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Shroom tea is exactly what you think it is: tea with psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Whether you intend to ingest them for a ceremonial healing, a therapeutic journey, or just for fun, this process, we find, really does connect you deeper with the medicine, can be easier on your stomach, and possibly have a stronger effect.
Drinking mushroom tea is a beautiful way to create a ritual around your consumption, and it is one of our favorite ways to dive in. Shroom tea benefits are: better taste, faster acting, and shorter lasting experience, lessening nausea and allowing you to pick and choose what therapeutic ingredients to add to the mix!
Are you one of those people who strongly dislike the taste or process of chewing your mushrooms? Do you find mushrooms a little hard on your stomach? Brewing shroom tea and adding your psilocybin mushrooms can make consuming them much more delightful and lighter on your tummy. Plus, you can add things like green tea, reishi mushrooms, ginger, honey, a chaga tea bag, or other herbal tea bags to make your perfect shroom tea. People like to add their herbal teas of choice, fine magic mushroom powder, and ground ginger into an empty tea bag to begin the process of gaining the shroom tea effects.
Michelle Janiakian (Author, My Psilocybin Mushroom Companion sold on YAWN) did a survey of 50 people and found most people admitted to this consumption method being much easier on the stomach. Chewing raw dried mushrooms can be harder on the stomach and less enjoyable to get down, especially for people who get nauseated or don’t love the taste.
Allowing your psilocybin mushrooms to steep in hot water, either as a fine powder or as dried and fresh mushrooms, breaks down the dry, organic matter, making digestion much easier. The psilocybin is extracted into the hot water, so be aware that the high can come on much faster and potentially stronger (similar to lemon tekking, where your mushrooms sit citrus juice for 15-30 minutes, which breaks down the mushroom matter similar to your stomach - making the trip come on even faster and stronger than psilocybin tea).
This is an easy way to mitigate magic mushrooms' bitter, earthy flavor and actually satisfy the ingestion part of the process. Get creative with the flavors and tea combinations by adding herbs, superfoods, and nutrients.
This part is entirely up to you. Psilocybe cubensis are the most popular and common types of mushrooms and can be a good starting point. There are many different types of psilocybe cubensis, like Golden Teacher, Penis Envy, Albinos, Blue Meanies, B+, etc. You can really use any kind of mushroom, the variety of strains is very diverse, and the same goes for your experience. We recommend experimenting and finding a strain you connect with and enjoy; feel it out from there.
This is very simple. The ingredients and process include mushrooms, water, a pot, and a heat source. We also love to add some extra superfood elements and spice to the tea to increase its effectiveness and make it more pleasurable. Some people ground up raw mushrooms like turkey tail or lion's mane to stack benefits. Others brew their shroom tea and then turn it into a tasty iced tea.
Definitely note: Cooking mushrooms into tea can condense and concentrate the effects, so you would probably prefer to use a smaller dose than if you were eating them raw or dried.
Your preferred dose of mushrooms
2 herbal or caffeinated tea bags (of your choice)
Herbs and additives 2 cups of water
Bowl or large cup for mixing and steeping
Coffee filter or sieve
Saucepan or pot
We highly recommend adding nutrients like ginger, honey, lemon, rose, turmeric, mint, lavender, or cinnamon to spice up your tea flavor and enhance the vibe.
Grated ginger or ginger extract
Honey or agave
Freshly squeezed lemon
Tumeric (grated or powder)
Coconut, soy, or almond milk
Lions Mane - Paul Stamets recommends taking lions mane with psilocybin as this enhances cognitive function by stimulating nerve growth factor. Read more about this here.
Maca powder - energy and mood enhancer
Matcha - for added energy
Chaga - Alternative remedy for things like arthritis and high blood pressure and can help ease inflammation
Cordyceps - Helps with anti-aging and heart health
Reishi - Enhances immune health and helps fight infection
Depending on how much tea you have, the weight of the mushrooms, and how strong you want the tea, use your judgment to decide how much water you want to use accordingly. The more mushrooms you use, the more water you’ll need!
For step 1, add 1 cup of water to a pot, pan, or tea kettle. Bring the water to a boil.
While the water heats up, go ahead and grind up your mushrooms in a bowl. It will make the chemicals in them easier to infuse with your water. If you don't have a grinder, you can just break the mushrooms into smaller pieces using your hands. Or use a knife to mince into small pieces. (Coffee grinders omit heat and will tamper with the potency of the psilocybin so we do not recommend this). Pour the boiling water into the bowl of mushrooms.
Add the tea bag to your boiling mushroom water. Let it steep for about 15-20 minutes. If you want to add flavor additives like lemon, garlic, honey, and natural herbs, mix these up in a separate cup of boiling water with the extra tea bag. Then add them to your mushroom concoction.
After about 15-20 minutes, take your mushroom tea mixture and strain it through a coffee filter or sieve it into a glass jar/jug/whatever you want to store or drink it from. This will separate the leftover mushroom chunks and add ingredients to your drinkable beverage.
Now pour that infused tea into an adequately sized glass, and you’re all ready to enjoy the benefits of psilocybin. Consume responsibly- we suggest drinking in smaller doses and keeping an eye on your reaction to the mushroom tea.
Note: this recipe will also work for non-psychoactive mushroom adaptogens.
Do you get an upset stomach and nausea when eating shrooms’? This could be the right method for you. Although this is known to be a more advanced technique, as it intensifies the trip quite a bit, it can also be used for smaller doses to help people that tend to get upset stomach and nausea as the lemon will break down the material for you similar to how your stomach acid does.
WARNING: The onset trip will come on much faster, more intense, and won’t last as long.
Step 1: Measure out your preferred dose - we recommend dosing down as this method does intensify the trip
Step 2: Grind mushrooms into small pieces (we recommend mincing them with a sharp knife or using a mortar and pestle or cannabis grinder - heat from a coffee grinder can deteriorate the psychedelic properties of dried mushrooms. Your hands work great too!)
Step 3: Squeeze lemon juice or citrus juice of your choice into a cup
Step 4: Let your ground dried mushrooms steep in the lemon juice for 15-30 minutes
Step 5: You can strain the mushroom bits or keep them in your mixture
Step 6: Enjoy responsibly
If this method isn’t your cup of tea (LOL), there are many other ways to consume mushrooms - and people are becoming more and more inventive as research expands and they become more mainstream. There are shroom chocolates, hot cacao beverages, shroom gummies, shroom kombucha, microdose capsules, and then the straight-up traditional method: munching on dried mushrooms (you can top your pizza with them or enjoy a scoop of peanut butter with them).
Each of these different psilocybin consumption methods can encompass their own ritual and experience. Beware of the change in potency depending on each method. Do your research first! Also, be mindful that when psilocybin is subjected to heat, this could deteriorate the psychedelic properties. HERE is a great cookbook if you are down to experiment.
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