kind of electronica and the music was sounding happy and also hilarious. I was hit with the urge to lay down. This is purely my account and I’m not suggesting anybody smoke or consume this mushroom as how the active compounds will react with You is anybody’s guess, but IF YOU DO decide to smoke the amanita muscaria I would suggest having water and a
blanket handy (and having things in order, ovens switched off etc.) in case the desire to lay down hits as it did with me.

After a time I got up and began to do other things, thoughts regarding this action are expressed in more detail below.

More thoughts and reflections
I feel as though by getting up after a time I interrupted what felt like would have been the natural progression of the experience. Between 60 and 120 minutes in the more pronounced effects began to taper off, although a continued relaxed state and sense of well being stayed with me into the night after this. If I were to smoke a. muscaria again I imagine that a more natural progression would be to engage in a meditation, and eventually cross over into sleep.

It would be a useful aid for mediation / trance and the achievement of ‘Spiritual aims’ such as ‘tuning into’ others from a distance.

The experience was very positive and healing for me, and I will be looking towards integration of the healing that was presented to me. I feel the Spirit of the amanita muscaria is very Loving and kind, it is a useful tool for healing and learning, and I imagine would be beneficial for a shared or group healing/experience as well as a ‘solitary’ experience.

Although being under the amanita’s influence is along different lines to synthetic hallucinogenic compounds and other psychoactives such as psilocybin I feel that the amanita experience is just as important and valuable as others can be. I would say that (when smoked) it’s definitely psychedelic-ey and up there with any other, however not in a hallucinatory sense. Everything I ‘saw’ was already there, only my awareness was heightened and my connection strengthened. It’s like having your filters cleaned out, and would definitely be a great tool for meditation, giving yourself Reiki, travel or whatever kind of divination You might be into.

Smoking is a good way to bypass the widely reported nausea, I did not experience any.

I noticed a strong desire for nourishment afterwards. I ate and also drank sufficient water.

– J.J.

Unless it’s amanita muscaria shrooms we don’t recommend smoking shrooms. So below we’ve included a few recipes to help you consume your shrooms.

How to make shroom tea

Mushroom tea is a favorite of a lot of the shroom heads that we know. That’s because tea kicks in faster because our bodies adsorb the psychedelic material directly through the stomach lining. Plus you can doctor tea to make it taste really great if you’re not into the earthy taste of mushrooms.

So here’s how to make shroom tea. You can either use fresh or dried mushrooms to make your tea. Pay attention to dose prior to making your tea. You need a lot more fresh mushrooms to make a tea that’s as strong as a tea brewed from dried shrooms. So to make tea that’s a .5 gram dose you’ll want 1 gram of dried shrooms or 10 grams of fresh mushrooms.

If you’re using dried shrooms in your shroom tea then it’s best to grind them into a powder. We like to use a coffee or spice grinder to make this happen. Also, we have a really nice dedicated grinder for use with shrooms and a busted up old one for use with coffee. Don’t mix ‘em up. If you don’t have a coffee grinder then try your best to chop up your mushrooms using a really sharp knife as best as you can.

Don’t try to grind your fresh shrooms. If you’ve got a food processor—go for it. But make sure you wash the fuck out of that thing before you use it next time or your next meal could be a trip. We like to just bust out the knife and get to chopping those fresh shrooms into the smallest bits possible.


To make a .5 gram dose you’ll need the following:
Shrooms (1 gram dried or 10 grams fresh)
2 cups of boiling water

Additional flavor agents
Tea (black, green, etc.)
Lemon Juice
Agave nectar

Making shroom tea is simple. Once you sort your shrooms (either powdered or chopped up add them to the boiling water. We typically just drop them into a pot of boiling water. Next we drop in something that’ll make sure those suckers don’t float. This could be a small plate, a colander, silverware—whatever you have that’s clean. Now just hang out and let the shrooms steep for about 15 minutes.

You can brew for as little as five minutes. Don’t go much over 15 or you’ll be get swollen somewhat gelatinous globs of mushroom bits to contend with. You could add your tea bag, if you’re using one, at the beginning of the process or you could drop it in towards the end. This depends on how strong you like the flavor of your tea. Sometimes brewing tea for 15 minutes leads to a really astringent and almost overwhelmingly nasty flavor.

You could also add your lemon or even lime juice at this point. This will kick start the conversion process of psilocybin to psilocin like we’ve teased in the lemon tek method mention a couple times above. Don’t worry we’ll get to that next. Anyhow if you have lemon or lime we recommend that you add that when you add the mushrooms. It’ll help that conversion happen faster and outside of your body which could lead to some weird feelings and stomach pains during the come-up phase of the mushroom trip.

Also at this point you could add the ginger. If you do use ginger make sure it’s fresh ginger root. That powdered stuff is better for baking than it is for making shroom tea. Ginger is a nice addition because it’s tasty and it has anti-nausea properties. Sometimes shrooms lead to some tummy issues. If you’ve got a sensitive stomach then by all means give the ginger root a try. But don’t go overboard or you’ll have a really spicy tea that’s not that pleasant to drink.

Okay once the tea is done brewing you can either drink it straight or add some flavoring agents. You could drop in some sugar, best to add this while the tea is warm to help it dissolve—if it’s cold after brewing just use the microwave to heat it. Also, you could also add honey or agave nectar to sweeten it up a bit.

And you could ditch the mushrooms before you drink the tea. Strain the brew and then sip it but we recommend that you just drink everything. That way you get every bit of those mushroom molecules and their benefit.

Lemon Tek

We love the lemon tek method because it’s super simple and it works fast—meaning it brings on the high incredibly quickly. Not only does it reduce the duration of onset by at least half it seems to also intensify the effects and also cut the trip short as well.

Here’s what people say about the lemon tek—instead of converting the psilocybin to psilocin in your body you can do this in a cup with lemon juice as the stomach acid. Citric acid not only breaks the shrooms down it also converts the psilocybin to psilocin. Speaking from experience this allows your body to grab hold of the psilocin a lot quicker and bring on the high super fast. We’re talking like 30 to 40 minutes instead of 60 to 90. Booyah.

Lemon or lime juice

Like the method above your going to want to use an herb, spice of coffee grinder to powder your shrooms. The smaller the better that way there’s more contact between lemon juice and mushroom.

You’ll next want to juice a couple lemons or limes. You don’t want that fake juice shit that bartenders use that comes in a little plastic lime or lemon—you’ll want the real thing. And for some reason it seems that orange juice just doesn’t have enough acid to make this conversion possible. Believe us we’ve tried. And it didn’t work nearly as well as lemon or lime juice. Grapefruit juice may or may not work—we haven’t tried. If you have tried grapefruit juice instead of lemon juice in a lemon tek capacity please let us know in the comments section below how it worked out for you?

You’ll just want enough citrus juice to cover the mushrooms. Add the mushrooms to the citrus juice—not the other way around. And stir. Feel free to stir as much as you like.

Soak those shrooms for about fifteen minutes. We noticed that any less and you won’t get much of the benefits of the lemon tek method—rapid onsent, no tummy ahces or feeling dizzy. Any longer and you start to reduce the benefits of the lemon tek method and also the effects of the mushrooms themselves. We let them sit in lemon juice for more than an hour once and the trip afterwards seemed to be a lot less intense and exciting as anticipated.

You could either drink the lemon and the mushrooms all together like a shot or add some fruit juice once the soaking is finished. Do not add the juice during the soaking. We like to add something like Pomegranate, grape, POG Pineapple Orange Guava or just plain orange juice to the lemon and mushroom mixture right before we drink it. Sometimes we just take it straight. Actually most of the time we just drink it straight because we’re too excited to get things going or we just don’t have any juice on hand.

Anyhow like we said this lemon tek shroom method is easy. Juice up a lemon or two. Measure out your dose. Add wet ingredients to the dry, mix, wait, add something tasty if needed and enjoy.

A quick word on shroom dosage
Dosage for all of the recipes below is quite simple. All you have to do is use one normal raw dose per portion. So for example if you are making a shake to share between you and a friend use two doses of magic mushrooms and evenly distribute it throughout the entire shake as a result half the shake will be one dose. This way you can share. Anyhow just be mindful of your dosing while making these tasty treats.

Spicy mushroom tea

This is a quick method for making mushroom tea. Take either warm or cold water and add some honey or sugar to it. You can add spices like nutmeg, cinnamon or ground ginger and add that to finely ground mushroom powder. This should mask the flavor of the mushrooms enough that you can get ‘em down. We’ve also seen people use instant hot cocoa instead of kitchen spices to make this happen.

Shroom drink

You could powder your mushrooms and add them to just about any tasty liquid. Grape, orange, grapefruit, apple juices all work well. Just about any tasty liquid works well in this scenario since all you’re doing is masking flavor here.

Instead of adding the mushroom powder to the liquid you could just pop some of the powder in your mouth and then swallow it using a tasty liquid to chase it down.

Shroom Shakes

This recipe is best with fresh shrooms but powdered shrooms will work fine, you’ll just have a little added texture that’s all. Think of it as pulp? To make a shroom shake you basically want to use something like soy, almond or some other kind of milk. Sure you can use ice cream if you wish. Add that stuff to a banana and toss in some berries if you’d like. Go for blueberries or strawberries if you wish. And then add your powdered or fresh shrooms and blend until smooth. Remember that you’ll need ten times the fresh shrooms to dried shrooms.

Shroom Jello

Basically just grind your mushrooms into a powder and then add that powder to a mix of Jello. Be mindful of measurements and calculating your does. 2 grams of dried shrooms plus 400 ml of water and 80 grams of Jello powder would be perfect for four .5 gram doses of shroom jello.

Gel Caps

If swallowing and chasing mushroom powder isn’t your thing you could purchase some empty gel caps online and make your own mushroom poppers. The bigger the gel cap the better as you’ll be able to fit more mushroom powder in them. Again use that spice or coffee grinder to power your shrooms. Then either fill your gel caps by hand or get one of those handy-dandy pill fillers. You can find both the gel caps and the plastic pill-fillers online on sites like ebay and amazon for just a few bucks. If you’re into microdosing shrooms then gel caps are a really easy way to go because they’re already dosed.

Chocolate shroom truffles

Chocolate and shrooms go really well together. Not just because the chocolate has a way of masking the earthy flavor or the shrooms but because chocolate contains a natural monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) which could heighten and or prolong a shroom experience. The easiest way to make shrooms in chocolate is as follows.


  • Dried shrooms
  • Chocolate (preferably dark)
  • A saucepan
  • Glass bowl
  • Coffee grinder or knife
  • Chocolate moulds or a baking tray

First either grind up your shrooms using the coffee grinder or use a a really sharp knife to reduce them down to powder.

Next chop up the chocolate and put it all in a glass bowl. Place that glass bowl above your saucepan fill it with some boiling water to make what’s called a bain-marie. This will allow you to melt the chocolate without burning it.

Once the chocolate has cooled a little, but is still liquid, add the shrooms and stir to evenly distribute them. Next carefully pour the chocolate into the moulds or on the baking tray and put it all in the fridge to set. Once done enjoy!

What are you experience with shrooms? Ever try ’em, grow ’em or try smoking ’em? We’d love to hear about that stuff in the comments section below, man.

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