Psilocybin mushrooms aka Magic Mushrooms have been used as tools of healing in ancient cultures dating back to 10,000 BCE / 12,000 years ago. The first mention of hallucinogenic mushrooms in European medicinal literature was in the London Medical and Physical Journal in 1799.
Many different fungi contain Psilocybin, the most common or well known ones being Psilocybe cubensis and Panaeolus cyanescens. These magic mushrooms grow naturally in areas with high humidity and usually grow out of Animal Poo! yes you heard us right.
well the saying that diamonds come from dirt is especially true in this case.
Psilocybin can be used to treat various ailments ranging from clinically untreatable depression to alcohol addiction and general well being.
"In a small study of adults with major depression, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that two doses of the psychedelic substance psilocybin, given with supportive psychotherapy, produced rapid and large reductions in depressive symptoms, with most participants showing improvement and half of study participants achieving remission through the four-week follow-up."
"A compound found in so-called magic mushrooms, psilocybin produces visual and auditory hallucinations and profound changes in consciousness over a few hours after ingestion. In 2016, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers first reported that treatment with psilocybin under psychologically supported conditions significantly relieved existential anxiety and depression in people with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis.
Not only has Psilocybin been helpful in managing depression and anxiety but also a catalyst in fuel-ing creativity and inspiration. Many artists have reported using Magic Mushrooms to aid their creative process.
Some scientists argue that it can be assumed humans have been consuming psilocybin since our brains developed and we became evolutionary distinct. This is in part because other species, like dolphins, reindeer, and jaguars, seek out and consume psychedelic substances. Also, psilocybe mushrooms are not only available but common, on every continent.
Believe it or not even the highly regarded suit wearing silicone valley speaks of the uses of Psychedelics and micro-dosing.
So why is this sacred compound illegal?
There are many theories some may argue that the government fears its population becoming more smarter, less reliant, depression free and mentally stable others feel the pharmaceutical industry has its strings to pull. We don't want to get into the politics of it, what we believe is that when Cocaine and Alcohol was being abused and Marijuana being demonised, due to lack of research, the ones in power had no choice but to classify all mind altering substances in one category "Schedule-A". Classifying plants such as Marijuana, Ayahuasca and Magic Mushrooms in the same category as Heroin and Cocaine.
This is a struggle as we fight the war on consciousness and free will to study our own consciousness without causing harm to others around them. It is known that studying your own self aids in understanding the world around us, if we look back at our roots there has always been an emphasis on understanding the self through meditation, yoga, music, arts, philosophy and plant medicine.
Yet these highly beneficial naturally growing medicines are criminalised, however in recent times there has been an awakening to study its use and benefits in medicine and psychology. American states such as Oregon, Denver and Colorado have Legalised/Decriminalised the use of psilocybin, To the extent of even government funded research on psilocybin.
This progress makes us really happy as we would love to grow and share with the world this beautiful medicine however for now it is not possible to do so because of the law here, However we would still love to create awareness of its benefits and help in making these natural medicines free from the judgements of law and society, available for everyone to use for their well being.
There are many ways of using Psilocybin you don't need to go on a full blown psychedelic trip (which is still fun and therapeutic), one can enjoy the benefits of these magical fungi by micro-dosing them.
Micro-dosing is where one consumes a sub-perceptual dose of psilocybin, a sub-perceptual dose is where one does not feel the psychedelic effects yet a change is noticed in their mood. It has been studied that micro-dosing also increases the connectivity in the brain and aids nerve regeneration.
How to Microdose?
To have a psychedelic trip on magic mushrooms, the average human would take a 3.5-gram dose.
A microdose should be about 1/10 that, so around, or even less than, .35 grams. Most people who microdose take .3 grams, but it’s really going to depend on things such as the size of your body.
However, when you begin microdosing, you should start with even less, and then work your way up to .3 grams. For your first dose, it’s recommended that you measure out a dose of .1 grams.
Once you feel comfortable, after your first couple doses, you can incrementally move the amount up until you reach a dose that achieves your desired effect.
That being said these medicinal and magical compounds must be treated with great respect and should not be taken lightly, set and setting are extremely important.
The concept of set and setting was first introduced by Timothy Leary and his colleagues at Harvard and laid out in their 1964 psychedelic guidebook, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Set and setting respectively refer to the internal and external factors that influence your psychedelic experience. “Set” is a reflection of your inner climate—your mood, personality, beliefs, perceptions, and so on. “Setting” refers to all that’s going on outside, such as the people around you and their behaviors, the music playing, the smells and weather in the air, even the cultural forces that aren’t as readily visible.
We love mushrooms psychedelic or not mushrooms have always fascinated us and we love to learn and share more about these fascinating fungi.
We hope in the near future these healing compounds will soon become legal and also studied to help aid people in their journey through life. So that one can freely explore ones own consciousness and that one day we can all grow these magical mushrooms and share with each other.
Until then Mush Love from us!
- Tibetan Flag Trail