Magic mushrooms vs Ordinary Mushrooms
Magic Mushrooms are a special kind of mushrooms that contain psychoactive chemicals. They are mostly referred to as “shrooms.” Other times they are called “psilocybin mushrooms” because of their psilocybin and psilocin content. Shrooms have psychedelic effects similar to that of LSD and other chemical-based psychedelic substances.
Because of their psychedelic properties, magic mushrooms can induce an out-of-body experience. The fungi are known all over the world for its mind-altering capabilities and played a significant role in drug culture for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations have discovered and used shrooms mainly for religious and therapeutic purposes. It has been attributed to vivid spiritual experiences and awakenings.
Nowadays, people use the drug for basically the same reason. The most popular way of consuming magic mushrooms is eating them either dried or raw. This is the most potent form of ingestion that guarantees the desired psychedelic effects.
But of course, not all people find the taste and texture of shrooms agreeable, while others simply want to experiment and find new ways of consuming and “tripping” on psilocybin mushrooms.
Can you cook magic mushrooms?
The simple answer is yes. You can cook it, mix it to your recipes, bake with it, and even use its extract for tea. However, subjecting the shrooms to heat might affect its potency. As previously stated, they are most potent in their raw form.
The most important thing to remember when cooking with magic mushrooms is to not let them stay in the heat for too long. This is to save most of their potency and still get a decent kick even when they are already mixed with food. Psilocybin melts and breaks down at around 200 degrees Celsius. Avoid exposing the shrooms above that temperature. The best trick is to add the shrooms towards the end.
There are also certain things to keep in mind when rehydrating magic mushrooms. The goal is to keep as much psilocybin in and prevent it from seeping out into the liquid. It is better to rehydrate the shrooms in lower heat for around 20 to 30 minutes as higher heat and hotter water will extract the psilocybin faster.
Cooking magic mushrooms does not only alter its potency level but its digestive process as well. Many users suggest the introduction of lipids into the mushroom for a longer lasting and more intense “trip.”
If you’re wondering how you can incorporate shrooms into your food, there are quite a number of recipes to choose from. Pick a food you would usually put ordinary mushrooms on and swap that with shrooms. Pizzas, omellete, brownies, and other baked goodies are an easy and ideal way to start.
Is cooking with magic mushrooms dangerous?
Magic mushrooms are prohibited in most countries. Authorities have acknowledged the high possibility for abuse, classifying it as schedule 1 and schedule 3 drugs in the U.S and Canada respectively. Various studies, however, claim that magic mushrooms, when taken in safe amounts, have positive effects and benefits to health.
Cooking with magic mushrooms won’t pose any dangers or serious risks when done responsibly. This is also due to the fact that cooking them actually lessens their psychoactive effects.
Since magic mushrooms are not addictive, there is little possibility of getting hooked. It is a good idea, though, not to consume it in consecutive days so as not raise tolerance to the substance.
Also, remember to always check the spore print of the mushroom before consuming or using them. Most mushrooms look alike. Make sure you have an edible, not a poisonous one. Some poisonous mushrooms are very toxic and can be fatal.
Can I eat them anytime?
Perhaps the only time to avoid eating magic mushrooms or anything with shrooms in them is when you are in a not-so-good mood. The person’s disposition can influence the effects of the psychedelic components and may result in an unpleasant experience.
Just to be safe, it is also best to consume them in a peaceful environment. Even if the shrooms are already incorporated into the food, there is still no telling the kind and quality of “trip” they can produce.
Where can I buy them?
Getting hold of magic mushrooms for consumption can be a little tricky. You can buy them from street vendors if you are lucky, but they are easier to find in dark web markets online. Dealers on the web usually offer worldwide shipping. Just make sure to pick a reliable source.
Because they are considered illegal, there are laws prohibiting the possession of dried shrooms but there are no restrictions in the possession and consumption of fresh ones as long as you don’t grow or cultivate them.
Does consuming shrooms have any positive effects?
There are plenty of benefits a person can get from consuming magic mushrooms. The first and most obvious is feeling good. Shrooms can improve an already good mood. They have the ability to send people into a euphoric state and induce in them a general feeling of happiness and delight. These psychedelic fungi can also contribute to an increased sense of creativity and insightfulness. Many people have also testified to the spiritual effects of magic mushrooms. They claimed that it made them feel more in tune with the world and awoken in them a deep sense of awe and wonder.
How about negative effects?
Shrooms do not pose any lasting negative effects on the user when consumed in moderation. However, the user may feel some mild side effects while under the influence of the substance. Some of these are a headache, nausea, dizziness, and anxiety. Feelings of anxiety are quite normal and they tend to wear off fast.
Magic mushrooms only become a threat when they are abused. Abuse of the substance increases tolerance, which leads to higher doses of psilocybin on the next “trip.” When this happens, severe effects may start to materialize. Shrooms affect the brain and cognition the most. Too much of it may result in lasting mental problems.