10 Interesting similarities between magic mushrooms and pot

Published Jan 5, 2021 01:00 p.m. ET
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Many people are only beginning to get comfortable with cannabis now that the stigma is lifting as the legal market takes hold. Still, after such a historical change, it only makes sense to get ready for the next one, which seems like it will be an acceptance of psilocybin. Magic mushrooms have been sold alongside pot and utilized by many of the same consumers for generations, but that isn't just because they were both illegal everywhere not long ago, as many might assume.

Of course, street dealers have often monopolized on more than one substance at a time, so that might have been part of the reason for pot and mushroom's close relationship, but what you might not realize is that the two drugs have quite a lot in common. Here, you'll find some of them, ten to be precise, all of which have been carefully selected to be included in this list because they are most relevant to consumers.

1. They are both 100% natural

Many drugs are made with human intervention, and the same could technically be true for cannabis extracts, but if we're talking about all that needs to go into them, pot and magic mushrooms are about as natural as it gets. They both grow from the ground, and they do the best with organic fertilizers or nothing at all, making them 100% natural from beginning to end.

2. They only take a few months to produce

Psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms) and pot are incredibly easy to cultivate, and they don't take very much time at all to go from seed or spore to a mature fruiting product. To produce magic mushrooms, much of the time is spent preparing the substrate, but in total, it can take 2-3 months from beginning to end. Cannabis will often take a little while longer than that, with closer to a 4-month average, but either substance can be created at home in as short as a few months.

3. There are hundreds of strains to choose from

We talk about magic mushrooms as if they're all one single kind of fungi, but there are over 300 different types of mushrooms in the world that produce psilocybin. Some will produce small amounts of the euphoric element, whereas others will contain insane levels that provide an entirely different intoxication level. Pot is the same way, with over 3000 strains in existence, all of which offer a unique cannabinoid profile.

4. They are effective for medical patients

One of the main drivers behind the movement to legalize cannabis was that it can be so beneficial for medical patients who struggle to treat their symptoms with traditional medications and prescriptions. Though magic mushrooms have long been viewed as a recreational drug, we now know that they can be just as effective for easing things like anxiety, pain, stress, and treating psychological conditions, which makes them useful in the medical field.

5. They offer a safe buzz for recreational consumers

While some experts point to the risk of eating the wrong type of mushroom, those producing psilocybin are generally relatively harmless, even if they're consumed in large quantities. They can potentially cause some of the same side effects as pot, including nausea, vomiting, and dizziness, but they are also just as safe to take because neither substance will damage the major organs. Both elements also provide a deep euphoric experience, which is perfect for recreational use.

6. Each strain offers a unique variety of effects


We touched a little bit on how the potency of both of these substances can vary depending on the type, but this similarity goes one step further, as both species seem to work hand in hand with other elements present. We focus hard on THC, CBD, and psilocybin, but cannabis plants utilize terpenes' power to alter the experience. In contrast, psilocybins effects are bolstered by other chemicals such as norpsilocin, aeruginascin, baeocystin, or norbaeocystin.

7. They have both been demonized unnecessarily

Human beings tend to fear what we do not understand. Until recently, we didn't have an excellent grasp of what magic mushrooms or cannabis were or why they could produce such an intoxicating experience. Of course, scientists knew ages ago, but now this is common knowledge. As we delve deeper into these plants' chemical compounds, it quickly becomes apparent that they were demonized unnecessarily based on bias rather than scientific facts.

8. Both substances can be micro-dosed

When it comes to most prescribed drugs, you generally need a specific amount in order for it to work, and this is non-negotiable with things like antibiotics. Still, both magic mushrooms and cannabis are incredibly beneficial even when they're taken in microdoses. These small servings of the preferred substance allow the consumer to garner many benefits without as much risk for experiencing adverse effects such as intoxication.

9. They have fewer adverse effects than the majority of pharmaceuticals

Cannabis and psilocybin aren't all the rage because they are that much more effective than alternative treatments offered today. Though some would certainly swear that they had more success with pot or mushrooms than they did with conventional medicines, these substances are so popular because they come with fewer side effects. There is no risk of overdose, addictive qualities are contested at best, and the worst-case scenario leaves the consumer in a position where they need to sleep it off, which isn't always the case with pharmaceuticals.

10. They both need to dry before they're consumable

Magic mushrooms and pot both must be harvested at the ideal time to produce the best quality products, but the task of growing isn't finished once these robust growths are pulled from the ground. Cannabis must be dried so that it can be consumed or processed into concentrate, and psilocybin must also undergo a curing period where the moisture is removed from the plant materials so that it will hold up in storage. Both of these substances are susceptible to mould contamination and a fast breakdown without it, and they're dried in practically the same way.

The more you look at these two powerful tools, you'll see that they aren't all that different from one another, and then it all just makes sense. These natural drugs go hand in hand, and in many cases, even complement one another, which is why so many are pushing for governments to accept both of them as valuable, safe, and beneficial options that should no longer be demonized.

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