Cannabis legalization has swept the country and on its heels is the next wave — the decriminalization and legalization of psychedelics, like magic mushrooms. Research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelic medicine has come to the fore through organizations such as MAPS, The Imperial College of London, and Johns Hopkins University, to name a few. In the U.S., the FDA has granted breakthrough status to both MDMA and Psilocybin, aka magic mushrooms, for treatment-resistant depression as well as PTSD and both substances are tracking to be fully legal within clinical settings by 2024.
Psychedelics go Mainstream
As people become more aware of the therapeutic application of psychedelics, there has also been a resurgence of recreational consumption. What was once counter-culture is now becoming mainstream culture. The decriminalization movement which advocates for personal possession of psychedelics to no longer be considered a crime, is also bringing psychedelics out of the closet.
States as well as individual cities such as Seattle, California,Oklahoma, and Detroit are in the process of passing legislation to decriminalize psychedelics. Decriminalization allows for a new opportunity and freedom for experimentation with psychedelics, including the ever-popular magic mushrooms.
In this article we give an overview of psilocybin and give you the how-to steps to make your own magic mushroom chocolates.
What are Magic Mushroom Edibles?
Psilocybin is a chemical compound found within specific types of mushrooms. When you consume psilocybin, it turns into psilocin, which has psychoactive properties that cause a psychedelic experience.
The most common ways to consume magic mushrooms are by mixing them into foods, brewing them in teas, or eating dried mushrooms raw.
In a similar fashion to cannabis edibles, psilocybin edibles are made from dried and ground magic mushrooms mixed with food (like chocolate), and then consumed.
Many people prefer eating their magic mushrooms as an edible as they have a pungent, earthy flavor that many find unpleasant. Adding your shrooms to chocolate makes the experience more palatable – but chocolate does to just about everything!
What are the Effects of Magic Mushrooms Chocolates?
Consuming psilocybin will induce a psychedelic experience (hence the name psychedelics given to this category of mind-altering substance) that brings on changes in perception and an altered state of consciousness.
Here’s how the process works: The psilocybin in magic mushrooms is converted to psilocin in the body which influences serotonin levels in the brain and creates an altered state of consciousness.
The effects of shrooms generally take 20 to 40 minutes to kick in and can last up to around 6 hours – the amount of time it takes for psilocin to be metabolized in the body.
When eating magic mushroom chocolates, we suggest waiting a half an hour before ingesting more chocolate to assess the intensity of your trip.
Magic mushrooms can induce a variety of experiences, from fits of giggles to a powerful emotional or even spiritual awakening. People report feeling euphoric and more connected to the world around them.
How to Make Magic Mushrooms Chocolates
Making magic mushroom chocolates at home is easy. The hardest part is accurately dosing the chocolates, but the best way to ensure that you don’t overindulge is to eat a small portion and wait to feel the effects.
What is the Dosage of These Homemade Chocolates?
A low dose of psilocybin mushrooms is considered to be one gram or less. A “heroic dose”, which is a large dose, is five grams. When grinding your mushrooms for your chocolate, keep this in mind as you will want to estimate the amount of psilocybin per chocolate. Purchasing a digital scale will help you more accurately assess the amount of mushrooms and keep in mind that potency varies from strain to strain.
Ideally, your magic mushroom chocolates should be measured into grams. If you follow the directions above, you will have 28 evenly sized chocolate pieces made from 1 ounce of magic mushrooms (28 grams). Therefore, each chocolate should contain close to 1 gram of psilocybin mushroom powder.
However, this process may not be exact, and you should use caution when consuming your homemade chocolates. Start by eating one-half of a chocolate and waiting 30-40 minutes before consuming more.
Supplies to Make Magic Mushroom Chocolates
- A grinder (a coffee grinder or blender will work)
- 12 ounces chocolate chips, melting wafers, or chocolate bar
- 1 ounce dried psilocybin mushrooms
- A pot
- A chocolate mold (optional – use a banking sheet as an alternative)
- Metal or pyrex bowl
Steps for Making Magic Mushroom Chocolates
- 1.) Grind the psilocybin mushrooms to a fine powder
- 2.) Melt the chocolates by double boiling – fill a pot halfway with water and bring to a boil, then place your bowl over the pot, add the chocolates, and melt
- 3.) Remove chocolate from heat and allow to cool slightly to the touch
- 4.) Mix the powdered mushrooms into the cooled chocolate
- 5.) Stir until the mixture is evenly distributed and there are no clumps
- 6.) Pour the mixture into molds or onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper
- 7.) Let the mixture cool until the chocolate hardens
- 8.) If the chocolate was poured into a pan, cut into 28 even sections
Now that you know the ins and outs of magic mushrooms, and how to make a delicious chocolate treat – you can try this “miracle compound” out for yourself. Remember, a good trip can often relate to your environment – be sure to eat your chocolates in a safe, welcoming place and enjoy the ride!
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*Note: This article is intended for people living in areas where psilocybin is decriminalized.