What Are Magic Mushroom Spores?
Tending to something and watching it grow is always a fulfilling experience. Some people love to grow orchids, others plant their avocado stones, some might feed bugs to their Venus flytraps. Since lockdown especially, even those who never considered themselves ‘green fingered’ have jumped on the gardening train. With sales of plants and seeds through the roof, people are attempting to both make their homes nicer, and to find something to do. However, there are some who might consider themselves ‘grey-fingered’… (or should that be ‘beige-fingered’?) But, what are we talking about?
Why, the growing trend for growing your own mushrooms of course!
Yup, for those who like their gardening a bit more subterranean and fungus-y, this is the hobby for you! And, what’s more, I don’t think that you can take a psychedelic trip from chowing down on those orchids you’ve been fawning over…
So how to begin on your shroom growing career? Well, it all starts with a little spore…
So What Is A Spore For?
Well, in basic terms it’s the mushroom equivalent of a seed. You might already know this if you checked out our Magic Mushroom Glossary— essential for the burgeoning shroom-expert. However! This is a deep dive, and there is far more to spores than meets the eye…
Spores are the reproductive cells from which fungi multiply and grow. They are single-celled, tiny in size, and on a healthy mushroom they exist in huge populations. This is because successful germination of a fungus is relatively rare. Clyde Martin Christensen describes spores as being 1/2500 of an inch long in his book ‘Edible Mushrooms’ — pretty darn small. They are found on the underside of the mushroom cap, in the gills, teeth, or pores— depending on the species of mushroom. These terms (gills, teeth, pores) reflect the shape of the spore-producing part of the mushroom.
And each little spore works as a calling card for the mushroom it came from— useful to know for mushroom hunters who want to identify a particular species.
A Happy Mushroom Produces Spores
Like plants that fruit or flower, most mushrooms do not produce spores all the time. Like, for example, an apple tree, the mushroom will only grow its reproductive components if there is enough nutrients (food) and water to produce the extra energy needed for it to make the spores. This means that if a mushroom is producing spores, it is by default a happy and healthy fungus.
Connect, Expand and Grow
Spores, depending on the mushroom, can drop, or be ejected, from underneath the cap. When they fall, their tiny size means they can be picked up by air currents and carried along to be disseminated. Although the majority of spores will land on inhospitable ground, the ones that are lucky find a fertile spot and get to work. They send shoots into the ground, which find other shoots from other little spores and they begin the reproductive process. Together they connect, expand and grow the subterranean fungus system.
How To Make A Spore Print
Spores, fascinatingly, can also act like the ‘fingerprint’ of a mushroom. Identifying what sort of mushroom you are dealing with is essential if you plan to eat them (whether for psychedelic reasons OR just because you’re hungry), as many species are poisonous, and occasionally deadly. Taking a ‘spore print’ is a common technique with which to identify a mushroom.
To make a spore print, you cut the cap of a mushroom off and put it gill/teeth/pore-side down on a piece of light coloured paper, glass, plastic wrap or foil. You then place a cup or bowl over the mushroom and leave it for between 2 and 24 hours (depending on the freshness of the mushroom). After that time, the millions of spores which have fallen from the cap will leave a clear print, from which you can identify the mushroom species.
How To Cultivate Mushroom Spores
There are many techniques and tools for growing mushrooms from spores at home, particularly magic ones. However, this can be difficult if you are not an expert in mushroom cultivation. While growing from spores is cheap, it takes some work, as you must produce the substrate (fertile ground from which the spores will grow), inoculate and incubate all yourself.
Spores can be bought online (check the legality in your own country of residence), along with tools to administer them to your substrate, such as a ‘spore syringe’. This medical terminology is also a clue to the care you should take when growing shrooms from spores. The highest level of hygiene is recommended, disinfected hands, clean clothes etc. The reason for this is that the damp and slightly stinky habitat that fungi love is also ideal for a whole host of un-invited guests— such as mould and bacteria that can be harmful for both your, and your baby mushrooms’ health.
However, if you are up to the challenge (keen to hone that aforementioned grey-thumb?) then there are many techniques to try, most famously PF Tek. This was introduced in 1992 by Professor Robert McPherson, also known as Psilocybe Fanaticus. It is well respected and known for being a relatively simple, and straightforward, set of guidelines for growing at home.
Legality of Spores
Additionally, as spores of magic mushrooms do not contain either psilocin or psilocybin, in many jurisdictions they are actually legal. However, some jurisdictions do categorise their cultivation as intent to manufacture drugs, so again, make sure you check the laws in your place of residence.
The Answer: Magic Mushroom Grow Kits!
If you want to grow some shrooms, but the syringes, heating matts and sterilisation seems a bit complex, there is another option! Magic mushroom grow kits arrive with the little spores cosy in a fertile substrate and having already germinated (grown) into mycelium. This means that, while of course still in need of care and attention, it is much easier and efficient to grow yourself some shrooms. And so, you get to enjoy the fruits of your cultivation much sooner than if you were starting from that tiny little spore alone. When the pinheads begin to sprout you’ll feel like a proud gardener!
Consequently, is it legal to buy mushroom spores online?
Psilocybin spores are legal in all states in the USA except California, Georgia and Idaho. Our psilocybin mushroom spores are sold for microscopic use only. Anyone purchasing our magic mushroom spores with the intention of using them in an illegal manner will be denied future purchasing privileges.
Beside above, are mushroom grow kits legal in Ireland? Since February 2006, sale and possession of magic mushrooms has been illegal in Ireland.
Correspondingly, is Zamnesia legal?
Legal Status of Magic Truffles, Magic Mushrooms and Grow Kits. Zamnesia is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and operates only in the legal boundaries of the narcotic law of The Netherlands. Mushrooms (fresh & dried): Illegal.
How do you get mushroom spores?
Collecting spores on paper
Cut stem with sterile scalpel, at the highest possible point without touching gills.
Place mushroom cap on a piece of paper for 12 to 24h, covered with a clean bowl.
Remove mushroom cap.
Pick up spore printed paper with clean tweezers and put in a ziplock bag.
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Does freezing kill Mushroom spores?
Spores are fine at at these low temperatures, it’s just not good if spore syringes get frozen solid as that can kill the spores. Spore prints can handle the freezing temperatures much better since they are not frozen in crystals. After all spores do freeze and thaw in nature.
Is mycelium psychoactive?
The psychoactive drugs psilocyn and psilocybin were not detected in the mycelium, the earliest stage of development of the mushroom. It appears that the Psilocybe cyanescens mushrooms are not photosynthetic, but are photosensitive.
Is Acid legal anywhere?
LSD is legal to possess and to use (i.e. personal use only) in some countries, like Portugal and Mexico. In other countries, such as the Netherlands, you cannot possess LSD but consuming it is not a crime, paradoxical as this might sound. Also keep in mind that illegal does not mean criminalised.
What drugs are legal in UK?
These include: amphetamine (not methamphetamine), barbiturates, codeine, ketamine, synthetic cannabinoids such as Spice and cannabis (medicinal cannabis is now legal in the UK and can be prescribed by specialist doctors from 1st November 2018).
How do you eat magic Mushies?
Eat or drink the dose. If you eat the mushrooms and don’t like the taste, you can chew them with peanut butter or some other flavorful food. Once you take the mushrooms, you’ll have about 30-60 minutes before the effects are strong.
Can Mushroom spores grow in your lungs?
Long-term exposure to mushrooms spores can lead to lung inflammation and acute lung disease. Over time, the acute condition turns into chronic (long-lasting) lung disease. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is a common type of lung inflammation associated with exposure to fungi spores.
How many days mushroom grow?
Smaller mushrooms grow in about a day. Medium and larger mushrooms (think large toadstools) can grow with steady moisture over 3-4 days. I visited a mushroom field in the Seattle area over several consecutive days and the largest (see picture) took about six days to get from button to dinner plate size.
What is the life cycle of a mushroom?
Spore generation is the sexual reproduction phase of the mushroom life cycle. spore release: The fruitbody releases spores into the environment for propagation. Those that land on a favorable substrate (or growth medium) can germinate, beginning the life cycle anew!
How long do spores last?
Spore syringes do not last as long because eventually the water develops bacteria. A general guideline is 8 to 12 months. Although we have heard many reports of 2 to 5 years. If your sporeprints do not germinate within the usual time frame then rehydrate them in sterile water for 24 hours.
What conditions are needed for a mushroom to grow?
Mushrooms, like all fungi, thrive in moist environments. Button mushrooms need moist growingmedia such as compost or manure. Shiitake mushroom logs should be kept at a moisture level from 35 to 45 percent, which requires soaking for 48 hours in the event the logs become dry.
How long does it take to grow Psilocybe Cubensis?
about 3 days
How do you start a mushroom farm?
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Get your spawn and substrate. You’ll need a spawn to start the culture.
Prepare the substrate. First, chop the straw into short pieces.
Pack the plastic bags.
Is mushroom mold toxic?
Health Effects of Mold MushroomsJust like the fungus they emerge from, these mold mushrooms are toxic and harmful to humans and animals alike. What of the main health issues mold mushrooms can cause is a respiratory illness. This gets characterized by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or asthma-like symptoms.