Magical, mystical mushrooms used to be out of reach for many people: perhaps they were intrigued by the prospect of these mind-altering fungi, but they had no real way of purchasing them legally in a consumer market.
Thankfully, we are long past the days of needing to “know a guy who knows a guy….” in order to enjoy the incredible and mind-blowing benefits of psychedelic mushrooms. Mushroom gummies are bringing the magic to the masses.
If you are new to mushroom gummies, you probably have lots of questions, and we’ve got answers. Read on to learn more about Amanita mushroom gummies and how to use them safely.
What Are Amanita Mushrooms?
You don’t have to be a mycologist to know not all mushrooms are created equal. There are thousands of different types of mushrooms across the world, ranging from the common types we might use to top our pizzas to the more exotic species you would find showcased in an elevated dining experience.
Mushrooms are consumed in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons, and of course, some species are toxic and poisonous, and we avoid consuming those.
What makes the Amanita muscaria so well known (even if you do not know the exact name) is its distinct appearance. You have seen these shrooms everywhere, from the Super Mario games to Alice in Wonderland.
Amanita mushrooms are known for their reddish-orangeish caps and white dots or warts. These mushrooms have colored the pages of our imaginations for years, and it should come as no surprise their effects mimic their whimsical appearance.
Amanita mushrooms, unlike other types of psychedelic mushrooms, do not contain psilocybin. Instead, its effects are derived from muscimol. Another component of the Amanita mushroom is ibotenic acid, which is what makes the mushroom toxic or poisonous.
Boiling the mushroom removes the acid and, therefore, the toxins. You should never eat a raw Amanita mushroom, which can cause nausea, vomiting, and convulsions, among other symptoms.
Amanita mushrooms can grow up to 20 centimeters and are also known by other names such as “fly agaric” or, thanks to our digitally-driven popular culture, the “emoji shroom.”
How Are Amanita Mushrooms Used in Gummies?
In a consumer market that loves all things gummies, it makes sense that we have now found a way to incorporate mushrooms into this popular edible form. In order to use Amanita mushrooms in gummies, they must first be boiled to remove the toxic ibotenic acid.
After that process is complete, their active compounds are added in powder form to a gummy mixture, and the result is a tasty, portable and discreet gummy that can be enjoyed anywhere.
Are Mushroom Gummies Safe?
The short answer to this question is “yes, with some important considerations.”
We know we are stating the obvious here, but it is always worth remembering that mushroom gummies should be used by adults only. Period.
If you have any concerns about how the psychoactive effects of mushrooms might have an impact on an existing health condition, ask your doctor. Make an informed choice about any risks that are specific to your situation or family health history.
We also invite you to drop us a line here if you have specific questions about our products, our processes, or our commitment to bringing you a high-quality shrooming experience.
We love hearing from our customers and are always excited to tell you more about our gummies.
In general, you can feel confident in the safety of your Amanita mushroom gummies if you follow these tips:
- Only Buy From a Trusted Source! As is the case with any supplement, recreational or otherwise, do your homework and make sure you know what you’re getting. You should only buy from a trusted and reliable manufacturer who tests their products, follows safety protocols, and is committed to customer satisfaction (like Road Trip!).
- Read the Packaging! Before you pop that first gummy, read the ingredient list and any other information on the manufacturer's packaging to ensure you know exactly what you’re ingesting.
- Stay Hydrated. Make sure you have plenty of water or liquids before you ingest Amanita mushroom gummies. Mushrooms have sometimes been known to lead to mild dehydration, so be sure you are fully hydrated for the best experience.
- Check Out Reviews. You probably read consumer reviews before booking a restaurant reservation, buying a new mattress, or testing out a new skincare regimen, so do the same with any supplements you are considering.
- Pick the Right Setting. Don’t try Amanita mushroom gummies for the first time and jump on a crowded train or head to an important meeting. Make sure you can enjoy them in a comfortable and safe environment with limited stresses or things that will distract you from the magic of the mushrooms.
- Don’t Overdo It! Dosing is key when it comes to ingesting Amanita mushroom gummies safely and comfortably. Overdoing it, especially if you are inexperienced, may diminish the positive aspects of the experience. Check out our information on dosing recommendations below.
One final important point of caution is for any DIY-ers out there who think, “I can just make my own Amanita mushroom gummies.” You cannot replicate the manufacturing processes or safety techniques of reputable manufacturers in your own home kitchen, so leave that work to the trusted professionals. Why risk suffering from mushroom toxicity when you could be experiencing mushroom bliss instead?
We caution against the do-it-yourself videos or tutorials you may find online, and not just because we want you to buy our Road Trip gummies: your safety is important to us, and we want you to enjoy the full effects of mushroom gummies made in a high-quality professional setting.
Are Mushroom Gummies Legal?
Now that we have tackled the safety issue, there is another big concern that comes to mind for many first-time users: is it legal for me to buy and consume Amanita mushroom gummies?
The active compounds in Amanita mushrooms—muscimol and ibotenic acid—are not considered controlled substances by the Federal government, so purchase and consumption of them does not go against the Controlled Substances Act.
However, you still need to determine if your state has laws specific to Amanita mushrooms. As of this writing, only one does. Louisiana has classified Amanita mushrooms as “hallucinogenic plants,” so it is prohibited there. Most states don’t regulate Amanita mushrooms.
What Should I Expect When Using Amanita Mushroom Gummies?
You may be thinking that mushrooms will cause you to have wild hallucinations or a complete break from reality, and for most users, the Amanita mushroom experience would not necessarily be described that way.
The effects of muscimol are known to leave users in a blissful, dream-like state. Depending on the dosage, you may feel more creative, more in tune with your own senses or just relaxed and sedated. Higher doses can lead to a more euphoric sensation as well.
Mushroom gummies are also celebrated for their therapeutic benefit potential, with some promising anecdotal evidence pointing to their effectiveness in treating mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression.
There is a theory that the Amanita mushroom offers neuroprotective properties as well as anti-inflammatory effects. It is no wonder, then, that so many people are interested in mushroom gummies as they can offer relief from so many of the issues that plague our mental and physical health.
Are Amanita Mushrooms the Only Mushrooms Used in Gummies?
While we are big fans of the almighty Amanita, this is certainly not the only fungi you will find in gummies. Other species are used, and our Desert Stardust gummies are a big favorite thanks to a proprietary mushroom blend. We did the hard work of fine-tuning these gummies to get just the right vibes, and all you need to do is sit back and enjoy them!
The Erth Wellness team wants to be your go-to source when it comes to the tastiest and most magical mushroom gummies around. Give us a try, and we know you will love the trip!
Final Thoughts: How to Play It Safe With Amanita Mushroom Gummies
Using mushroom gummies safely and still enjoying a vivid and dream-like experience is possible when you follow our common-sense tips outlined above. Perhaps the most important takeaway, especially for first-timers, is to start small. You cannot reverse the effects of four Amanita mushroom gummies once they start. So take it slow and easy and work your way up to the full-blown magic of mushrooms.