Psilocybin spores are vital to the cultivation of many species of psychedelic mushrooms. Spores are the reproductive cells of fungi and can be used to grow their fruiting bodies, which contain psilocybin. Psilocybin is a compound that produces hallucinogenic effects when consumed and is banned in the United States.
But acquiring spores themselves is not illegal as the spores themselves do not contain psilocybin. Psilocybe mushrooms, also known as “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms” come in around 200 varieties, all of which are capable of producing psilocybin if enough spores are sourced from them.
Unfortunately, it takes knowledge and expertise to determine which wild species are safe for consumption; mushroom foraging should always be done with caution unless you’re a well-versed mycologist.
What Is A Spore Print?
A spore print is a way to harvest spores from mushrooms that can then be used to grow new mushrooms. Spores are produced by a fully mature mushroom that has already fruited and developed in the gills of the mushroom.
This is where cultivators will find the best source of spores for making a spore print. A sheet of foil, paper, or plastic should be placed beneath the cap before the mushroom can produce its print. After several hours have passed, the residue left behind should be visible and this constitutes the spore print.
The process of making a spore print is quite simple, but it requires collecting materials such as foil or plastic to catch the spores as they leave the mushroom’s gills. The method of collection allows cultivators to easily identify what species of mushroom they are growing and track any variation between different prints that might occur over time due to changes in environmental factors.
Since mushrooms reproduce through spores instead of seeds, spore prints provide an efficient way to start or expand on your own colonies at home or indoors experimentally.
Where to Get Psilocybin Spores
Finding psilocybin spores is often a process of trial and error. While some burgeoning home growers may extract their own spores from found wild magic mushrooms, there are also plenty of online vendors that are ready to provide you with pre-packaged bottles and prints.
A traditional psilocybin spore syringe will commonly feature an oral syringe loaded with water and magic mushroom spores that can be used for inoculation. Alternatively, spore prints come on specially-cut pieces of paper that have the spores stamped onto them – this is done by simply laying a fresh mushroom cap onto the top surface of the paper, letting the spores fall out as it dries.
Before use, spore prints must be hydrated before they can be used in any form that’s suitable for inoculation. Whether you decide to obtain your own spores or buy them online, both methods require extra consideration when working with a powerful substance like psilocybin.
How to Grow Psilocybin mushrooms
Growing your own psilocybin mushrooms is an alluring prospect, but it’s important to first familiarize yourself with the legalities surrounding cultivation. Once you’ve established that, it’s time to move on to the process itself.
Sterility is of utmost importance when growing mushrooms, as bacteria or mold can ruin a batch before they even have a chance to grow. You’ll need various equipment such as large plastic containers, pressure cookers, and metal or plastic lids, among other items; most of which can be easily attainable at any department store.
Additionally, depending on what species of mushroom you hope to cultivate, you may need ingredients like brown rice flour and vermiculite. Resources are available online that walk you through the growing procedure including step-by-step instructions for harvesting your crop – however, patience is also necessary here; some types of mushrooms may take days or weeks before fruition.
With the proper attention put into each step behind this exciting endeavor, one can soon benefit from their tasteful home-grown product!
What Subspecies Of Mushrooms Should I Grow?
Mushroom cultivation can be a rewarding hobby, especially for those looking to explore a unique and relatively beginner-friendly form of gardening. When it comes to growing psychedelic mushrooms, it may seem intimidating at first, but with the right setup and knowledge, anyone can grow their own magic mushroom species with ease.
When it comes to which subspecies should you choose, many psychedelic experts in the magic mushroom-cultivation field recommend starting off with psilocybe cubensis subspecies such as B+, Golden Teachers, or Penis Envy.
All of these varieties feature an aggressive growth pattern both in terms of developing mycelium in the substrate, as well as producing fruiting bodies.
Furthermore, these particular varieties are usually quite resistant to minor changes in temperature or humidity fluctuations within the environment. With an ideal temperature and humidity level along with a sterile habitat, they practically grow themselves!
What Are Spore Syringes?
Spore syringes are specialized tools used to effectively and safely deliver psilocybin mushroom spores into the substrate. The psychedelic mushroom spores must first be collected on a spore print before they can be delivered with a syringe.
To create the solution that is held within these syringes, vendors use sterilized water and a single species of mushroom spores in a sterile lab environment to reduce the chances of contamination.
This solution is held in 10cc (or 10mL) sized syringes, and it is recommended to inject 2-4cc into each substrate container (up to 8oz).
Can I Make My Own Spore Syringes?
Making your own spore syringes is a great way to take magic mushroom cultivation to the next level. With a bit of psychedelic experience, you can gain mastery over the entire process and have greater control over the type of mushrooms you cultivate. However, it is important to understand all the steps involved in making your own spore syringes.
The process consists of taking a spore print from a healthy mushroom specimen, sterilizing and preparing the needle and syringe, drawing up the spores into the syringe, filling in the details on the label, and finally storing it away for future use.
How Long do Spore Syringes Last?
Spore syringes are a popular way of obtaining and handling psilocybin for study and recreational use. They typically last about 30 days or up to two years, as long as they are stored properly. Refrigeration is the best option for extending the shelf life of spore syringes.
Keeping them in a cool, dark place prevents potential bacteria growth caused by too much heat. However, it’s important to be careful not to accidentally freeze the spores, as this can ruin them entirely and render them unusable.
The convenience of using spore syringes makes them preferable to their less viable alternative — spore prints. When measuring out a specific amount of liquid for research purposes, syringes give scientists more control than attempting to transfer spores from a print.
Though with syringes, the spores don’t survive as long compared to traditional prints, they are still reliable forms of storing and utilizing psilocybin when done properly.
How Do I Store Spore Syringes?
Storing spore syringes correctly is crucial to successful mushroom cultivation. To ensure the best possible results, spores should be kept refrigerated in a clean and sterile Ziplock bag. The cold temperature helps preserve them and keeps them away from airborne contaminants that could damage the spores. If not used immediately, keeping them stored in this manner will prolong their viability for the greatest amount of time possible.
The length of time that stored spore syringes can remain viable is a hot topic of debate among mycologists. Some believe that all spores older than six months are going to degrade as they age and become unable to germinate new mushrooms.