Psychedelic mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms or shrooms, are surprisingly easy to grow. All you need is some basic equipment, a substrate, some spores, and a little patience.
In this beginner’s guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about how to grow magic mushrooms at home. Before you know it, you’ll have a bountiful harvest on your hands.
How to Grow Psilocybin Mushrooms
Magic mushrooms are fungi containing the psychoactive compound psilocybin. This chemical acts on serotonin receptors in the brain to produce effects (commonly known as a trip).
Humans have used psilocybin mushrooms for thousands of years, and experts regard them as having a good safety profile. However, the Controlled Substances Act classifies them as a Schedule 1 Substance, and they are illegal in most places.
The situation is slowly changing as researchers learn more about the therapeutic potential of these mushrooms. But although they have now been decriminalized in several US cities, mushrooms are still challenging to come by. Therefore, more and more people are wondering about how to grow mushrooms at home.
Where Do Magic Mushrooms Grow?
If you’re wondering, “where do shrooms grow?” the answer might be “closer than you think.”
Certain species, such as Psilocybe semilanceata, are widespread across North America and Europe. They also grow in many other regions of the world. Another species, Psilocybe cubensis, is prolific in tropical climates. P. cubensis is also one of the easiest types of mushrooms to grow at home.
If you plan on searching for mushrooms in the wild, your best bet may be to try densely forested areas close to water. Mushrooms require nutrients and moisture to grow, and these habitats provide both. Some species also grow in fields and grassland.
How to Grow Magic Mushrooms at Home
Growing magic mushrooms at home is relatively simple. However, it does require good attention to hygiene and some patience. You will also need a few pieces of equipment, although most of them are easy to find.
The most challenging aspect is getting hold of a spore syringe. It is essential to purchase this piece of kit from a reputable supplier. Otherwise, you could end up with contaminated spores, misidentified strains, or in some cases, just water.
What Do You Need to Grow Mushrooms?
One of the easiest ways to cultivate mushrooms is by using a mushroom grow kit. They usually include a spore syringe, substrate, and grow bag – theoretically, everything you need. Some kits even have the mycelium (the main body of the fungus) ready to go. All you do is add water.
How Long Does It Take to Grow Magic Mushrooms?
How long do shrooms take to grow? This can vary according to the variety and conditions.
Keep a close eye on your mycelium cakes, and you should soon start to see them appearing as white bumps, which then sprout into ‘pins.’ The mushrooms should be ready to harvest 5–12 days after this. It is best to pick them before the veil breaks, revealing the gills.