there are over 2000 species of culinary and medicinal mushrooms?! 🤯
Many medicinal mushrooms are adaptogenic/ toning which means they are great for everything and everyone.
mushrooms are alkaline and they help to neutralize acids formed by stressful lifestyles and prolonged stress responses.
Chaga helps to bring you into alignment with your responsibilities and help you better allocate your energies
Widely beneficial and safe for just about everyone!
Many can be used both as food, and as a dietary supplement in various forms
So many amazing benefits that mushrooms have to offer and I can’t wait to share more with you! We have partnered with Four Sigmatic to provide you guys access to some amazing organic mushroom products.
Our goal in time is to grow/forage our own mushrooms to provide you with access to these amazing healing fungi!
What Are Medicinal Mushrooms?
Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years, more prominently in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and funny enough fungi, not herbs are often the most used when it comes to TCM. They discovered early on that medicinal mushrooms can help protect and benefit health, as well as prevent and treat various conditions and diseases.
Reishi, maitake, cordyceps, and turkey tail are quickly becoming all the rage as the latest superfood trend; But In Chinese medicine, however, the use of medicinal mushrooms dates back to some of the first medical texts on record. For example, reishi’s reputation as a powerful medicine dates back to about 200 AD!
Modern science is just now just beginning to discover the mechanisms behind this legendary fungus. Along with maitake, cordyceps, and turkey tail, reishi appears to be an immunomodulator. Which means that it can help to boost the immune system: either during a bacterial infection, or by calming it down in cases of over activity during an autoimmune and/or allergic reaction.
Other medically important species traditionally cultivated or collected in the wild and used in TCM include:
Auricularia auricula-judae (Jew’s ear, black fungus)
Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster mushroom)
Flammulina velutipes (enokitake)
Grifola frondosa (maitake, hen of the woods)
Tricholoma matsutake (=caligatum)
as well as inedible, purely medicinal mushroom species like:
But like we said above there are over 2000 varieties of medicinal mushrooms, not even taking into account the ones used more commonly for their culinary usage.
As traditional plant-based medicines are gaining more attention. Mushrooms are quickly making their way to the top of the list for their many amazing health benefits.
Many forms of mushrooms have been used throughout the centuries, with well over 200 different species used in therapeutic capacities throughout the years. There is a great deal of recent research surrounding mushrooms and their potential therapeutic benefits for a variety of conditions such as cancer, digestive health conditions, liver conditions, and autoimmune issues, and much more in the works as the interest in medicinal mushrooms grows.
The key component in these healing mushrooms is psilocybin, although many of the mushrooms that contain higher amounts and known to cause psychoactive effects have been 'outlawed' and are illegal to possess. But this same property found in smaller amounts, boosts immune health through stimulating the production of T-lymphocytes and also the production of killer cells.
The compounds that medicinal mushrooms produce, give the mushrooms an advantage in the microorganism community. Which make them a great option for helping to heal and maintain our own microbiome. These compounds ward off viruses, bacterial infections, and ‘bad’ fungal overgrowth's. Medicinal mushrooms are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral in nature.
Besides the fact that any good thing can be easily abused, we see no clear negative to such psychoactive mushrooms that the government has deemed "illegal". We also believe it to be in part of the spiritual developments and healing abilities that these plants provide, but then where is the money and control in that.
Psilocybin mushroom are one of a polyphyletic group of fungi that contain any of various psychedelic compounds, including psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. Common, colloquial terms for psilocybin mushrooms include psychedelic mushrooms, booms, magic mushrooms, shrooms, and mush. (wikipedia)
PLEASE NOTE : Psilocybin is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision (DEA WEBSITE)
Yet, despite social stigma and legal red tape, researchers are forging ahead with clinical trials for FDA approval. It has also been found that psilocybin therapy significantly improved those from engaging in smoking and other similar addictions.
Depression is among the most researched indications for psilocybin therapy, and is being considered as a break through therapy.
Other sources say that, positive changes in users behavior–better relationships with others, for instance, or increased care for their own mental and physical well-being, are some of the beneficial aspects of using such mushrooms.
The medical community still deems that these mushrooms may be too addictive in themselves and thus pose a risk; Which is highly unfortunate, as many have shared their personal anecdotal stories of how these mushrooms have helped them mind, body or soul, which I believe shouldn't just be discounted.
What Would Be Safe Dosing?
Roland Griffiths, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins who led a study on such mushrooms said that "Identifying the exact right dosage for hallucinogenic drugs is crucial; Because a “bad trip” can trigger hazardous, self-destructive behavior, but low doses don’t produce the kind of trans-formative experiences that can offer long-term benefits. By trying a range of doses, researchers are able to find the sweet spot, where a high or intermediate dose can produce, fairly reliably, these mystical experiences, with very low probability of a significant fear reaction.”
I can respect that aspect of things; even working in just coaching therapy, there are many things I do avoid certain triggers for clients, and same reasoning would apply to using certain physical/emotional/psychological therapies as well as medicinal's to avoid any undesired effects, or setbacks to healing.
Typically with any herbal, botanical or fungi, one would start with a small dose, and gradually increase over time to achieve the desired effects. When it comes to things like fungi dosage suggestions are often between 1-3g. I would suggest starting with an even smaller amount if that is your prerogative. You may be intersted in this article fromHealthLine on the studies and benefits of 'Magic Mushrooms'
Foraging 'Wild' Mushrooms
Foraging for wild mushrooms is dicey. There are thousands of species, many with very similar features. Some toxic mushrooms can simply cause stomach problems, but others can cause organ failure and death. Make sure to take a local guide or guide book with you, then double & triple check on plant/fungi identification forums like this onebefore ingesting any foraged fungi.
Some of the mushrooms that contain higher amounts of Psilocybin you may wish to be aware of when foraging include:
Psilocybe cubensis is on the larger side as far as magic mushrooms go. It's also one of the most common. Called the common large Psilocybe, golden cap or Mexican mushroom, it has many different types. The cap is usually reddish brown, with a white or yellowish stem. When bruised or crushed, its sticky flesh often turns bluish. Some people consider this a definitive sign of finding a magic mushroom, but some toxic types of mushrooms bruise as well. It's usually found in moist, humid climates and grows on the dung of grazing animals like cattle.
Psilocybe semilanceata or liberty cap is a common psilocybin mushroom. In general, P. semilanceata is found in damp, grassy fields usually populated by cattle or sheep but unlike P. cubensis, it doesn't grow directly on the dung. It's a small mushroom, either light yellow or brown, with a very pointed cap. Another psilocybe mushroom, Psilocybe pelliculosa, is often mistaken for P. semilanceata, but its psychotropic properties are weaker.
Psilocybe baeocystis has a dark brown cap and brownish or yellowish stem when fresh. It can be found in fields in addition to growing on rotting logs, peat or mulch. Nicknames include potent Psilocybe, blue bell and bottle cap.
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We hope you have learned a little bit about the generalized benefits of Mushroom and the legality, safety, and potential benefits for the more psychoactive mushrooms. We are going to be further exploring each of the medicinal mushrooms over time and hope you will find them of great interest, some of these will include:
Shitake Lions Mane
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