Magic Mushrooms vs Ayahuasca

Our beloved Magic Mushrooms and Ayahuasca have been hot in media press since Oprah introduced Eckhart Tolle, and microdosing has been popularized by tech heads in Silicon Valley.

 

So, with all this spiritual aspiration and creative potential at the mainstream table, what’s the difference between shrooms and ayahuasca? It’s clear to see that both of these psychedelics are used to transcend the every-day mindset, and have both been used for eons for healing, ritual, mystical experiences.

With psychedelics now coming into a resurgence within modern medical research, and mainstream culture, many unexplored minds may be curious as to which path to venture down. So what’s the difference between shrooms and ayahuasca, and what other similarities do they hold? Here are a few comparisons of the two.

1. Chemical makeup

Ayahuasca and psilocybin both create similar internal chemical happenings when ingested.

The vine of ayahuasca includes the compounds of harmaline, harmine or d-tetrahydroharmine, while the shrubs contain the compound N-Dimethyltryptamine, otherwise known as DMT. The alkaloids in the vine inhibit the enzymes and create the transformative experience of ayahuasca.

Shrooms come in a variety of nearly 200 different types that contain the compounds needed to spur a psychedelic trip. The main chemicals found in these mushrooms are Psilocybin, and Psilocin.

Both magic mushrooms and ayahuasca have tryptamines, but ayahuasca needs a round of alkaloids to create the experience.

2. Consumption and Ceremony

Traditionally used in South America for thousands of years, ayahuasca is normally experienced within a ceremony led by a shaman. The preparation stage leading up to the ceremony itself includes food restrictions which must be followed for a few weeks prior. Ayahuasca is then turned into a drink which is drunk at night, so visions are more clearly seen.

Magic mushrooms have been used in ceremonial contexts as well, however with its wide and varied availability across the globe, there is no centralized ceremony. Shrooms are most often eaten dried, as a pill or tea, and taken at lower doses. Despite the lower dose, magic mushrooms can still be potent based on the physiological make-up of the user and if 5g or more is consumed.

3. Effects

Your personal physical makeup, mindset, mood, and environment are powerful influences when it comes to tripping. There is no copy-and-paste experience, and everyone will undergo their own journey.

Ayahuasca often results in a “purge” which at times can take on quite tangible aspects such as vomiting, shaking, sweating and trips to the bathroom. This purge is seen as a clearing so that the user can gain insights from their trip. It is often said that during an ayahuasca trip, users experience a sense of oneness and spiritual encounters that offer insights to challenges they are navigating.

Magic mushrooms ensue less of an initial physical reaction, however, can cause some nausea after ingesting. Psilocybin has demonstrated its ability to help a wide range of conditions such as cluster headaches, depression, PTSD and substance abuse. Users typically mention feelings of connectedness and a positive change in perspective.

4. Conclusion

At the end of the day, shrooms and ayahuasca hold much in common when it comes to why people are drawn to it. Both psychedelics can help an individual experience deep insights and breakthroughs that will continue to have positive effects after their trip. Whichever path you choose to venture down, set an intention, create a safe space, be with safe people, and you’ll be sure to reap the benefits of what these plants will reveal to you.

Goruden Sensei Capsules

$40.00
Each capsule contains 400mg of Goruden Sensei magic mushrooms. 1 capsule will provide a subtle buzz while 2 or more will take you to a higher level with psychedelic effects. Let the sensei take you to new levels!

Room 920™ Mushroom Chocolate Bar – Mint Dark Chocolate

$40.00
Try these delicious, easy to dose, chocolate bars for your next expansion into the universe.

Room 920™ Mushroom Jelly – Blue Raspberry

$16.00
Delicious and easy to digest, this blue raspberry jelly is a great way to experience the joys of golden teacher magic mushrooms. 1 gram per jelly. Enjoy it all at once or micro dose to your liking.

High Times for Halloween

We’re a day behind, but before we all head to Costco to begin buying Christmas chocolates, let talk about our beloved Halloween.

A Little History…

Halloween is based off an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. Samhain means ‘summer’s end’, and in times were people weren’t blessed with abundant grocery stores, it would be scary heading into a cold, dark, and food scare winter. As such, Samhain was distinguished as the end of the Celtic year, as it was the end of the harvest.

Bringing folklore in, the rearing time of darkness also meant that the veil between living, ethereal and dead was thinner. This meant spirits, faeries, demons etc., could easily pass through the living realm. Like in many traditions, this was both something to fear and celebrate. Offerings were laid out for wayward spirits, and people wore masks of animal heads and skins to frighten or confuse spirits who would overstay their welcome.

So, onto the link between Samhain, Halloween and magic mushrooms.

A Shroom-fuelled Samhain

Do you think it’s coincidence that Samhain falls right in the middle of ‘shroom season’? In Great Britain, and Ireland, otherwise known as the land of the Celts, there were two types of psilocybin producing shrooms that were prevalent. Fly Agaric and Liberty Caps. Both of these magic mushrooms were believed to be used by druids and Celts for rituals, ceremonies and making prophecies.

And what about ‘faeries’ and ‘leprechauns’, could they perhaps be a result of a shroom ceremony? In Celtic lore, it is said that magic mushrooms are what can make these otherworldly spirits visible to mortals. Sound like your last trip where you started chatting with ‘nature spirits’? Or maybe that was the old broccoli in your fridge…

Modern Day Halloween

Well hey, all good things come to an end, right? By 43 AD the Roman empire started to put a cap on the ethereal, whimsical nature of Samhain by introducing more Christian festivals such as All Saints Day. And when Catholic Irish began to move in huge numbers over to America during the famine, they brought their holidays with them, therefore creating the version of Halloween that floods our Northern American senses from the first fall leaf to November 1st.

Nowadays, perhaps we’re not all gathered with animal heads and a widely accepted feast of scooby snacks, but as the seasons turn, and little ghouls flood the streets for candy, there remains a feeling of transformation and the unknown. Oh, and shrooms they’re still around, and so are we, so go browse our candy shop!

Goruden Sensei Capsules

$40.00
Each capsule contains 400mg of Goruden Sensei magic mushrooms. 1 capsule will provide a subtle buzz while 2 or more will take you to a higher level with psychedelic effects. Let the sensei take you to new levels!

Room 920™ Mushroom Chocolate Bar – Mint Dark Chocolate

$40.00
Try these delicious, easy to dose, chocolate bars for your next expansion into the universe.

Room 920™ Mushroom Jelly – Blue Raspberry

$16.00
Delicious and easy to digest, this blue raspberry jelly is a great way to experience the joys of golden teacher magic mushrooms. 1 gram per jelly. Enjoy it all at once or micro dose to your liking.

Nausea and Magic Mushrooms: Why and How You Can Lessen it

What’s with the nausea?

It’s not unusual for some nausea when consuming magic mushrooms, in fact it’s a wide-spread commonality. If you’ve ever been curious about the science behind the nausea brought on by psilocybin, here’s a quick explanation.

As I’m sure you’re well aware, gnawing down on dried mushrooms can be a bit tough. This is one of the main reasons behind why magic mushrooms can be difficult to consume, the tough cell walls of the fungi that are mostly made up of what’s called the chitin molecule. When I tell you that this molecule also is what makes the external skeleton of some insects and crustaceans it’s no wonder why shrooms are a challenge to digest. The difficulty in breaking down these molecules can cause immune responses which then cause nausea.

So how can you make the magic mushrooms go down easier?

  1. A lot. Making sure you chew your magic mushrooms well before ingesting will mean less stress on your stomach.
  2. Make a tea out of your shrooms, it’s one of the easiest ways to ingest them, and you can make it a bit tastier by adding some honey and/or ginger.
  3. Make a smoothie! This is better for masking the taste. Crush your magic mushrooms up and blend it into your smoothie. Be mindful that having any sort of citrus while intensify the trip, so choose your ingredients wisely.
  4. Lemon tekking for the more experienced, involves grinding up your shrooms and mix them with lemon juice. This is not for the faint of heart, mind or spirit as the acidic nature of the lemon breaks down the psilocybin making for a more intense trip.
  5. Take it as a pill and forego the chewing and taste altogether. Companies such as Aloha and Neuro Botanicals offer shrooms in the form of a pill that can be easily swallowed with some water.

However you decide to take your magic mushrooms, it’s important to look at other variables that exist outside the method of intake itself. Some of these include your personal physiological makeup, metabolism, how hydrated you are and the dosage at play. Trip mindfully and know you can always add more later!

Aloha Microdose Caps

$55.00
Aloha Micro Dose capsules each contain 150mg Goruden Sensei magic mushrooms. Users can expect increased energy, heightened senses, and being in a state of flow. Enjoy 1 capsule daily. Good moods ahead!

Core Minerals

$50.00
This combination of vital minerals supports bone, heart, muscle, & skin health as well as balancing hormones. Our daily diet is typically lacking essential minerals and these capsules help to meet our daily requirements.

Dino Gang Psilocybin Gummy

$9.00
Looking for a stronger high without an eight hour commitment? These 500mg Dino Gang gummies are perfect for those looking to venture out of micro dosing and into a more elevated experience. Keep refrigerated.

Safe to Land: Coming Down After Your Trip

So, you’ve gleaned some ground-breaking personal insights, transformed a stuck perspective, or had the best giggle-fest you’ve had in a long time and now your trip is coming to a close. Whether you’re a seasoned psychonaut or new to psilocybin, coming down from shroom mountain marks itself as a defining part of the experience and is all the more reason to ensure that you’ve set up a safe way to land.

Here are some tips to care for yourself as you begin to float back to reality.

Go Outside

As you begin to come back to earth, a walk can be a soothing way to ground and begin to reintegrate. Forest bathing is good for the spirit as is, now imagine it coming down from your magic mushroom trip. A lush forest, a field to lay in, whatever your natural surroundings are, they’re a great place to begin to wind down.

Nourish Your Body

You may not have have been feeling snack-heavy while tripping but might begin to work up an appetite as you come down. There are no strict rules as to what to eat, but if you want to balance your serotonin levels, anything with Tryptophan will aid your serotonin production levels. Eggs, dairy products, nuts, tofu and salmon are all great sources of this miracle serotonin producer.

Make it Soothing

Set and setting still counts. Whatever kind of trip you’ve had, it’s likely that your mind and has been stretched a little further than your everyday capacity. Turn on a gentle nature documentary, puff up your pillows and curate an experience that leaves you feeling warm, embraced and safe.

Integrate

You may be coming back from your trip feeling differently. Take some time to reflect on your insights and revelations over the next few days through journaling, or talking it out with a trusted friend. How can you begin to incorporate your new insights into your daily life? Are there new refreshed intentions and behaviours you can begin implementing? Taking a trip on psilocybin expands your mind with good reason, don’t let the benefits be short-lived.

And Drink Water

Always drink water.

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Aloha Microdose Caps

$55.00
Aloha Micro Dose capsules each contain 150mg Goruden Sensei magic mushrooms. Users can expect increased energy, heightened senses, and being in a state of flow. Enjoy 1 capsule daily. Good moods ahead!

Core Minerals

$50.00
This combination of vital minerals supports bone, heart, muscle, & skin health as well as balancing hormones. Our daily diet is typically lacking essential minerals and these capsules help to meet our daily requirements.

Dino Gang Psilocybin Gummy

$9.00
Looking for a stronger high without an eight hour commitment? These 500mg Dino Gang gummies are perfect for those looking to venture out of micro dosing and into a more elevated experience. Keep refrigerated.

5 Destinations for your Shroom Journey When Covid’s Over

We all need a sliver of hope, and something to look forward to these days. Envisioning future trips can be one way to go about it, and since we’re on a site about magic mushrooms, why not take a look at some beautiful retreats that work with Psilocybin.

Whether you’re a novice, or an experienced psychonaut, the right environment, and a great facilitator will amplify the positive long-term effects of your trip. Here are a few great organizations that conduct Psilocybin retreats.

The Buena Vida Retreat

Location: Mexico

Aiming to integrate sacred psychedelics and ceremony into wellness ‘The Buena Vida Retreats’ acts as a platform for the many women healers working with psychedelics like magic mushrooms. There is a main focus on Mexican spiritual traditions and application of sacred plant medicines. Retreats also include classes in mindfulness and mediation.

Synthesis Retreat

Location: Netherlands

A legal and medically supervised truffle retreat center for those wishing to utilize magic truffles as a catalyst for breakthrough, personal growth and exploration. The Synthesis team has programming consisting of workshops, ceremony, open-dialogue, bodywork, mediation, sound and psychedelic education.

Rise Wellness Retreat

Location: Jamaica

With over 30 combined years of wellness, plant medicine and scientific study, the Rise Wellness Retreat team offers an all-inclusive experience that includes shroom workshops and classes hosted by certified wellness professionals.

Apotheosis

Location: Costa Rica

Curated experiences at this retreat bring students from around the world to learn from magic mushrooms and other natural psychedelics. With plant journeys treated as a rite of passage, Apotheosis incorporates a wide array of spiritual, shamanic and philosophical modalities to create an enlightening experience.

The Sacred House of Eden

Location: US

Offering group and solo ventures, Sacred House of Eden has created a safe, healing and high-vibe space where you can step into your journey. Retreats offer a combination of intention setting, ceremonies, breathwork, inner child healing and integration.

Purple Rain Drops – Kaleidoscope Botanicals

$85.00
Each capsules contains 100mg of South African Transkei mushrooms plus an amazing mix of adaptogens and organic flowers. A truly special experience. Best taken in the morning before breakfast for increased energy, clarity, and creativity. Handmade in BC.

The Beginner’s Guide to Tripping on Magic Mushrooms

There’s a first time for everything, but Psilocybin’s effect on human consciousness over centuries is nothing new. Creating experiences that go anywhere from the mildest giggles, to a full-blown transformation of consciousness, magic mushrooms have been a go-to for many as they navigate their way through this lifetime.

As innocent as your little scooby snacks may seem, it’s packed with an experience like no other, so if you’re new to dosing on shrooms, here are some ways to prepare for your trip in a way that’s safe and responsible.

Be Mindful of your Base Mood

Shrooms will intensify whatever mood and emotional state you are in when you take them. They lead you to a deep and aware experience. If you’re not a in a good headspace, there’s a larger chance you’ll have a bad trip.

Set and Setting

Be in the company of those you feel safe with, and in an environment that feels supportive. With how porous you will be during your magic mushroom experience, things can get overwhelming quickly, especially if this is your first time. It’s also highly recommended that for your first time, you have a sitter with you during this trip. This would be someone trusted, and sober, who can walk you through the experience.

Pack a Travel Bag

You’re about to embark on trip, so you’re probably going to want some water, and snacks to sustain you along the way. Tripping on psilocybin can last 3-6 hours, so set yourself up for success and keep some easy nourishment nearby.

Make Some Room

It’s suggested to not eat anything for at least 3 hours before ingesting magic mushrooms. This will allow for the psilocybin to be absorbed more quickly into your body, and there’s less of a chance that you’ll experience the nausea that commonly occurs when people start to trip.

Keep it Simple

Don’t mix psychoactive drugs. Just don’t do it. Adding a trip on top of another trip can cause a real bad trip, especially if you’ve never taken shrooms or any other kind of psychedelic before. You might hear word that some people take a small amount of cannabis to help combat nausea or trip-anxiety, but

Start Small

Go slow and start small. You can always add more later. Granted that you have a great first trip, you’ll be back again, and can make your adjustments from there.

There’s no exact formula for how much you should take. Every person will metabolize psilocybin differently, however there are a few benchmarks you can use when dosing. ¼ of a gram is considered to be the ‘threshold dose’ for a light experience, 1-2.5g will set you on a real trip.

Aloha Microdose Caps

$55.00
Aloha Micro Dose capsules each contain 150mg Goruden Sensei magic mushrooms. Users can expect increased energy, heightened senses, and being in a state of flow. Enjoy 1 capsule daily. Good moods ahead!

Golden Teacher Cubensis

$10.00$140.00
Golden Teachers are a spiritual classic that have been tried and true by shamans and trippers alike. Expand your universe and enjoy a deeper connection to nature with these natural healers.

Heart Drops – Psilocybin Chocolates

$14.00
These treats are made with love! Each heart contains 1.5 grams of active psilocybin mushrooms enrobed in dark Belgium Callebaut chocolate. Split one with a friend for the giggles or enjoy all to yourself for an enlighten experience.

We’re Not the Only Ones: Animal Friends that Get High

Mother nature creates her share of wonders, and animals are not ones to shy away from her offerings. Since life has been sprouting out of the ground, magic mushrooms and other natural psychedelics have found themselves in the bellies of some of our animal friends.

Whether they’ve stumbled upon it by accident, or have sought it out intentionally, it might be safe to say that our earth counterparts like to get a little silly and insightful sometimes, just like us.

Bears

Whether your perception of a bear is ferocious and dangerous, or cute and cuddly (either way, please don’t go approaching a bear), this bear cub eating an Amanita Muscaria and having a special experience is undeniable (mind the added effects).

Jaguars

Known to chew on Yage root, otherwise known as Ayahuasca, these feline creatures aren’t shy of a deeper journey. For ages, Jaguars have been held in high esteem in the domain of Shamans who have also used psilocybin, ayahuasca and other psychedelics as means of exploration and ritual. Perhaps it’s through the connection of the Yage root, where Indigenous cultures in the Amazon have come to see the Jaguar as an ally, guardian and presence that dispels darks forces and invites transformation.

Cats

Cat-nip, the scooby snack for your in-house kitten, need we say more?

Reindeer

Ah, sweet antlered shroom heads. With how this species tends to eat all sorts of things on the ground, magic mushrooms are on the list. And what about this holiday theory of ‘flying’ reindeer, where did it come from? It’s said in Nordic culture, magic mushrooms (Amanita Muscaria specifically) were an enduring symbol of the festive period, and were involved in the tradition of gifting during the winter solstice.

Dolphins

If you’ve found yourself deep enough in a reddit thread, it’s probably not news to you that dolphins can play some pretty wicked games with other animals. One horrific but recreational activity is to get high off of pufferfish. Pufferfish, when afraid, emit a toxin that seems to get the dolphins stoned. In this video, as you see the pod passing the pufferfish back and forth, you’ll notice that the dolphins begin to get sillier and more playful as they go, eventually ascending to the water’s surface with one another.

The Magic of Magic Mushrooms: Benefits of Dosing

Maybe the stereotype of dosing on shrooms is a post-grad trip where you met your soul mate at a full-moon party, but we all know the history, depth and benefits of a shroom trip go beyond a giggly and ‘far-out’ time.

Psilocybin has long been a tool for sacred journeys, self-awareness and discovery. Almost every country worldwide has a had a sacred relationship with the magic of magic mushrooms. Ranging from Sharan Indigenous Tribes in North Africa to Aztec history, magic mushrooms have played a pivotal role as a spiritual and cultural foundation for many.

Whether you’re biting into some Scooby Snacks, or sipping on shroom tea to have a few giggles, or embark on a revealing journey of spiritual insights, here are some reasons, of why many have turned towards the magic of magic mushrooms.

Increasing Openness and Experiencing Long-Lasting Positive Shifts

So why has humankind always incorporated the use of psychedelics? It’s simple to say that as we navigate our way through life, our hearts and minds can become closed off due to the series of knocks, bumps and traumas we undergo along the way.

In a 2011 John Hopkins University conducted a study to assess the effect of shrooms on changes in the five broad domains of personality – Neuroticism, Extroversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness.

Coming out on top, researchers found the measure of ‘Openness’, which is a broad range of traits covering someone’s permeability to new ideas and experiences, and awareness of feelings in self and others, remained significantly higher than the original baseline more than one year after the session.

Kick that Addiction

Shrooms have been shown to help treat addiction to habit-forming drugs like nicotine and cocaine.

Continuing to be on the forefront of psychedelic studies, John Hopkins University paired with The Beckley Foundation on a pilot study that would investigate magic mushroom assisted psychotherapy to overcome nicotine addiction. Researchers reported that participants taking magic mushrooms paired with counselling achieved an 80% abstinence rate over six months.

Lower Depression

Modern research has been conducted to show how psilocybin works with serotonin receptors in the brain in order to create a large range of effects.

A definitive study conducted by the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme, provided the first clinical proof for the effectiveness of magic mushrooms on treating depression. Using an fMRI to look at the neural signature of psilocybin in participants, it was discovered that shrooms may actually ‘reset’ the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression.

Increase Creativity

Cycling back to the cultivation of openness, magic mushrooms allows us to states where we are no longer attached to the materialistic, and ego-based concerns of the world/existence. These experiences open the door to lead us beyond our current frame of mind and can greet us with new and inspired perspectives.

Shroom Recipes for your Quarantine Test Kitchen

First it was banana bread, then every other loaf of bread that you could name under the sun. Your hunger for the mastery of new cooking and baking skills transformed into meticulously re-watching all of ‘Chefs Table’ and now you’re itching to try on something more adventurous. So, here you are, on a shroom blog titled ‘Shroom Recipes for your Quarantine Test Kitchen’, and we’re going to take a guess that you’re curious about where to take your culinary adventures next (featuring magic mushrooms).

Here’s a quick guide on culinary expeditions with psilocybin and a few recipes that won’t compromise the potency of your shrooms.

Mind Your Dose

Come to your prep station with a good understanding of what dosage is right for you and your dining companions. The last thing you want after snacking on some delicious shroom pesto is to find yourself tripping beyond your comfort level. Keep your dosage low, remember you can always add/take more later.

Make it Easy On Your Stomach

It’s no news that ingesting magic mushrooms can onset some nausea. Cook with ingredients like ginger and mint or keep a cup of ginger or mint nearby to consume with your meal. Making a smoothie? Up on the bananas, as they’ll offer a healthy dose of potassium that will keep your stomach happy.

Now Onto the Recipes

Magic Mushroom Pesto

Ingredients
  • Sabinas Children Mushrooms
  • 2 cups fresh herbs to taste (parsley, basil, coriander, etc.)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (vegan sub: nutritional yeast)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Pita bread, carrot sticks, tortilla chips, etc. for dipping
  • Himalayan pink salt (or regular) to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients and process until just a little chunky.
  2. You’re all set! Place your shroom pesto into a bowl and happy snacking!

Shroom-sotto

Ingredients
  • Penis Envy Mushrooms
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 1 ½ cup stock
  • ½ tablespoon garlic
  • ½ small red onion
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • ½ cup fresh chopped basil
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch of tarragon
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅛ cup tomato paste
Instructions
  1. Warm ½ cup of stock until lukewarm and steep shrooms in it for 30 minutes. Take magic mushrooms out of the stock and put it aside. Over medium heat, mix the rice with psilocybin-infused stock and the rest of the regular stock. Stir regularly for about 30 minutes until mixture becomes thick and creamy.
  2. In a skillet, sauté garlic, red onion, basil, black pepper, tarragon, salt, and tomato paste over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste mixture to rice and stock mixture. Add shrooms and grated cheese. Garnish with fresh basil if you like.

Magic Mushroom Energy Balls

Ingredients
  • Golden Teacher Mushrooms
  • 150g quality chocolate with high (80%+) cocoa content
  • Extra ingredients: dried fruit pieces, crushed nuts, marshmallows, cornflakes etc
  • Salt
  • 100g organic, cold-pressed coconut coil
Instructions
  1. Chop shrooms into tiny pieces
  2. Chop up extra ingredients and mix in a bowl with the magic mushrooms
  3. Fill a saucepan partially with water and fitting a heat-safe bowl on top. Melt your coconut oil in the bowl as the water simmers below. Don’t let it boil.
  4. Gently stir in the chocolate until it’s completely melted and your mix is smooth.
  5. Wait for the mix to cool, then stir in shrooms and other ingredients. Keep stirring so that everything is evenly distributed in the mix.
  6. As soon as the mix starts to become solid, shape it into bite-sized balls. Place your energy balls on a tray covered with non-stick paper.
  7. Place in the fridge for several hours.

Don’t feel like spending time in the kitchen? Seremoni and Dreamland have some great chocolate bars where someone’s already done the work, or you if you’d prefer a non-chocolate option, Room 920 has an assortment of jellies that you can enjoy.

Time to Put On That Apron

There are plenty of fun ways to incorporate magic mushroom into your recipes that go beyond what we’ve shown you here. Start with a low dose, get out your favourite cookbook or lead with instinct, and you’ll be well on your way to a psychedelic culinary adventure.

Safe and Sound Journeys : Curating your Shroom Trip Playlist

Photo by Ilyuza Mingazova on Unsplash

Any seasoned traveler will tell you that setting the tone when it comes to planning a trip is essential. And when it comes to planning your trip with magic mushrooms, music is a powerful tool for creating the right space for safe and happy travels, or whatever it is you’re looking for. Through all of music’s nuances, textures, layers and emotions, it can act as a supportive and steady foundation as you move through your journey with psilocybin.  

Just as you would plan a playlist for a party or road trip, the sequence of your songs are key to creating the right environment for you and your Scooby Snack companions. As you prepare to navigate your way through the different phases of your trip, you might want to ask what types of music can add to each stage of the journey.

Ultimately, if in the deepest of your heart you want to trip on psilocybin to Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’ on repeat or use shrooms to amplify your experience of the entire Blink-182 discography, we say, go for it. But since we’re here to explore music’s contribution to your trip a littler further than what we may already know, here are some suggestions for what to look for when curating your magic mushroom playlist.

Phase 1: The Onset

A tune that is supportive and unfolding, a mood that is nurturing and safe much like Harmony Microdose Caps. Consider this your transcendental invitation into the shroomosphere.

Manufactured Art – Vincent Adara

Tunnels and Planes – Nick Leng

Envelopes (Chapter VI) – Leon Vynehall

Cool Bananas – Tell

Phase 2: The Peak

Something layered, hypnotic, cleansing and powerful like Golden Teacher Cubensis. This is the place of breakthrough, and where music becomes a mirror for oneself but also a steady foundation should one need grounding.

Memory Lane – Angara

Departures – David Scott

Love is Not a Losing Game – Waxlife

U – DJ Seinfeld

Phase 3: The Post-Peak

Grounding, restful, integrative, or perhaps something familiar and positive to bring you back into this world.

Till Dig – HNNY

LA4 – Moby

It All Feels Right – Washed Out

Just a Cloud – Lusine, Vilja Larjosto

Want a Professional Opinion?

Psychologist Bill Richards, Ph D., a researcher at Roland Griffith’s lab at John Hopkins University and expert in the field of hallucinogens understands the importance of setting a comfortable and safe environment whenever partaking in magic mushrooms.

After years of studies and sessions with patients, Richards has created and shared his “Psilocybin Research” playlist online. Not your stereotypical magic mushroom playlist, you’ll find classical masterpieces by the likes of Mozart, Vivaldi and Brahms that will support you through your unravelling journeys, and then a familiar and warm favourite, “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong to conclude the trip. What a way to come back.

Richards’ choice for the majority of the playlist being orchestral music was intentional as it he mentioned it is less distracting and less likely to give room for a person to fall back on normal patterns of thinking, with the exception of the final stage where hearing the human voice can be very supportive, even maternal.

Time to Set the Stage

So what songs will you choose to support you on your shroom journey? Are you searching for a breakthrough, an uplifting and fun time, quiet introspection, or maybe all of them? Music is the safe container for your journey, a quiet guide in the background, and a place where you can steady your feet as you explore your personal consciousness. Now that you’ve got some guidelines for your playlist, what musical landscape will you be curating for your next trip?