If you think of magic mushrooms or LSD, it is likely that research and a group of scientists does not come to mind.
Psychedelic drugs tend to be more associated with hippies and the counterculture of the 60s than white coat scientists doing clinical trials.
But that could soon change: more and more researchers are studying how these mind-altering substances may also have the potential to heal.
Psychedelic emergency work at festivals
Interview with an expert:
Like all psychedelics, mushrooms can induce states of pure ecstasy and bliss – but they can also cause less pleasant experiences. The experience of feeling overwhelmed and anxious after taking a psychedelic substance is widely known a 'bad trip'.
Mika* is a volunteer at psychedelic emergency services at festivals such as Boom and Burning Man. Over the years she has assisted many people having a bad trip. She also has some experience with this state of consciousness herself. We tap into her knowledge by interviewing her.
Cluster headaches are among the most painful experiences that humans can have. More painful than childbirth, kidney-stones and getting kicked in the balls. A cluster headache attack is so excruciatingly painful, that sufferers might end up banging their head to the wall, pulling out their hair, screaming and crying in agony. The experience has been described as being poked in the eye with a hot stick that pierces your brain. Attacks can last up to 90 minutes and may occur several times a day. And they repeat for days on end. The headache attacks can be traumatizingly painful and cause PTSD in some people.
There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to psychedelic practices: microdosing. This trend is spreading fast, among psychonauts and non-psychonauts alike. Media attention for this phenomenon has also skyrocketed, so it's very likely that you're familiar with the term. You probably also know that microdosing on LSD is hot in Silicon Valley – but did you know that Magic Truffles can be used for the same purpose? Microdosing with truffles has the benefit that they can be obtained legally or can even be home grown.
Smoking tobacco is a vicious addiction that's hard to break. Research points out that psilocybin – in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy – might help smokers to quit. Psilocybin seems to work on psychological mechanisms, stimulating healthier lifestyle choices. Interestingly, the level of meaningfulness of the psychedelic experience is related to the degree of success of the therapy.
Tell your granny that you take magic truffles, and she will probably worry that you might die from an overdose. After all, the newspapers are full of horror-stories about people who take drugs and end up having their stomachs pumped in the hospital, or worse. Of course, you are well aware of the fact that alcohol and tobacco are among the most lethal substances out there – and that truffles are not your average 'drug'. But how to convince your granny that her worries are unfounded? Here are some reassuring words about the real dangers of consuming psilocybin truffles.
Growing magic mushrooms in summer
Growing magic mushrooms is possible in all seasons, as long as you keep an close eye on temperature ( and humidity). In summer it is possible that it gets real hot, almost too to hot grow ( magic) mushrooms. Please keep a close eye on your termomether. You can always move the growkit to a cooler location, maybe in the shade (?).
You might have heard before about magic mushroom or magic truffel tea, but why would you consume them like this? You can also just eat them right? And how do you make shroom or truffle tea? Read more about magic mushroom and magic truffle tea here below, and see if this recipe becomes your favorite.
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