Growing psilocybin mushrooms has been getting popular in recent years. More and more studies are being conducted regarding the therapeutic value of psilocybin and its effectiveness in treating depression or other psychological disorders. Some states such as California or Colorado had initiatives that aimed to legalize psilocybin mushrooms and, while the mushrooms are illegal, the spores or grow kits needed to grow magic mushrooms are legal in most parts of the world.
People who want to know how to grow magic mushrooms (for research purposes, of course) might find the task daunting. It’s actually quite easy, especially if you’re growing shrooms from grow kits. If you want to do it yourself with your own psilocybin spores, you can also grow mushrooms with the PF Tek method. This guide will show you how to grow magic mushrooms through both methods.
Many people all over the world choose to grow magic mushrooms using preprepared grow kits from reliable psychedelic mushroom providers. Using grow kits is great because it’s a hassle-free way to grow magic mushrooms.
The process is pretty straightforward, but there are some things you’ll need to pay attention if you want high yields.
– You start by filling the grow kit with drinkable water and let the water sink in with the lid closed for about a day.
– You then place the grow kit in the plastic bag that comes with it.
– Mist the plastic bag with water using a water spray and close the bag using pins. It’s important that you leave your grow kit enough space in the bag for the mycelium to breathe.
– Mist the plastic bag and fan your grow kit a few times a day to ensure that the mycelium has enough water and air.
– Don’t let water touch the surface of the grow kit.
– Keep your grow kit in a bright area, but avoid direct exposure to sunlight. You should see results within a week and your magic mushrooms will be ready in around two to three weeks, depending on the species.
– Harvest the shrooms right before the veil breaks because that’s when they are the most potent.
A spore syringe, Vermiculite, Organic brown rice flour, Water
Gloves, Fork, Tinfoil, Lighter, Mixing bowl and spoon, Measuring cup, Pot/pressure cooker, Alcohol/Surface disinfectant, Towels, Strainer, Dust mask
The PF Tek method is fairly easy. Obviously, it takes longer than grow kits because you’re basically making your own kits. You have to prepare the substrate where the mycelium will develop and the jars.
Working in a sterile environment is a must.
The colonization phase follows when you insert the spores and let the mycelium develop for four to five weeks.
You then transfer the colonized mix into fruiting chambers and wait for the magic to happen!
Here’s a how to do it step-by-step:
Punch four holes in the jar lids, evenly spaced throughout the circumference.
Fill the jars with 2/3 vermiculite and then pour some water (a quarter of a cup).
Drain the water using a sanitized strainer and then add the rice flour until there are two centimeters left.
Sterilize the remaining space in the jar by rubbing alcohol on the glass.
Add dry vermiculite on top to prevent contamination
Close the jar tightly and cover with tinfoil. Make sure water or condensation can’t get through.
Place the towels in the cooking pot or pressure cooker and put the jar/jars on top.
Pour tap water until it reaches the middle of the jar and let it boil slowly for around an hour and a half.
Let it cool for at least four hours.
Don’t forget to wear gloves when assembling the syringe to avoid contamination.
Sanitize the syringe by heating the needle with a lighter until it glows red. Wipe it with alcohol after it’s cooled down.
Insert the needle through each of the holes until it touches the side of the jar.
Inject 1/4 in each hole, wiping the needle with alcohol after each.
Set the jar aside and cover the lid with micropore tape.
Inoculated jars must be kept away from sunlight at room temperature for no less than five weeks.
You will notice white mycelium growing within 7 to 10 days.
Drill holes that are 2 inches apart from each other on every side of the storage container: the base, sides and lid.
Place the container in such a way as to let air flow from underneath. You could use different objects to balance it.
Soak perlite in the sink using a strainer. Fill the storage container with a 4-inch deep layer of soaked perlite.
Dispose of the dry vermiculite covering the outer layers of your jars you’ve set up five weeks ago.
Empty the contents of the jar on a sterilized surface. Up-end the jars to keep “cakes” intact.
Rinse the cakes with cold tap water above a sink to get rid of any dry vermiculite. Be careful not to damage the cakes.
Place cakes in a bowl or a container full of tepid water for 24 hours so that they can rehydrate. Place another heavy object to make sure cakes are submerged in water.
Remove cakes from water and place on a sterilized surface.
Fill a bowl with dry vermiculite and roll your cakes like you would roll chicken through flour. The cakes will keep their moisture better this way.
Transfer cakes in fruiting chamber, but don’t let the cakes touch the perlite. Place tinfoil below each cake.
Mist the chamber with a water spray bottle. Fan with the lid and then close the chamber.
Place the storage chamber in a fairly lit area without direct exposure to sunlight.
Make sure the chamber is properly hydrated and aired throughout the fruiting period. Keep on misting and fanning at least four times a day for optimal growth conditions. Be careful not to let water touch the cakes.
The first signs can be seen as small white bumps within 6 days to 2 weeks.
The ideal time to harvest magic mushrooms is just before the veil breaks.
Remove mushrooms by cutting them close to the base.
You can get up to four flushes from the same cake.
After you’ve picked up all the mushrooms, leave your cakes to dry for a few days and then dunk them in water.
Vermiculite won’t be necessary. Simply place them back in the chamber wait for the mushrooms to flush.
Dispose of the cake after you see any sign of contaminants.
Now that you know how to grow magic mushrooms, you should also store them properly.
Avoid exposure to sunlight and make sure you dry your shrooms properly with a fan. This will make your magic mushrooms last a few weeks.
If you want your magic mushrooms to last for months, you should use a desiccant to get all the moisture out. Anhydrous calcium chloride is an effective desiccant that is also widely available to buy online.
Put your desiccant in air-tight jars and place a wire rack or some tinfoil with holes in it to make sure your mushrooms won’t be touching the desiccants.
Spread your magic mushrooms on the rack or tinfoil and make sure they won’t be touching each other.
Let them dry for a few days until they can no longer bend without cracking.
Put the dried magic mushrooms in a Ziploc bag (or any airtight bag) and store them in a freezer.
Growing psilocybin mushrooms is pretty easy. Grow kits basically makes it child’s play. Just remember to sanitize everything that you come into contact with to avoid contamination. Also, keep the shrooms away from sunlight and make sure the temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit
Most of the items needed can be found in supermarkets and gardening shops. Grow kits and spore syringes can be bought online from reliable head shops.