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cubensis questions
    #1603630 - 06/03/03 05:22 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

i have Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms growing near me and i just have a few questions about them.
in the past i have usually eaten them fresh and whole. i tried eating them as tea and didnt find this to be as potent. should there be any difference eating them fresh or as tea? how long should i leave them in the boiling water to make tea?
i have heard that they only grow in autumn...is this true?
what is a good way of preserving them (preferably not too technical) i have heard that honey is good and also drying them and grinding them into powder. how do i go about this?
some tips would be much appreciated

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Re: cubensis questions [Re: valleygirl]
    #1606150 - 06/03/03 10:14 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

to make tea, you must first dry them. leave them in front of a fan over night on a cookie rack or some other wire rack. This won't completely "cracker dry" them, but it should be enough to make a decent brew. Just remember to not overboil them in the water. Psy and cin are heat sensitive and break down at higher temps. slowly simmer them in barley simmering water for a couple minutes, but don't over do it. I'm not sure about the season, but my best guess would be mostly in the spring time. But I'm probably wrong. You can store dried shrooms in honey for quite some time, but fresh ones tend to rot in the honey.

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Re: cubensis questions [Re: soochi]
    #1607031 - 06/04/03 04:21 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

WHY THE HELL.......would you HAVE TO dry them first ???

I make fresh tea all the time! :grin:

just remember that dosage will be different than dry 


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Re: cubensis questions [Re: valleygirl]
    #1607490 - 06/04/03 11:52 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Best way of preserving them is to leave them next to a gentle, lukewarm fan so they get very little heat for 24-48 hours. They should snap when you try and bend them if they're fully dried. Then put them in a couple of zip-up freezer bags, squeeze all the air out and place those inside an air-tight glass container in the freezer. They'll keep their potency for months if not years.

If you want to capsule the dried shrooms, grind them in a coffee-grinder, get a capsuling kit from www.cap-m-quik.com and buy 1000 vegatable capsules.

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Re: cubensis questions [Re: Xlea321]
    #1616143 - 06/07/03 06:08 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

thanks for all your help!!
can anyone clarify whether of not i have to dry them out before i make tea?

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