A little dose of magic... Mushrooms

Hello! This post is all about micro dosing magic mushrooms (and it includes a recipe too, of course!)


First things first, I'm just going to say that I am not a doctor, a psychologist, a scientist, nor am I a trained mycologist. If you choose to consume magic mushrooms, there are many benefits you could experience, but you could also experience adverse effects. If that is the case, don't get upset with me. If you have a scary trip or your microdose is too high and next thing you know, you're having mild hallucinations at 10am (been there, done that. whoops!), that's on you, homie. 
Do your own research on this subject.
Read some books and educate yourself (How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan is a good one)
Look into Paul Stamets, who is a mycologist and an expert in his field.
Check out MAPS.org (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). If you want to look further into psychedelic studies, visit their resource and/or research page, where you can look up many articles on the research that is currently happening in the psychedelic field. 
Review published studies on the benefits/side effects of doing mushrooms.
Once you've done that and using your sense of intuition, decide if it is right for you.
If you have history of bipolar disorder, personality disorder, schizophrenia or are currently taking SSRI's or SNRI's, you should refrain from the consumption of psilocybin.

It is really important to do you research on this subject because of the nature of the mushroom; a psychedelic. Some say it is its own complete entity, a teacher, a way connect to higher consciousness or divine power, etc. I am writing this to share my own opinion on this subject. If you read this blog post and think that consuming psilcybin or partaking in microdosing is for anyone and everyone, you're a dumbass. One more thing that I feel is worth mentioning, is that I am not affiliated with this company, nor am I getting paid to write this. These are my personal views.

What are magic mushrooms? What is psilocybin?  
Magic mushrooms (other casual names include "shrooms" or "zoomers") are a wild or cultivated fungi that contains psilocybin. The most common magic mushroom is known scientifically as psilocybe cubensis, but it is known within the mushroom enthusiast community as "the golden teacher". Psilocybin is the main psychedelic component in magic mushrooms, and works by altering several different neurotransmitters in the brain. It works by activating serotonergic receptors, causing several brain systems to significantly (and temporarily) change, and a wave of unique excretory activity to spread throughout the main perceptual centers of the mind*


What is microdosing?
Microdosing is the act of taking a small dose of psilocybin in order to achieve neurological benefits, but not taking a high enough dose to engage in any of the psychedelic affects*

Microdosing psychedelics has recently become popular for it's ability to reduce anxiety and depression, increase creativity and can overall improve your outlook on life. Psilocybin has significant cognitive effects and if you have ever experienced a trip from taking a high dose mushrooms, you know that this powerful psychedelic has the ability to make you feel an intense sense of love, feel more connected to nature, have an amplified sense of touch/feel and ego dissolution. Those are some of the positive effects you can feel from a dose of mushrooms and if you've done your research like I recommended, then you will also be aware of the negative effects you might feel after consuming psilocybin.

I recently collaborated with a company called Microdose Mushrooms, and the reason I chose to collaborate with them is because of their supplement Neuro Blend.
Their blend consists of:
40mg niacinamide
80mg organic psilocybe cyanescens (this is another strain of mushroom containing psilocybin, similar to psilocybe cubensis)
200mg organic lions mane mushroom
150mg organic chaga mushroom
150mg organic reishi mushroom

Paul Stamets (who I personally think is one of the coolest human beings on this planet) is one of the most reputable mycologists in the world. His "nootropic stack" is a small dose of psilocybin combined with niacin and lions mane. In the Neuro Blend, there is an additional stack of chaga and reishi mushroom.

The benefits of the ingredients in Neuro Blend:
Niacinamide: A derivative of niacin, nacinamide helps improve blood circulation and improves deliverability of the psilocybin.
Psilocybe cyanescens: The potential benefits of microdosing psilosybin include a heightened state of alertness, decreased anxiety and depression* * , boost creativity and motivation, decrease stress and enhance focus.
Lions mane mushroom: Lions mane mushroom has a complimentary relationship with psilocybin and optimizes returns. It has the ability create new neurons and neural pathways, and also repair existing neurological damage*. Preliminary studies also show lions mane beneficial for those who struggle with depression.
Chaga mushroom: In addition to chaga being a great source of antioxidants and a good way to boost your immune system, chaga may increase the availability of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is involved in memory and brain function.
Reishi mushroom: Known as the queen of mushrooms, reishi is an adaptogen that aids the body in reducing stress. It promotes a sense of calm and focus.

One more thing to be noted about microdosing, is that it shouldn't be done everyday. Due to prohibition, research is still preliminary and we are not fully aware of consistent daily dosages. This substance should be used for enhancement of life, not dependence.
Common practice of microdosing is to cycle in the following ways:
3 days on, 1 day off
5 days on, 2 days off
every other day

Okay, so lets get to the recipe. If you want to microdose with whole mushrooms, here is a recipe for you to happily and easily consume it! Personally, my favourite way to consume a large dose of mushrooms is to cut them up very small and generously sprinkle on top of a graham cracker with peanut butter on top. My decade old highschool ways of consuming is what inspired me to create a micro dose recipe that also includes peanut butter!

You will need:
This recipe requires a micro scale to accurately weigh the mushroom. The amount used in the capsule of the neuroblend is 0.08g. It is up to the individual to determine what amount of psilobin will work for their microdose. Typically, anything more then 0.10g of psilocybin is no longer considered a microdose. However, you should take that with a grain of salt. I am 107lbs, and a dose of 0.08g will affect me differently compared to someone who is 200lbs for example. So finding your perfect dose may take some trial and error. It is always wiser to start small so in this case, I recommend starting at 0.08g. 
You will also require a blender, food processor of coffee grinder to turn the mushrooms into a powder before using them in this recipe. Turning the mushroom into powder first makes it have a better texture in the PPB&J cup, and also evenly distributes the psilicybin (the caps are more potent compared to the stems, so this way, the psilocybin distributed is consistent throughout each peanut butter cup).


Psilocybin Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups a.k.a PPB&J Cups

Ingredients:
3/4 C smooth peanut butter
1/2 C coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp raspberry jelly or jam
0.08g -1g psilocybe cyanescens or psilicybe cubensis, powdered
large flake sea salt for garnish (optional)

Directions:
Combine peanut butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Gently whisk to combine. Stir in vanilla extract and maple syrup.

Line a muffin tray with 9-10 paper or silicon muffin liners. Fill the liners with 1 heaping tbsp of the peanut butter mixture. Transfer to the freezer to set.

There are two options to distribute the mushrooms throughout the cups:
You can stir the mushroom powder into the 3 tbsp of jam. Mix well, then distribute 1 tsp of the jam in each peanut butter cup. This is the fastest way.
OR 
measure 1 tsp of the jam and transfer to a ramekin or small bowl. Weigh 0.08-0.10g of the mushroom powder and mix into the jam, then scoop into the peanut butter cup. 

There is no right or wrong way, but the second way ensures a consistent dose of mushrooms throughout each peanut butter cup.

Evenly distribute the remaining peanut butter mixture to finish the cups and garnish with large flake sea salt or crushed peanuts. Transfer to the freezer to set. Store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container. 

Happy microdosing!

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