Magic Recipe: How to Make Mushroom Tea
By Dante Jordan
Mushroom tea is an excellent way to ingest magic mushrooms, as long as you brew it correctly.
This quick guide will get you started.
What is mushroom tea?
Mushroom tea is exactly what it sounds like: a tea infused with psilocybin. Psilocybin is the primary psychoactive ingredient in “magic mushrooms” that produces the effects.
Some people ingest magic mushrooms for fun, others do it in therapeutic settings with the hopes of addressing specific health concerns.
Potential health benefits of psilocybin:
- Relief from depression
- Relief from anxiety
- Help with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Treatment for other substance addictions
- Treatment for certain cancer-related psychological conditions
There are many different types of psilocybin mushrooms that can be used to make mushroom tea. Examples include Golden Teachers, Liberty Caps, and Landslide Mushrooms.
What types of mushrooms are best for mushroom tea?
Chances are the different types of mushrooms don’t mean much to you right now. They have not been legalized, only decriminalized in certain states; and because of that, you have to just take what you can get whenever you are blessed with them (or you can grow your own).
Still, it is worth knowing the different types out there, so you can tailor the experience to your body once they become available to you. However that may happen.
Different types of psychedelic mushrooms:
- Psilocybe cubensis, called Golden Teachers
- Psilocybe cyanescens, called Wavy Caps
- Copelandia cyanescens, called Blue Meanies
- Psilocybe azurescens, called Flying Saucer Mushrooms
- Psilocybe zapotecorum
- Psilocybe semilanceata, called Liberty Caps
- Psilocybe mexicana, called Conical Caps
- Psilocybe baeocystis, called Knobby Tops, Blue Bells, and Bottle Caps
- Psilocybe tampanensis, called Magic Truffles
- Psilocybe caerulescens, called Landslide Mushrooms
- Psilocybe caerulipes, called Blue Foot Mushroom
- Psilocybe stuntzii, called Blue Ringer Mushroom and Stuntz’s Blue Legs
Psilocybe cubensis are the most popular and common types of mushrooms. There are many different types of psilocybe cubensis, like Penis Envy, Albinos, B+, etc. Same goes for the other categories of magic mushrooms. The best type of these to use for mushroom tea is entirely up to you. Experiment, find a strain of them that you enjoy, and go from there.
Why do people drink mushroom tea?
There are a few reasons people drink mushroom tea. For one, to explore the potential health benefits to using psilocybin in general. For two, mushroom tea is a pretty easy way to administer psilocybin. For three, mushrooms can taste pretty funky and nasty. Drinking mushroom tea, especially with certain natural herbs and additives, is an easy way to mitigate the usual flavor of mushrooms.
What ingredients make mushroom tea?
To make mushroom tea, the ingredients are pretty simple. You only need mushrooms, water, a pot, and a heat source. For added pizzazz, you can increase flavor by adding things like ginger, honey, lemon, etc.
Ingredients for mushroom tea:
- 3.5-7G Mushrooms
- 2 decaffeinated and/or herbal tea bags
- Herbs and additives
- 2 cups of water
- Coffee filter or sieve
- Saucepan or pot
How do you make mushroom tea at home?
Once you have the right ingredients and tools, it’s pretty easy to make mushroom tea at home.
Simple steps for making mushroom tea at home:
- Step 1: Boil 1-2 cups of water in a pot or pan
- Step 2: Grind mushrooms into small pieces
- Step 3: Add boiling water to mushrooms
- Step 4: Steep a tea bag in the water for 12-15 minutes
- Step 5: Strain the mixture into a glass/container
- Step 6: Enjoy your trippy tea
Step 1: Bring a pot/pan of water to a boil
How much water you use depends on how much tea you have, and the weight of mushrooms you want to use. Generally, an 8th (3.5 grams) of shrooms in 2 cups of water is a good starting point. The higher the amount of mushrooms, the more water you’ll need.
For step 1, add 1 cup of water to a pot, pan, or even tea kettle. Bring the water to a boil.
Step 2: Grind up the mushrooms into small pieces
While the water heats up, go ahead and grind up your mushrooms in a bowl. It will make it easier for the chemicals in them to infuse with your water. Pour the boiling water into the bowl of mushrooms.
Step 3: Add a tea bag to the water
Add the tea bag to your boiling mushroom water. Let it steep for about 15 minutes. If you want to add flavor additives like lemon, garlic, honey, natural herbs, mix these up in a separate cup of boiling water with the extra tea bag. Then add them to your mushroom concoction.
Step 5: Strain the mixture into a container
After about 15 minutes, take your mushroom tea mixture and strain through a coffee filter or a sieve it into a glass jar/jug/whatever you want to store or drink it from. This will separate the leftover mushroom chunks and debris from your beverage.
Step 6: Enjoy your mushroom tea
Now pour that infused tea into an adequately sized glass, and you’re all ready to enjoy the benefits of psilocybin. Consume responsibly. If you used a whole 8th for your tea, you don’t need to drink the entire pot/pan you made. Instead, drink in smaller doses and monitor your reaction to the mushroom tea.
Note: this recipe will also work for non-psychoactive mushroom teas.
Other ways to consume mushrooms
If mushroom tea isn’t your jam, there are plenty of other ways to consume mushrooms. There are mushroom chocolates, mushroom gummies, mushroom tinctures, mushroom capsules, mushroom truffles, and then just straight up dried fruit mushrooms. Each of these different psilocybin vehicles carries its own experience, potency, etc. They are also much harder to make at home since you need to somewhat know how to infuse edibles on a professional level.
Whichever way you choose to consume mushrooms, just remember to be responsible. These are psychedelic substances that can alter your state of mind, and perhaps state of being. Prepare accordingly, approach responsibly, and the benefits could be absolutely life changing.
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