THE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO 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!
It all starts with harvesting at the right time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unconventional Methods for Drying and Storing Magic Mushrooms
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.
- Complete the pre-drying steps mentioned above.
- Put the pre-dried magic mushrooms inside a plastic container but leave separate space for the silica gel.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Grind the pre-dried magic mushrooms.
- Grind the chocolates. The amount depends on your preference.
- Place the saucepan on top of low flame.
- Once the saucepan starts getting warm, put the ground chocolates in.
- Remove the saucepan from the flame after the chocolates have melted.
- While the chocolates are still liquid, sprinkle the ground magic mushrooms. Stir lightly.
- 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.
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.
- Preheat the oven to a low setting of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.
- Place the pre-dried mushrooms inside for 10-15 minutes or until they achieve a crisp texture. Be careful in applying too much heat.
- Remove the mushrooms from the oven.
- Separate the dried mushrooms into 5-gram units. 1 unit is equivalent to 1 dose.
- Put 1 dose inside a Ziploc bag.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove the nozzle and roll the bag up from its lower end to press out the gas.
- Seal the strip completely.
- 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.