A good magic mushroom tea is much more than a few ground mushrooms, a little hot water, and as much sugar as you need to cover the taste.
Get the recipe right and you’ll maximize the psilocybin content and create something that won’t leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth.
Ready to learn how to make the best magic mushroom tea?
How to Make Mushroom Tea
There are a few basic things you need to make shroom tea:
- Psilocybin mushrooms
- Teabags (preferably decaffeinated)
- Tea Kettle or Saucepan
- A Large Bowl
- A Coffee Grinder
- A Coffee Filter
There are some optional extras as well, but we’ll get to those shortly.
The strength of the psilocybin tea will depend on the amount of mushrooms you use. We can’t help you with that, so prepare your dose in advance and make sure it’s suitable for your tolerance level and the type of experience you seek:
- Ground your mushrooms into small pieces. They don’t need to be ground into powder form, but smaller pieces will leech more psychedelic compounds into the water.
- Bring 1 cup of water to the boil in your kettle or saucepan.
- Let the water cool for about 60 seconds.
- Place the mushroom pieces in a cup and add the water and teabag. Infuse for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Drain the mushroom-infused liquid into a bowl and put the mushrooms back into the cup.
- Boil another cup of water, leave for 60 seconds, and then add it to the mushroom pieces along with another teabag.
- Add ginger pieces, sugar/honey, and other desired flavorings to the liquid.
- Let the liquid infuse for 10 minutes.
- Squeeze the mushrooms to remove all of the liquid and then add the liquid to the previous batch.
You now have a big batch of mushroom tea! Just add it to a mug, sweeten to taste if required, and then drink.
Sugar or Honey
We recommend adding honey or sugar to sweeten the tea, as it’s not very pleasant. Most recipes call for honey, but sugar also works.
Don’t overdo it, though. Adding copious amounts of honey or sugar won’t make your mushroom tea taste like candy. It’s like trying to mask rotten eggs with a tin of deodorant, the result is still nasty, it’s just a different kind of nasty.
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
It’s often said that soaking shrooms in lemon juice will help to break them down and make them more digestible, thus increasing the effects and shortening the onset.
While most of these reports are anecdotal, you don’t have much to lose by trying it. However, you won’t get the same benefits by adding lemon juice to mushroom tea.
In this case, it’s more about acidity and flavor. Adding fresh lemon juice will cut through the bitterness and the earthiness, making your mushroom tea more palatable.
As with the sugar, you don’t want to overdo it. A little squeeze is enough.
Black or Green Tea Bag
You can make shroom tea using just mushrooms, water, and honey, but it won’t taste great. You need the tea to mask the flavor.
If you can’t find decaf black tea, green tea should suffice. You could also use an herbal tea blend.
It’s better to use decaf tea where possible. Tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee, but as you’ll be using two bags and brewing them both for over 10 minutes, you’ll extract a lot of the caffeine. That could interfere with the effects of the mushrooms.
Green tea also contains caffeine, but in much smaller doses, so it’s unlikely to cause much of an issue.
You don’t have to use a tea bag if you don’t have one. Loose-leaf herbs, such as chamomile and lavender, work just as well. Just make sure you strain them out of the final infusion.
Ginger and Spices
Adding ginger to your mushroom tea can make a huge difference. Not only does it impart a nice flavor, but it can help to reduce the feelings of nausea.
Other spices may also help, such as a blend of chai tea, but it’s best not to overcomplicate it.
Shroom Tea Effects
The effects of drinking mushroom tea vary based on the dose, your experience levels, and the mindset you’re in.
Some of the most common effects of shroom tea can include:
- Spiritual awakening
- Auditory hallucinations
- Visual hallucinations
- Changes in perception
- Impaired concentration
It can also lead to nausea and even vomiting, but making mushroom tea with a little sugar and ginger could help with this.
What Should I Do With the Mushroom Powder After Use?
If you have infused the pieces/powder in boiling water for over 20 minutes as suggested, there won’t be much of the active compounds left. You can just toss the mushrooms away at this point and enjoy the tea.
Will Mushrooms Lose their Potency?
Psilocin can deteriorate somewhat if you’re using boiling water but psilocybin is pretty resilient. Allowing the water to cool before adding it to the mushrooms helps with this slightly, but you’re not really losing much either way.
How Many Grams Should I Use in Mushroom Tea?
Your dose should be carefully considered beforehand, as a gram either way could make for a drastically different experience.
If you’re new to magic mushrooms, stick with a very small dose, known as “micro-dosing”.
When measuring your dose, pay attention to the variety of mushroom, as well as whether you’re using dried mushrooms or fresh mushrooms. If you have dried mushrooms, you shouldn’t be following dosage instructions for fresh shrooms, as they are much stronger and you may end up taking more than planned.
What Does Shroom Tea Taste Like?
Magic mushrooms have an earthy, bitter, and metallic flavor. They are an acquired taste, to say the least, but most of those bad flavors are tempered in shroom tea.
If not for the effects, you’d probably never make or drink this tea again. But it’s nowhere near as difficult as chomping on raw mushrooms.
Will Mushroom Tea Make Me Sick?
If you add a little ginger and drink it slowly, you should be okay. Everyone is different, though, and nausea is not uncommon with magic mushrooms.
Is Mushroom Tea Addictive?
No, psilocybin-containing mushrooms are not addictive in the strictest sense of the word. They can technically be psychologically addictive, whereby you consume them so often that’ll it becomes a habit, but you won’t experience the sort of withdrawal symptoms associated with many other drugs.