QUESTIONS | ANSWERS
Question: I want to grow Mexican Dutch Kings but I have never grown mushrooms before. Do I have to use manure or can I use a PF Tek?
Answer: Mexican Dutch Kings are simply a strain of Psilocybe cubensis, aka ‘shrooms’ or ‘cubes’. The MexiDutch Kings are simply a marketing name for the cultivar that was a favorite in Amsterdam before they were banned. Either way, all Psilocybe cubensis strains can be grown via the PF Tek and do not require manure or tub growth. However, ‘novelty’ strains like albinos or Penis Envy might be more fickle and are best avoided until you have more growing experience.
Thanks for the question MickMack!
Question: After I make my tea can I store it just like I would regular tea?
Answer: Magic mushroom tea can be treated like iced tea. It can be stored for a few days in the fridge, or frozen for longer storage. The addition of other ingredients like sugar may accelerate the growth of unwanted bacteria.
However, depending on how you brewed the psychedelic tea, conversion of psilocybin (the inactive ‘pro-drug’) to psilocin (the active compound) may make the potency variable. This process is slowed in the freezer, with psychedelic ice cubes maintaining potency for months.
Thanks for the question Scott!
Question: How do you pronounce Psilocybin?
Answer: According to legendary mycologist and psilocybin aficionado, Paul Stamets, ‘psilocybin’ is pronounced sil-o-SY-bin. However, some pronounce it sy-lo-SY-bin.
Question: What is an average dose of Psilocybin Mushrooms?
Answer: In most cases, “magic mushrooms” will be encountered in the form of dried Psilocybe cubensis. Doses should always be weighed, the number of mushrooms is not a reliable metric. An “average” dosage of dried P. cubensis is 1-2g, “intermediate” is 2-3.5g, “experienced” dose would be 3.5-5g. Your personal experience and research will help you decide your dose. A rule of thumb for fresh P. cubensis is to multiply the weight by a factor of 10. Other species of mushrooms and “truffles” have their own dosage indications.
Question: How safe are Psilocybin mushrooms?
Answer: According to a global drug survey completed in 2017, magic mushrooms were considered the safest recreational drug.
Compared to users of MDMA, LSD or cocaine; users of magic mushrooms were five times less likely to require medical attention.
“Magic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs in the world” says Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey and consultant addiction psychiatrist.
Question: Does Psilocybin interact with any medications or other substances?
Answer: Psilocybin interacts with some other medications. These include SSRIs, MAOIs and other antidepressants. Depending on the preparation method, mushrooms can also interact with acids (like lemon juice) and potentiators (like Syrian Rue). Extra research and caution is suggested before combining Psilocybin with any other substance, even alcohol and cannabis.
Question: Other than Psilocybin, do Psilocybe mushrooms contain other active compounds?
Answer: There are at least four hallucinogenic compounds that have been found in Psilocybe mushrooms.
Psilocybin is usually the most abundant. As a “pro-drug”, it is broken down into Psilocin in the body. Psilocin is active, and found naturally in mushrooms as well.
Some species contain the similar compounds Baeocystin and Norbaeocystin, though at much lower levels. The fungus P. baeocystis, where they were first found, gave these compounds their names.
Question: How does Psilocybin affect the brain?
Answer: Psychedelics are thought of as ‘mind-expanding’ drugs, so it has commonly been assumed that they work by increasing brain activity. But surprisingly, it was found that psilocybin actually caused activity to decrease in areas that have the densest connections with other areas. These hubs constrain our experience of the world and keep it orderly. We now know that deactivating these regions leads to a state in which the world is experienced as strange.
Question: What is psilocybin?
Answer: Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic prodrug compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms, collectively known as “magic mushrooms.” The most potent are members of the genus Psilocybe, such as P. azurescens, P. semilanceata, and P. cyanescens, but psilocybin has also been isolated from about a dozen other genera.
Question: What is psilocybe?
Answer: Psilocybe is a genus of gilled mushrooms that includes over 150 different species, found around the world from the tropics to the arctic. Each species has its own set of features that define it, from the size and shape of the cap, to the size and shape of the microscopic spores they release to reproduce. This genus is best known for the species with psychedelic properties.
Question: I see people talk about set and setting and that it’s important. Setting is the place, but what is set?
Answer: Set is short for mindset and internal components, along with goals and intentions, with which you approach a trip. Setting is the environment and external components of the undertaking. These are as important as substance and dosage when it comes to psychedelic experiences.
Question: Can I order without using my real name?
Answer: Right now, the selection featured in our ‘Products’ section are offered by 3rd parties, and we provide information and links solely for your information. As we do not produce, distribute, profit from, or market these products, each vendor will have their own rules regarding their own products. Unfortunately, psilocybin and the products that contain it are illegal in Canada. Buying these products would be done so at your own risk. The websites themselves often explain the best practices to undertake while ordering their products, for your safety and anonymity.