Mushrooms are underrated and mostly ignored apart from culinary purposes. However, they have plenty of known benefits, and what’s beyond that is left to speculation on a positive note.
This is why many people turn to mushroom culture as a hobby. The mystery and the use of the “fungus among us” is endearing and practical.
This article will look at two spectrums of the known mushroom universe: psychedelics and wellness mushrooms.
These are often the main reasons people want mushrooms grown in their backyard or dedicated space. We will cite some of the most popular and practical types to grow if you start growing your own.
Note: We recommend checking local and state laws to know if permissions are needed to start your fungi culture.
The appeal of mushrooms is somewhat of a mixed bag. Some people are interested in them, and others are quite afraid.
The one thing about studying mushrooms or mycology is that people know these have properties that aid enlightenment.
It can also trigger certain parts of the brain that connects a person or draws them closer to the world.
Psychedelic mushrooms get their effect from the compound they possess called psilocybin.
This further breaks down in the human body to psilocin which contributes to the other-worldly impacts on visual and aural experience.
The use of mushrooms for psychedelic purposes has been recorded as far back as 6,000 years ago in various cultures.
At present, it is still used for the same goals and for seeking what’s beyond the reality we are all familiar with.
Psychedelic Mushrooms are for the Mind
It should not go unsaid that modern medicine has opened its doors to recognize the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms for various treatments, especially for psychiatric purposes.
The way that these mushrooms affect a person’s perception is seen to affect people suffering from mental health issues positively.
Another stark difference between psychedelic mushrooms and wellness mushrooms is that they are to be taken in small quantities.
Consuming them in large doses can lead to adverse effects and even be fatal.
This is why regulations are needed to ground the use of mushrooms.
For one, in clinical settings, the use of certain mushrooms needs to be supervised by a psychiatrist or a clinician to ensure the proper dosage is administered and the effects are correctly documented to see what benefits can be gained from the therapy.
Psychedelic Mushroom Species
If you’ve ever consumed psilocybin mushrooms but were unsure about the species, it was probably a variety of Psilocybe cubensis.
Cubensis is a plant that grows in the southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. They also flourish in Australia, Southeast Asia, India, and Cuba.
They are typically found on well-manured soil in the spring, summer, and fall and prefer to survive on dung in the wild.
On the Thai island of Koh Samui, ethnomycologist John Allen gave this strain its alternate name, “Thai Pink Buffalo,” after first observing it adjacent to a Pink Buffalo.
In terms of size and potency, it is comparable to other Southeast Asian cubensis strains. Pink Buffalo is distinguished by its big, broad caps, which may have a reddish tint near the center.
Due to its reputation as a prolific fruiter appropriate for beginners, Stargazer is touted as a popular strain for home producers.
However, it is advisable to speak with your selected breeder personally as they will be the ones with the most significant knowledge of their particular variety of this ambiguous fungus for specific information on the growing pattern or qualities of this Stargazer.
It is a sizable cubensis mushroom with a protracted stem and an attractive golden crown. It is reputed to bear abundantly and be a nice mushroom for amateur home growers.
Albino Goldies are potent mushrooms that blend the mellow, contemplative Golden Teacher journey with the intense potency of Albino A+. This combination produces a speedy come-up and a profound experience in the body and mind.
Science has always been interested in fungi. They provide rich, potent collections of substances that aid in their ability to compete in the wild.
We have benefited from penicillin, the chemotherapy medicine Taxol, and the cholesterol-lowering drugs Lovastatin. Here are some of the most notable mushrooms that carry those benefits.
Despite their terrifying aggressiveness toward insects, people have long valued these mushrooms that resemble Cheetos. Chinese medicine has used the Ophiocordyceps Sinensis species to support kidney and lung function.
Sinensis, which feeds on ghost moths and grows high in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau, can cost up to $63,000 per pound. Research teams routinely examine specimens of this species in laboratories.
In cell tests, substances extracted from Chaga have demonstrated anti-and Alzheimer’s anti-disease Parkinson’s activity by reducing oxidative stress, which can lead to an excess of unstable molecules called free radicals attacking brain tissue.
Chaga does not appear to have been examined in humans for any potential neurological advantages, in contrast to other therapeutic fungi that have undergone small-scale human studies.
These widely popular edible mushrooms also pack a punch for providing health and wellness benefits. In recent years, researchers have discovered that beta-glucans can increase the gut microbiome diversity in mice.
Given that the gut-brain axis is a two-way communication route connecting the two, this is good news for the brain. Shiitake mushroom beta-glucans prevented the cognitive decline in mice brought on by a high-fat diet, which causes inflammation in the brain.
Accordingly, studies in mice and cells have indicated that lion’s mane may help treat epilepsy and improve mental performance in persons with Alzheimer’s disease.
Small human trials show it may help with depression, better sleep, and early cognitive loss, but more thorough human studies are needed, according to researchers.
Mushrooms are wonderful creatures, and there is still a lot to unpack with them. The best thing to do before committing to mushroom culture is to do a lot of research and connect with professionals to get proper guidance in the growing, care, and use of these species.