Proponents of psilocybin mushrooms want to be able to enjoy their favorite magical fungi without having to worry about buying it from a dealer on the street or go through other sketchy ways to experience the effects of psilocybin.

Fans of magic mushrooms likely will also want to find a way to minimize risks to themselves due to the fact that shrooms are considered a Schedule I drug by the United States government, being federally illegal as a controlled substance, though decriminalized in Oregon and a few select cities in the country.

While it would be nice for proponents of psychedelic mushrooms to see the level of acceptance and legalization that cannabis is beginning to show, it is a slow ride, one that is being explored more by research groups. These groups are looking into the use of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, for potential use in the medical field, especially for their potential in treating certain mental health conditions, like PTSD.

What if you could avoid all of this potential trouble and just grow fresh mushrooms in the comfort of your own home year round? Nowadays, that is quite simple for almost anyone who is interested to try their hand.

How to Grow Your Own Shrooms

Growing your own organic mushroom crop is deceptively simple, and these days, you can get just about everything you need to get started with a mushroom grow kit you can purchase right off the internet, through sources such as Amazon, 2funguys, and Back to the Roots Organic. There are other sites, as well, that are dedicated to selling kits packed with anything you need to grow different types of mushrooms.

You can choose from several different kinds of shrooms, too. Whether you’re looking for a Lion’s Mane mushroom kit, pearl oyster mushroom, reishi mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, morel shrooms, Golden Teachers, or something else, the chances are high that you will be able to find just what you’re looking for.

If this is your first time trying your hand at being a grower of high-quality Psilocybe cubensis, or even if you’re a seasoned veteran trying to grow the best mushroom around, you will be able to find a kit that’s packed with all the tools you need.

Many kits come ready to go with things you’ll need for your first harvest, including mycelium, mushroom spores, a fruiting chamber, a grow bag, a casing layer, and more, depending on what kit you choose for your future mushroom farm.

Two items you’ll absolutely need are:

  • Spores: Think of these as the seeds for your shrooms. Sow these into your substrate and keep them humid and happy, and you should have flourishing shrooms in a few months. 
  • Spore syringe: A spore syringe is an essential tool for the job, helping you to easily sow your spores into the substrate.

While you could do all of this from scratch, it would take much more time and might not be as forgiving of a process for a beginner. This is why you will want to look into a mushroom grow kit, which comes equipped with spores of your chosen type of shrooms, a spore syringe, and substrate ready to go. All you will have to do is provide the ideal climate for your shrooms to grow in, and work with the tools in your mushroom growing kit to handle the rest.

As you get more experienced, you can try your hand at a different growing medium. Some growers choose to use a humidity tent with indirect light to help the shrooms grow, while others still use hydroponics and misting for their medicinal mushrooms.

Harvest and Storage

Give your shrooms several weeks to a few months to be able to grow (this can depend on the specific kind of shrooms you chose), and when harvesting time comes around, you will want to keep your shrooms somewhere safe and cool until you plan to prepare them for ingestion.

The best method is to make sure the mushrooms are dried out, and then store them somewhere cool and dark, such as a cabinet or cellar. In this condition, you can expect them to last for up to three years, though they can potentially stay potent indefinitely if you choose to store them in a freezer until you’re ready to use them.

Before storing, dry your Psilocybe mushrooms by leaving them on a sheet of paper or a napkin for a few days. Placing them under a running fan could speed up the process. When they’re dried and stored, you will be free to pull them out and enjoy their psychedelic effects whenever you like, hopefully enjoying a serotonin fueled trip that you will look back on fondly for a long time.

Is There Anything You Should Know About Magic Mushrooms?

While the positive effects of shrooms and other psychedelic drugs such as mescaline, peyote, and LSD have been thoroughly preached by advocates of psychedelia, it is important to remember that these substances aren’t without their downsides.

First off, you should keep in mind that while you won’t get mushroom poisoning like you would with poisonous mushrooms found in the wild, there are still side effects you could experience from the ingestion of too high of a dose.

The most common side effects, especially among first-timers, is nausea and an uptick in heart rate. If you experience an upset tummy while on magic mushrooms, giving it enough time to pass is usually the best way to deal with it, though having some juice or a drink like ginger ale could come in handy in this scenario.

The potential psychological effects of too high of a dosage should also not be understated. You see, some people while on psychedelic substances experience what is known as a bad trip, which is where they are overtaken by darker thoughts. This is a possibility on any psychoactive drugs, not just hallucinogenic mushrooms. Bad trips can often be recalled in flashbacks even years later, leaving a lasting impression on the user.

Too much of any kind of hallucinogens can also carry the potential for unlocking previously unknown mental conditions in a person, such as psychosis, depending on the person and the dose taken. Anyone who has a history of mental illness or believes they might be at risk would be well advised to stay away from these kinds of substances to preserve their mental health.

To avoid these kinds of negative effects while taking hallucinogenic drugs, always know the right dose for yourself and your limits. Whether you’re into full-blown trips with all of the interesting visual and auditory distortions or simple microdosing, knowing yourself and what you can handle is the most important thing to consider when thinking about going for any kind of psychedelic experience.