Basic Do’s and Don’ts You Need to Know When Taking Mushroom Gummies
Mushroom gummies are starting to pop up all over the hemp market, and most of them are made with amanita muscaria – a type of mushroom that is known for its psychoactive effects that are sedative-like in nature. These mushrooms are intoxicating, so that means you need to practice some caution when using them. Luckily, we’re here with a basic breakdown of do’s and don’ts, to ensure that you get the most out of your new gummy purchase.
Basic Do’s and Don’ts When Taking Mushroom Gummies
Let’s go over the basic rules for taking psychoactive mushroom gummies, because while these gummies are not necessarily known to be dangerous, there can be some unpleasant side effects if they’re taken improperly – or if you somehow end up with a poorly made or fake product. Let’s get started.
Do: Look at Lab Reports
First off, just like cannabinoids, amanita mushrooms must undergo specific third-party lab-testing protocol before being sold. So, when you’re ready to make a purchase, we urge you to look for these lab reports on the company’s website, which will tell you the purity, safety, authenticity, and potency of the product, so you know from an unbiased source that you’re getting the best option available.
Do: Follow the Dosing Directions
Mushroom gummies should always come with clear dosing directions on the product label, so we urge you to follow them especially if you’re a beginner. While taking a larger dose isn’t necessarily going to cause major harm, it can put you at greater risk of side effects like paranoia, anxiety, and general impairment. As you build up tolerance over time, you can consider taking a higher dose.
Do: Pay Attention to Other Ingredients
Look at the full list of ingredients before taking any mushroom gummy. While we want to believe that all companies have our best interests at heart, you never know what a certain brand might slip into their formula that could potentially be less than good for the body. Naturally:
- If you’ve allergies, you will need to look even more carefully.
- If you’re vegan, simply make sure that the mushrooms are gelatin-free.
Do: Research Before You Try
Before you take any mushroom for the first time, research it as extensively as possible. This way, you’ll have a full idea of what kinds of effects you’ll experience, what side-effects you may face, and the best practices for taking these mushrooms to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. You can find plenty of online resources to learn more about these mushrooms.
Do: Make the Most of Your Experience
Amanita mushrooms can provide you with anything from a feeling of calm and relaxation to a highly introspective, spiritual, and healing experience, depending on the dose and how your brain chemistry reacts to muscimol, the key compound. We encourage you to really make the most of your session by enjoying them in an environment that brings you inspiration, whether that be at home or in the great outdoors, and even considering doing things like journaling or drawing to get in touch with yourself.
Don’t: Take the Mushrooms in an Environment You’re Not Comfortable in
We strongly recommend that you consider the environment that you’re in when you take these mushrooms. Do not take them in an area where you generally feel unsafe, as that can cause you to feel anxious and paranoid – and potentially put you in harm’s way, due to the impairment that comes with these mushrooms. Make sure that if you’re with others, they’re people who you trust.
Don’t: Take More Than You Can Handle, Tolerance-Wise
There’s no need to take a super high dose if you’re someone with a low tolerance. This can backfire, and cause side effects like anxiety as you’re simply not prepared for the heavy, intoxicating qualities of the mushroom species. And, keep in mind that it can take 30-90 minutes for the muscimol to take effect, so don’t keep taking more gummies because you’re not feeling anything 20 minutes into ingesting them.
Don’t: Expose Your Gummies to the Wrong Conditions
Mushroom gummies need to be kept in a dark, dry, and cool environment, in a sealed container, when they’re not in use. Otherwise, they can go bad, by losing not only their flavor and texture, but also their effectiveness, as the muscimol can end up breaking down due to oxidization. This means not leaving your gummies in a hot car or keeping the jar’s lid off.
Don’t: Underestimate Their Effects
Finally, don’t underestimate how intense the effects can be in higher doses. If you’re going to with a high dose, prepare yourself for the fact that you may experience some hallucinatory effects, and may find that heavy emotions come up for you so that you can process them. Being open-minded, yet cautious and informed, is the best way to have a positive experience with amanita mushrooms.
Follow These Recommendations For a Blissful Mushroom Experience
No doubt, amanita mushrooms can be extremely rewarding – even profound – but only if you go about taking them the right way. And, that means being mindful of where you’re buying them, while also being aware of their effects, general dosing guidelines, and the environment you’re in. Fortunately, you can see that the “rules” of mushroom gummies are actually pretty straightforward, so your chance of having a good experience is very high.