One of the most popular ways to take shrooms, you might be interested in the history and reasons behind taking magic mushroom tea. Keep reading to find out why it’s so good for your mind and body, as well as a few recipes and tips to making the very best mushroom tea.
Why Drink Magic Mushroom tea?
There are loads of reasons as to why people prefer to drink instead of eat their shrooms.
Shrooms are quickly gaining popularity, especially in Canada and the US, due to an increased volume in studies and literature about the medicinal properties of magic mushrooms.
In controlled studies, psilocybin mushrooms have been found to ease the symptoms of common mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Patients suffering with these ailments find that their minds are massively calmed by taking shrooms (either raw or as a tea). It helps to process and confront trauma healthily for many people, and provide a euphoric experience which can help users to feel more uplifted.
Magic mushrooms, along with other psychedelic substances, have also been found to be a huge help in ending opioid dependence and tobacco addiction.
Perhaps its most well-studied benefit is helping those experiencing distress as a result of cancer-related diseases to have a better quality of life. For the same reasons it helps mental health patients, with benefits such as calming the mind and processing trauma, it helps those with cancer to get through the day and not lose hope in their recovery.
Even if you aren’t suffering from a medicinal issue, taking shrooms still provides you with a wealth of benefits.
It helps people to tackle their ego, take on repressed emotions, and become more productive in their everyday lives. Tripping is a lot of fun, but it’s also a really powerful tool in helping to shift your mindset and open yourself up to entirely new ways of being.
Benefits of Shroom Tea vs. Eating Shrooms
Most people’s first experiences with shrooms are simply eating them raw. There’s nothing wrong with this; as long as you have the right type of mushrooms and dosing correctly (i.e., you’re not eating poisonous ones that you foraged and misidentified), you should have a fairly standard mushroom experience.
Unfortunately, mushrooms can taste pretty nasty, and many people find they experience nausea this way – which often inhibits the benefits of tripping.
The reason for this is that raw mushrooms contain a lot of compounds which are hard for the human body to digest, so breaking them down takes a lot of effort from your digestive system.
Each body is different, which means some people can tolerate this process perfectly fine, while others might get stomach ache and nausea when eating mushrooms raw.
If you’re one of these people, or you’ve never taken shrooms before but you don’t want to take the risk, then taking magic mushroom tea is a much better way to go. Most people report that they prefer the tea, as it’s way easier on their stomachs, providing them with a better experience.
Some users also say that they enjoy the physical process of making a cup of mushroom tea, as it feels more ritualistic than simply consuming them as they are. If you’re looking to use mushrooms as a way to engage with spirituality, then this is another great reason to consume them in tea as opposed to the old fashioned way.
Types of Magic Mushroom tea
So, with that being said, there’s a few different ways to make mushroom tea. How you want to make it is totally up to you; they yield fairly similar results, though do differ slightly. Which method you use will largely depend upon what materials you have available, as well as what benefits you’re looking to gain.
Raw Mushroom Tea
Raw mushroom tea is when you make tea from the mushrooms simply as they are. You don’t alter the mushrooms in any way – you just add them to hot water. You can then either strain the mushrooms out and just drink the remaining liquid, or you can leave them in and eat what’s left after.
There’s nothing wrong with this method, though many people think it can defeat the object, especially if you’re still eating the mushrooms at the end.
It can still be useful, though, if you don’t mind the taste of shrooms but find them a little tricky to chew. The water breaks them down slightly so they’re softer and easier to process.
For this method, all you’ll need is a set of scales, your chosen psilocybin mushrooms, and a cup.
You want to measure out the amount of shrooms you need – which is crucial to getting the dosage right and having a good trip – before putting them into hot water. You can use boiling water, though many people like to wait until the water has cooled a little to make the psilocybin more stable.
If you’re buying shrooms from a trusted online store, they will come with dosage amounts on the packet, so you can adjust to each strain and to your experience level.
If you want to advance this method a little further, you can follow the ‘lemon tek’ method, which is popular among regular users.
This method adds lemon juice into the mix – usually soaking the mushrooms in it for up to 20 minutes prior to putting them in hot water – to convert psilocybin into psilocin (the compound that makes you trip), providing a quicker, heavier trip.
Powdered Mushroom Tea
If you’re particularly sensitive or concerned about being nauseous during your psilocybe cubensis adventures, you can make powdered mushroom tea instead.
To make mushroom powder, you need some form of grinder; an electric coffee grinder works well, as does the trusty handheld marijuana grinder.
Why make powder?
Basically, you’re using the same amount of mushrooms, but grinding them into a powder before making them into a tea.
This increases the surface area of the mushrooms, maximizing their uptake in your body due to the way our digestive systems work (the higher the surface area of something, the quicker it will get into the blood stream).
Anything that is broken down, or ‘pre-digested’ in some way before being consumed, is easier for your body to digest. That’s because you’ve already done part of the work for it, so it takes less energy, stomach acid etc. to break it down.
So, in the same way that smoothies are good for easy nutrition – as your body can access all the vitamins and minerals without all the effort of digesting solid foods – mushroom powder is better for stronger trips with minimal nausea.
For the best results, you’ll want a strainer, so that you’re actually not digesting any mushroom matter at all besides the extracted psilocybin.
Most people who use this method report having stronger experiences and less coming up times. Though this is ideal if you don’t like to wait for it to kick in or you get sick when consuming mushrooms in other ways, it can also mean that the trip is much stronger than consuming the same amount raw.
So, be careful when experimenting with powdered magic mushrooms for the first time, and perhaps scale back your dose slightly from what you would normally take when eating them.
How to Make Magic Mushroom Tea
We’ve already touched on this lightly, but here’s the definitive step-by-step guide to making psilocybin infused tea for your trips and rituals.
Ingredients + Tools
There’s not much you’ll need for making magic mushroom tea, but there’s a few crucial tools.
- High quality mushrooms. We recommend buying mushrooms from a trusted online retailer who specializes in mushroom cultivation, dosing, and selling.
- Grinder. Both electrical and traditional manual/handheld grinders are fine. Just remember that the finer you grind the mushroom, the larger the surface area you’re creating. The larger the surface area, the quicker and heavier you’ll trip.
- Scale. Lots of people go into their first mushrooms experience not realizing that they need to dose properly. If you take too much, you’ll be in for a scare, and if you take too little, you won’t feel the effects and you’ll have wasted an afternoon.
- Tea bag or strainer. If you want to remove as much of the physical mushroom as possible, you’ll need some form of strainer. This could simply be a fillable teabag, a traditional tea strainer, or cheesecloth if you’re making a big batch – anything that will effectively filter out the plant matter from your liquid, basically.
- Citrus juice. The reason some people use the ‘lemon tek’ is because the citric acid hastens the process of turning psilocybin into psilocin, getting you to your trip much quicker. This isn’t essential, but if you want to cut out the introductory pleasantries with your shrooms, you’ll want some lemon juice (or lime). (Note: not recommended for beginners, as you’ll come up quicker, which might be overwhelming).
- Tea. If you hate the taste of mushrooms or want to understand how they can work in tandem with other great herbs and plants, consider brewing it with another tea. We’ll talk more below about which teas are a good pairing for shroom tea.
- Sweetener. Hate the earthy taste of magic mushrooms? Us, too. You can use any sweetener you like, really, but honey tends to mask the taste quite well whilst also providing other health benefits. It’s also just generally really soothing, which can make your journey into psychedelia much friendlier.
5 Steps to Brew Mushroom Tea
1) Find your dosage. This is usually pretty easy if you’ve bought from a reputable vendor, as they’ll note dosage amounts on their packaging. Remember to always start lower than you think you need and build your way up over time. Tripping is a marathon, not a sprint; you can always take more, but you can never un-take.
Once you know your dosage, measure out the necessary amount of mushrooms using a reliable set of scales.
2) Grind. If you’re going with the powdered mushroom format, you’ll want to grind the shrooms into a fine grain. If you don’t experience nausea or don’t mind the bits, you can skip this step.
3) Choose your poison. If you’re adding tea, pop the tea in your strainer along with the mushroom at this stage. If you’re going with the lemon tek, then let the mushrooms steep in citrus juice for 20 or so minutes before getting to this stage.
4) Make tea. Add boiling or hot water to your concoction.
5) Steep. It needs to sit for at least 10 minutes (preferably 15, and even up to 20) before you drink it. Let the mixture sit for this amount of time in order for the psilocybin to be released from the magic mushrooms and convert into psilocin.
6) Sweeten and enjoy. If you’re adding sweetener, then make sure it’s the last thing you do before drinking the tea. After you’ve let the tea sit a while, go ahead and drink it. Safe travels!
Many people hate the taste of magic mushrooms, which is understandable. They’re pretty earthy and dull.
If you’re one of the people in this camp, or if you’ve never had psilocybin mushrooms and the notorious taste has been putting you off trying, you can easily spice up your magic mushroom tea with other teas and flavors.
One simple way to adjust the taste is by adding ginger and honey. This classic tea not only masks the taste of the earthy shroom tea, but it also provides its own medicinal benefits.
Ginger is known for its sickness fighting properties. To use, simply add some grated or chopped fresh ginger to the mushrooms before you add the water. Make sure the honey goes in last, just before you drink up.
Chamomile is another long-time favorite for veteran trippers, as it has calming and soothing properties which help to ease anxiety. This is great for anyone worried about nausea and nervousness on their first try.
The only thing to note is that chamomile is a little flat tasting, so likely won’t adjust the tase of your shroom tea unless you add other things to it as well.
Lots of people also rave about the benefits of using magic mushroom with green tea. This is because the anti-inflammatory properties of GT are great for those suffering with cancer and other inflammatory diseases, as well as having a pretty strong and distinct taste to wash down the flavor of fungi.
What not to do with Magic Mushrooms
In January 2021, a medical report in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry revealed that a patient had been treated for taking a magic mushroom tea injection into his veins.
Suffering from bipolar disorder and manic episodes after stopping his medication, he was hoping that the tea would help to cure his disorder as well as his opioid dependence.
The man brewed a tea, much like the one outlined above, but instead of drinking it, filtered it through cotton and injected it into his arm.
After a couple days, he was admitted to an intensive care unit in hospital, where they found psilocybe cubensis growing in his veins.
Yup, that’s right – the mushroom tea the man injected had led to the fungi growing in his body. This caused infections and partial failure of many of his organs.
Luckily, after an extended course of antibiotics and antifungal drugs, the doctors cured the patient and he made a full recovery.
But basically, here’s a lesson – don’t do anything dumb with mushrooms! We know that mushroom tea, when drank, is perfectly healthy and won’t cause any health problems. The worst that might happen is you have a bad trip, but let’s be real, we’ve all had one in our day!
Be sure to follow our steps correctly, get your dosage right, and don’t mess around with mushrooms in places where they shouldn’t be!
So, you’ve learned pretty much all there is to know about psilocybin shroom tea. Congrats!
Don’t forget that there are plenty of ways to experiment with this. Start low with your dosage of psilocybin and gradually work your way up, until you get more comfortable tripping.
You can also try all types of flavors and tastes with a variety of teas and sweeteners to help you wash it down.
If you’re particularly prone to being nauseous, especially on psychedelics, follow the powdered way, and keep some ginger on hand. If you’re super stressed about feeling sick while tripping, then perhaps sit this one out – the easiest way into a bad trip is to go into it worrying about how you’ll feel!