More about Mushroom Growkit Golden Teacher
There are several psychoactive mushrooms. Take the Amanita muscaria (that red mushroom with white dots), a dose of which can bring you into a dreamlike state, give you visions (but also nasty side effects such as severe nausea and dizziness), Psilocybe semilcantea (or the pointed bald head, a well known Psilocybe species among Dutch harvesters), and the popular Psilocybe cubensis species.
The Psilocybe means something as 'bald head'. This not very flattering title owes this mushroom species to its rather inconspicuous, average appearance. Compared to the bright red Amanita Muscaria, this species is a grey (or rather, brown) mouse.
In terms of effect, however, it can move mountains. People who have come into contact with Psilocybe cubensis, usually consider this experience to be very valuable.
A trip experience
The reasons why people consume these mushrooms vary. Curiosity is often a motive, an interest in 'broadening the mind'. From experience stories you can often hear how such a trip leads to valuable insights, sometimes as intense an experience as the birth of a first child, or the death of one of the parents. For centuries, these mushrooms have been part of culture. Originally, ceremonies were held in South America during which these mushrooms were seen as sacred sacraments. Religion and spirituality are strongly linked to the mystical experience that was evoked during such a ceremony.
Mushrooms and science
A study at Imperial College in London shows how the brains of post-consumer volunteers were less active in areas where information transfer takes place, such as the thalamus. This enabled the brain to travel more freely.
Magic mushrooms are not toys nor partydrugs, so they should be used consciously. Make sure you get proper information before consumption. Never take more than 15 grams of fresh mushrooms when trying for the first time. Keep out of reach from children and pets. Do not use magic mushrooms when pregnant, in case of physical and/or mental problems, or when taking medication. Always consult a physician in case of doubt. Do not combine with alcohol or drugs.
Caution: The substrate contains gluten. The mushrooms themselves contain traces of this. Not suitable for people with (severe) gluten intolerance.
Note: Start growing as soon as you have received the grow kit. If this is not immediately possible, store the kit at a temperature of 15 degrees Celsius.
The best way to use mushrooms is to eat them, preferably on an empty stomach for full effect. But this doesn't taste that well, and sometimes leaves a heavy feeling in the stomach, which can be a disturbing sensation while tripping. Although psilocybin is sensitive to heating, it's possible to make mushroom tea, which is more tasty and easy to digest than fresh or dried truffles. Boil some water, turn the heat down and add the (shredded) mushrooms. Let them boil softly for about 20 minutes. You can then add a little honey or flavoured tea and drink the tea. A better and easier method is to simply poor some very hot water on a portion of fine shredded mushrooms in a cup, let it soak for at least 15 minutes, and then add some (herbal) tea for flavour.
Manual growing Golden Teacher
Here you can read the complete manual to grow your own magic mushrooms.