The popularity of magic mushrooms started thousands of years ago when ancient people used them in various religious rites and ceremonies. Old artifacts and art depict how these psychedelic mushrooms were a respected form of treatment and spiritual awakening. These magical fungi gained worldwide notoriety in the late 1960s when they became inextricably tied to the hippie movement.
Nowadays, magic mushrooms are finding broader acceptance, and more people are pursuing these psychedelics for their many benefits. Wild magic mushrooms are found across the globe and are considered one of the most widely used psychedelic drugs. However, foraging and looking for magic mushrooms in dense, humid areas is not easy, and the activity presents some cons. One of the worst-case to happen is accidentally picking a poisonous mushroom and ingesting it, thinking that it is one that contains psilocybin. Mushroom poisoning is so prevalent nowadays, and even experienced mushroom hunters make mistakes every now and then.
The good news is that you can now grow magic mushrooms at the comforts of your own home. Aside from enjoying a year-round supply of psychedelics, home cultivation eliminates the risk of wild mushroom misidentification. In this article, we will discuss the common cultivation methods:
Mycelium or Magic Mushroom Grow Kits
Choosing a magic mushroom to grow kit is dependent on several factors, including your knowledge and experience as a grower and the kind of mushroom trip you want.
Finding the perfect strain for you.
The first thing you need to know and look out for is the strain of magic mushroom. Different strains have different concentrations of psilocybin in them. The higher the psilocybin percentage, the more intense the effects of the strain will be. The Golden Teacher psilocybe cubensis, for instance, is one of the most popular and preferred magic mushroom strains for beginners because of their intense effects and large yield. The Cambodian psilocybe cubensis strain is another popular strain because it grows fast, produces large mushrooms, and grows well on different types of material.
The second thing you need to consider when choosing the perfect strain is the kind of grower you are. Are you a novice grower? Then, it is best to find a strain that’s easy-to-grow and forgiving of sub-optimal conditions.
Knowing the type of mushroom trip you want.
Another thing to consider when choosing your kit is to decide what kind of trip you want. Are you a beginner to the world of magic mushrooms? Do you want to get on a psychedelic journey that is spiritual and inspiring, or do you prefer to enjoy improved mental focus and creativity without losing an entire day to hallucinations? Do you have a high tolerance and want to take exciting trips regularly? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before choosing your grow kit.
Just make sure to choose a trusted supplier of ready-to-use to grow kits, and after a few weeks, you can dive into your own magical world thanks to your homegrown mushrooms. These kits usually come with a manual to guide novice growers.
Growing Magic Mushrooms From Scratch (PF Tek Method)
While many beginners opt to start with ready-to-use psilocybin mushroom grow kits, many experienced psychonauts prefer to start from scratch. Making your soil or substrate lowers the risk of contamination and ensures consistency in every level. Not only that, growing your mushrooms from scratch is greatly rewarding, and you’ll end up learning a lot more.
The first step is to get a good spore syringe that contains your magic mushroom spores. Again, it is important to find a reputable supplier to ensure you will not encounter any problems such as contamination and misidentified strains.
What You Will Need
- Spore syringe, 10 to 12 cc
- Organic brown rice flour
- Drinking water
- 12 half-pint jars with tight lids
- Small nail
- Measuring cup
- Mixing bowl
- Heavy-duty tin foil
- Large cooking pot with lid
- Small paper towels
- Micropore tape
- Clear plastic storage box, 50 to 115 l
- Mist spray bottle
- Hygiene supplies, like rubbing alcohol, disinfectant, air sanitizer, and gloves
First things first, sterilize your work area, tools, and equipment using alcohol and disinfectants.
Prepare your jars by punching four holes through each of their lids, making sure they are evenly spaced around the lid’s circumference.
Prepare your substrate made of organic brown rice flour, vermiculite, and water. Divide this between the different sterilized pint jars, filling the jars to within a half-inch of the rims. Again, sterilize this top half-inch and fill with the rest of the vermiculite to insulate the substrate from any contaminants. Close the lids tightly and cover the jars with heavy-duty tin foils.
In a large cooking pot, place small paper towels as a bottom layer and place the jars on top. Add water to a level that reaches halfway up the jars and bring to a slow boil. Close the lid on the cooking pot and leave to steam for up to 90 minutes. After steaming, allow the jars to cool overnight.
The next day, remove the foil from the first jar and Introduce the spores. Insert the syringe as far as it goes through the holes, and with the needle touching the side of the jar, inject at least ¼ cc of the spore solution. Repeat with all the other holes. Make sure to sterilize the needle with the lighter and wipe it with alcohol between each inoculation process. Cover the holes using micropore tapes.
Repeat the process with the remaining jars.
Place your jars in a place that is away from direct sunlight. Within seven to 14 days, white mycelium should start to appear.
Prepare the fruiting chamber, which is a plastic storage container drilled with ¼ inch holes all around the sides, base, and lid. Make sure to run your perlite under cold water to soak and then drain it out until completely dry. Spread the mixture on the base of the chamber, creating a four to five inches deep layer. This helps aeration in the fruiting chamber. Set this container on top of stable objects to allow air to flow underneath.
After four to five weeks, transfer your now colonized substrates to the fruiting chamber and wait for your homemade magic mushrooms to grow. Make sure to cut tin foils large enough for the substrate to sit on without touching the perlite layer on the chamber.
Mist the chamber and fan the lid up around four times a day to ensure humidity is kept up and airflow is maintained in the chamber. After five to 12 days, your magic mushrooms should be ready for harvest.
For psychonauts and magic mushroom growers, the PF Tek method is a game-changer as it provides the mushrooms with more room to grow, mimicking their natural environment.
Basic Parameters to Remember when Growing Magic Mushrooms
Humidity is essential to any mushroom, psychedelic, or non-psychedelic. Mushrooms need moisture to produce their fruit. Since they have no skin, moisture is easily lost. Thus, the importance of having an environment that is high in humidity. When hydrating your substrate, it is important to use osmosis water, and never tap water, to avoid contamination. It is also important to understand that the soil needs to be moist, not wet. So, any leftover water needs to be removed as it may again lead to contamination.
The amount of light is another important parameter to consider when growing magic mushrooms. Some growers use a normal white bulb on a 12-hour cycle, but indirect natural lighting is also fine. The important thing is that the light does not directly hit or shine on the substrate.
Another important factor to consider is temperature. Mushrooms generally flourish only in temperatures between 21 to 24 degrees Celsius. Temperatures above or under this range will either kill the mushrooms or cause them to grow slower and produce less.
Growing magic mushrooms is more challenging and difficult than growing a basic plant, fruits, and vegetables. However, growing your homemade psychedelics is not only a rewarding experience, but it also helps eliminate the risk of mushroom misidentification and poisoning. For beginners, a magic mushroom grows kits are available to help guide them with the basic steps of successful mushroom cultivation. These grow kits are relatively self-explanatory. However, these kits always come with some issues of contamination. The good news is that you can grow your own magic mushrooms from scratch using the famous PF Tek or Psilocybe Fanaticus Tek, as explained above.