What are Magic Mushrooms?
They are psychedelic mushrooms containing the compound psilocybin which, when consumed, will induce laughter and halleucenegenic high. Categoized in the polyphyletic mushroom category, these fungi can also contain other psychedelic compounds such as psilocin and baeocystin, although psilocybin is the ingredient we are most familiar with. There are over 200 species of psilocybin mushrooms and they can grow in many climates including many varieties in Mexico, parts of South America, North America, and Europev – and now, you can buy shrooms online in Canada at Secret Smoke from the comfort of your own home.
Also called “shrooms”, they are often used for religious or spiritual purposes and in recent years, are gaining popularity for their ability to be used for therapeutic purposes and treat medical conditions such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, cluster headaches, OCD, ADHD, other mental health disorders. Furthermore, they have been linked to aiding people with chroinic addictions, and end-of-life anxiety in terminally ill patients.
What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is the naturally occurring compound found in hallucinogenic mushrooms.When ingested, psilocybin is metabolizes into psilocin, which stimulates serotonin receptors in the brain which quickly escalates into mind and body altering experience.
It was first isolated by Dr. Albert Hoffman (yes, the same Dr. Hoffman who discovered LSD), in 1958.This discovery was a turning point in psychedelic research and acted as the main catalyst for the industry we know today.
Research into the therapeutic and medicinal benefits have encouraged many NGOs and government agencies to look beyond the rectreational industry and explore the potential medicinal properties this fungi has to offer. As a result, decriminalization is increasing in many countries making it more accesible for consumers to safely buy magic mushrooms online.
How Long Do Shrooms Last?
That depends on a few factors: how potent the mushrooms are, the dose, how you ingested them, your tolerance, and how your body metabolizes them. Typically, the effects of magic mushrooms can last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours.
You should begin to start feeling your high within 30 minutes to 2 hours after you consume them, and peak within 2 to 4 hours. After the peak, the effects slowly subside over the next few hours, with some lingering and cloudy effects until they eventually wear off completely. Remember, it is impossible to tell how much pislocybin is in each shroom due the fact it is not measured in a lab, so if you are new to mushrooms or have to complete a task later, its important to dose yourself incrementally and responsibly.
How Do I Consume a Shroom?
There are various ways to eat mushrooms. You can eat them whole, however, we suggest adding them to an aromatic food to mask the taste. Of course, there are more recent alternatives on the market consisting of magic mushroom chocolates, shroom gummies and micro dose capsules. That being said, either way, you should be mindful that regardless of which product you choose, it all gets digested in your stomach and liver. Many people will experience ‘gut-rot’, this is why making tea is popular. This methodology spares the user most of the stomache aches associated with digesting the dried mushrooms. Additionaly, drinking a beverage containing ingredients like ginger, peppermint, calcium or even popping a tums can considerably help with the slight pain and discomfort associated with eating dried shrooms.
Taking a microdose (less than .25 of a gram) or up to 1 gram of mushrooms, will usually lead to a shorter trip, and lessened effects than a larger dose. Many people find regular microdosing helpful for mood disorders and can help with depression.
Your dose will depend a lot on the intensity and duration of your trip- dose with intention!
Secret Smokes Best Shroom Strains
1) One of the strongest Psilocybe cubensis strains, Blue Meanies are known for their visual, physical, euphoric, energetic, and contemplative high. The trip typically starts 45 minutes to an hour after consumption, but since the effects can continue to get stronger for a while, users are advised to wait at least three hours before taking another dose. Highs can last up to 4-5 hours.
2) The Penis Envy trip is exceptional not just for its intensity but also for its noticeably quick onset, wavy rather than geometric images, and comparatively minimal physical consequence. The experience is said to “clean,” and many users report how light they felt during their experience.
3) Albino Avery mushrooms are potent, quick-acting effects that can instantly lift your mood to new heights. The majority of consumers claim to feel ecstatic and energised shortly after taking the mushroom. Even though Albino Avery is known to cause intense visual hallucinations, common experiences have been described as fulfilling and pleasant.
4) Amazonian shrooms are usually recommended to a novice or someone that wants to remain on the level. Many users proclaim that it is a great “city strain” as it is usually less intense and great for social interactions. Its known to get people moving on the dance floor and in love with their music.
5) Liberty Caps a one of the most potent mushrooms. Here at Secret Smoke we are determined to find a forager in 2023 that can supply these small and incredible mushrooms. They are extremely hard to grow and are not regularly cultivated due to the fact they are susceptible to mold and are small by nature. That being said, the effects are magnificent. Users report spiritual awakening, rapid detachment from reality and extreme visuals. This strain is definitely on the treat spectrum… if you can find it. b
How do Shrooms Grow?
Although you can grow them in a closet or scale an operation in a large facility, magic mushrooms grow naturally in many parts of the world, and they especially love warm and humid climates. From Central and South America to Europe, to Asia, to Australia and New Zealand, many common species of shrooms grow more abundantly than one would think. They can populate in many areas such as rotting wood, tree stumps or around trees and other vegetation.
If you are thinking about starting to forage for mushrooms, use caution when going into the wilderness as it can be challenging to identify each particular strain. If you chose to do this, we strongly reccomend going with a seasoned forager or a mycoligist. (Mycology is the segment of biology concern with the study of fungi.)
If you don’t want to buy shrooms online and you want to grow them at home, it can be a simple process, but you need the right materials. You will need substrate, sterilized jars, a growing bag or terrarium, and temperature and humidity control.
Growing mushrooms can be a very rewarding experience, but takes patience and attention to detail and extremely clendliness. Be sure to keep things incredibly sterile to prevent contamination by other fungi or bacteria, this can lead to various degress of contamination and mold that can destroy your crop!
It all starts from spores of mycelium, the vegetative part of the fungus, which are grown on a nutrient-rich substrate- at home, you might use a mixture of rye grain, vermiculite, and water. You can also use sawdust or compost- do some research to find what works best for you. Next, the mycelium is grown in sterilized jars or bags. You are going to want to purchase a small pressure cooker to sterlilize your growing vessel. After sterilization you inoculate your growing medium with spore culture. Be sure to inject different areas to maximize your yield and rate of colonization.
These jars or bags will need to be kept in a cool, dark place completely away from any UV rays. Once you have fully colonized the jars, your rye grain should appear from the darkness covereing the vast majory of your your substrate with a fuzzy off white mycellium .Transfering healthy colonized jars or bags to your tank is imperative. If you identify any mold, which usually comes in its typical blue grey colour, you need to keep the bag closed or the lid sealed and dispose of them. This will inhibit the spores from gliding in the air and infecting your grow area. It’s ok if you have a small rate of infected jars or bags, this is common for even the highest trained mycoligist. This process typically takes anywhere from a few days to several weeks on a small scale. If you are colonizing large 2-3 pound bags, it can take up to a month. It really depends on your environment and how well you innoculated your substrate.
You want to keep the temperature around 21-26°C ( or 70-80°F), with humidity levels of around 90-95%. The growing containers must be kept covered and dark, as exposure to light can have a negative impact on the growth of the mushrooms.
The growing process involves several stages: colonization, fruiting, and maturation. During colonization, the mycelium will grow and spread throughout the substrate. During the fruiting stage, the mycelium produces the mushrooms, which will emerge from the substrate and grow to maturity over a period of several days. You will feel like a proud parent. Once the mushrooms have fully matured, they are ready to be harvested and dried. Remember, do not consume fresh magiv mushrooms, they can be extemely poisonous and disconnect your from your neuromuscualr system. In some cases this can result in peralysis and exteme sickenss, so make sure to dry them properly. If you are new to cultivation, try growing the A+ or Golden teacher magic mushroom strains as they are known to be resiliant and incredibly resitant to mold.
How Long Does it Take Shrooms to Kick In?
The onset of the effects of magic mushrooms typically occurs within 30 minutes to 2 hours after you eat them. The exact time it takes for shrooms to kick in can vary depending on several factors, such as the dose, the potency of the mushrooms, your metabolism, and how you ingest them. Taking shrooms on an empty stomach can lead to a faster onset of effects, while eating a meal can delay them. Once they kick in, you will start to feel the effects. Magic mushrooms can cause an altered perception, including visual and auditory hallucinations, and a heightened sense of color and sound. If you are in nature, you may notice trees ‘breathing’ and feel very connected to your surroundings.
You can also experience altered thinking- magic mushrooms can cause changes in thought patterns, including an increased sense of creativity (have you ever seen psychedelic artwork?) Your mood can also change – you may feel euphoric and happy, yet emotionally sensitive and empathetic, and a great interconnectedness to nature and the people around you.
Alternatively, you can also feel nauseous. Some people have upset tummies as the mushrooms digest, and this usually goes away. If you do too large of a dose, you can also experience anxiety, paranoia or fear. This will generally go away on its own as well, just remember that it will pass. If you have a history of mental illness, please consult with a medical professional before taking magic mushrooms.
Can you Smoke Shrooms?
Although this is technically possible, it is not advised- psilocybin is ingested orally, usually by eating the mushrooms directly or by brewing them into a tea. If you don’t like the taste of raw mushrooms, consider eating a mushroom chocolate, capsules, or a tincture. Smoking them would not deliver the compounds into your bloodstream, and the heat of the flame will ultimately diminish much of the psilocybin content. Not only will it not get you high, but it will taste bad, irritate your throat, could make you nauseous, and there is a risk of mold or fungal infections. Just don’t do it.
What Part of the Brain does Magic Mushrooms Affect?
Magic mushrooms affect several areas of the brain, including the default mode network (DMN), the frontal and cerebral cortex, the thalamus, and the limbic system. The DMN is a network of brain regions that is active when the brain is in a resting state, not sleeping but daydreaming or thinking. Psilocybin is believed to reduce the activity in this section of the brain, leading to changes in thought and emotions. Shrooms can also affect the cerebral cortex, which is the outer layer of the brain responsible for important things like processing sensory information, regulating consciousness, and producing thoughts and emotions. They are also known to affect the thalamus which is the part of the brain that acts as a relay station for sensory information. Lastly, they affect the limbic, which is a group of brain regions that help regulate emotions. Studies on PTSD and depression show changes in neural connections in the frontal cortex, which is the part of your brain responsible for mood, perception and cognition. A PET study (positron emission tomography), found that the brain metabolism (brain metabolism is your fuel and function- how you stay sharp) in the frontal cortex was increased with psilocybin. This study showed that a single dose of psilocybin can reduce symptoms of depression for up to two weeks.
How can Psilocybin Rewire the Brain?
Psilocybin is believed to have the potential to rewire the brain through its effects on the brain’s neural network. It is thought to increase neural plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to new experiences. This means forming new connections and leading to changes in perception. This is why it can be helpful in treating depression, and specifically depression that has been resistant to other treatments. It is also thought to increase the release of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which can regulate mood and mental function.
Finally, psilocybin is believed to increase the activity of synapses, the structures that allow communication between neurons. This increased activity may lead to changes in perception, thought patterns, and emotions. Studies show that psilocybin improves connections between different regions of the brain in people that struggle with depression.
When did Psychedelic Mushrooms Evolve ?
Although we don’t know exactly when magic mushrooms evolved, we do know that their use has been documented in human history for thousands of years, mostly in spiritual or religious ceremonies to alter states of consciousness. Some archeological evidence indicates they may have been used up to 12,000 years ago!
From Mexico and throughout Central America, the Olmec, Zapotec, Aztec and Mayan cultures used them, and are even known in ancient Aztec text as “teonanácatl” or “flesh of the gods.” They were believed to bring one closer to the gods. Check out our Aztec God strain from Mexico for an authentic vibe.
In North America, tribes such as the Pueblo and Navajo, have used them for religious and healing rituals. Additionally, in more recent studies, it has been found that they were even used in Ancient Greece and the Roman era for the purposes of health and healing. And finnally, even to this day they are still used for healing ritulas in Africa and Australia.
The altered state of consciousness can provide a spiritual experience, and many users report having a ‘mystical experience.’ In fact, one study reports that over 60% of participants reported having a “complete mystical experience” after a magic mushroom trip. If you’ve had one before- you will know. It’s an intense and profound sense of oneness, of unity and connectedness. Experiences like this can be transforming as it can provide introspection, self awareness, and help you to gain a deeper understanding of your feelings, your relationships and the world around you. Often, these experiences happen outside in nature.
How to Properly Dose Magic Mushrooms
This really depends on the effects you are looking for. Some general guidelines are to start with a low dose, especially if you are a beginner- 0.5 to 1 gram of dried mushrooms. You can always eat more if you aren’t feeling the desired effects.
Then, wait. It will take at least 20 minutes and up to an hour for the effects to kick in. Be patient. If you desire a more intense experience, gradually add another .25 to 0.5 grams.
An experienced user might eat between 2 and 4 grams – an eighth is 3.5. Terrance McKenna refers to the ‘heroic dose” as 5 grams – this is where you will ultimately blast off and is only recommended for experienced users. Always consider your tolerance, body weight, metabolism and strain of magic mushrooms. The potency can vary widely depending on the strain. Amazonian mushrooms, for example, are known to be quite social at a low dose, increase feelings of connectivity at a higher dose, and offer a mystical experience at an even higher dose.
Some of the most potent mushrooms include Psilocybe Azurescens (Flying Saucers), Panaeolus cyanescens (Blue Meanies) and Psilocybe Cubensis, like Penis Envy mushrooms although there are many other strains available.
Where is the Best Place to do Shrooms?
The best place to do magic mushrooms depends on a few things: how high you want to get, your level of comfort, and safety considerations. As many experienced psychedelic users would tell you, two of the most important ingredients for a successful trip are the people you surround yourself with in addtion to your location. Its also safe to consider your mindset when deciding to enter into this new world. If you are unsure of your decsion, you may want to defer your trip until you have acclamated to a certain level of comfort.Depending one the individual it can be more than your physical environment and more about your emotional state – are you comfortable? Are you around people you trust? How are you feeling?
“Setting” is your physical location, but also other environmental factors – are you warm? Who is around you? Are you in a crowd or with a few close friends? Is there music or other stimuli? Are you in nature, and if so, do you feel safe?
Since mushrooms can be unpredictable, it is important to be somewhere you feel comfortable. This will drastically enhance your experience. If possible, be somewhere private – mushrooms can bring on personal and emotional experiences (and not necessarily bad), but you may want to avoid people you don’t know, especially when you are peaking. Here at Secret Smoke, we reccomened being outside in nature, it can be magica – many people find meaningful connections with nature and a feeling of oneness.
Of course, there can be a time and a place for each setting, and you might have to experiment to find the right one- for example, a large dose at a crowded concert might be overwhelming, but the same dose in the forest might feel perfect. A small dose indoors at a nightclub might be just enough, but the same amount on a camping trip might leave you wanting more.
For example, the dose-meter for our Albino Avery strain is as follows:
- Micro Dose: 0.1 – 0.4 grams
- Creative Dose: 0.5 – 1 grams
- Light Dose: 0.1 – 2 grams
- High Dose: 2 – 3.5 grams
- Hero Dose: 3.5 – 5+ grams
And remember- a ‘bad trip’ is possible, but is often less about your dosage, and more about the wrong set and setting. You want to be as comfortable as possible. It’s always a good idea to be prepared – make a playlist (there are many groovy psychedelic playlists available online), have layers and blankets nearby, and be sure you can easily use the bathroom. You are the master of your experience, give it the respect it deserves.
Is it Legal to Buy Shrooms Online?
Have you ever asked the question, “where can i find a shooms dispensary near me”? Well we have good news, many cities in Canada are being popluated with mushroom dispensaries in most downtown cores. That being said, the line of legality and decriminalization is blurred, which is why its safest to buy shrooms online. Rest assured that Secret Smoke products come in an unassuming package, with no telltale labels or stickers. We have delivered countless packages to consumers all over the country. We aren’t called ‘Secret’ Smoke for nothing!
Can I Overdose on Shrooms?
The answer is, it’s very unlikely to physically overdose and have life-threatening symptoms, however, it is more likely that you could take too large of a dose and have a bad trip, or experience potential effects like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness, paranoia, agitation, anxiety, or intense hallucinations. These will go away on their own. In extreme cases, it is possible to have a seizure or enter a coma.
We recommend you start small and work your way up. Your body weight, tolerance, previous experience and potency of the strain will all play a factor in the effects. And please remember- while medical research findings are promising, we advise taking it under the supervision of a healthcare professional especially in the case of mental health disorders.
And above all- have fun!