I don't know about you, but I really
don't like the taste of shrooms. I've tried them every which way too:
fresh, dried, on cookies, dipped in honey, with peanut butter, in tea
etc. Tea is pretty good, admittedly, and a lot of people go that route,
but it's somewhat of a hassle in my opinion. So, I did some looking
and came across Journey Man's Tek. for mushroom ingestion which uses
gel caps. It sounded perfect, so much so it seems that he's even selling
the supplies. But being either McGyver-like or cheap I usually build
it myself, if I can. So, I found some Vitamins in my fridge that used
gel caps and emptied them out. I tossed some shrooms in my coffee grinder,
hit the switch and turned them into a fine powder. Now the hard part.
Getting the powder into the caps. For my first go-round I had enough
powder for about 16 capsules and just did it by hand by pressing the
caps into the powder. It was tedious. Believe me, if you've got two
ounces of shroom powder you won't want to do them all by hand. That's
112 capsules. You'll want a capsule filling block.
Materials you will need:
A drill with a 21/64" bit
A block of wood that is 3/4" thick
Sized Double "OO" Gel Caps (Health food stores)
A round (unsharpened) pencil that just fits in the long part of the
gel caps - for tamping
A Coffee Grinder
Shrooms - 1/2 gram per capsule
Begin by drilling the holes in the
block of wood. Drill them all the way through. You can put them pretty
close together and easily fit 25 holes in a 5"x5"x3/4"
block. You want about an inch of border space for moving the powder
I had an old knick-knack shelf that
I knocked the ends off of and kept the small shelf part on, using the
back of the thing as my capsule block. That way I have a little backstop,
which also functions as a stand for later use:
for filling - shroom powder on left in 1/2 pint)
As you can see many more holes would
fit in this block of wood, but I like the extra room for whatever reason.
Now, once you have it drilled just deburr the holes and blow it off
to get rid of any sawdust and it's ready to go.
Pull open the caps and place the
longer ends into the holes in the block. They should be almost perfectly
flush with the top of the block. Pour a couple of spoonfuls of powder
over the holes and then move it around with a credit card until all
the caps are full. Then use the pencil to tamp the powder down. Don't
do it too hard or the caps could split at the bottom, but they can be
pressed fairly firm. You will get the feel of it. Repeat until no more
powder will fit into the caps.
Since this block has the backstop
on it, I turn it (slowly) on it's side to make putting the caps together
filled caps - one with the other end on it)
13 from the back)
Push a cap from the back, a little
way through, and place the small end of the gel cap on it. You should
be able to just press it a little then, and pull the entire cap out.
Close it the rest of the way, and place it into your jar.
After about an hour the 1/2 pint
jar of shroom powder in the first picture, above, turns into the following:
caps, in case you were wondering)
I put a small amount of desiccant
in with the caps just to keep moisture out. In the jar above, is the
standard shroom drying agent, Damp-Rid, that you can at most any hardware
store or ShroomMart.
On a triple beam these caps, filled,
weigh about exactly 600mg, and with the gel cap that is 500mg of shroom
powder - or 1/2 gram. As long as you use the correct gel cap size "OO"
and fill them well, they will all be 1/2 gram doses.
Not only is this method convenient,
easy to dose, easy to swallow, it is also easy to conceal. They can
be put in any vitamin container and nobody will think twice. Just be
sure to label the bottle somehow. They can be stored in a cabinet for
years without any noticeable potency loss. Also, to take note of is
that this method of ingestion seems to produce less nausea in those
individuals that are sensitive.