Shroom Tea vs Eating

Three large mushrooms sit, lightly lit, against a dark black background.

While some people don’t like eating shrooms because of the texture or taste, maybe drinking them can be a tastier alternative. 

Making shroom tea can be a really exciting experience. Besides being a faster way to help you feel the effects, you can also get creative with your brew. 

So if you’ve ever felt curious about drinking a “magic” concoction and spicing up your shroom ritual, we’ve got you covered. In this article we’ve gathered some of the most important things to check out about psilocybin tea, including benefits, side effects, comparing the experience to eating, and best of all, our easiest recipe.

Shroom tea benefits

One of the biggest downsides of prepackaged mushrooms is the texture. Most shrooms have dried up because of packaging logistics, while also packing a super concentrated taste. To many users, it can be a little unpleasant both the texture and concentrated flavor. But to help with this, some people add them to tea.

You might be wondering if there is any actual difference in potency or the type of trip between eating shrooms and making tea with them.

Some people might feel like they are afraid of how much stronger it can be or how it can change the experience, but in general, we can give you some insights.

Overall, using shroom tea infusions can transform the experience. Some user favorites include using oolong, green, or even chamomile tea bags to the mix, while others add lemon slices, orange juice, or even ginger.

In general, users report two main things from making shroom tea instead of biting. First, it makes the shroom a little easier to digest, but also it spices up the flavor. The process of making these infusions has become a whole ritual on its own, but let’s explore the two main effects of this tea.

Speed

One of the most important ways making shroom tea changes the experience, is by drinking. While Reddit users have anecdotal evidence that it can hit stronger, in general, warm drinks can make things digest a little faster in general.

This study from 2022 concluded that green tea could help with digestion and the overall bioavailability of phenols depending on the pH and temperature change. By using an in-vitro version of simulated stomach acid, the researchers concluded that green tea’s effectivity and phenols could be changed depending on how the tea is consumed.

While there is much to still understand about tea in general, we can infer that in general warm drinks can help with faster action. When consumed in tea, psilocybin can be absorbed faster thanks to temperature and bioavailability.

Of course, these are mostly anecdotal experiences and general digestion knowledge, but overall, it can give us a general idea if drinking psilocybin could be a good idea to get faster psychoactive effects. 

Taste

While speeding is a pretty good perk, making a shroom tea can create a whole different experience. First, you get a much better texture. Whether you want to leave the mushrooms for an extra boba-like chewiness, or just want liquid, the general experience according to users is much easier. 

Users have added different things to the infusion to help with the earthy and a little musky flavor that shrooms usually have. Here’s a small list of the ingredients people add to their infusions to make the tea a different experience:

  • Green, Black, and Chamomile Tea. A small tea bag can add your favorite flavor to your magic concoction as well.
  • Cinnamon. A pinch of spice can also change the usual earthy flavors from shroom tea.
  • Chai Tea. Okay, hear us out. If you like tea and spice, adding some chai tea and some milk to your shroom tea can be a game changer.
  • Hibiscus and floral infusions. Some people like to add a slight floral touch to make the tea a little acidic flavor.
  • Honey. Of course, you can skip this if you don’t like the flavor, but some users have liked the flavor, especially with some citrus or ginger.
  • Ginger or Citrus peels. Whether you add some lemon slices or just a few ginger pieces when boiling, this gives the tea a little of a kick while also aiding with general digestion.

Besides this, you could even try making a warm infusion and adding it to some ice for something cold, or even get creative with cocoa or some milk tea. While taste and texture change with shroom tea, it is also an incredible creative outlet for you to explore.

Mushrooms tea side effects

Now, there is one noticeable side effect of psilocybin tea: nausea. Some users have reported that the rapid effect and digestion of liquids can promote this side effect. While this can happen, it also relies upon your diet and if you fasted before consumption.

In the first case, we recommend having a non-fat heavy diet and in general, try eating a lighter meal before the tea. We don’t advise fasting for stronger effects, as some users have experienced stronger peaking. And this could also mean other side effects.

Some people might find dry mushrooms nasty as well, so nausea can be related to that. Also, don’t try to munch the residual shrooms or infusion, as the flavor can also come as too strong for some. If the smell or taste is the problem, just try drinking something strong that can overpower the shroom’s taste like something sweet or dairy.

Eating Mushroom Benefits

In general, eating psilocybin mushrooms can bring several benefits. While of course, the recreational effects could be helpful for relaxation and general wellness, there are science-backed benefits as well.

Some of the potential therapeutic benefits of using “magic” shrooms include supporting abstention from smoking, helping with cancer-related psychological distress, and helping with certain depression symptoms.

A small study from Johns Hopkins University noted that therapy with psilocybin could improve the abstaining symptoms from smoking over a twelve-month follow-up period. While small, this study opened the discussion of the potential of this compound to use in other addictions, including alcohol and cocaine.

Of course, more clinical research would be needed to talk about a systemic treatment. However, other pilot studies like this one in 2011 helped to understand if psilocybin treatment could potentially help anxiety in people with cancer.

This study noted that psilocybin could improve the quality of life and decrease certain symptoms in people with cancer diagnoses. Some of these include anxiety and depression, which can be pretty strong in this sort of disease.

However, there is evidence that shrooms could hold potential with depression treatment in general. A 2017 study from Imperial College London reported how psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in mushrooms could be helpful with certain depression symptoms. 

While still in baby steps, the researchers concluded that the compound could hit a sort of “reset button” on the brain mechanisms that contribute to depression, and that the psychoactive effects could be helpful towards certain symptoms. 

Shrooms Side Effects

While in general trying psilocybin in smaller doses is not dangerous, there are few side effects that have come from the controlled use of shrooms. Some of the most common ones found by scientific research are:

  • General confusion
  • Headaches and tension
  • High blood pressure, increased heart rate, and temperature
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Fear
  • Dilated pupils
  • Yawning and overall grogginess

Despite this, there’s also research that microdosing could be potentially safe. With smaller doses, the shrooms were able to relieve cluster headaches while having minor psychoactive effects. With that said, researchers have advised in general that wider clinical researchers are needed to understand the side effects and therapeutic use.

Can you overdose on mushrooms?

It is pretty unlikely to physically overdose on one of the many known strains and species of shrooms with psilocybin. However, there are some stronger adverse effects, including a psychological overdose.

The most intense symptoms of these are psychosis, extreme paranoia, and intense panic attacks. However, according to the DEA’s Drug of Abuse Resource Guide, you would need to consume it in larger quantities for an actual overdose.

One survey from 2017 noted that from the 12,000 users who used mushrooms, specifically Psilocybin shrooms, only 0.2% actually reported needing medical treatment. For instance, this rate is 5 times lower than other drugs, such as LSB or cocaine.

While there’s a need for more research, users have reported that a typical overdose lasts anywhere between 6 and 8 hours. Some of the psychological effects can take a few days to dissipate as well.

Mushroom Tea Dosage

Okay, here’s something important that will need a balance. If you are just starting in the psilocybin world, we recommend a dose lower than a gram. A regular dose of dry shrooms varies between 1g and 2.5g, so we advise this dose for a regular experience.

If you want to microdose the tea, try something below 0.25g of dried shrooms per dose. And for more experienced users, anywhere between 2.5 and 5g should do the trick. Although there is not much information about the actual toxic dose of psilocybin, we don’t recommend going further than 5g when dosing.

How to make mushroom tea

Now that you know about shrooms, let’s get into the recipe! Of course, there are several ways of doing this but we have the easiest way to get some in a pinch. 

First, weigh your mushrooms. As we stated above, we recommend starting with a lower dose a slowly building it up as you see fit. Once you’ve set your tolerance, you’ll know when to increase the dose.

Okay, now the second step: grind your mushrooms into a powder. Do not add the water yet, use the dried shrooms and grind them with a cannabis or coffee grinder. If you don’t have any of those available, you can also try at least chopping them to the smallest size possible.

For this process If you don’t have a fine mesh, we actually recommend adding everything to the water and skipping the grinding altogether. While not as strong as a fine powder concoction, it can still hit pretty strong.

Thirdly, add your extras. To the fine powder, you can add some of the extras we mentioned at the beginning like honey, ginger, or even a full bag of tea. You can then add the hot water over the mushrooms and extras, and let everything sit for 10 through 15 minutes.

After this, we recommend sifting your tea if you couldn’t use it or don’t have a fine mesh strainer. And you are done! You can add some of your favorite sweeteners, but our favorite is honey or some monk fruit for some of the earthy notes.

Once you’ve got this basic tea recipe, you can go as creative as you want. Citrus and honey can make a delightful infusion while adding some chai and milk can turn your regular afternoon Chai Latte into something magical (quite literally). So don’t be afraid to change up your routine and try this recipe out.

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