magic-mushrooms description, production, forms n consumption methods.
- Active Chemical: Psilocybin (4-phosphoryloxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine)
- production: You grow the mushrooms or you go mushroom picking.
- Forms: Eat magic mushrooms fresh or dried.
What is a magic mushroom?
is a psychedelic alkaloid of the tryptamine family. It is present in many
species of fungi, notably Psilocybe cubensis and Psilocybe semilanceata
(Liberty Caps). Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are commonly called
magic mushrooms or simply “shrooms”.
Effects of psilocybin generally resemble a shorter
(4-6 hours as opposed
to 10-14) LSD trip, though with milder hallucinations
and a much bigger emphasis on the spiritual/mystical and incredible trains
of thought. Following standard nomenclature rules, the name is Psilocybine,
but this is almost never used in practice.
It is not unusual to try and neutralize the taste of mushrooms,
though. For example, liberty caps are often found growing in big grassy
fields where cows graze, growing on dung, making them taste faintly of
dung as well. This does not leave much aftertaste when the mushrooms are
dried or powdered, but if you’re eating them fresh, the taste
is unpleasantly strong. Some like to dip fresh mushrooms in honey
or chocolate for easier eating.
Dosage varies depending a lot on the individual
and on the form of the mushrooms.
A rule of thumb to frequent users is to avoid eating much food
before a planned trip, as this reduces the potency of the mushrooms.
On the day of the trip one should eat a healthy breakfeast or
lunch and then abstain from eating anything more.
Drying the mushrooms is recommended, as it eases the
taste and makes it easier to measure amount. A light dose of dried
mushrooms is 1 gram. Medium doses are between
1.5 – 3 grams and anything exceeding 3-4 g is
counted as a heavy dose. Considering eating fresh mushrooms
this is most often simply measured in how many one is eating. This isn’t
a very accurate method, though, as each mushroom varies in size. A recommended
amount to eat for starters is ca. 50 (15g) mushrooms, all up
to 200 (60g) for a heavy trip.
Strength, concentration of Psilocybin in a magic mushroom
Psilocybin is distributed fairly evenly throughout the entire fruiting
body, with the exception of the spores which are completely free of psilocybin
and psilocin. The total potency can vary greatly between species and even
between batches of the same species. There should be no drastic difference
in potency between stems and caps from the same batch. Younger, smaller
mushrooms are relatively higher in alkaloids and have a milder taste than
larger, mature mushrooms. Mature mycelium contains some psilocybin, though
one generally does not eat or otherwise process it. Young mycelium (recently
germinated from spores) does not contain appreciable amounts of psilocybin.