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There is heavy contention regarding magic mushrooms in the Canadian legislature. Under the Canadian Controlled Drug & Substances Act, psilocybin mushrooms have been prohibited in Canada since 1975. However, recent developments have seen a positive trend towards psilocybin usage in the medical space. Thus, psilocybin law in Canada has begun to take shape.

Health Canada Grants Exemptions for Psilocybin Use for End-of-Life Care

In August 2020, four terminally ill Canadians were granted exemptions to use psychedelic therapy to assist with end-of-life care for compassionate use. Overall, 64 exemptions have been granted to date, consisting of 45 patients and 19 therapists. 

In an interview with CBC’s Antoni Nerestant, Canadian Andrea Bird recounted her experience with psychedelic therapy, characterizing it as a perspective-altering and intimate experience. Bird received a terminal cancer diagnosis four years ago. She said her experience with psilocybin helped her confront the intense emotions associated with death and find peace in her dying days.

While an important milestone in the journey towards decriminalization, keep in mind that these exemptions involve only one to two instances of psychedelic therapy, not frequent usage. Also, while there are several exemptions to date, more than 150 patients’ requests have been left unread

Journalist Curt Petrovich sat down with Nerestant to discuss the medical use of psilocybin and where the conversation goes from there. While psilocybin has shown excellent results for improving anxiety, decreasing hopelessness, and improving quality of life (in end-of-life care), and its effect is four times greater than traditional antidepressants, the sample size is incredibly small. Although, more clinical trials are on the way. 

Where Health Canada Stands on Medical Psilocybin Use

Health Canada has voiced that it will take great caution in approaching broader psilocybin use as it is not approved for any medical purposes. In a statement to CBC, Health Canada said that psilocybin use is a growing area of study, but the “scientific evidence demonstrating its safety and efficacy is limited.” Petrovich notes that for this reason, clinical trials are the most probable route to regulation. Health Canada emphasizes that they will strongly rely on clinical trials to “protect patients’ interests.”

Ultimately, psilocybin is headed towards regulation. While not wholly comparable, cannabis followed a similar timeline, as the drug was “forced to be allowed for a medical prescription between a doctor and a patient” in 2001.  

Petrovich also outlined three hurdles to overcome in the path to psilocybin regulation. He cites a lot of confusion surrounding psilocybin use, as many are vehemently opposed to decriminalizing magic mushrooms in the same capacity as cannabis. Although, cannabis and its uses are vastly different from psilocybin mushrooms. Thus, it is likely to be regulated as a prescribed treatment rather than an over-the-counter product of any kind. Second, with an impending federal election, politicians are not expected to open a policy debate mere months before the polls open to avoid agitating voters. Finally, there is a significant stigma around psychedelics, with the trickle-down effect from the war on drugs still present. 

For these reasons, any news on psilocybin legislation is likely to wait until at least next year. 

TheraPsil Submits a Regulation Proposal for Magic Mushrooms

While official word on psilocybin law may be put on hold, Canadian interest groups are working hard to make structural changes. TheraPsil is a BC-based non-profit organization comprised of healthcare professionals, patients, community members, and advocates in the psilocybin space. Recently, they challenged Health Canada’s prohibition against magic mushrooms and their psychedelic properties.

TheraPsil’s goal is to provide “compassionate treatment for Canadians in palliative care who suffer from end-of-life distress.” They recently submitted a detailed 165-page proposal to Health Canada. The document covers a wide range of topics, including licensing growers & sellers, growing locations, quality control, and production thresholds. 

TheraPsil’s four pillars hinge on compassionate access to psilocybin, public education, professional training, and facilitating research on its effects and benefits. 

TheraPsil was influential in facilitating the first round of compassionate-use exemptions in 2020 and has raised $55,950 out of $200,000 in their goal towards legalizing therapeutic psilocybin in Canada.

As we look towards the future, it is uncertain where psilocybin law goes next or how fast any progress towards regulation will progress.

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Why do people microdose mushrooms and LSD? Microdosing is the practice of consuming low doses of psychedelics to experience the therapeutic effects without the hallucinogenic experience. Where consuming a macrodose used to be seen as recreational and carry a stigma attached to it, microdosing mushrooms has become popular among a wide variety of individuals. Even leaders of major companies have spoken about the benefits of microdosing and a number of people in Silicon Valley have turned to microdosing as a means to boost their career.

What is a Microdose?

A microdose is a small dose of a psychedelic substance. Microdosing is the process of regularly consuming a small quantity to experience the therapeutic benefits without the hallucinogenic experience. Here we are explicitly discussing psilocybin, which is the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. However, microdosing can also include other substances, such as LSD and even THC.

How Big is a Microdose?

A microdose is approximately 1/10th of a macrodose. A macrodose is one large enough for the consumer to experience the hallucinogenic impacts and changes in perception.

A macrodose is typically between 2 to 4 grams of dried mushrooms. One may assume this means a microdose is 0.2 – 0.4 grams (or 200 – 400 mg), but that isn’t necessarily the case. Microdosing products, like predosed capsules, often are measuring the dose of psilocybin, not dried mushrooms. As a result, a microdose may be less than this for some people.

For many people, 100 mg is a good starting place when it comes to microdosing psilocybin. It’s always recommended to start with a smaller dose and increase slowly to determine each person’s best dose. 

 

Magic mushrooms growing in beautiful pink undergrowth

Microdosing Mushrooms 

Microdosing has been shown to provide people with both short-term and long-term benefits, such as increased creativity, focus, energy, openness and connection.

Many people appear to microdose for one of two reasons;

  1. Increase the frequency and intensity of desirable feelings such as euphoria, creativity, focus and empathy.
  2. Decrease the frequency of undesired experiences, typically associated with mental health, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and OCD.

Microdose vs Macrodose

With a microdose, the user doesn’t experience the hallucinogenic effects associated with psychedelics. This could be desirable for several reasons.

Some reasons people prefer to microdose

  1. Those who have not used psychedelics previously may be nervous or unsure about the hallucinogenic experience since it can change a person’s perception of reality and even lead to ego dissolution. Ego dissolution, or ‘ego death,’ is the experience of complete loss of self-identity. While this can be a valuable experience, it can also be overwhelming.
  2. A psychedelic experience takes several hours. Depending on the dose, it can take an hour or more for the experience to set in, a few hours to peak, and then several more hours to come down. Therefore, when consuming a macrodose of psychedelics, it’s recommended to set aside an entire day for the experience.
  3. Microdosing can easily become part of a person’s regular health routine. Once a person has determined the best dose for themselves, they can easily follow a regular microdosing schedule, such as every three days.
  4. You can microdose before work. Many people use microdosing for focus and creativity to improve performance at work. It doesn’t tend to cause a problem because the dose is so low. That being said, ensure you know your workplace policies. Also, determine the best microdose for you prior to consuming before work (i.e. your first dose should always be on a day with no other obligations or important presentations).

Macrodosing – Reasons People Macrodose

Even though a macrodose of psychedelics is often referred to as a recreational dose, recreation is not the only purpose for consuming this dose. The use of the word recreational assumes that the sole purpose is for fun. While euphoria, creativity, and an enjoyable social experience can be the primary purpose of a psychedelic experience, it’s not the only purpose.

Most people use a macrodose of psychedelics for healing and therapeutic purposes, such as managing symptoms of depression and anxiety, treatment of addictions, end-of-life care, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and more.

At the end of 2020, some doctors and mental health professionals got permission from Health Canada to provide psilocybin treatment for end of life care. Momentum continues to build toward the use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes such as treatment-resistant depression. 

Many professionals recommend consuming a macrodose in a therapeutic setting. This is because of the importance of intention setting and integration of the psychedelic experience.  

Setting intentions ensures a person takes the time to think about what they want to get out of the experience and helps to guide their focus for the experience. Integration focuses on effectively managing the feelings that come up during the experience. Integration helps the person to make meaning of the experience and provides support on how to incorporate the learning opportunities into their life in a meaningful way. Integration is often done through therapy but can also include a journaling practice. Overall, preparation is crucial when macrodosing.

Some choose to use microdosing as an introduction to the psychedelic experience and may choose to try a macrodose after gaining some more knowledge about psychedelics. Microdosing first and then building up to a macrodose can help a person familiarize themselves with the experience and gain insight into their goals and intentions. 

Final Thoughts

Whether or not you start a new microdosing routine or try a macrodose for the first time, please use responsibly. Take the time to determine the best dose for you by starting small and on a day with no other obligations, prepare the environment ahead of time, and never use alone.

Looking to begin microdosing but don’t know how to start? Gummies can be a simple way of consuming shrooms without measuring doses yourself. If you decide microdosing is for you, many have had success with the James Fadiman schedule. Worried about how to consume mushrooms? Here are 4 ways of consuming magic mushrooms (both for macro and microdosing).

Learn More About Magic Mushrooms

We’ve also written pieces on the effects of magic mushrooms and the history of microdosing magic mushrooms.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice. Consider speaking to your doctor or mental health professional before choosing to consume any new product for medical purposes. If you’re reading this for information on microdosing and depression, read more on psychedelics and the winter blues.

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If you’re new to the idea of magic mushrooms, a couple of the questions you may be asking yourself are: how am I supposed to consume mushrooms? and how much should I be taking? One of the best places to start when finding answers to these questions is to determine what your intentions are for consuming magic mushrooms. Are you considering starting a microdosing routine? Or are you looking for a therapeutic psychedelic experience? Or something else?

The answer to these questions can impact the most appropriate ways of consuming magic mushrooms. Here we will outline the most common methods of consumption to help you make your choice.

Dried Mushrooms – Consume As Is

You can absolutely weigh out your preferred dose of dried mushrooms and eat them as is. That being said, this is not always the preferred method as they don’t taste all that great.

There are some advantages to purchasing dried mushrooms, such as:

  • Choice of preferred strain. Note that our online shroom store is divided into categories based on your preferred experience: creativity, deep thought, euphoria, focus, relaxation, and visual trip. This can help you find the best strain based on your personal intentions.
  • Versatile in consumption. You may want to eat them as if but if you grind them down there are many ways you can consume them.
  • Versatile in dose. Since they’re not pre-dosed, you can consume them in a quantity that makes sense for you. Make sure to use a kitchen scale in order to dose accurately.

albino tidal wave magic mushrooms on a blue background

Rather than consuming mushrooms as is you can grind them up which makes them easier to consume because you can add them into something like a smoothie or make your own edibles. Mushrooms can be a bit challenging to grind without a good grinder and some patience, so let us do it for you! Purchase your favourite strain pre-ground here.

Mushroom Capsules

Ground mushrooms can also be put into capsules for easy consumption. Or even easier, you can purchase them pre-dosed. Most capsules are dosed at 100 mg, which is generally a good dose for microdosing. That being said, make sure to pay attention to the dose prior to purchasing.

Capsules are perfect for those looking to microdose as they are easy to add into your routine with your regular morning supplements. Capsules are less ideal for larger doses as you’d likely have to take many caps.

When it comes to microdosing, capsules are often stacked with other non-psychoactive mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane for the additional benefits. Lion’s Mane is an amazing mushroom with the ability to improve cognitive function as well as manage symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Check out our selection of microdosing capsules here.

Mushroom Tea

Use your dried or ground mushrooms to make mushroom tea. Simply measure your desired dose and boil it in warm water before consuming. Pair your mushrooms with a chamomile tea or chopped ginger to help combat nausea at higher doses as well as help with the taste.

Many people choose mushroom tea to help with the possibility of nausea, but it can also be a great way to enjoy mushrooms socially.

Mushroom Edibles

Another great way of consuming mushrooms is edibles. This is probably the tastiest way of consuming magic mushrooms. You can make your own edibles with ground mushrooms but not only can that be a lot of work, it can also be challenging to dose accurately. As a result, many people opt for pre-dosed mushroom chocolates or gummies. They’re discrete, easy to consume, and since they’re so tasty they can be good for both macro and microdosing.

Laughing turtle shroom chocolate bars by Blue goba on an orange background

Looking to try some of Blue Goba’s exciting collection of products? Check out our selection of mushroom edibles in our online store. We have gummies available in macrodose portions as well as a variety of chocolates.

There are numerous ways of consuming magic mushrooms all of which can have their pros and cons depending on what you’re looking to get out of the experience. Take the time to consider what’s best for you and give a few different consumption methods a try. Did we forget some niche way of taking shrooms? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you’re looking to take magic shrooms, or maybe you’re guiding a first timer and helping them gather intel, one of the first questions is usually, “How long does it take for shrooms to kick in?”

Though it’s a seemingly simple question, the answer is quite multilayered and difficult to give a precise answer to as it depends on a myriad of factors. Knowing how long it takes for shrooms to kick in depends on your mindset, body and metabolism, and how you take them.

Factors on How Long It Takes Shrooms to Hit

Set and Setting When Taking Shrooms

Set and setting is a well-known concept in psychedelic circles, referring to the place (setting) and mindset (set) you’re in when you decide to trip. Shrooms, or any psychedelic drug, will no doubt hit differently and on different timelines depending on your mindset and environment. Taking shrooms in the comfort of your own home with a trusted friend or two will allow you to be calmer, more in touch with your body and in turn, feel the shrooms’ effects bloom from the beginning. Taking them in an unfamiliar environment with all manner of people around will delay the shrooms’ effects because you’re distracted by all the goings-on. It can also lead to an excess of anxiety or uncomfortable feelings on the come-up or the start of your shroom trip. Whenever you’re considering a trip, it’s important to remember that your mental state and your surroundings will undoubtedly have an effect on how long it takes the shrooms to kick in.

Your Body 

Everyone’s body is unique, so it stands to reason that everyone’s body will process an influx of shrooms differently. It will also depend on what’s in your stomach already when you take the shrooms. A full stomach can extend the time before the shrooms kick in by about an hour. When taken on an empty stomach, which isn’t recommended for beginners, shrooms can kick in after only about 10 minutes. Your stomach contents plays such a critical factor when you’re wondering just how long it takes for shrooms to kick in because shrooms contain psilocybin that needs to be converted into psilocin and then absorbed into the body. When your body is digesting both shrooms and food, the effects take place slower as your body is digesting everything at once and can affect how long they stay in your system.

How You Take the Shrooms

Chewing Whole Shrooms

There are a multitude of ways to take shrooms, depending on your personal preference. Chewing them whole is the easiest and quickest way to ingest them. However, eating shrooms this way is one of the longest lead-ins to a trip, as your body has to break them down before you can feel anything. With this method, you could start feeling the effects as soon as 10 minutes after taking them or as long as an hour after. The general consensus is that after 30 minutes you should start to feel some effects from the shrooms.

Magic Mushroom Tea

Making shroom tea takes a bit longer than simply chomping down some mushrooms but taking them in tea can make for a more enjoyable experience and trip. If you drink the tea reasonably quickly, the effects can be felt as soon as 10-15 minutes. However, if you slowly sip the tea after a decent meal, the results could be offset for about an hour. Mushroom tea still needs to be converted to psilocin by the body, but as it’s in a liquid form, the conversion and absorption are much quicker than your body working to break down pieces of shroom, so you may feel the effects of tea faster than eating them.

Lemon Tekking

Lemon Tekking is the practice of adding lemon juice to your shrooms before taking them. The reasoning behind lemon juice, in particular, is that the lemon juice mimics our stomach acid and so starts converting the psilocybin into psilocin before the shrooms are even taken. This makes the shrooms completely ready for absorption once they’ve been ingested. Shrooms taken in this manner kick in almost immediately, and it often results in a stronger, more intense, faster trip.

So, the next time you find yourself wondering, “How long does it take for shrooms to kick in?” remember the effects of shrooms are decided by your set and setting, body, and method of taking the shrooms—all in a delicate balance!

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With more and more people opening their minds to mushrooms’ healing and therapeutic properties, there is more interest in various ways of taking them. There are, of course, many ways that you can choose to indulge in mushrooms, but a popular method is making mushroom tea. It’s nearly as simple as it sounds, but for those of you wondering how to make mushroom tea, we’ve got the whole process below.

Magic Mushroom Tea Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • Scale
  • Kettle
  • Ingredient bowl
  • Coffee grinder (or anything that will allow you to chop up the mushrooms finely)
  • Strainer or coffee filter
  • Your favourite mug

Ingredients:

  • Your preferred dose of mushrooms (ground mushrooms can help here)
  • At least 2 cups of hot water, more if you’d like
  • Tea (optional)
  • Honey (optional)
  • Chopped, raw ginger (optional)

Steps:

  1. Weigh your dose. Be very careful with this step, especially if you’re a first-time magic mushroom tea maker. You’ll want to take the same dose you usually do, or perhaps a few grams less, as the tea allows the mushrooms to be absorbed faster.
  2. Grind up your shrooms. You can do this using a coffee grinder (make sure the coffee is all cleaned out!), a mortar and pestle, or you can chop them by hand but remember, they have to be very fine.
  3. Chop up your ginger and add it to your mushroom powder. Ginger is optional but is very helpful with calming the stomach and covering the taste of the mushrooms in the tea.
  4. Bring your water to a boil. Once it has boiled, allow the water to sit for about 20 seconds.
  5. Add half of the water to the mushroom and ginger mix in a cup or container. If you’re adding a teabag, you can do so here. Allow to steep for about 10 minutes.
  6. Strain the tea into a mug.
  7. Bring the second half of your water to a boil, and once again, let rest for about 20 seconds once it has boiled.
  8. Pour the water over the mushrooms, ginger and teabag mixture allowing it to steep for another 10 minutes.
  9. Strain the tea into the same mug as the first batch.
  10. Add honey to taste if desired.
  11. Throw away the remaining mushrooms.
  12. Enjoy!

And that’s how to make mushroom tea! You can use it as a method to microdose or macrodose. Once you’ve made it a few times, you may want to make some adjustments to the ingredients and process. If you find that double steeping the mushrooms doesn’t work for you, steeping them only once is absolutely an option. You can also play with additives and other flavour options you can add to your mushroom tea. Green tea, chamomile, or lemon tea are all popular flavours that compliment the earthy taste of mushrooms. Magic mushroom tea can make your trip come on faster, as the mushrooms are finely ground, and it can also lessen the time of your trip. If you experience nausea when taking mushrooms, learning how to make mushroom tea is an excellent alternative as the tea and ginger combination can lessen feelings of nausea. For many, the ritual of making the mushroom tea is the perfect lead-in to the trip itself.

If you’re looking for more in depth explanation about the effects of shrooms click here

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The earliest evidence of shroom usage has been traced back to aboriginal tribes from North Africa around 9000 BC, and nearly 11,000 years later, human beings are still fascinated by the use and effects of shrooms. People often write shrooms off as a 60s drug that brings out the “crazy,” making you act unbalanced and erratic. But, in reality, the effects of shrooms are proving very beneficial for almost anyone who takes them. However, as shrooms are not legalized, there is a lot of confusion and questions about the effects of shrooms for those looking to indulge.

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