With all the news circling magic mushrooms, their use is more widespread than ever.
People that would never have dreamt of a psychedelic experience are engaging in reality-altering journeys. The days of psychedelic paranoia are dissolving, giving way for a brighter landscape.
Intuitively, or at least regularly, magic mushrooms are harvested, dried, and then ate raw. For most, this is cut and dry. But, as anyone that’s tasted magic mushrooms first hand, they’re no shitake.
And for the most part, you’re not eating them for their flavour. It’s all about the experience.
Well, one thing that’s for sure is that flavour is part of the experience. And, lucky for us, there’s a way to overcome the taste and enhance some of the medicinal properties of magic mushrooms. We are introducing: Mushroom Tea.
Before we get into how to prepare mushroom tea, let’s examine what mushroom tea is, the benefits of the brew and what to expect. It’s not your average bag of Tetley or Stash.
What is Mushroom Tea?
For those new to magic mushrooms, let’s first talk a little bit about what they are.
Magic mushrooms, or shrooms, are a psychedelic mushroom. Psilocybin, their main active ingredient, is hallucinogenic. This means that after ingestion, depending on the dosage, visual, cerebral and auditory hallucinations occur. In lower doses, such as a microdose, these effects are negligible.
However, the more you take, the more powerful and surreal the hallucinations become. At extremely high doses, the hallucinations completely bend reality.
As mentioned, the most common way to use mushrooms is to eat them raw. This, however, poses an issue. Due to magic mushrooms high fibre content and tough cell walls made of Chitin, our bodies don’t absorb them very well. Thus, the common occurrence of gut-rot, nausea and indigestion.
To curtail the mushroom’s tummy-hurting fibre and chitin, it’s recommended to make mushroom tea.
When shrooms are boiled in hot water, their psychedelic properties are released into the water in an already active state. This means we’re able to bypass nausea and an upset stomach. Pepto Bismol; be gone!
Another benefit of making mushroom tea is the release of its nutrient content. Mushrooms are a vegetable and a very nutritious one at that. By boiling them, we release protein, B Vitamins and other minerals.
And last but not least, mushroom tea masks the flavour. Some people don’t mind them. Sure, they’re not awful, but who wouldn’t instead sip a lovely lemon, honey and ginger tea? Check, please.
Now that we’ve gotten a better idea of what mushroom tea is let’s get into the recipe and then what to expect from your trip.
How to Make Mushroom Tea
Mushroom Tea Ingredients:
- 1 Cup of Water per 3.5 Grams of magic mushrooms. You can adjust the amount depending on the desired strength.
- 1/2 Lemon per Cup of Water
- 1 Tablespoon of Honey
- Ginger – Relaxes the stomach and aids digestion. Add as desired
- Dash of Cinnamon
- While bringing the water to a boil, chop up the shrooms. You don’t need to turn them into a powder, but fine enough for easier extraction.
- Once the shrooms are chopped, and the water is boiling, add all the ingredients and reduce to a light simmer. This is usually a 2 or 3 on the burner. Any higher, and we risk breaking down the psilocybin, rendering it useless.
- Allow for the light simmer to continue for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Get a whiff of that. Your tasty mushroom tea is finished. Feel free to strain the mushroom bits out, as by now, the psilocybin is extracted into the water.
Simple enough, isn’t it? For the time and effort, it’s worth every ounce of energy.
If you also want to experiment a bit more, Lemon Tek can be an option worth considering. Check our guide on how to make Lemon Tek and infuse mushrooms with lemon juice instead of water.
But before taking the first sip, we need to cover the effects because they differ slightly from a regular trip.
What to Expect from a Shroom Tea Trip
Unlike eating raw magic shrooms, which take about 45 minutes to an hour to kick in, shroom tea trips start in 15 minutes. Since we extracted the psilocybin from the fibrous mushroom and Chitin, our stomachs absorb it quickly. Within 45 to 60 minutes, the trip is full-blown.
Expect intense visual and auditory hallucinations for 4 to 5 hours. With shroom tea, the trip is shortened. It’s a slightly more intense, condensed trip than eating raw magic mushrooms. After the 6th hour, things should be back to “normal.”
Mushroom Tea Recap
Shroom tea is a great way to experience psychedelic mushrooms without the nauseating pain and flavour. By extracting the psilocybin into boiling water, we bypass the vegetable’s tough fibre and cell walls, leaving for a much more pleasant, direct, and fulfilling experience. The long, slow coasting ascension with raw mushrooms is negated with a flash fry with shroom tea.
Magic mushrooms aren’t just for burnouts looking to get high. In fact, fewer people than ever are using it for that purpose.
Instead, the benefit to mental health, spiritual awakening and balance in life is drawing a wider audience. If an insight into the psyche is on the menu, then so is shroom tea.