Mushrooms are gateway to magic

Drying Magic Shrooms

Drying magic mushrooms for the best psychedelic experience even Janis Joplin will envy.

Some mushrooms go well with your burgers and salads.  Some mushrooms taste great dipped in chocolate. Then there are mushrooms that go well with everything else.

Magic mushrooms can open the doorway to a great experience but beware! Taking the wrong steps can turn this promising experience into a bad ride.

Fresh magic mushrooms should be eaten right away. In their dried form, they can last for years with almost unchanging potency but only when dried well.

Without proper drying, mushrooms start to mold. No one wants moldy mushrooms. On the other hand, applying excessive heat in such a short time will destroy the mushroom’s potency.

There are many questions about the proper way to dry magic mushrooms but fear not… drying mushrooms is easy!

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It all starts with harvesting at the right time.

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Mushrooms are ready for drying right after harvesting. The best time to harvest magic mushrooms is when the veil is about to break from the cap. The veil breaks between 5-12 days after the first mushroom pins have popped up. Once this veil breaks, the cap opens allowing thousands of tiny spores to drop. This is the perfect time to harvest as the torn veil indicates peak potency.

There is a right way to harvest.

When harvesting magic mushrooms, wear gloves and/or wear gloves to prevent contamination. Choose your mushroom but don’t pull them out yet! Pulling mushrooms from the cake leaves holes which risk impurities getting in. For this reason, the best way is to cut at the base using a pair of sharp scissors.

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Yes, there is a pre-drying phase.

Pre-drying allows excess moisture out of fresh mushrooms. Being 95% water, magic mushrooms don’t stay fresh for long. There are two basic methods to pre-drying magic shrooms depending on your environment.

Method 1: Place the magic mushrooms on a plate and cover with a piece of black cloth. Place the plate in a sunny window with plenty of ventilation.

Method 2: If the sun isn’t out, put the mushrooms on a plate and have a fan blow on them.

Whether you choose method 1 or 2, mushrooms will be dry to the touch in a few hours. They will also feel rubbery and appear wrinkled. In this condition, the mushrooms are in great condition for short-term storage. At this state, they can last for several weeks.

If you want to keep your magic mushrooms longer, keep reading.

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Create your own desiccant.

What is a desiccant? Don’t let that fancy-sounding word intimidate you. In simple terms, a desiccant is a moisture absorbent. One of the most common desiccants is silica gel. It’s used in industrial packaging and preserving food. For drying mushrooms, the most efficient and cheap way is to make your own desiccant.

Again, there’s no need to fret. It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

This simple method will need Epsom salts also known as magnesium sulfate. They are available over the counter from any pharmacy.

Other equipment and materials you need are already in your home. These are a hammer, a baking tray, an airtight container and an oven.

Step 1: Spread the Epsom salts across the tray until it’s even and about 1cm deep.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to about 250 degrees Celsius.

Step 3: Put the Epsom salts inside the oven for 2 hours. This is crucial to remove any dampness in them.

Step 4: Using safety precautions, remove the tray of heated Epsom salts from the oven. You need to be fast because they will start to absorb moisture from the air as soon as they are exposed. Do not wait for them to cool.

Step 5: At this point, the salts would have become one solid cake. Break it into pieces using a hammer.

Step 6: Place the Epsom salts in airtight containers while they’re still hot. The home-made desiccant is now ready for use.

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Dry your magic shrooms using the desiccant.

Once your desiccant is ready to use, you can start drying magic shrooms. For this, you will need a wide plastic container with an airtight cover, paper towels, and a metal mesh.

Step 1: Spread the desiccant on the plastic container. The container needs to be of the right size to allow the desiccant to be spread all over the surface. This will serve as the bottom layer.

Step 2: Cover the desiccant with a layer of paper towels. Once again, minimize exposure to room air by doing this step as fast as you can.

Step 3: Bend the metal mesh at the sides just enough to allow it to hold the mushrooms above the paper towels. This will create a platform preventing the mushrooms from touching the desiccant.

Step 4: Place the pre-dried mushrooms on top of the metal mesh.

Step 5: Close the container. Make sure that the lid is airtight. The desiccant will absorb any remaining moisture from the mushrooms.

Step 6: Wait. Check back on the mushrooms every couple of days. This will test your patience. Keep in mind that the trick is to dry them slowly and completely until they are “cracker-dry.” It’s all right to touch them when checking for moisture but do it sparingly. Once the mushrooms break when you try to bend them, they have achieved the ideal dryness. They are ready for long-term storage in a Ziploc bag.

Bonus: Use a vacuum machine to vacuum seal the magic mushrooms. This is a better alternative to Ziploc bags.

Unconventional Methods for Drying and Storing Magic Mushrooms

 

Silica Gel

 
Do you remember those small packets of silica gel that come with your shoes? Don’t throw them away! These small packets are great for moisture absorption.

For this method, you’d need fresh magic mushrooms, a wide container, and packs of silica gel. Use 1 gram of silica gel for every gram of magic mushrooms.

  1. Complete the pre-drying steps mentioned above.
  2. Put the pre-dried magic mushrooms inside a plastic container but leave separate space for the silica gel.
  3. Place the metal mesh between the magic mushrooms and the silica gel. The mesh is supposed to keep the two apart. Silica gel isn’t meant to come in contact with food.
  4. Cover the container and make sure it’s airtight. Keep the container in a dry place. Check on the mushrooms every two days to until they’re cracker-dry.
  5. Vacuum seal the cracker-dry mushrooms in a Ziploc bag.

Silica gel is almost as good as CaMg. Magic mushrooms dried through this method can also last up to 3 years.

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Chocolates

 
This method is perfect if you have a sweet tooth. This also lets you hide your magic mushrooms in plain sight. You’d need pre-dried mushrooms, your favorite brand of chocolate, a saucepan, a stove, an ice tray and a food grinder.

  1. Grind the pre-dried magic mushrooms.
  2. Grind the chocolates. The amount depends on your preference.
  3. Place the saucepan on top of low flame.
  4. Once the saucepan starts getting warm, put the ground chocolates in.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the flame after the chocolates have melted.
  6. While the chocolates are still liquid, sprinkle the ground magic mushrooms. Stir lightly.
  7. Transfer the mixture into the ice tray to mold. Store inside the freezer.

Magic mushrooms preserved in chocolates will last depending on the chocolate’s expiration date. Be aware that chocolates with high cocoa content are more acidic. Putting psilocybin mushrooms in an acidic environment will make the come-up faster, and higher. The downside is a shorter duration.

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Freon

 
Freon can be used to preserve dried mushrooms too. Freon won’t react with the mushrooms and will prevent the psilocybin from breaking down. This method is faster than the ones previously mentioned. It requires an oven, Ziploc bags, a weighing scale, and a canister of Vari-Air or other Freon-based dust removal products.

  1. Preheat the oven to a low setting of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place the pre-dried mushrooms inside for 10-15 minutes or until they achieve a crisp texture. Be careful in applying too much heat.
  3. Remove the mushrooms from the oven.
  4. Separate the dried mushrooms into 5-gram units. 1 unit is equivalent to 1 dose.
  5. Put 1 dose inside a Ziploc bag.
  6. Flatten the Ziploc bag as much as possible. Insert the Vari-Air nozzle into the side of the Ziploc bag and zip it as far as you can.
  7. Inflate the bag to about ¾ full, zip it close, shake, leave a small opening, and press out the gas. This flushes the air out of the bag so that it is filled with Freon. Repeat steps 6 and 7 twice.
  8. Remove the nozzle and roll the bag up from its lower end to press out the gas.
  9. Seal the strip completely.
  10. Repeat for the remaining bags.

You can take this method even further. Flush a bigger plastic bag with Freon and put the Ziploc bags inside it. This will create two layers of Freon to preserve the mushrooms and protect them from moisture. Remember to re-blast the big plastic bag with Freon every time you take out a Ziploc bag.

Magic mushrooms stored in Freon last for 12-18 months.

Whichever method you use, you will have magic mushrooms one hand for years to come… just remember where you put them when the special occasions happen.

Growing and drying magic mushrooms on your own is safe but will need time and effort. Nothing worth having comes easy. If growing them proves difficult or time-consuming, you can buy safe mushrooms online!

Have a fun and safe psychedelic experience.

26 Responses to “Drying Magic Shrooms”

  1. Sophie Tully 1st February 2020 at 15:47 #

    Could you use a food dehydrator to dry the shrooms? Thinking about getting one.

  2. C 20th January 2020 at 21:57 #

    Hi,

    I’ve dried my home grown mckennai mushrooms in front of a electrical heating panel. The room temperature is around 24 celcius and the mushrooms were under some light (possibly also sunlight) while drying for about a week. I’ve eaten 7 dried grams which unfortunately seemed not potent at all.

    Is the method of drying wrong, or the fact that there may have been to much uv/infrared radiation, destroying the potency of the mushrooms?

    Any tips are welcome.

  3. Ian J. Booker 3 8th December 2019 at 18:29 #

    simple method,effective, fast results
    

 1. pluck mushrooms off base of cake
    
2. brings any foregoing particulates
    
3. place on paper towel

    4. a roll the stems between my two fingers to split the stem ( this repairs the mushroom for additional drying in step
    5.
 pick the mushrooms dry a separate new piece of paper towel until it’s dry
    
6. place of mushrooms directly on a food dehydrator.
 I bought this one because it’s $38 
 no switches and dials because they plug to plug in wal
    7. I spread the mushrooms ars much as I can.
    8. and plug it in and let it run overnight
    
9. the Muslims are perfectly dry the next morning ( the stems snap crisp
    
10. and almost from parts to a coffee grinder……. the powder is completely dry and ready to be used?

 1.5 grams is effective? 2.7 g is the most I used so far.


    before anyone announced the method please be prepared to have documentation to support your claims. I would like to know anybody else says try this approach?

  4. Steven Thompson 8th October 2019 at 23:48 #

    Can you use rice to dry the mushrooms in a sealed container?

  5. Richard Depol 10th September 2019 at 18:36 #

    Air dried my mushrooms which worked well and mushrooms were crisp and dry in three days, yet caps and stems are darker bluish green color than when they were picked. Should I be concerned or is this common?

  6. Ivan Caballero 25th August 2019 at 16:33 #

    Hi, I’m from Colombia, I wanted to know if just by freezing them, placing them in the freezer, would work as a way to preserve?
    I heard something about this method from Paul stamets but I wanted to be sure.

    • Peter de Boer 3rd September 2019 at 18:10 #

      Hola Ivan, I am not sure about the method, as far as I have read they do not put in in the freezer but in a glass with ice in the refrigerator and collect the blue water. I’m not sure what to do with the chopped up mushrooms that are left or how to dose and preserve the blue water. I would prefer eating them fresh, otherwise, dry them without adding heat, so under 30c. At least then you have the full truffles/mushrooms and know how to dose. But it seems like a nice experiment!

  7. Manman 19th July 2019 at 03:53 #

    So to dry them after harvest as long as i have something to seperate the silicia gel from the mushrooms that should be fine? Will humidity packs work to dry them?

  8. Ubiquitous 10th July 2019 at 18:07 #

    Why are you trolling the guy?
    The screen must be made of titanium with a 4000 micron square grid exactly so the mushrooms won’t fall through and it must fit exatly inside your container.

    Now the container, you might have to visit several shops in town to find the correct one. It only works if it’s no more than 300mm long and 200mm wide but no less than 35cm long and 26cm wide, no taller than 400mm too or the desiccant will loose it’s effect.

    Good luck

    • Bob 11th July 2019 at 15:58 #

      I assume this is internet humor.

  9. Aike 27th June 2019 at 06:58 #

    Thanks for the guides,
    I just want to ask 1 question, I’d harvested panaeolus cyancescnes last day, and i dried them right away, after a couple of hours, maggots exists on my shrooms and eating all the caps. Do you have any recommendation to get rid of this?

    • Bob 27th June 2019 at 11:13 #

      This isn’t something we’ve experienced, but it sounds like there were eggs on or in the mushrooms when you harvested. Washing them before drying might have prevented this if they were just on the surface.

  10. Neil Richardson 23rd June 2019 at 21:30 #

    Will using a dehydrator to dry them quickly make the mushrooms less potent?

    • Bob 25th June 2019 at 11:40 #

      It shouldn’t matter as long as the dehydrator doesn’t use heat. Drying will protect the psilocybin while heat above 30C will destroy it.

  11. Jean Shimp 30th May 2019 at 14:34 #

    Can I use Damp Rid (commercial moisture absorber) as my dessicant?

    • Bob 30th May 2019 at 15:36 #

      We haven’t used that ourselves, but it should work as well.

  12. Alex 28th April 2019 at 14:02 #

    Hello. Can you please tell me about the metal mesh? Where can i find the right one to fit in the container? Also do i need to take out the silica gel or put it like this?

    • Bob 30th April 2019 at 18:05 #

      The metal mesh is nothing special, the rack in toaster ovens would work. The silica gel should be spread out evenly on the bottom of the container so it is better if they are out of the packet.

  13. Christopher Higgins 22nd April 2019 at 00:36 #

    Hello,

    Is there a tried and true ratio of salt to shrooms one should use?

    • Bob 22nd April 2019 at 15:38 #

      There is not really a number to give because it will depend on the environment. Salt is only meant to take moisture out of the air, not the shrooms.

  14. Max Mustermann 4th February 2019 at 14:22 #

    Hi,

    how much magnesium sulfate do I need for the drying process? For example what amount of magnesium sulfate should I use per gram of harvested mushrooms?

    thanks for the great tutorial

    • Bob 22nd April 2019 at 15:37 #

      Salts should not be used to dry directly. They only absorb excess moisture during storage. So there is not really a number to give because it will depend on the environment.

  15. jmeslemke87 6th December 2018 at 22:40 #

    Truffles? Says it’s “not recommended” on your site(drying them, that is.) But I will almost have to, since I will be micro dosing and need a long shelf life. Any thoughts?

    • Peter de Boer 14th December 2018 at 00:14 #

      Hola Amigo,
      Thanks for reaching out to us. Psilocybin, the working substance, is very sensitive to heat. It can lose potency quickly when you dry them the wrong way and because of this every time you do this the potency can vary. Also, you could contaminate them if you do not work clean enough. We order fresh truffles every week so you get the best taste and effects. Microdosing with truffles or shrooms is helping so many people with depression, anxiety, addiction and in many other ways. It is our mission to promote the amazing effects of this medicine of the soul and to decriminalize it, so we get your concern and are happy to help, so when you order just ask for microdosing packaging in the order comments and we will divide your bag into 2g vacuumed bags. That way they stay fresh longer. Soon we will be able to offer microdosing packaging in strips of small vacuumed bags as standard, the vacuum machine has been ordered by our supplier and is being built now. Would this be a good solution for you? Or do you have a better idea, like a (bi)weekly shipment on a subscription basis maybe? Please let me know we want to offer the best service to all of you! Best regards, Peter

  16. Benjamin Ian Mechanick 12th November 2018 at 12:30 #

    I would love to get into magic mushrooms and want to know more about it and study more about it and grow them

  17. justin boucher 5th November 2018 at 22:39 #

    This is amazing

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