Article by Travis Cesarone, Cannabis Life Network
Psilocybin mushrooms recently washed over the topic of mental health therapeutics like an elated wave. A potential treatment for anxiety, migraines, and even bipolar disorder. But, not all shrooms are for those worried about an upset stomach or unwilling to detach from their ego. So, why do magic mushrooms cause nausea?
Therapeutic, magic mushrooms contain multiple forms (analogs) of DMT, the alledged dream drug. A few different molecules exist in mushrooms that branch off of the inactive prodrug known as psilocybin, all of which are related to DMT as well as serotonin. Yes, psilocybin is inactive. But it easily breaks down or transforms into an intoxicating substance known as psilocin. In fact, raw psilocybe mushrooms also contain small amounts of this active variation. Alternatively, the acid in your gut and enzymes in your intestines will react with the inactive psilocybin. From here, fat-soluble psilocin is created and will absorb into the body within approximately thirty to forty minutes after the shrooms are consumed (onset).
Lab tested mushrooms – and toads?
The chemical reaction that takes place is psilocybin (4-PO-DMT) + gastric juice +/ intestinal enzymes (alkaline phosphatase) -> psilocin (4-HO-DMT.) Interestingly, certain mushrooms but also psychedelic Bufo toads contain bufotenin (5-HO-DMT.)
So, if margarine is one molecule away from plastic, then magic mushrooms are one hydroxyl group away from licking toad.
As for magic mushrooms, pure psilocybin can cause nausea since the chemical reaction can be harsh on the gut. Therefore, it helps if this reaction occurs more in the fungus, or at least outside of the body. Because of this, it will benefit consumers if the percentages of both, psilocybin and psilocin, are on labels once shrooms become legal. Strains that are higher in psilocin might be easier on the body but will also hit you faster.
Lemon tek your tea for gut assistance
Alternatively, a magic mushroom tea with lemon to increase the acidity will help the reaction. Also, ginger lemon tea by itself typically needs no introduction to gastrointestinal relief. The catch, shroom tea provides effects for up to four to five hours, whereas the effects of psilocybin mushrooms digested raw can last seven hours. This is due to the different rates of absorbtion in the stomach compared to the intestines. Of course, a shorter trip can be a benefit depending on the person and the situation.
Beyond active ingredients, raw mushroom flesh of any kind is typically indigestible and can cause nausea and other health issues. There are also potential pathogens in fungi that will be killed if they are cooked. Unfortunately, too much heat will destroy psilocin and other therapeutic ingredients so it is best to stick with simmering hot water.
This writing author’s magic mushroom tea recipe is as follows –
- Chop or grind your favorite psilocybe mushrooms
- Lemon tek: In a small container (a shot glass for example) add enough lemon or lime juice to cover the chopped mushrooms and stir occasionally for 30 minutes at room temperature or cold.
- Combine the mushrooms AND lemon juice into a small pot of boiling water and keep the concoction on a simmer. Do not use more than one cup (250 ml) of water per one gram of mushrooms.
- Wait for thirty to forty minutes for the mushrooms to steep. (A more distinct mushroom odor might be noticed close to complete infusion.)
- Add your favorite tea partway through steeping.
- Optional: strain the tea through a coffee filter or fine strainer to remove the mushrooms from the liquid after infusion. Squeeze out the remaining liquid and dilute to taste after the tea is infused and strained.