Magic mushrooms are powerful fungi that hold much potential for health and wellness. But understanding how to eat shrooms and have your best personal experience takes a little practice.
Understandably, eating earthy psychedelic mushrooms isn’t to everyone’s liking. If you’re someone who doesn’t love the taste, what can you do to mask the flavor? Here’s our guide to the best ways to consume magic mushrooms.
The simplest and most common way to consume mushrooms is to eat them raw. To get the full effects from your shrooms, chew them thoroughly to allow all of the juices to come out. Psilocybin from the mushrooms will mix with your saliva, and your stomach will be able to break it down more easily into psilocin, the psychoactive compound.
Once the psilocin passes through into your bloodstream, it will interact with every cell of your body. The effects should begin after around 45 minutes, though it can take longer.
The current contents of your stomach are important to consider when learning how to eat shrooms. If you’ve eaten within a few hours before consuming mushrooms, the effects will probably take longer and may not be as strong.
If you don’t enjoy the bitter taste of raw magic mushrooms, get a truffle grinder. You’ll then be able to mash the mushrooms into a fine powder or paste (depending on their moisture content) for use in tea.
Warming up your shrooms and diluting their intensity causes the flavor to dissipate. Magic mushroom tea is probably the second most popular way to consume shrooms.
Preparing your magic tea brew is easy. Follow these steps:
If you want to further hide the flavor of the mushrooms, or if you want to get creative, you can brew the mushrooms along with a tea blend, add maple syrup, or mix in ginger or other spices before straining.
A popular — and tasteless — way to consume shrooms is to take them in a capsule. Capsules are less time-consuming to take than other methods, as they’re already dosed out and can be stored for another day. They’re also more discreet to carry around than taking a bag of dried mushrooms out of your pocket and popping some in your mouth.
For many people, giving over a whole day to a trip or seeing God on another plane of existence isn’t their idea of a good time. Instead, they use capsules to take microdoses of mushrooms. Benefits of microdosing may include:
Capsules allow you to dose small amounts during the day while you go about your life. They’re especially useful for precise dosing.
Since most microdosers stick to less than half a gram each time they take mushrooms, measuring your shrooms out correctly can make a big difference.
Note that with only a grinder and empty capsules, anyone can make their own magic mushroom capsules. For that reason, only take capsules made by you or a trusted source, so you’ll know their exact dose and quality.
A great way to experiment with or complement the flavors of magic mushrooms is by getting creative and adding them to other food. This is another way to mask the taste but still deliver the high. Edibles also often reduce the feelings of nausea that some users have when taking larger doses of mushrooms.
Because you can add magic mushrooms to virtually any kind of food, the only limit is your imagination. However, there are some factors to watch out for.
Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms tend to infuse their taste into other dishes, so err on the side of caution and only add them into foods with rich and dominant flavors. Breaking up pieces of shrooms and combining them with chocolates, truffles, caramels or other homemade sweet treats is a delicious choice.
Psilocybin is sensitive to heat and begins breaking down at 190°F, so cooking it for more than 30 minutes can lessen its potency. For this reason, some edible aficionados prefer to avoid heating their mushrooms at all. Instead, they add them after the cooking stage. Here are some examples of how you might do this:
Looking for a refreshing experience on a hot day? Make your favorite smoothie. While it’s still in the blender, crush up your mushrooms on top. Pulse a couple of times and enjoy. You can also add mushroom powder to a fruit juice and mix it in thoroughly.
Ever heard of lemon tek? It’s a certifiable magic mushroom recipe that’s simple to make:
Many experienced shroom users believe drinking lemon with magic mushrooms intensifies your high and may help you avoid nausea. This hypothesis may be based on a study that showed that acid acts as a catalyst to amplify the effects of the psychedelic compound in mushrooms.
Proceed with caution and halve your mushroom dose until you’re familiar with lemon tek’s effects on your body. When making other drinks, be conservative with coffee, milk, lemons, or any other ingredient that’s acidic.
Now that we’ve outlined the most popular and practical ways to enjoy magic mushrooms, how will you experiment? Just remember to never waste your shrooms by smoking them, always dose with caution, and treat them with the respect they deserve. Happy mushroom consumption!