Psychedelic mushrooms or magic mushrooms are one of the easiest psychedelics that you can grow on your own.
Growing your magic mushroom ensures that you get an infinite supply of mushrooms with minimum effort.
Yes, growing magic mushrooms is very rewarding and you can get a fresh supply every time.
But how to grow magic mushrooms?
In this blog, we will talk about the process of growing magic mushrooms at home.
Benefits Of Magic Mushrooms
Before diving into the process of growing magic mushrooms let’s first discuss the benefits of magic mushrooms.
By working their magic on the cortex of your brain, hallucinogens like psilocybin (magic) mushrooms change your perception, mood, and a variety of other mental processes. Specific receptors known as 5-HT2A receptors (2ARs), which are generally activated by serotonin, are activated by the medications.
Your brain undergoes a series of neurobiological changes that enable you to view commonplace objects with fresh awe. You’ll be more conscious of yourself. Your senses will be more keen, resulting in more vivid colors and more strong sounds, tastes, and smells. And you’ll keep your attention on the here and now.
Long after the medications have left the building, the beneficial effects are still present. After only one use, participants noted a considerable improvement in their anxiety and despair.
Additionally, they described a “spiritual awakening” that brought about a long-lasting change in awareness. Afterward, participants said that it was simpler to stay present and that they were more conscious of the connectivity of all things.
In other words, psilocybin mushrooms could be for you if you have any of the aforementioned mental illnesses or if you wish to achieve spiritual enlightenment and stop the incessant chatter in your head. You can also be unsure about how to raise them.
So these were the miracles of magic mushrooms, now let’s move on to the process of growing magic mushrooms.
How To Grow Magic Mushroom: Step By Step Process
To grow magic mushrooms at home you will be needing following things.
- Spore syringe
- Organic brown rice flour
- Wide-mouthed canning jars.
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cup.
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- Hammer and 3 nails.
- Pressure cooker.
- 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- Latex Gloves
- Surface disinfectant
- Surgical mask.
Gather all your tools in a place and let’s grow some magic mushrooms.
Step 1: Prepare Jars for Magic Mushrooms
- Disinfect the hammer and nail by whipping them with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Now, near the rim make 4 evenly spaced on 5 lids.
Step 2: Prepare The Substrate
- In a bowl mix 1 cup of brown rice flour, 2 cups of vermiculite, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of gypsum.
Step 3: Fill The Jar
- Equally, add the substrate to 5 canning jars, leave ½ inch room, and don’t compress the substrate as you want the substrate to be airy, fluffy, and loose.
- Take a paper towel and wipe off any moisture present in the ½ inch room of the jar, then using 70% isp alcohol sterilize that ½ inch room.
- Now, take dry vermiculite and top them with it, this will act as an extra layer against mold and germs.
Step 3: Sterilize
- Now close the lids and use heavy-duty aluminum foil to cover the top of the jars.
- Take a pressure cooker and place a stand on the base of it to avoid direct contact with the jars with the cooker.
- Now place the jar in the cooker and fill the cooker with water. The water should be enough to cover half of the jar.
- Now bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat and close it with a tightly fitted lid. Let this steam for 90 minutes. Just makes sure that the jars are upright throughout the process.
- After 90 minutes are over, let the cooker cool, and don’t open the cooker until everything is perfectly cooled down.
Step 4: Inoculation
- Now that the jars are comply cooled down, take them to a room with minimum airflow.
- Wash your hands and arms with soap and water and put your mask and latex gloves on.
- Take the needle of the spore syringe and using a lighter flame sterilize it, head the needle back and forth with a lighter till it is completely red hot, and make sure not to heat the end near the plastic.
- Now remove the aluminum foil from the jars, and inject approx ¼ ml of the spores from the holes present on the lid of the jar. Make sure to insert the needle all the way into the hole.
- Now take out the needle and fire sterilize it again, and again inject ¼ ml of the spore into the next hole, repeat this with the other two holes of a jar.
- Repeat this with the remaining 5 jars and make sure to fire sterilize the needle after every hole.
Step 5: Colonization
- Now place the jars in a dark place (little light is fine) preferably inside a closet.
- Keep the surrounding temperature between 70 and 80F.
- Make sure that the holes are exposed to fresh air.
- It will take a couple of days for the substrate to begin colonizing. Within 2 to 3 weeks the jars will be covered with mycelium. Once the colonization is ceased give them an additional week to consolidate.
- During the whole process watch out for contamination like odd colors, foul smells, etc as contamination can rapidly spread from jar to jar. If you suspect any contamination, immediately dispose of the jar.
Step 6: Build A Shotgun Chamber
- Take a large plastic container and drill holes in a grind pattern in it. The holes should be a quarter inch wide and two inches apart from each other. Makes sure to drill holes on all sides (top and bottom included)
- Make sure to not press hard while drilling as it can crack the container.
- Now fill the bottom 1-2 inches with dry coarse perlite. Soak more perlite in water, preferably running tap water, and drain off extra water through a strainer, but make sure that the perlite is moist(not dripping wet).
- Add that moist layer over the dry layer, the moist layer should be 2-3 inches thick.
- Place the container over four stable objects like four bricks, to elevate the container.
Step 7: Birthing and Dunking
- Take the jars and remove the cake from them, they should come out easily by sleeping the bottom, if they don’t come off use a knife to scrape the sides.
- Wash them under cold water to remove the layer of dry vermiculite.
- Now submerge the cakes into a bowl of water for 24 hours to rehydrate them.
Step 8: Fruiting
- After 24 hours remove the cake from the water and place them on a clean and disinfectant surface.
- Take a pan and fill it with a few inches of dry vermiculite.
- Roll the cake in dry vermiculite, and make sure to fully cover them so that they can retain moisture.
- Take some aluminum foil and cut it into square pieces, now place those pieces in the shotgun chamber.
- Place the wrapped cake on the foil so that it won’t make direct contact with the moist vermiculite.
- Once the cakes are placed, moist the chamber using a spray bottle, fan the chamber with the lid and close it.
- Mist the cakes 4 times a day until they shine with moisture. Avoid making a pool of water.
- Make sure to fan it every time you mist it.
- Provide light to the cake in the 12/12 schedule by using a 6500K fluorescent bulb. Don’t light the bulb inside the chamber.
After one or two weeks the mushrooms will start to form, initially, they will be like tiny bumps but with each passing day, they will grow in size.
So this was how you can grow magic mushrooms. There sure are many steps but once you master the process there is no turning back and you will be rewarded with an endless supply of mushrooms.