Sounds too good to be true? Well, lucky for us — it’s not. We’re here to disseminate some facts about this phenomenon. From exciting scientific finds, to how you can add them to your day-to-day life, to the different types of psychedelic mushrooms, to how to grow psychedelic mushrooms. Even from their tiny little psychedelic mushroom spores!
Magic Mushrooms: An Introduction
First things first, a little history lesson is in order. Psychedelic mushrooms, or ‘magic mushrooms’, have been used for millennia by indigenous cultures as a healing tool. Most notably in Central and South America, where the spiritual rituals based around these mushrooms were witnessed in 1955 by husband and wife ethnomycologists Robert Gordon Wasson and Valentina Wasson. They brought their story to the West via an article in LIFE magazine in 1957, as well as a collection of psychedelic mushroom spore samples to be studied by the chemist (and creator of LSD) Albert Hofmann. Hofmann was the first to identify psilocybin — the compound in psychedelic mushrooms that causes trips.
After this, interest in psychedelic mushrooms exploded. Many people tried to visit the curandera Maria Sabina who had shared the secrets of the magic mushroom with the Wassons. Although later, in the 1970s, the Wassons would express regret that they had shone such a bright spotlight on the Mazatec culture, their research greatly influenced the burgeoning 1960s social revolution.
The Psychedelic ’60s
Trippy substances such as magic mushrooms and LSD became a key part of the free-thinking, revolutionary decade. There’s a reason this period was dubbed the Psychedelic Era. However, this societal shake-up — civil rights, gender equality, the rejection of the rigid norms of the older generation, anti-war protests, not to mention some groundbreaking music and film — scared the powers-that-be. In 1970 President Nixon passed the Controlled Substances Act in the United States, and many other countries followed suit. This put an end not just to the countercultural hippie dream, but also to the promising field of psychedelic research.
People Learned how to Grow Psychedelic Mushrooms at Home
Usage of psychedelic mushrooms continued, of course. Nature cannot ever truly be made illegal. However, their usage was pushed underground. With this disadvantage came ingenuity. Many wanted to know how to grow psychedelic mushrooms using psychedelic mushroom spores. The two people who made this possible were the McKenna brothers Terence and Dennis. The brothers brought psychedelic mushroom spores back to America after a research trip to the Amazon. Then, they set about developing a way to cultivate them at home.
They published the book Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide under the pseudonyms “O.T. Oss” and “O.N.Oeric”, which revolutionized psychedelic mushroom accessibility and consumption forever. People were able to grow many different types of psychedelic mushrooms themselves — from the Psilocybe tampanensis to Psilocybe mexicana and many more.
Psychedelic Research Returns
The rumblings of psychedelic research began again in the ‘90s. In 1999 Dr. Roland Griffiths set up a research program at Johns Hopkins University to study the effects of psilocybin. From the early 2000s research into psychedelics began again at a pace despite the legal red-tape. This culminated where we find ourselves today — working towards the most promising future for mental health treatment we have ever seen, with legislation on psychedelic mushrooms and other trippy substances being overturned all over the world.
Which brings us to how the use of psychedelic mushrooms can help you change your life. Today, as more and more studies produce favorable results, and everyone from viral TikTok stars, to scientists expound their virtues, as accessibility grows — everyone can give them a try. Let’s dig in…
How The Use of Psychedelic Mushrooms Can Help You Change Your Life 1:
One of the reasons psychedelic mushrooms are finally getting a fair shake is because of their potential as an effective mental health treatment. Here are some of the most promising applications:
Depression and Treatment Resistant Depression:
The ability of psilocybin to treat depression has probably been the most publicized application for psychedelic mushrooms. One of the major findings has been that it is effective in alleviating treatment-resistant depression — i.e. a form of depression that does not respond to traditional pharmaceuticals. This has the potential to change the lives of millions who have suffered daily without treatment, as well as improve the lives of those for whom medication works but negatively affects their quality of life through side-effects.
In the largest trial yet, published by Compass Pathways in late 2022, it was found that 25 milligrams of psilocybin was enough to put a number of participants into remission from their depression. Earlier in the year a study conducted by Johns Hopkins found that psilocybin could alleviate the symptoms of depression for up to a year. Another study found them to be as effective, if not more, than traditional pharmaceuticals.
A Tool For Quitting Smoking or Drinking:
Psychedelic mushrooms have also been found to be an effective tool in quitting addictive substances such as alcohol and nicotine. In a placebo-controlled study it was found that, when combined with therapy, psilocybin helped 50% of the participants quit drinking altogether! Additionally Johns Hopkins began research into the use of psilocybin to help smokers quit in 2021 — and get this — it was funded by the National Health Institute itself! How things have changed.
In 2022 Compass Pathways also launched a trial focussing on the treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia using psilocybin. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health conditions, and up until now had no truly effective treatment. If you or someone you know suffers from one of these conditions, your life could soon be changed indeed.
Psychedelic mushrooms, especially when microdosed, have been found to be an effective way of managing ADHD. For many people who have ADHD, the traditional medications prescribed can dull their experiences and personality. There are many attributes of ADHD to be embraced. Those with the condition are high energy, spontaneous, out of the box thinkers, as well as able to hyper-focus.
Rather than cutting off aspects of personality, microdosing with psilocybin can help manage the symptoms that can be undesirable. People with ADHD who microdose psychedelic mushrooms self-report improved focus and ability to be present. A higher level of self awareness makes it easier to regain focus, if lost. Equally, this self awareness brings the ability to be kinder to yourself if you do become distracted. This helps get out of some of the shame cycles that can be associated with ADHD.
How The Use of Psychedelic Mushrooms Can Help You Change Your Life 2:
Wellness: Being The Best ‘You’ You Can Be
Improve Your Creativity
Psychedelic mushrooms have long been thought to improve creativity. From the pioneering musicians of the 1960s and ‘70s, to certain tech-creators who credit the magic of psychedelics with helping them think outside of the box, the proof is in the pudding.
Improve Overall Mood
Psychedelic mushrooms have been found to improve overall mood. Feeling of empathy and altruism are increased thus making social relationships more enjoyable and nourishing. Anxiety is reduced making day-to-day life easier. With the availability of psychedelic mushroom grow kits, it’s easy to microdose with (or instead of) your morning coffee to start the day right.
Improve Focus and Productivity
Getting in the ‘flow state’ is the holy grail for many of us. Psychedelic mushrooms, when microdosed, have the ability to help us get there. From our day jobs, to our hobbies ranging from art to athletics, psilocybin has the potential to help us get in the zone.
How The Use of Psychedelic Mushrooms Can Help You Change Your Life 3:
You Are In Control
One of the great things about introducing psychedelic mushrooms into your life is that you are in control. You are in charge of your access to psilocybin, as well as figuring out your dosage (it’s best to start on the modest side and work your way up FYI!) You can choose which types of psychedelic mushrooms you use, as well as whether you ‘micro’ or ‘macro’ dose.
A microdose is a sub-perceptual dose that does not cause you to trip, but has positive effects on mood and energy levels, as well as being a popular alternative to traditional depression and anxiety treatments. The great thing about it is that you can easily work it into your daily routine as it has no ‘down’ time.
A macrodose is a higher dose, from which you will trip. As well as being a gosh-darn good time, a psychedelic mushroom trip can be life-changing, with the possibility of mystical experiences and ego-death. These have also been found to have positive effects on mental health conditions such as depression, and improve one’s outlook on life in general.
In terms of access, there are many ways to introduce magic mushrooms into your life.
How To Grow Psychedelic Mushrooms
There are a few different ways for you to learn how to grow psychedelic mushrooms. Firstly, you can use the PF Tek method. For this you can purchase psychedelic mushroom spores. This is the equivalent of starting to grow a plant from a seed. You will need time and patience, and to follow our PF Tek guide — however the satisfaction from succeeding in nourishing your shrooms from mere spores will make that trip even sweeter. You can also choose from many different types of psychedelic mushrooms spores — from mild to extremely potent strains.
An easier, but still rewarding method is to use one of our psychedelic mushroom grow kits. These come with the spores and mycelium already inoculated. It’s not quite ‘plug-in-and-play’ but it’s pretty close. All you have to do is follow the instructions in our psychedelic mushroom grow kits manual. Additionally, you can also choose between different types of psychedelic mushrooms when purchasing a grow kit, from gentle to more powerful strains.
Choosing Between Different Types of Psychedelic Mushrooms
You can choose between the different types of psychedelic mushrooms based on your experience and the trip you wish to have. There are many different strains of Psilocybe cubensis mushroom. Here are some different types of psychedelic mushrooms you can find as either spores or in our psychedelic mushroom grow kits.
Types of Psychedelic Mushrooms:
Some of our different strain types of psychedelic mushrooms include:
Mexican: The most well-known type of magic mushroom. Reliable, often used for first-time trips.
Columbian: A slow growing but potent shroom!
Thai: The ‘party’ magic mushroom. Tends to produce high yields.
Golden Teacher: Iconic psychedelic mushroom strain, known for their large golden caps and ability to impart wisdom.
Ecuadorian: An easy strain to grow. Reflects the highland altitudes of its origin with a cerebral rather than bodily high.
McKennai: Named after the psychedelic icon and shroom expert, you won’t be surprised to learn this is one of our strongest strains.
B+: Big, resilient, trippy mushrooms.
Mazatapec Mexico: This strain produces a highly spiritual trip.
Cambodian: These high yield magic mushrooms provide colorful visuals and philosophical thoughts.
Albino A+: Pale in color they may be, but these guys aren’t faint-hearted — they produce an enjoyably potent trip.
So, there you have it. This is how the use of psychedelic mushrooms can help you change your life. To summarize:
- Psychedelic mushrooms have medicinal and therapeutic value.
- They can treat various mental health conditions from depression to addiction.
- Whether ‘micro’ or ‘macro’-dosing they can improve your day-to-day life.
- They can make you more creative and productive.
- You can grow them yourself at home, either from psychedelic mushroom spores, or psychedelic mushroom grow kits.
- There are many different types of psychedelic mushrooms to choose from to suit your needs.
- You can have a range of experiences — from pure, silly, fun, to life changing revelations and self discovery.