Doing something from scratch is so good. It gives you a feeling of pride and unparalleled satisfaction. It’s the sensation you get when you bake your bread, grow vegetables in your garden, or prepare your favorite restaurant dish at home. Growing magic mushrooms will give you the same feeling, but instead of eagerly awaiting their nutritional benefits, you wait to get high. That’s great news for people who like to get high because accessibility is everything to them.
What are magic mushrooms?
Magic mushrooms are mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound that occurs naturally. You will find magic mushrooms growing vibrantly in the wild or cultivated indoors for personal or commercial use. The compound psilocybin is one of the well-known psychedelics. Some communities have used magic mushrooms for many centuries to take advantage of their hallucinogenic properties. Mushrooms are dried and then mixed with drinks or food. Some people also like to eat them freshly picked. Either way, the effect will be felt. There are many names given to mushrooms, including mushrooms, blue mediums, and liberties. Terms like agaric, Amani,
Magic mushrooms have the appearance of ordinary dried mushrooms, with dark brown caps and long, thin, whitish-gray stems. The center is white or light brown. Getting it wrong with magic mushrooms is potentially fatal because there are poisonous mushrooms in nature. The only way to be safe is to source mushrooms from a reputable dealer. You can also buy the spores from them and grow the mushrooms in your house. Once you have your mushroom garden, observe the mushrooms through their different stages of growth. Do not wait until they are fully developed and produce spores to start harvesting. The rule of thumb is to start picking them once the caps are open. If you wait longer, the veil will break and the fungi will start releasing spores. When you have your harvest, add the mushrooms to your food, prepare them like coffee or tea, and drink the liquid. Some people add them to tobacco or add them to their weed joint. Liquid psilocybin can also be extracted as is the case with CBD oil or hash oil from cannabis. The liquid that comes off is light brown and is sold in a small bottle. Some people add them to tobacco or add them to their weed joint. Liquid psilocybin can also be extracted as is the case with CBD oil or hash oil from cannabis. The liquid that comes off is light brown and is sold in a small bottle. Some people add them to tobacco or add them to their weed joint. Liquid psilocybin can also be extracted as is the case with CBD oil or hash oil from cannabis. The liquid that comes off is light brown and is sold in a small bottle.
Growing magic mushrooms at home
You will appreciate the simplicity of mushroom cultivation. The process begins with obtaining the spores from a reputable source. Spores are similar seeds that turn into plants. Fungi grow from spores and end up as spores if left alone. However, since you will need the mushrooms, you will not reach the last stage of the spores. So, let’s see how to cultivate them.
Things you need:
Getting a grow kit is one of the easiest ways to grow your mushrooms. The kit comes with a substrate, a spore syringe and a grow bag. That would be all you need to get started. Some other kits will even contain mycelium, which is the main body of the mushrooms. All you would have to do was add water, and voila! You are ready to go. If a kit is not within your reach or you want to enjoy the whole experience, starting from scratch is the way to go. The process would require more attention and effort, but this method produces consistent results. It is also a great learning experience, and you reduce the risk of contamination in your “garden”.
A home grow kit
It’s easy to make a grow kit at home. Here is what you need:
- A 12 cc spore syringe
- 12 half-pint jars without shoulders
- A small nail and a hammer
- Mixing bowl
- Large jar with a tight fitting lid
- A small towel
- Micropore tape
- A drill and a quarter inch bit
- Large transparent plastic storage box (capacity 50 to 115 liters)
- Heavy-duty tin foil
Make the substrate :
- A quarter of a cup of drinking water for each jar
- Two-thirds of a cup of vermiculite for each jar (you may need more)
- A quarter cup of organic brown rice flour for each jar
Observe the greatest hygiene:
Whether you buy a grow kit or make your own at home, know that growing mushrooms takes a lot of patience and hygiene. Cleanliness prevents contamination and fungi are quite sensitive to pollutants. You will need several cleaning supplies, including disinfectant, rubbing alcohol, air sanitizer, and a torch lighter. You can also wear a surgical mask and latex gloves whenever handling mushrooms and equipment.
The planting process
The process requires a lot of preparation and precision. Proceed as follows:
1. Get 12 jars
- Your jars will need holes that the mushrooms will come out of when they grow.
- Disinfect the nail and hammer and use them to punch holes around the circumference of the cover.
- Try to space the holes as evenly as possible.
2. Make the substrate
- Gather the ingredients for the substrate.
- Take your mixing bowl and put in it two-thirds of a cup of vermiculite and a quarter of a cup of water for each pot.
- Next, sanitize your colander, making sure to shake off excess water.
- In the mixing bowl, add a quarter cup of rice flour for each pot and mix well.
3. Fill the jars
- Get your jars, arrange them on a flat surface, and lightly wrap your substrate inside the jars.
- Make sure the level of the substrate is high enough, at least up to a half inch below the edges of the pot.
- Get some rubbing alcohol and sterilize the exposed part of the glass jar. Fill the remaining space with dry vermiculite.
4. Steam sterilize
- Place the lids on the jars and make sure they attach firmly to the jars. Cover the jars with foil. The film ensures that no condensation or water can enter the jars through the holes.
- Take the towel and place it on the base of the pan. Place your jars on the napkin. Get some water and pour it into the pot until it rises halfway up the jars. Put the pot on medium heat and slowly bring it to a boil.
- Let the water boil and the steam rises in the jars for 75 to 90 minutes. If the water drops considerably, add a little more hot water.
- Throughout the steaming process, the jars should remain upright.
- When the time is up, turn off the heat and let the jars cool to room temperature for a few hours. Leaving them overnight would provide sufficient cooling time without interference.
5. Prepare the Spore syringe
- You must sterilize the spore syringe also before use. Get a lighter and heat the needle of the syringe until it turns red. Place it on a clean surface and wait for it to cool completely.
- Take rubbing alcohol and cotton wool. Wipe off any substance from the needle and be careful not to touch it.
- Take the jar of rubbing alcohol, place the syringe in it, pull back on the plunger a little and shake it carefully. Discard the alcohol, pull the plunger all the way to allow the alcohol to evaporate
- The next task is to assemble the spore syringe. With your items sterilized, you may not want to risk contaminating them again. Grab your latex gloves, put on a surgical mask, and get to work.
6. Inject the spores
- Now you have all the equipment ready. It’s time to inject the spores.
- Remove the foil from your cold jars and insert the syringe into the holes you drilled. Make sure the needle goes as far as it can go.
- Now inject the spore solution inside the jar, about a quarter of it. Do this for each of the holes.
- As you move from hole to hole, wipe the needle and syringe with rubbing alcohol to prevent the transfer of contamination.
- After you have treated each hole, cover it with a piece of microporous tape.
- Do this for all the pots and all the holes.
7. Hold your horses
- As mentioned earlier, planting magic mushrooms is a game of patience and disinfection. If you don’t clean or disinfect, you wait. For this step, your patience is essential.
- Get your jars and put them in a clean place. Make sure nothing is bothering them. The temperature of the place should be between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (room temperature) and away from direct sunlight.
- Within the next 7-14 days, white mycelium will begin to appear.
- 3 to 4 weeks from the day of planting, your jars should have vivid mycelial colonies, called “cakes”. However, it is not yet time to open the jars. Give the mycelium a week longer to get stronger.
- If you notice any contamination in any of the jars, dispose of the contents carefully. If you are doing this indoors, get secure bags and avoid opening the lids.
8. Build the fruiting chamber
- Get your large plastic storage container. Use your drill and a quarter-inch bit to punch holes on the container, even on its lid and base. The holes should be two inches apart.
- Elevate the container by placing four stationary objects to act as supports under the container. Objects can be blocks of wood, rocks of a uniform shape, or anything that guarantees stability. The elevation allows air circulation, even going to the bottom of the container.
- Use a towel to cover the container. It helps to retain moisture.
9. Prepare the Perlite
- Get the perlite, place it on your colander and let it soak under cold running water.
- Give it time to drain completely, then spread the perlite inside the container.
- Repeat this until you get 4 to 5 inches of base coating.
10. Moisten the cakes
- Your cakes need moisture at this point. Take them out of the jars, being careful not to break the mycelium.
- Place the cakes under cold running water. Water should be poured gently over the cakes to avoid damaging them. In doing so, any loose vermiculite falls off.
- Take your pot, pour in lukewarm water and place the cakes inside.
- Take a tray, plate, or other saucepan and place them below the surface of the water. Leave this setup on the counter at room temperature for 24 hours. This water treatment allows the cakes to hydrate sufficiently.
- The transfer begins by rolling the cakes in dry vermiculite.
- Take the cakes out of the water and move them until they are completely coated.
- Pick out the cakes and arrange them in the fruiting chamber.
- Wet them lightly with a spray bottle and ventilate using the container lid before closing the container.
12. Wait for fruiting
- Every day, open the container and spray the cakes with a spray bottle.
- Don’t overdo it to make the cakes soaking wet.
- Ventilate the interior with the lid on at least six times a day. The fan improves air circulation inside the container.
- Over time, the fungi will start to appear.
After the transfer you will have to wait, but not too long. The mushrooms will be ready for harvest within the next 5-12 days. They first appear as white bumps before fully sprouting and looking like “pins”. They will also have a structure built like a sheet under the hood. Once you see these signs, harvest them immediately. If you wait longer, they may start to breed. When harvesting, hold the mushroom by its stem and carefully twist its base while pulling it up. Take out all mature. On average, the time it takes to grow your magic mushrooms, from small spores to harvest time, ranges from 1 to 2 months. Growing your magic mushrooms takes a process, but once you master it, you can do it on autopilot. Contact CBD & Shrooms directly on our website for any clarification on the cultivation process. However, if you want to skip the whole process and enjoy some ready-made mushrooms, we stock high quality ones.