Zochi's Easiest Shrooms Yet
Zochi's Easiest Shrooms Yet
Xochipilli: "Prince of Flowers." The ancient Mexican god of sacred plants/mushrooms.
Possession of Psilocybe spores is legal at this time but growing or possessing Psilocybe mushrooms may not be. This document is not intended to encourage the violation of any laws and is presented for informational purposes only.
Psilocybin mushrooms are a very powerful entheogenic or "psychedelic" substance. They have been used safely by millions of people for thousands of years. Most people and cultures that use them regard the mushrooms as powerful spiritual allies. However they may provide a very unpleasant experience in those who are not properly prepared for the experience. Make sure you are well informed about their effects before consuming them.
This document will allow you to grow magic mushrooms for the rest of your life. After an initial investment of approx. $125-175 you will be able to grow them for about $3/oz.
Do not sell your mushrooms. This degrades their spiritual value and may lead to legal entanglements. If your friends want mushrooms teach them how to produce their own.
Read this document a couple of times to make sure you know what you will be doing and that you have all the necessary supplies. Do not alter any steps in this procedure; follow it to the letter. It takes about 4?5 weeks before you can harvest mushrooms. The first time you try this you may be a little unsure of what you are doing but you'll soon get a feel of what the mushroom needs to grow well. The three most important things that will determine your success are: the sterility of your jars and syringe, the humidity of your terrarium, and making sure that you drop the temperature at the proper time. You may find it easier to grow them in the winter. It is easier to control the temperature in the winter (unless you have air conditioning) and there tends to be much less air borne contamination. Most contaminants are found in the kitchen, bathroom and near the floor. Try to avoid performing these steps in these locations. Sterilization obviously has to be done in the kitchen.
This method has been made possible by the innovations of a company called Psilocybe Fanaticus. We owe a lot to the ingenuity of the person who developed this method. If this procedure works well for you please send a note of thanks and $10 (the original cost of their document) to: Psilocybe Fanaticus, 1202 E, Pike #783, Seattle WA 98122, USA. I am in no way connected to this company and won't benefit if you send them money but they have basically had their system ripped off by others and should receive a token of appreciation for their work. If you research other methods of growing shrooms you will realize how much more work (plus time and money) they are and see that it is worth paying tribute to the Fanaticus innovation. They have truly revolutionized shroom growing for the average grower.
125 ml tapered canning jars, Fine or medium size (fine is the best size)
vermiculite (from any garden centre)
Organic brown rice flour (from a health food store ? no preservatives!),
Pressure cooker or Large pot with lid,
Measuring cups, Mixing bowl, Hammer and small nail,
Spore Syringe, distilled water,
Terrarium, Perlite (from a garden centre). Water spraying bottle. See the terrarium set?up section for specific details on these last items.
The canning jars need to be tapered. This means that the opening of the jar is wider than the body of the jar. This is important because the fully colonized rice cake needs to be removed intact from the jar. You simply want the cake to slide out when the time is right. I use what are called 125ml harvest jars. You can buy organic rice flour in a health food store. I prefer to buy whole organic rice and grind it myself ? fresher flour can make a difference in total shroom production.
Follow these steps carefully
1. Get a small nail and use the hammer to poke 4 holes in the lid of each canning jar as shown in figure #1 at the end of this document. If you use a drill and small bit you may not end up with sharp bits of metal protruding around holes.
2. Decide on how many jars you are going to use. I usually use the 12 that come in a box. For each 125 ml jar mix 1/3 cup vermiculite and 1/8 cup brown rice flour in a mixing bowl. When these ingredients are well mixed, add 1/8 cup or a little more of distilled/spring water. For 12 jars that would be 4 cups of vermiculite, 1 ½ cups of rice flour and 1 ½ - 2 cups of water. Mix all of this stuff up well. This mixture is the substrate material that the fungus will consume and use for growth. I sometimes add a little extra water if it feels to dry for me. Maybe do some jars with this recipe and do a few jars with a little more water and keep records so you can see what works best for you. Different moisture levels in the rice flour and vermiculite will alter the amount of water you add. Also whether you use fine or medium vermiculite will determine the amount of water you use. The mixture should feel moist but should not be soggy. If you do jars with extra water, mark the lids of these jars (scratch or use permanent marker) and keep track of their performance. You can alter the above recipe for your future crops.
3. The next step is to fill each jar with the above mixture. Place the mixture in the jars and fill to about one half an inch below the top of the jar. Do not pack the mixture at all. Just tap on the counter to help level the mixture. Smooth out the surface of the mixture. If you carefully spoon the mixture into the jars it makes the next step much easier.
4. The top ½ inch of the glass on each culture jar needs to be cleaned. No substrate material can be left on the glass above the rice cake. First wipe it with your finger to get the bulk of the material off of it and then do a thorough job with a moistened paper towel. The glass needs to be spotless. The reason this is necessary is that bacteria and mold can use any material left there as a wick to infect the main substrate body.
5. Next, fill the top ½ inch of each culture jar with dry vermiculite. This layer is pure vermiculite. Fill the jar to the very top. This layer is a break-through pioneered by Psilocybe Fanaticus. It insulates the sterilized substrate from any airborne contamination. This layer gets sterilized with the substrate layer and air borne molds and bacteria cannot (usually) get through it to contaminate the substrate. At the same time it allows some gas exchange to occur. The fungus needs oxygen and gasses can filter through the vermiculite.
6. Put the lids on the jars. If you place the lid on with the rubber part facing up (away from the glass) it makes it easier to remove this part when it comes time to empty the jar. Screw the lid down tight. You must have the holes poked in the lid or you will have real problems you it's time to cook the jars.
7. Place a piece of tin foil over the top of each jar and crumple it around the sides of the jar. This is to keep water drops from going in the lid holes while the jar is being sterilized. Be careful not to rip or puncture the tin foil. You can add a second or even a third piece of tin foil to the lid if you need to.
8. Now the culture jars need to be sterilized. I have always used a pressure cooker for this next step and have had zero contamination. I have seen small ones at Canadian Tire for about $40 and big ones for $120. Just make sure that you can get your 12 jars in (or however many you want to cook) I think that this is well worth the investment. A pressure cooker will definitely sterilize your jars and is way less hassle than a pot. If you use a pressure cooker follow the instructions carefully. Since these jars are so small you may want to elevate them so that they are above the water. This is done by putting 3-4 jars filled with water in the bottom of the cooker. Next place the metal tray that comes with the cooker on these jars and then place your rice cake jars on top of the tray and close up cooker. If using a kitchen pot add about 2" of water and do as above. A good tray can be made of "hardware-cloth." This is wire made into ½ inch squares like small size chicken wire. Cut this so that it will fit in the pot. Bring the water to a slow boil and place the lid on the pot. From the time the water starts to boil, the jars need 1 hour to be sterilized. Water should not be bubbling and splashing all over the place. Another reason the jars should not sit on the bottom of the pot is that too much heat can transfer directly to the jars and cause a loss of moisture in the cakes.
9. Let the jars cool completely. This may take several hours. Leave them covered in the cooker or pot that was used to sterilize them. The jars need to be at or close to room temperature in order to perform the next step. The spores will be killed if the jars are not cool enough when they are inoculated. It will take several hours to cool sufficiently. You may hear sounds as the jars cool. This is normal. If using a pressure cooker you can wrap the stopcock with a paper towel soaked in Lysol. This will help stop contaminants from entering the cooker while the jars cool. It wouldn't be a bad idea to let the jars cool in a closet or other confined space that has been sprayed with Lysol to partially sterilize the surrounding environment.
10. The needle of the spore syringe must be sterile. If your fingers or anything other than the jar lid or contents of the culture jars come in contact with it, assume it is no longer sterile. If there is any doubt about its condition, use a cigarette lighter to heat the entire needle. Heat it until it glows red. Let it cool for a few minutes and squirt some of the solution out of the syringe. Shake the syringe. Make sure the spores are mixed well within the syringe. This can be accomplished more easily if you pull the plunger back on the syringe to get a little air into it. I would recommend doing this while the tip is being heated red hot to sterilize incoming air. I make my syringes with a little air pocket already in the syringe. The air we breathe is filled with thousands of bacteria and fungal spores per cubic foot. All you need is for one of these contaminants to get into a jar and it could be spoiled. Remove the tin foil from each culture jar as you prepare to inoculate it. Insert the needle of the syringe as far as it will go into a hole in the lid of the culture jar and get the needle to press against the glass. Make sure that you can see the syringe tip is touching the glass. Do not put the tip into the cake itself. Inject 1/4cc of solution into each hole in the lid, total of 1 cc of solution for each jar. A 10 cc spore syringe is sufficient to inoculate a dozen jars if you inject slightly less than 1 cc in each jar. Shake the syringe at least every time you start to inject a new jar if they seem to settle in the syringe.
11. Put the culture jars in a dark place and wait. I put them back in the box they came in. For fastest growth try to keep the jars at about 8O - 85F/28C. In hardware stores they sell fixtures that screw into incandescent light sockets. These fixtures have an electrical receptacle on both sides to allow you to plug another heat (light) source in. An easy method of raising the temperature of a closet is to plug another light in (if your original bulb doesn't raise the temperature to the desired level). The fungus will first appear as little splotches of white fuzzy stuff at the inoculation sites. This takes about 4 - 7 days. The white fuzziness is the root system of the mushroom and is called mycelium. As the time goes by the fungus will spread throughout the jar. Eventually, the entire surface of the glass will be covered with mycelium. Typically, the bottom of the jar is the last area to be colonized. This takes about 2 ½ - 3 weeks from the inoculation date. Be on the look out for any contamination. Any odd colors that might appear are due to contamination and the jar must be thrown out. Do not take any chances. If you think the jar might be contaminated, throw it out! Some molds and bacteria produce toxins and disease that can kill you. Just because a mushroom is growing on the opposite side of the cake from the contamination does not mean you are safe. The mycelium network carries nutrients and moisture to the mushrooms from far away and can easily pick up the toxins and bring them to the mushroom. The fact that you are using this guide means you are not an experienced mycologist. You do not know which molds and bacteria are deadly. Do not take a chance! Don't touch the contents of the contaminated jars and clean them well. Throw the jar contents into a couple of plastic bags and tie them up. The one exception to the previous statements is the mycelium will some times change from a bright white to a very pale yellow if it has water droplets touching it on the side of the glass. It is very unusual for any area that is colonized by the mushroom fungus to become infected while in the jar. The uncolonized areas of the substrate are usually significantly more prone to infection. The cake must stay in the jar until the entire surface area is covered with mycelium (jar contents must be completely covered with white fuzz). As the substrate gets more colonized, the growth slows down. This is a result of carbon dioxide (C02) building up and less oxygen being available for the fungus to consume.
12. Once a rice cake is fully colonized there are no areas on the substrate that can easily be infected by competitor molds or bacteria. Now the rice cakes can be taken out of the jars and put in the terrarium. The jars can be put in the refrigerator if you need to stop the process for any reason.
Don't skimp on buying a cheap terrarium or water bottle - you'll regret it and end up buying a good one anyway.
Canadian Tire, Wall mart etc. sell a variety of plastic containers with lids. The best ones are called "Rubbermaid storage box Hi Top" model #7023 about 22" long by 16" wide and 10" tall (55cmx40cmx25cm) and have a top that is about 2" (5cm) deep. They hold 48.4 liters or 12.9 U.S. gallons. Model #7022 will hold 6 jars. The container itself should be see-through. Just grab a tape measure from another part of the store to check the size. There are several advantages to using a container with a deep lid. If you set it up as shown below you don't have to spray water directly onto the cakes or reach down into the container to pick mushrooms (which can be difficult when you have a container filled with mushrooms). You can get up closer to the cakes to check them out without having to handle them. The rice cakes produce carbon dioxide (CO2), which is heavier than air and will build up in the container. CO2 inhibits the growth of mushrooms and makes them produce small caps. If you put the cakes in the bottom of a terrarium it can be a hassle trying to make sure you drain out the built up CO2. With the lid on the bottom the CO2 gets drained every time you open the lid. If you can't find a container with a deep lid you can buy the standard type.
Buy a good water bottle that will produce a fine mist without any water droplets falling down - some of the cheaper ones won't spray very fine mists. It is best to fill sprayer with distilled or spring water (nothing with chlorine). If using a deep-lidded unit remove the lid and lay it on a table. Place about 1 ½ “/ 3cm of wet perlite in it. Add a little water so the lid has about 1/8"/5mm water in it, but no more that. If using a regular plastic container place the perlite in the bottom of the unit.
Unscrew and remove the lid from the canning jars. Scrape all the loose vermiculite on top of the substrate into the garbage. Take care not to gouge into the substrate material as this can leave areas open to infection. Place the flat disk part of the jar lid on the perlite and then place the colonized rice cake on the lid. All 12 cakes should easily fit in the terrarium. Do this step with as little handling of the cake as possible.
Fill your spray bottle with distilled water. Make sure that your spray bottle is producing a fine mist with no water droplets falling down to the ground. Even the smallest water droplets can damage the cakes' ability to fruit (produce mushrooms). Spray a mist of water into the clear part of the container and close the container.
When the cakes are placed in the terrarium the temperature should be dropped to the low 70's F (approx. 22 Centigrade) for a few days and then raised back up to the original temp. This is a very important step. If you don't drop the temp you may not get any mushrooms, or very few. Once the temp has been dropped you don't have to raise it back up, it just means that they will grow slower at the lower temperature.
Spray the terrarium 2-3 times a day by lifting the clear part of it and spraying up into it. Never spray directly onto the cakes. Place this set-up where it will get some light but not too much. A closet with a light bulb works fine and safer than keeping them out in plain view. You can use an incandescent bulb about a foot or so above the terrarium, a fluorescent light 3 feet above or normal room light. Avoid direct sun or any very strong light. Have the light on for several to a dozen hours a day.
After about a week the first mushrooms should start to develop and then take several days to fully develop. Pick them just before the cap starts to open up. You can leave a few to fully develop for spore prints but you must pick them before they start dropping spores. Mature shrooms produce millions of spores and they will make a mess of your terrarium and even inhibit new mushrooms from growing. After you have picked the mushrooms you can leave the jars in the terrarium and continue spraying. They will produce another small crop after several days.
If the cakes start to turn bluish it means that the humidity isn't high enough. Try spraying more frequently. You can also take the cake off its lid and place it on the perlite. This will allow it to soak up some more water but keep an eye on it because sometimes the cakes get soggy on the bottom. If this happens just put them back on their lid.
If you find that you can't spray 2-3 times a day you may be better off putting fewer jars in the terrarium.
Dry them by placing them in front of a fan or over a warm radiator but don't put them anywhere too hot. When they snap like a cracker they are fully dry. Once you have picked and dried them all it is best to grind them into a powder and store in a jar. It is best to store them in a cool, dry, dark place (freezer). When powdered you can weigh or measure out a certain amount and have a fairly consistent trip each time. Each mushroom can vary in strength by quite a bit and if you leave them whole you may find that one trip or a certain amount will be fine, but the next week it may be too intense or not enough.
MAKING YOUR OWN SPORE SYRINGE
Materials: Isopropyl alcohol, lO-12cc syringe, Shot glass, Exacto knife blade (short bIades are better than the tall ones), Microscope slides (science shop), Glass or bowl, Tape.
By making your own spore syringe you can grow shrooms for the rest of you life for a couple of dollars of rice and vermiculite. Also soon you may not be able to buy spores easily or legally in the future so it is wise to learn how to do this.
CAUTION: Make sure that your hands are completely dry from rubbing alcohol before using any lighters etc. - nasty burns may result. It is best to spray the room with Lysol before taking spore prints and don't take them in the kitchen or bathroom (too many contaminants) Allow 1 mushroom or 2 or 3 from the best producing cake to fully open. For the following procedures make sure that your hands are very clean. Wash and dry with a newly washed towel and rinse in alcohol. Use 2 glass microscope slides per mushroom cap and sterilize them by washing with dish soap and drying with a clean cloth. Rinse them in isopropyl alcohol and allow to dry.
Cut the mushroom cap off the stem as close to the cap as possible using a sterile knife (either soak in alcohol or heat to red hot and allow it to cool). A propane torch is nice and fast. Do not touch the underside of the mushroom (gills) with your hands. You can use toothpicks or whatever else works for you. The mushroom caps are slippery and can be hard to handle. Place the mushroom cap on a microscope slide (or both if it is large enough) and cover with a bowl and leave it for several hours. Remove the bowl and the cap and a spore print should be quite visible. Fold the 2 slides together and tape along the edges to keep it sterile. Don't breathe on or touch the exposed prints. You can use paper instead of microscope plates but the chance of contamination of the print is much higher (not recommended). Spore prints taken this way will remain viable for many years if kept in a cool place (fridge - do not freeze).
When you want to grow some more mushrooms, place your empty syringe and a shot-glass of water in the cooker with your rice jars. After cooking and cooling, fill the syringe with water from the shot glass and dump the remaining water. Heat up an exacto knife blade to red hot and let it cool. Open up your slides with the blade and reheat the blade and let it cool (or just have a couple of blades ready). Scrape the spores (or even just a quarter or half of them) into the shot glass and squirt the water back into the shot glass. Then pull the water back into the syringe and you're ready to go.
Another way to make your syringes/prints is to place the shroom cap in a sterilized empty 125ml jar and put the lid on. Remove the cap when a print has been made. Just make sure that the jar and lid has been sterilized and the cap surface or your fingers don't touch the inside of the jar. After you have taken the print the jar can be sealed with the lid. It can be filled with sterilized water when needed and many syringes may be produced. This can be stored in the fridge also but won't last as long as spore prints and is more likely to contaminate.
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Make sure that when the 2 pieces of the lid are together you can put the syringe tip in the jar. You don't want the holes hidden by the threaded piece of lid. Place holes so that when syringe is inserted the tip can touch the side of the jar.
TIPS FOR TRIPS
Again, possession of Psilocybe spores is legal at this time but growing or possessing Psilocybe mushrooms may not be. This document is not intended to encourage the violation of any laws and is presented for informational purposes only. Keep in mind also that sources of spores sell them only for legal purposes.
To people who have never used magic mushrooms (or only used low "partying" doses) these tips may sound strange but I feel I have an obligation to include them.
First of all, you must realize that these mushrooms should only be taken by happy, stable people who are able to accept responsibility for their actions. If you don't fit into these categories DO NOT TAKE THEM. Shrooms intensify reality and may make your unhappiness and problems seem worse. They may aggravate pre-existing psychiatric conditions. On the other hand if you are happy and stable they may reward you on many levels and be viewed as life enriching gifts.
Read information from reliable sources about these mushrooms and their effects.
Some people get stomach cramps after ingesting these shrooms. The best way to prevent this is to fast for 8 or more hours before taking them. A good way to take them is in a hot herbal tea (lemon zinger) especially when taking large doses.
Start with accurately measured low doses (1g) and work your way up. After several sessions you may find yourself taking several (4-6g dry) grams and things can get extremely out of the ordinary. A ritual often helps. Create a sacred space and learn some grounding techniques. It is best to have an experienced guide on your first trips and always a good idea to have someone reliable and straight to act as "reality checker". This person can perform simple tasks such as making tea or change music (which can become impossible at higher doses). When on large doses it is very common to go through rough spots in the trip or INTENSE alterations in reality and believe that the house is on fire etc. so having someone straight is always a good idea. It is also easy to do things like turn on the stove or whatever without realizing or remembering about it and creating potentially dangerous situations.
Make sure you are in a safe and familiar environment. Trip with people you know and trust. High dose tripping with people you don't know and in a place you aren't familiar is a recipe for a difficult trip. Unplug the phone and tell your friends not to drop by. Have a selection of good music or try to ensure silence.
Relax. I like to close my eyes, relax, and float downstream.
On your first large doses you may go through a few "rough spots". No matter what you're going through stay calm. Concentrate on your breathing and take some deep, slow breaths. Stay where you are. If you have made sure that you are in a safe environment before you start tripping try to realize that you are probably safest where you are. It is easy to get in in your head that you may be better off going somewhere else. If you are really high this can be a big mistake.
These mushrooms have been safely used by people for thousands of years. If you have faith/trust in the mushrooms, the universe and yourself this will greatly help you through any rough spots.
The very best place to trip is in the wilderness away from all signs of civilization. Go with a couple of friends and just tune into nature.
Proceed with care, respect and humility and the shrooms may present you with profoundly spiritual experiences beyond your present comprehension.