If you have ever had a gummy experience gone wrong, you may find yourself asking, "How strong are these?" before consuming any kind of gummy. It's a fair question: there is a wide variety of ingredients in the gummy market, with some products offering a slight mellow buzz and others transforming your entire reality.
You may be wondering in particular about an Amanita Muscaria dosage, especially if you are new to using these gummies and perhaps have only used Delta 9 THC gummies in the past.
Here, we will take a closer look at gummies made using Amanita Muscaria mushrooms. Read on to learn what they are, how they work, and how strong you can expect their effects to be.
Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms: A Brief History
Not a mycologist? No problem—you do not need to have any sort of educational background in mushrooms to identify the Amanita Muscaria. You have probably seen images of it your whole life, whether you realized it or not.
Amanita Muscaria mushrooms have been enshrined in the halls of popular culture forever thanks to their appearances everywhere, from Alice in Wonderland to the Smurfs. That's right: the mushroom with the large reddish cap and white spots, seen in animated classics and even Super Mario Brothers games, is the Amanita Muscaria.
Also known as the Fly Agaric, Amanita Muscaria mushrooms are believed to have been used by Siberian shamans and have been associated with spiritual experiences in various cultures. When not in use as part of ritual drinks, the Amanita Muscaria has also been used in incredibly practical ways, such as an insecticide.
Are Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms Psychedelic?
Assuming Amanita Muscaria mushrooms are psychedelic is an easy assumption to make. If for no other reason, we might think of them as "magic mushrooms" based on their vivid hues and "cartoonish" appearance. There are plenty of reasons to consider the Amanita Muscaria magical indeed, but as far as scientific accuracy goes, they are not psychedelic.
Instead, Amanita Muscaria mushrooms are what we would define as "psychoactive." This distinction boils down to what these mushrooms do (or do not) contain. This is where psilocybin enters the picture.
Psilocybin is the main component or ingredient in a "magic mushroom" that has effects on our brains. Amanita Muscaria mushrooms do not have psilocybin; however, they do contain muscimol and ibotenic acid.
The ways in which these components interact with our bodies create subtle yet distinct differences when they are ingested.
Psychedelic mushrooms are associated with effects such as:
- Seeing colors in a more vivid state than they would normally appear
- Having flashbacks to past events
- Experiencing "halos" or other lights shining around people or objects
The muscimol in Amanita Muscaria mushrooms can create effects known as "hallucinogenic psychoactivity," which can include:
- Feelings of euphoria
- A transition into a dream-like state
- Extreme sedation or relaxation
There is some anecdotal evidence muscimol is associated with synethesia, which is a cognitive experience where senses overlap. For example, you might see colors when you hear music or experience a particular taste when you see a certain word.
Psychoactive experiences, though mind-altering, are generally described as less intense than psychedelic experiences. However, most users describe the effects of Amanita Muscaria as "psychedelic" because of the similarities.
How Strong Are Amanita Muscaria Gummies?
In evaluating how strong a user might consider an Amanita Muscaria mushroom gummy, it is important to distinguish whether the question is a general one or in comparison to a psychedelic or "magic mushroom" gummy.
If you compared the two side by side in equal doses, you would find that an Amanita Muscaria gummy was not as strong as the psychedelic. However, do not assume that because the Amanita Muscaria gummy is the "weaker" of the two, its effects are not as strong.
Consider it this way: beers are given an "Alcohol by Volume" or ABV designation. A light beer might have a 4% designation, whereas an IPA might have up to 7.5% ABV. So, the latter might leave you feeling tipsy sooner than the former, but the former will still affect you.
Of course, consuming six light beers versus one IPA will skew the results in this comparison. This takes us right into the most important component of answering the "how strong are Amanita Muscaria gummies?"—the dosage.
Amanita Muscaria Dosage: Tips for Getting it Right
The effects of the Amanita Muscaria gummies are entirely dependent upon dosage. That dosage, in turn, is dependent upon personal preference. You may want to use Amanita Muscaria gummies simply to take the edge off a bit after a long work week, or you may want to use them for an out-of-body experience on a camping trip with friends.
At ErthWellness, we know there is a sweet spot for every user, and we want to help you find the dosage that works best for you with some general guidelines.
- 1/2 Gummy: If you are brand new to gummies, we recommend starting with a half gummy for a gentle mood lift. This is an easy way to feel some of the pleasant effects of Amanita Muscaria gummies without diving head-first into a psychoactive experience.
- 1 Gummy: This low dose is where most users might experience just a small taste of what sort of mind-altering effects are achieved with Amanita Muscaria mushrooms. Your senses will be heightened, and you may feel exciting bursts of creativity.
- 2 Gummies: More experienced mushroom gummy users can typically start with two gummies and enjoy visual stimulation and a deep connection to the environment around them.
- 3 Gummies: A higher dose of three gummies will have a user experiencing incredibly vivid visual stimulation and a deep sense of interconnectedness and purpose.
- 4 Gummies: The highest dose we recommend for the most experienced mushroom gummy users is one that can alter your perception of reality and take you on a truly transformational journey.
Are Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms Legal?
The Controlled Substances Act classifies psilocybin under Schedule I drugs; however, since Amanita Muscaria mushrooms do not contain psilocybin, they are not governed by this legislation and are legal to purchase in most cases.
One exception to this is found in state law in Louisiana, where it is illegal to grow or purchase Amanita Muscaria mushrooms (or consumer products containing them).
Your best bet is to check your own state's regulations before purchasing Amanita Muscaria mushroom gummies. Just as legislation has evolved around cannabis, with the legalization of hemp-derived THC paving the way for a wide variety of new consumer products, legislation is likely to evolve in the coming years surrounding mushrooms.
Stay in the know on what's happening in your state to make the most informed buying decisions when it comes to mushroom gummies.
Who Should Avoid Using Amanita Mushroom Gummies?
While it is a lesser-known allergy than nut or shellfish allergies, mushroom allergies do exist. Anyone allergic to mushrooms should not use Amanita Muscaria mushroom gummies.
Generally Amanita Mushroom gummies are well tolerated with minimal side effects and are safe for most adults to use. The key to using Amanita Muscaria mushroom gummies safely is to follow the recommended dosage guidelines and start small until you see how your body reacts.
If you intend to use Amanita Muscaria mushroom gummies (or any mushroom gummies) for health benefits, be sure to speak to your doctor. Mushroom gummies have shown promising benefits in terms of some mental health disorders; speak to a professional mental health care provider if you intend to use them in this way. Discuss how mushroom gummies may interact with any prescription medications you are taking before using them.
Always store your Amanita Muscaria mushroom gummies out of the reach of children. These gummies should be used by adults only; store them carefully so they are not mistaken for all-ages gummies.
Road Trip for the Right Dose
Road Trip gummies are made with the highest quality ingredients to bring you the magic of Amanita Muscaria mushrooms in delicious flavors that can be enjoyed anywhere.
Whether you are taking your Road Trip gummies on an epic outdoor hiking adventure or just enjoying them around your backyard fire pit with friends, they are sure to become your new favorite way to unwind and connect deeply with your surroundings.