DIY Dab Rig in Your Very Own Home

Dabbing is on the rise, and it presents a different way to ingest weed, which is really just a different form of vaping. If you’re super into dabbing or looking to get started, and don’t want to buy a dab rig, (we all know glass breaks easily); perhaps there’s another answer. You can make a DIY dab rig with regular household items, in the privacy of your very own home. It’s pretty friggin easy… Read on for more information.

What’s a dab?

There’s smoking, which is done in different ways; bongs, pipes, joints, blunts. And vaping, which is also done in different ways; dry herb, oil, dabbing. Today, we’re focusing on dabbing. The difference between dab vaping and standard vaping, is mostly in the equipment used and what is being vaporized. Dabbing requires a smoking device called a dab rig, and is used for concentrates. Much like other forms of vaporization, this means heating the substance to a temperature which releases compounds, without burning the material.

Dabbing isn’t done with dry herb ever, it must be a concentrate. And unlike the vape pens and standard dry herb vapes, a dab rig actually looks like, and resembles, a bong. This kind of waterpipe is specifically meant for the vaping of thick oils and concentrates; and also uses the bong water filtration method to cool and filter the vapor. Like most bongs, dab rigs are made of glass. Unlike a regular bong, a dab rig employs the use of a nail (aka bangor). This creates different functionality from a bong.

Like a bong, a dab rig has a downstem, which is where the weed product is put for heating. However, instead of a standard bowl piece, it incorporates a ‘nail’; a thin, dish-like structure that goes inside the downstem. The nail is often made of quartz; but can also be made of titanium, ceramic, or glass. The nail is where heat is applied in order to achieve vaporization.

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Sometimes another piece is used with the nail, called a ‘dome’. This goes over the nail and works to evenly distribute the heat, and maintain the vapor. When a dome is used, the nail is heated with the dome put over it, and then the dome removed and the concentrate applied to the nail. Domes aren’t always necessary though, and those which don’t require them, usually have larger dishes, and a hole in the middle for the vapor to go through. A carb cap is another piece that is used in place of a dome.

A carb cap covers the concentrate during heating, and is then removed when the dabber is ready to take a hit. This piece can help regulate temperature and allows for dabbing at lower temperatures; which is preferable to some people, as it makes for a cleaner taste. Dab rigs also use percolators, a cooling device seen in many standard bongs. This makes for the bubbling action of the dab rig. There are several different deigns for percolators, like disc style, stackable, honeycomb, helix, and more.

How is dabbing done?

If the goal here is to help you with your own homemade DIY dab rig, then its best to know exactly what the setup is supposed to do. Understanding the mechanism is important in creating a DIY and workable version. With a standard setup, heat is applied in one of two ways; with a lighter (torch), or electric dab nail. For torches, butane is usually preferred, but this is personal preference. For an electric dab nail (e-nail), there’s generally a digital display to show precise temperature. This uses an electric current to heat rather than a flame.

To get down to basics, the whole thing works by heating the nail, and then applying the concentrate. This creates vapor, which is pulled through the water, and into the user’s mouth. Standard dabbing temps range from 315 – 450º F (157-232º C). A tool, called a dabber, is often required to get the product onto the dab nail, as the product is often sticky, and the nail gets too hot to touch.

If you’ll notice, it doesn’t matter which heating method is used, it’s never directly on the concentrate, as this could burn it. Since we’re not looking to burn anything, the nail is the part heated. And that heat is then used to vaporize the concentrate. Apart from this, and the angle of the downstem in the two smoking devices (bongs and dab rigs); they are nearly identical, and easy to confuse in a head shop when not paying attention.

DIY dab rig – Mason jar method

Maybe you’re not in a location where buying a dab rig is easy. Maybe you don’t have the money for a good one, or maybe you’re prone to breaking glass pieces and don’t want to add to the graveyard. Whatever the reason, you can actually make your own DIY dab rig, in the privacy of your own home. One of the most basic ways to do this is with a mason jar.

DIY dab rig with Mason jar

Options 1: DIY dab rig Mason jar materials: 1 Mason jar with a lid, 1 drill, 1 bendy straw, 1 plastic pen with ink removed, 1 titanium dab nail, aluminum foil, and 1 butane torch. The instructions go as follows:

  • With the drill, make two holes in the Mason jar of the same size, which can fit a pen covered in tin foil with no extra space.
  • Then wrap aluminum foil around the pen, and place into either hole to create a downstem for your DIY dab rig.
  • Put the nail inside the pen and hold it in securely with more aluminum foil. Make sure you create a good seal.
  • In the other hole, put in the bendy straw, and make sure its secure with more aluminum foil. Once again it must create a seal so air doesn’t escape. This is your mouthpiece. Some instructions say you can use a glue gun to seal it further, but this is personal preference as that can add more chemicals, especially when heated, (though realistically this is also an issue with using plastic parts like a pen).
  • Next you’ll fill the Mason jar with water. Make sure to use the right amount of water so you’re not sucking it into your mouth, or with too little (which causes harsher, dryer hits). The water should cover the downstem’s bottom.
  • Finally, put the lid on the jar, and use it by heating the nail, and applying the concentrate. This whole thing might only be good for a single use, but should you desire something more durable and longer-lasting, use glass rather than plastic and titanium. Those materials also make for a safer device with less fumes.

DIY dab rig – bong conversion method

Option 2: DIY dab rig bong conversion. This method employs a regular bong, which is made into a dab rig. Materials for this include: a bong, a bong adapter that fits your bong, and a nail that fits the bong’s joint. Follow these instructions:

  • Find your adapter. You might have never thought about bong gender before, so now’s the time. It’s pretty basic; if you put the bowl onto the joint, it’s female. However, if the piece slides into the joint, its male. This isn’t terribly important except for it dictates which kind of joint and which kind of adapter. Joints can range in size between 10-18 millimeters or so, regardless of gender. You will most likely use a male-to-male adapter. Just make sure to get the right one, for whichever bong you choose to use.
  • Get a nail that matches the joint size of the bong. Titanium isn’t the only option, but its generally the most preferable for how it conducts heat and offers some durability.
  • Use it – carefully. Bongs and dabs have downstems at different angles. Bongs are usually 45º, whereas dabs tend to be at a 90º angle. The 90º angle is to ensure that concentrate doesn’t fall out during the process, which it can at 90º. Something to take into consideration when using this method.
Bong can be used for DIY dab rig
Bong can be used for DIY dab rig

DIY dab rig – plastic bottle, hot knife method

Option 3: DIY dab rig with plastic bottle and hot knife. This method necessitates the following materials: metal butter knife with thick handle, dabber or paper clip, plastic water bottle, scissors, electric stove or torch, and optional silicon dab mat. Follow these instructions:

  • Take the water bottle and cut in half. You only need the top half, sans cap. In the bottom of this top half, make a notch which is where the hot knife goes, so make sure a knife can slide in with plenty of room.
  • Then heat the knife with your electric stove or torch lighter, and put it on a flat surface or the silicon mat.
  • Take the dabber or paper clip and use it to collect the concentrate and put it on the hot knife.
  • Take the bottle and move it over the knife using the groove you made. The groove should be big enough that the knife doesn’t come into contact with plastic.
  • Put your mouth on the mouth of the bottle, and inhale.


These are three popular (and easy-to-do) options for a DIY dab rig. You can search the internet to find other options if none of these work for you. These methods can be done in a matter of minutes, and with general household items for the most part; giving you a great ability for your very own homemade dab rig. Have fun and enjoy!

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The Cannadelics Sunday Edition: Magic Mushroom Spores & DIY Mushroom Grow Kits

Welcome to The Cannadelics Sunday Edition, our weekly newsletter, sent to you every Sunday morning at 11am est with the main articles of the week. This week we look into DIY mushroom grow kits, and DIY mushroom spores, as well as other drugs your can grow on your own.

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The Cannadelics Sunday Edition: RIP Mechoulam, Magic Mushroom Spores, DIY Mushroom Grow Kits & THCM (3/12/2023)


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Before moving forward, let us take a moment to honor and celebrate the life and groundbreaking work of Professor Raphael Mechoulam, who recently passed away on Friday. Widely regarded as the “godfather” of cannabis research, Professor Mechoulam made significant contributions to the field and helped pave the way for a better understanding of the potential benefits of cannabis.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and colleagues. May he rest in peace and be forever remembered as a beloved pioneer in the field of cannabis research.


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DIY Mushroom Grow Kits – Grow Your Own Shrooms:

This week we are focusing on growing mushrooms at home! Not only DIY mushroom grow kits is a great way to save money and stress by having the product available to you at moment’s notice, but it’s a really fun hobby for someone who isn’t looking for anything too complicated or labor-intensive. Learn more below!

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While gardening often requires a lot of time, labor, space, and supplies, the opposite is true for shrooms. With a few easy-to-find items, good quality mushroom spores, and some clean substrate, you can set up the whole thing in a dresser drawer then literally just sit back and watch the magic happen. If you want to stock up on spore syringes, you’re in the right place!

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Psychedelics Are Coming: Learn to Grow Mushrooms On Your Own

One of the great things about psilocybin is, much like cannabis, the mushrooms it comes from, can be grown in home. So, here are some basic instructions to highlight the general process. Prospective growers should do further research, and remember, these instructions are for growing all mushrooms.

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Grow Your Own Shrooms – Best DIY Mushroom Grow Kits on the Market

Growing mushrooms does not have to be some intimidating and complicated endeavor. It should be fun and relatively hands off. In my opinion, the best cultivation products combine the elements of affordability, convenience, and ease of use. If a product is well-priced, user-friendly, and makes your life easier in some way, what could really be better? With that in mind, I made the following list of what I think are some of the best magic mushroom grow kits on the consumer market.

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Grow It Yourself: Different Drugs You Can Grow at Home

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Grow It Yourself: Different Drugs You Can Grow at Home

Everyone knows that you can grow weed at home, regardless of how much of a hassle it may be. But did you know you can also grow many other “drugs” at home? Psilocybin, mescaline, DMT, salvia, ibogaine, and many other hallucinogens are plant-based, and some can easily be grown in a personal garden space. 

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RIP Prof. Raphael Mechoulam, the ‘Father of Cannabis Research’

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Professor Raphael Mechoulam. Image credit: Wikipedia

Professor Raphael Mechoulam, an award-winning Israeli chemist, instructor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and esteemed medical cannabis researcher, has passed away on Thursday, March 9th, 2023, at 92 years of age. Professor Mechoulam was a respected intellectual, a visionary, and a true leader in his field. His contributions to science and medicine will continue to have a lasting impact on the cannabis industry and society as a whole. RIP dear Mechoulam, you will forever be in our hearts.

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THCM: And What It Means for Pregnant Women

THCM from cannabis smoke, and pregnant women
THCM from cannabis smoke, and pregnant women

First and foremost, it’s not good to smoke anything while pregnant – point, blank, period. However, it can be safer than alternative medications when you’re at a loss for treatment options, so many women choose to self-medicate. Recently pregnant women have been checked for the compound THCM, to see if they’ve smoked weed while pregnant. What exactly is THCM? And what are the implications of the test? 

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Are Pain Medications Preventing You from Healing?

We all know that pharmaceutical pain medications are much stronger than most natural alternatives. Think cannabis vs oxycontin, it’s no comparison. So why are a growing number of people turning away from opioids in favor of milder treatment options? Aside from obvious safety issues with the former, the answer to this question lies in part in how we, as a society, view pain in the first place.

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To kick off the summer, Zach Leary, son of renowned psychedelic researcher Timothy Leary, is hosting a tight knit event called the Basement Tapes, during which he will share with attendees numerous different never-before-seen videos, documents, and articles that will give the public a much better understanding of psychedelic therapy. Leary is working in partnership with the Psychedelic Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading knowledge and improving access to “medically-safe and evidence-based” psychedelic therapies.

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Oils, Tinctures, Tea? How to Make An Amanita Extract

Eating Amanita muscaria mushrooms, and making a tea, are pretty standard. But are there other ways to extract the main compounds? There sure are; but there are also some things to be aware of. Read on to learn more about effective ways to make an Amanita muscaria (or Amanita pantherina) extract.

Concentrates and extracts, what’s the difference?

First and foremost, let’s figure out what we’re talking about when we say ‘Amanita extract.’ We hear the word ‘extract’ a lot, but we also hear it used interchangeably with the word ‘concentrate’. And while there is some overlap here, the terms are technically different.

An extract is anything that’s taken out of something like a plant. If you’re smoking a THC vape, that’s extracted THC, or THC that was taken out of the cannabis plant, so that the rest of the plant isn’t part of it. Compounds can be extracted in different ways, like with alcohol, or oil, or propane, or even water. Whereas an extract doesn’t have to be a concentrated version of anything, all concentrates, are a form of extract.

A concentrate is a compound that is a condensed version of its regular self. So, for example, if you smoke a cannabis plant with 16% THC, you’re getting that 16%. On the other hand, if you take out the THC and formulate a product with just that, it can end up being concentrated to as high as 90% THC, or more.

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In terms of Amanita muscaria mushrooms, if you make a tea, that’s one form of an extract, because it’s allowing the compounds to come out of the plant. If you then boil the water down until it’s gone, and just the extracted material is left, you’ll have a concentrated form of muscimol. Likewise, a tincture is also a concentrated version of the compounds within, without the plant material.

A little science on Amanita compounds

Plants are complicated, and yet we often simplify them in order to speak on the parts we understand, or the parts of relevance. In the case of Amanita muscaria and Amanita pantherina, we’re mostly interested in just two of their compounds. So while the plants contain tons of other things – possibly some of value to us – right now I’m just talking about dealing with ibotenic acid and muscimol.

These are the two compounds that cause psychoactive effects. Whereas muscimol (C4H6N2O2) is known as the compound that promotes GABA release, and relaxation, it also can cause hallucinations and feelings of euphoria. It’s considered inhibitory. It’s the part of the mushroom we want. Ibotenic acid (C5H6N2O4) on the other hand is a neurotoxin, that beyond being known to cause brain legions, can also make a person sweat, have tremors, and feel generally sick. Whether naturally through time, or with heat, ibotenic acid decarboxylates to form muscimol. It’s considered excitatory.

What they both have in common, and which is pertinent for making extracts, is that they’re both water soluble. This is important. It means they’re both made of covalent bonds, and more specifically, of polar covalent bonds. Covalent bonds are either polar or non-polar, with polar representing molecules that are water-soluble, and non-polar defining molecules that are oil soluble. Basically, it comes down to the idea that ‘like’ materials dissolves in ‘like’ solutions. So a molecule of one polarity, dissolves in a solution of a similar polarity.

The point here is that both ibotenic acid and muscimol are water-soluble, and both are considered insoluble in fats and oils. This explains why some types of Amanita extract are possible to make, and some are not.


Tea is one of the most basic forms of extraction. And it’s one of the best ways to extract the muscimol as well as the ibotenic acid. What’s great about tea, is the high temperature decarboxylates the ibotenic acid into muscimol, so not only do you get an extraction of the compounds, but you decrease the unwanted one, and increase the wanted one.

Amanita tea

Teas are best with water soluble compounds, as those compounds can be leached out in water. However, you’ve probably drank a lot of tea made with plants like ginger or cinnamon or peppermint. Their main compounds: gingerol from ginger; cinnamaldehyde, and trans-cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon; and eucalyptol, and menthone from mint, are either insoluble in water, or have extremely low solubility in it.

It’s actually explained well here, why we can still taste the flavors and get some benefits. It’s actually a testament to how strong these plant compounds are that getting only a minuscule amount can still be beneficial in some way. But the reality is that the compounds come out in tiny amounts if they do at all, and don’t technically mix with the water. Meaning if you want an extraction of something oil soluble, like gingerol, using an oil or alcohol is much more useful than making a tea.


One of the reasons I’m writing this article is because of confusion I came across on a message board about making a muscimol oil. The writer believed they had made an infused oil by putting the Amanita mushrooms in almond oil. The obvious problem here: that neither ibotenic acid nor muscimol is oil soluble. Not only that, if they were, this would mean getting all the ibotenic acid, as the lack of heat would dictate no decarboxylation; but that’s secondary to the sheer fact that the compounds can’t be extracted in this way.

Remember the whole problem of making weed edibles without a fat? We all know by now that THC is fat soluble, NOT water soluble. This makes it impossible to cook with it, without a fat like coconut oil or butter. Of course, we also know there is a huge range of edibles on the market today that have infused THC without using a fat. This is made possible with emulsion technology. This technology uses processing with a surfactant, which makes opposing liquids come together as one. Something it does by reducing the surface tension of the liquids to force them together. Without that, it can’t be done.

The reality is that, if you stick a mushroom with water-soluble compounds in an oil, they simply won’t leach out (or not much will). And in order to make an oil, it requires getting the compounds out in a different way, and then infusing them into the oil. There are different thoughts on this. Members of this forum had some great answers for how to do it.


A tincture is an extract and concentrate that uses alcohol to leach out the active compounds. And often this method works in place of other methods, because it can work on both polar and non-polar bonds. Remember how ‘like’ works with ‘like’ in covalent bonds? Well, that means, alcohol swings both ways, and can work with water-soluble or oil-soluble compounds; though how well varies by compound. It also varies if ethanol or methanol works better; though we’re less likely to make a methanol tincture, as methanol is poisonous (or rather, more poisonous).

Amanita tincture
Amanita tincture

Basically, “Ethanol is a very polar molecule due to its hydroxyl (OH) group, which forms hydrogen bonds with other molecules.” On the other end, “The ethyl (C2H5) group in ethanol is non-polar.” Therefore, “Having a polar and non-polar group, ethanol can dissolve both polar molecules, such as water and non-polar molecules such as hexane.”

The other options for tinctures are vinegar and glycerin, both of which are also polar, making them useful solvents for creating an Amanita muscaria extract. Just keep in mind, that just like alcohol, neither of these will turn the ibotenic acid into muscimol, since no heat is involved. This should be remembered in terms of the ability to decarboxylate the ibotenic acid. But there is an answer.

You can use an oven to decarboxylate the mushrooms in the same way we do with weed. Some sources say approximately 170°F, and to heat for less than an hour. Others say more like 100-150°F, and remind to break up the mushrooms like we do with weed. Still others say higher at 170-200°F, but for more like a half hour. In reality, there’s no reason not to go on the higher end with temperature, and no reason to be worried about leaving the mushrooms in for too long. After decarboxylation, you’d have the ability to simply eat the mushrooms, or make them into a tincture.

It’s not a method from history, so we have no historical reference for this. For those who want to experiment, go for it! Just remember that under-doing it might mean leaving in a lot of ibotenic acid and getting sick. According to PubChem, muscimol doesn’t melt or degrade until 347 °F, so though you might burn the mushrooms with too much time or a high temperature, unless you breach this point, the muscimol should be fine. Realistically, you probably don’t want to deal with a bunch of ash, so picking a temperature to ensure mushroom stability, and increasing time, makes the most sense.


So, there you have it. If you want to make an Amanita extract, you can use one of the above methods. Just remember, you’ll have to stick to teas, and tincturing for the best extracts; while you can also simply decarb and eat. And while some cultures in history used the Amanita pee method to decarboxylate the ibotenic acid; I think the above methods are probably a much better option, and much preferable to drinking urine!

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Amanita Muscaria Beginner’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Amanita Muscaria, also known as Fly Agaric, is a facinating popular mushroom that has been used for its psychoactive and psychedelic effects for centuries. While the mushroom is often associated with magic and mystery, it is important to understand its effects, appearance, and safety considerations before consuming it for the first time. If you’re a beginner looking to try Amanita Muscaria, it’s crucial to take the necessary precautions before consuming it, as all good things comes with responsibility and any drug can be toxic when used without caution. In this beginner’s guide to Amanita Muscaria, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the mushroom, including its history, appearance, effects, and safe consumption practices.

Discovering Amanita Muscaria: A Beginner’s Guide to a Fascinating Mushroom

What is Amanita Muscaria?

Amanita Muscaria is a beautiful mushroom that belongs to the genus Amanita, which includes several other psychoactive/psychedelic mushrooms. It is found in many regions around the world, including Europe, Asia, and North America. Amanita Muscaria is a mycorrhizal fungus, which means that it grows in a symbiotic relationship with trees and other plants.

This mushroom has a very distinctive appearance, with a bright red cap and white spots, and a bulbous stem, like it came straight out of a fairy tale, or from The Smurfs movie. In-fact, its appearance is so unique, that it looks like something out of “Alice in Wonderland” book. The kind of a mushroom you would expect the Cheshire Cat to be sitting on… Who know, perhaps Lewis Carroll did try Amanita Muscaria before writing his book or before writing this beginner’s guide…

The History of Amanita Muscaria

Amanita Muscaria has a long history, with evidence of its use dating back to ancient times. In many cultures, the mushroom has been associated with magic, healing, and spiritual transformation. See a few examples below:

In Siberia, the mushroom has been used in shamanic rituals for centuries. Siberian shamans believed that the mushroom contained powerful spirits that could provide guidance, healing, and spiritual experiences. The shamans would consume the mushroom and enter into a trance-like state, where they would communicate with the spirits.

Similarly, in Northern Europe, the mushroom was associated with the god Odin and was often depicted in Nordic mythology. In some accounts, Odin would ride on a magical flying horse that was said to be fed with Amanita Muscaria.

In more recent times, it has been used recreationally and has gained popularity as a psychoactive and psychedelic mushroom. Today this mushroom is gaining popularity all over the world, as it is the only legal psychedelic product available almost everywhere. As a result of this availability, you can a variety of products entering the markets, such as Amanita Mushroom gummies, Amanita chocolate, Amanita capsules, etc.

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Appearance and Characteristics

Amanita Muscaria is a very distinctive mushroom with a beautiful red cap covered in white spots. The mushroom has a bulbous stem that tapers towards the base and is often covered in a white veil. The cap can range in size from 5-20 cm in diameter, while the stem can be up to 20 cm tall.

While the red and white appearance of the mushroom is iconic, it is important to note that there are several varieties of Amanita Muscaria that vary in color and appearance. Some varieties may have a yellow or orange cap, while others may have fewer or no white spots, so no all mushrooms looks like they were created in comics book… In addition, Amanita Muscaria isn’t the only child in the Amanita family and some of its relatives are very toxic, like the known Amanita phalloides, AKA as the ‘Death Cap’, but luckily for us, this one isn’t red at all but light-yellow.

It is important to note that while Amanita Muscaria is visually striking, it might also become poisonous, when handled wrongly. The mushroom contains several active compounds, such as ibotenic acid and muscimol, which can be toxic if not prepared correctly and cause unwanted symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, so make sure to read the safety instructions below, as-well-as this beginner’s guide, before making your own remedy.

Effects of Amanita Muscaria

Amanita Muscaria contains several psychoactive compounds that can have a range of effects on the body and mind. The primary active compounds are ibotenic acid and muscimol, which are converted to each other in the body.

The effects of Amanita Muscaria can vary depending on the dosage, method of ingestion, and individual factors such as body weight and metabolism. Some of the common effects of Amanita Muscaria include:

  • Euphoria: Many people report feeling a sense of happiness, contentment, and well-being after consuming Amanita Muscaria.
  • Hallucinations: The mushroom can cause vivid and intense visual and auditory hallucinations, which can be both positive and negative.
  • Changes in perception: Amanita Muscaria can alter the way that a person perceives the world around them, making colors more vibrant and sounds more intense.
  • Dizziness and disorientation: The mushroom can cause feelings of dizziness and confusion, which can be disorienting and potentially dangerous.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Amanita Muscaria can cause gastrointestinal distress, including nausea and vomiting.

It is important to note that the effects of Amanita Muscaria can be unpredictable and can vary greatly from person to person. Some people may have a positive experience with the mushroom, while others may experience negative effects such as anxiety, panic, and psychosis.

In addition, the psychoactive compounds in Amanita Muscaria can remain in the body for up to 24 hours, or even several days in rare cases, leading to a prolonged and sometimes unpredictable experience. As such, it is important to approach the consumption of Amanita Muscaria with caution, be in a safe and comfortable environment, and if needed, have someone with you to ensure your safety.

How to Safely Use Amanita Muscaria

Safe Consumption Practices

If you are interested in consuming Amanita Muscaria, it is important to approach the mushroom with caution and to follow safe consumption practices. Some tips to consider include:

  • Know your source: Amanita Muscaria can be found in the wild, but it is important to be able to identify the mushroom and to only consume mushrooms that you know are safe.
  • Prepare the mushroom properly: Amanita Muscaria must be prepared properly before consumption to remove the toxic compounds. This usually involves drying, boiling, or baking the mushroom.
  • Start with a low dose: Amanita Muscaria can have unpredictable effects, so it is important to start with a low dose and to wait for the effects to take hold before consuming more. While it’s not backed by evidence, many suppliers use today 350mg-375mg of Amanita Muscaria extract for their initial dose for Psychedelic Gummies.
  • Consume in a safe environment: Amanita Muscaria can cause disorientation and confusion, so it is important to consume the mushroom in a safe environment with a trusted friend or caregiver present.
  • Avoid mixing with other substances: Amanita Muscaria can interact with other substances, including alcohol and prescription medications, so it is important to avoid mixing it with other drugs or medications.

Amanita Muscaria Beginner’s Guide – Risks and Precautions

Amanita Muscaria contains toxins that can be harmful or even fatal in large doses. It’s crucial to exercise caution and not consume large amounts of the mushroom. It’s also important to be aware of any potential drug interactions or underlying medical conditions that may increase the risks of using Amanita Muscaria.

Some of the potential risks associated with Amanita Muscaria use include: Gastrointestinal distress, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, Confusion and disorientation, Delirium and hallucinations, Potential for overdose and Possible interactions with other drugs, including prescription medications and alcohol.

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It’s crucial to be aware of the potential risks and to use Amanita Muscaria safely and responsibly. That’s why you should carefully read this beginner’s guide. Some additional precautions to take when using Amanita Muscaria include:

  • Testing your tolerance: Everyone’s tolerance to Amanita Muscaria can be different. It’s important to test your tolerance by starting with a low dose and gradually increasing until you find a comfortable level. As always with new drugs, you should start low and grow slow, to avoid overdose and also to prevent wasting your medicine…
  • Avoiding use during pregnancy and breastfeeding: There is little research on the effects of Amanita Muscaria on pregnancy and breastfeeding. It’s recommended to avoid using the mushroom during these periods.
  • Avoiding use in public places: The effects of Amanita Muscaria can be unpredictable, and it’s not recommended to use the mushroom in public places where you may be at risk of harm. However, using magic mushrooms in safe places in nature, when supported by an experienced friend is usually a great experience.
  • Using the mushroom with a trusted friend: As mentioned above, It’s recommended to use Amanita Muscaria with a trusted friend who is familiar with its effects and can help you in case of adverse effects.

It’s also worth noting that Amanita Muscaria is not legal in all countries. Before using the mushroom, it’s important to research the laws and regulations in your country or state to ensure that you are not breaking any laws.

Amanita Muscaria Beginner’s Guide – Conclusion

Amanita Muscaria is a fascinating and mysterious mushroom that has been used for centuries for its psychoactive properties. While the mushroom is often associated with magic and spiritual experiences, it is important to understand its effects, appearance, and safety considerations before consuming it. This beginner’s guide will help you find answers for your question.

If you are interested in consuming Amanita Muscaria, it is important to approach the mushroom with caution and to follow safe consumption practices. It is also important to research the legal status of the mushroom in your area before consuming it.

Overall, Amanita Muscaria can be a powerful and transformative experience, but it is important to approach it with respect and caution to ensure a safe and positive experience.

Amanita Muscaria Beginner's Guide
Amanita Muscaria Beginner’s Guide

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How to Prepare Amanita Mushrooms to Avoid Sickness

There’s a lot of talk now about the ‘new’ old mushrooms on the block, Amanita muscaria. And a lot of confusion over whether they’re dangerous or not. Though people aren’t known to die from these mushrooms, a lot of people do get sick. However, once you learn how to prepare Amanita mushrooms correctly, this is no longer an issue. Read on to understand preparation techniques to get high, and to make them as food; all without getting sick.

What are Amanita mushrooms?

The classification of ‘Amanita’ as a genus refers to a wide range of mushrooms. The entire genus of Amanita is considered ‘poisonous’, and this title is apt when dealing with many species, as Amanita mushrooms are responsible for the majority of mushroom deaths. But that doesn’t mean all Amanita mushrooms will kill you, and the one we’re interested in specifically – Amanita muscaria, is not known to cause death, even though it’s still considered poisonous.

Amanita muscaria is a species of the Amanita fungi which is known to cause psychoactive effects, including sensory hallucinations. Imagine that, a mushroom that makes you hallucinate. Sound familiar? When speaking of mushrooms that cause hallucinations, we’re usually talking about psilocybin mushrooms, the standard mushroom when using the term ‘magic mushroom’ or ‘psychedelic mushroom.’ That’s because psilocybin is a psychedelic compound, and the mushrooms have a somewhat similar effect to other psychedelics like LSD, DMT, and mescaline.

However, Amanita muscaria, also known by the name ‘fly agaric’ (for a previous use as an insecticide in history), is not psychedelic. Rather than create a strong serotonergic effect, like psychedelics are known to do, Amanita muscaria relies on a compound called muscimol. This compound’s effects are much more centered on the neurotransmitter GABA, although another compound, ibotenic acid, works a bit in contrast, giving more of an excitatory response.

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So, while psychedelics give you an overall ‘up’ effect because of the serotonin, Amanita muscaria will give more of a ‘down’ effect because of the GABA. This isn’t to say that these compounds only do one thing, or that more aren’t involved. In reality, they’re complicated drugs that effect many different parts of the brain. This simplification is to give an idea of one aspect of the difference in effects.

Amanita muscaria mushrooms aren’t native to the US, and weren’t around much when most drugs were illegalized. As such, the mushrooms, which are native to colder places like Siberia and Northern Europe, remain legal in the US. And the funny thing? Even if you’ve never seen one, you already know what they look like. Think of the mushrooms in Super Mario Brothers. Those are Amanita muscaria. In fact, the picture most associated with ‘magic mushrooms’ isn’t a psilocybin mushroom, but the white-spotted red cap of fly agaric.

What the two mushrooms have in common is that they’ve both been used for millennia in their respective places of origin, for ritualistic, religious, and shamanistic practices, as well as for medicinal healing. That, and that they both do provide some level of a hallucinogenic experience, even if its felt differently with the two different kinds of fungi. Whereas psilocybin mushrooms are considered ‘psychedelic’, fly agaric are considered ‘poisonous.’ In reality, both mushrooms can make a person sick, and neither is associated with death.

Why are people scared of Amanita muscaria mushrooms?

The designation of ‘poisonous’ certainly doesn’t help. People hear that word and they think they’re going to die. Truth is, if certain Amanita mushrooms are consumed, death is coming. However, Amanita muscaria gets the title just for being in a specific genus, even though the term isn’t relevant. The mushrooms were also linked to a story over 100 years ago of an Italian diplomat named Count de Vecchj who died after eating mushrooms. The reality is that we really don’t know which mushrooms actually killed him, and its also quite possible he was that one outlier case. In general, they’re not poisonous.

Or are they? Perhaps the word ‘poisonous’ isn’t completely wrong. If you read internet accounts of people finding and eating Amanita muscaria, there are a lot of stories of them not feeling good at all. No death stories, but stories of discomfort and sickness. Perhaps it should be remembered that the definition of poisonous, is something “very harmful and able to cause illness or death.” Something that can make you sick without killing you, is still poisonous to you. So they are poisonous, just not deadly.

When it comes to these fly agaric mushrooms, there is certainly the capacity for being poisoned, even if the result isn’t death. This happens mainly because of the compound ibotenic acid, which is the compound most related to the sick reaction. Muscimol, the part that effects GABA, won’t make you sick. But ibotenic acid is a neurotoxin which is not only used to create legions in the brain, but “causes profound destruction of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons” when injected directly into the brains of mice, rats, or monkeys. It’s the main cause of stomach issues, nausea, and vomiting from the fungi.

Prepare amanita mushrooms correctly to avoid sickness

Ibotenic acid acts on glutamate receptors which causes an excitatory effect. In high doses this can lead to dry mouth, dilated pupils, tachycardia, agitation, delirium, and seizures, though its possible that the interaction with muscimol and other compounds also affects this. Ibotenic acid and muscimol function as sort of opposites, one with a more calming effect, and one with a more stimulant effect.

If the mushrooms are eaten raw and have a high level of ibotenic acid, the result probably won’t be good. But luckily, we know of some ways to get rid of both the ibotenic acid and muscimol, and for turning the ibotenic acid into muscimol. And this means using the mushrooms without getting sick. Which is great for consuming them as food, or for getting high.

Prepare Amanita mushrooms with parboiling

If you’re a weed person, you probably already understand the concept of decarboxylation. THCA, through light and heat, is converted to THC. This happens all the time in biology and chemistry, and its relevant to Amanita muscaria mushrooms as well. Ibotenic acid converts to muscimol in the body, but if there’s a lot of it, you’re pretty sure to get sick. However, there is also the option of removing both compounds before the mushrooms are eaten, thus making the mushrooms edible, and creating a way to get high without getting sick.

The way to prepare these Amanita mushrooms is through a process called parboiling. Parboiling something means boiling it to cook or partially cook it. The difference between boiling and parboiling is only in how long something is boiled, and how thoroughly its cooked through.

It should be noted that this process to prepare Amanita muscaria mushrooms, won’t necessarily work with other Amanita mushrooms that contain a different poison, since that poison won’t get removed with boiling. Ibotenic acid and muscimol can be boiled out, because they’re water soluble.

In terms of a process, boiling is pretty easy, but those who don’t do it, will have a very different idea of the mushrooms. I’ve seen people who credit themselves as mushroom experts, post experiences on message boards where they clearly didn’t know to do this step, and then walked away with a negative perception of the fungi. Don’t be one of those people. If you want to use these mushrooms, make sure to boil them first, or use another preparation method to get rid of the poisonous aspect.

Prepare amanita mushrooms with parboiling
Prepare amanita mushrooms with parboiling

In terms of how long to boil, there isn’t a specific answer. Most sources say about 15 minutes, while other sources say to boil for as long as 150 minutes for total decarboxylation. In one publication, the writer explained that he cut the mushrooms into thin slices and then boiled in salted water for 15 minutes. Another source added in a cup of apple cider vinegar to help with the leaching, as both that and salt are said to help get the compounds out. Most sources point out that you want a lot of water, so as to leach out as much of the compounds as possible. You can go through sources and pick your preferred method.

What about getting high?

Parboiling is all you have to do if you want to eat the mushrooms as food. But that also means not getting high, as the muscimol is leached out as well. Back in the day, when the Siberians used these mushrooms, they boiled them in the same way, and then drank the water the mushrooms were boiled in to get high. This is one of the best ways to do it. In this way, its not about eating the mushrooms, but the tea you’ve made by boiling them.

Remember that ibotenic acid decarboxylates to muscimol in heat, and they’re both water soluble. Both compounds are leached out with boiling, and the ibotenic acid decarboxylate to muscimol. Muscimol doesn’t melt until about 175º C, and is thermostable, so boiling it doesn’t hurt it. The boiling process therefore creates a tea without the ibotenic acid.

By tradition, this isn’t the only way to get high off these mushrooms. Apparently, it wasn’t just human folk that figured out the mushrooms can make you feel good, some animals did as well. The mushrooms are already attached to the Santa story, and this aspect promotes that connection; because reindeer used to eat the mushrooms too. What’s more, the other way of humans getting high from the mushrooms back then, was to drink the urine of the reindeer after they ate the mushrooms.

Why? Why would anyone do this? Once again, the ibotenic acid breaks down to muscimol in a body. And the muscimol is excreted without being broken down. Which means the reindeer urine didn’t have ibotenic acid, but was rich in muscimol. This made a good way for the people to get high, without dealing with getting sick, and could apparently be done with six passes through a body.

Want even weirder? The reindeer were also attracted to the urine of people who ate the mushrooms or drank other muscimol-containing urine, and tribesmen would then carry around the urine to attract back reindeer that strayed off. Personally, I’d prefer to just boil the mushrooms and drink the tea.

Reindeer urine as a way to prepare amanita mushrooms
Reindeer urine as a way to prepare amanita mushrooms

One last option to more safely get high, is to eat the dried version instead of the fresh version. Since ibotenic acid is unstable and decarboxylates to muscimol, a dried mushroom will have a lower ibotenic acid content than a fresh one, and a higher muscimol content. This makes it less sick-inducing, and more high-inducing. Having said that, even dried mushrooms are often made into a tea, which then decarboxylates more of the ibotenic acid.


Amanita muscaria mushrooms present a great alternate way to have a spiritual and hallucinatory experience, but they aren’t as simple as picking and eating. Make sure to prepare your Amanita mushrooms properly to ensure a great eating, or getting high, experience; and without getting sick.

Special final note: As an industry starts to grow around these mushrooms, it comes with the benefit of providing processing techniques before a product ever reaches market. In this way, you won’t have to prepare Amanita mushroom products, as they can be made and sold to the public without ibotenic acid. This isn’t necessary for psilocybin mushrooms, which are safer to simply pick and eat.

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Fly Agaric: The Natural Insecticide

We’ve been talking a lot about fly agaric mushrooms, aka Amanita muscaria. In fact, the latter name is its official name, and the former is a second name given to it because of one of its many benefits. Fly agaric is a natural insecticide that’s been used to kill flies for centuries, if not thousands of years. And you can still use it this way today, if you’re not too busy getting high.

What are fly agaric mushrooms?

The term ‘fly agaric’ is a nickname that we’ll get to soon. In terms of official taxonomy, we’re talking about Amanita muscaria, a species of poisonous fungi, which is sometimes confused for a psychedelic mushroom. While they are both hallucinogens, unlike psychedelic mushrooms, Amanita mushrooms have a different mode of action that centers on the neurotransmitter GABA, rather than serotonin. This is done with a compound called muscimol, instead of psilocybin. This is obviously a simplified differentiator, but it does speak to the wildly different experiences offered.

Unlike magic mushrooms (aka psilocybin mushrooms, psychedelic mushrooms), Amanita mushrooms are legal in the US. This is likely due to their relative non-existence in the country until much more recently. When the flurry of illegalization laws were put in place in the latter half of the 1900’s, Amanita mushrooms simply weren’t there to be considered. They’re native to much colder places like Siberia and Northern Europe, but can now be found in some of the colder areas of the US.

These fungi are some of the most recognizable on the earth with red caps that have white spots on them. Their image is the image most often associated with the term ‘magic mushrooms’ even though that term technically applies to the psilocybin variety. The image was popularized decades ago by the video game Super Mario Brothers, and though most people don’t know the name, most are familiar with how they look.

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The main compound of interest in Amanita mushrooms, is muscimol. It’s the compound most associated with the delirium, relaxation, and euphoria of the drug. It’s this compound that attaches to GABA receptors in the brain. One of the other major compounds, ibotenic acid, is what gives these mushrooms the classification of poisonous. Though they aren’t any more poisonous than psilocybin mushrooms – i.e. – capable of causing a bad time under the wrong circumstances, they’re not actually associated with killing people.

As long as the mushrooms are prepared properly, getting sick from the ibotenic acid shouldn’t be a problem. Ibotenic acid decarboxylates into muscimol, meaning it is useful to have a mushroom with a high ibotenic acid content. But the important thing is to decarboxylate it, by either drying it extensively, or making it into a tea. Historically, besides the tea, tribes in Siberia were rumored to drink the urine of reindeer who had eaten the mushrooms, as the ibotenic acid would have decarboxylated in their bodies, leaving an unchanged muscimol in the urine.

While deaths aren’t generally associated with these mushrooms, there is one story of note, although there is no firm confirmation. Back in 1897, it was reported that Italian diplomat Count Achilles de Vecchj died in Washington, DC after eating several platefuls of these mushrooms, bought from a vendor in a local market. Though the United States Department of Agriculture did an investigation after the fact, the ability to know for sure if the guy consumed an aberrant and unexpected mushroom, is impossible to know.

Back then it was commonplace for vendors to collect mushrooms from the wild, with nothing beyond personal knowledge to keep anything from getting confused. As mushrooms often look similar, and can be very dangerous, the idea that an actually poisonous one got in the batch, isn’t terribly far off. Maybe he did die from Amanita muscaria, maybe something similar. What we do know, is that these mushrooms aren’t associated with killing humans. But they are associated with killing little pests.

Fly agaric – the natural insecticide

This species of fungi is known officially as Amanita muscaria. So what is this other name that always gets mentioned, fly agaric? And where does it originate? While this second name is not the name found in botany books, it came into existence based on a specific use of the plant from many years ago.

Fly agaric mushrooms function as a natural insecticide, and the name comes from this. This was a practice in Siberia and some European countries. The caps of the mushrooms were taken, crushed up, and put in plates of milk. This combination attracts house flies, that come to drink up, and then die from the ibotenic acid poisoning. It might not be enough to kill humans, but as a plant defense against insects, its certainly enough to act as a fly catcher.

Ibotenic acid in fly agaric mushrooms

The ibotenic acid is water soluble, as is muscimol. When making a tea, both compounds are leached out into hot water, and in the process, the ibotenic acid decarboxylates to muscimol. In the case of the milk, no decarboxylation is necessary, and both compounds simply leach out into the water, creating a poison to the flies. Just like with humans, they become intoxicated and drowsy, and eventually die.

In a study into these uses called Catching flies with Amanita muscaria: traditional recipes from Slovenia and their efficacy in the extraction of ibotenic acid, nine separate methods of insect-killing were mentioned. The simpler methods comprised easier formulations, like what’s mentioned above. Sometimes done with water, and sometimes just by dripping milk on the mushroom. The more advanced versions include a soak in milk or water as well, coupled with the use of heat or some kind of mechanical processing.

In this study from 2017, Pesticidal Activity of Wild Mushroom Amanita muscaria (L) Extracts against Sitophilus zeamais (Motschulsky) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Stored Maize Grains, it was shown that 96.7% of Sitophilus zeamais (weevils) were repelled after 24 hours of exposure to the methanol extract of Amanita muscaria mushrooms in samples of stored maize grains. At a concentration of 0.5% w/w, the extract still had high toxicity after 21 days, killing 61.7% of pests.

This idea of a relationship with flies is seen in both the official name, and the colloquial name. In terms of the official name, ‘muscaria’ is from the word ‘musca’ in Latin, meaning ‘fly.’ On the other hand, the nickname ‘fly agaric’ is comprised of the obvious ‘fly’ coupled with ‘agaric’, which refers to the fruiting body of a fungus, meaning it translates to something like ‘fly mushroom.’

There is, however, controversy over just how effective this method is. Some sources say that the mushrooms merely intoxicate the flies; but realistically, this would mean death for many, or at least slowing them down and getting them out of the way. It also backs up why some of the above methods involve using heat and processing to make a stronger killing solution.

To add to the controversy, some say the names don’t refer to killing flies, but to the hallucinogenic/mental state the mushrooms induce, something attached to the idea of flies. Flies have represented craziness in some cultures, possibly for their ability to be both incredibly irritating, and hard to kill; making them represent a sort of mental madness. This theory could be true, but does nothing to undo that there are reports of them used as insecticide, as well as the recent study that confirms this ability.

Insecticide properties of fly agaric
Insecticide properties of fly agaric

As nearly every plant has constituents meant to kill parasites of different kinds (including bugs), and as it has been shown to cause this poisoning in flies, (accompanied by plenty of historical ‘rumors’ or stories), I think it suffices to say it’s a workable method.

The study of bug repelling methods above did not make mention of current uses. So its hard to know if these back-in-the day approaches to fly-killing are still a norm in any areas, or simply a way of the past, which has been updated by more chemical methods. For those who like the idea of natural pest control, and have access to these mushrooms, maybe give it a shot. After all, it’s not going to kill you, and you can get rid of pests without a bunch of harsh chemicals.

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It’s a great shame we’re so quick to eschew old school, cleaner methods, for the more modernized chemical solutions of today. Fly agaric mushrooms as a natural insecticide represent a different way of going about things. And just because its old school, doesn’t mean it can’t be used today… Although to be fair, there are plenty of other plants to help with this, that won’t also make you sick should you happen to ingest them without the proper prep work first.

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DIY Magic Mushroom Christmas Cookies: For A Psychedelic Holiday

Christmas cookies are one of the constants of the holidays. Whether little Santa faces or Christmas trees, and with or without red and green sprinkles; we always expect a plate of those cookie at any party we attend. These days, weed-infused cookies are all the rage, but this year you can step it up with magic mushroom cookies too; the perfect way for making the holidays just a little more cheerful.

A little Christmas cookie history

Yup, even Christmas cookies have a story. Where did the first Christmas cookies come from? Well, the Germans say its from them. Their traditional holiday treat, called Weihnachtsplätzchen, is mainly for cookies, but encompasses all holiday treats. They also used the terms Lebkuchen for a molded honey cake or bar, which became specifically associated with Christmas.

It wasn’t grandmas in the kitchen baking back then though. The tradition of these cookie dates back to the middle ages when in monasteries, it was monks who had access to the sugar and spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom. We often bake gingerbread cookies today with these ingredients, though standard Christmas cookies are often just sugar cookies.

These kinds of cookies were big across Europe. In Sweden, the sugary treat was referred to as pepparkakor, which is like today’s gingersnap cookies; and in Norway it was a waffle-like cookie made of eggs, butter, flour, sugar, and cream, called krumkake. In Scandinavia, the treat was known as Pfeffernüsse, and goes back to the Middle Ages. The Netherlands have traditional cookies called Kerstkransjes which are round with a hole in the middle; and France has Bredele, which come from the Alsace region of the country.

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And what of the gingerbread cookie we know and love today? It was popularized in England by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert after the crusades, brought back by the soldiers themselves. When the royals started including these cookies, they became officially associated with Christmas tradition.

However, it was the Dutch who integrated this custom into America. In the 1600s, the Dutch brought over this tradition. Even our word for cookie comes from them, called “koeptje” originally. The tradition of making these cookies really took off in America after the Great Depression.

The whole tradition was helped along by the invention of cookie cutters, or rather, their importation to America from Germany. This was the beginning of molding cookies into Christmas-centric shapes like Christmas trees and stars. As they became more popular, recipes came out specifically for their use.

DIY Magic Mushroom Christmas/Holiday Cookies

Are you looking to up the psychedelic ante at your Christmas/holiday party this year? If you’re thinking it might be difficult to find a recipe for magic mushroom cookies, you are certainly wrong. There are, in fact, several recipes for getting you on your way to some delicious and trippy magic mushroom holiday treats. Read on for instructions.

A little aside first though. The act of mixing mushrooms and chocolate together is not new, and dates back to the Aztecs in the Pre-Colombian era. They were known to mix the mushrooms with cacao to make them taste better, and to improve the shelf-life of the psilocybin.

Magic mushroom Christmas cookies – chocolate chip

Ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking soda, egg, vanilla, brown sugar, butter, nuts (if you want them), salt, chocolate chips, mushrooms.


Magic mushroom chocolate chip cookies
  • Set oven to 347 degrees (175 Celsius)
  • Grind mushrooms into powder, and set aside in container
  • Mix together 2 1/4 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in another container
  • In a bowl, beat 1 cup of butter and the 3/4 cup of sugar with an electric mixer. Mix until its fluffy, and then mix in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Mix all ingredients together in one bowl
  • Add in chocolate chips and ground mushroom powder
  • Mold cookies into desired size or use cookie cutter for desired shape
  • Put cookies on ungreased cookie sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes
  • Enjoy

Now, if you’re thinking, you can’t heat mushrooms and have them retain their psilocybin, you’re probably right. And the instructions account for this, giving an alternate option: the no-bake option. The recipe says to add the powdered mushrooms to the batter before refrigeration, although it seems there would be uncooked eggs in this version.

Magic Mushroom Cookies with Trippy Icing

The heat issue is definitely an issue, but a recipe like this, gets around it. Use it for Christmas cookies, or for anytime cookies. Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients: 1 ounce of dried mushrooms, 1 cookie dough tube (or comparable home-made amount), 1 container of icing, 1 large baking pan, 1 piece of wax paper.


  • Grind mushrooms into powder with coffee grinder
  • Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit (204 Celsius)
  • Put cookie dough in bowl and soften with spoon (conversely, you can make your own cookie dough of any kind)
  • Add about 1/4 of the ground mushrooms, and work it in until the dough is consistent in color
  • Make many small cookie balls and put them on the wax paper in the baking pan
  • Bake till desired level of crispiness (no specific time given)
  • In a bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups of icing and remaining 3/4 mushroom powder
  • Ice the cookies and enjoy

Magic Mushroom Energy Balls

Here is another recipe that takes into account the idea of heat. In this one, no mushrooms are exposed to heat at all.

Ingredients: Magic mushrooms or truffles (dried), 150 grams quality chocolate with around 80% cacao content, salt, 100 grams coconut oil (preferably cold-pressed), wax paper. Extra ingredients if you choose: dried fruit pieces, crushed nuts, marshmallows, cornflakes, sprinkles.


  • Grind mushrooms, or cut into small pieces
  • If using extra ingredients like dried fruit or nuts, chop up in a bowl and add to mushrooms
  • Make a double boiler by filling a saucepan partway with water and putting a heat-safe bowl on top
  • Melt the coconut oil in the top bowl with water simmering below. Keep it under a boil
  • Stir in the chocolate until the mixture is completely smooth
  • Only after the mixture is cool, stir in truffles and extra ingredients. Make sure mixture is even
  • As the mixture starts to get solid, make small, bite-sized balls. Place these balls on a tray covered with wax paper
  • Refrigerate for several hours
  • Store in cool, dark place until ready to enjoy
Magic mushroom chocolate balls
Magic mushroom chocolate balls

Magic mushroom chocolate balls

This is another no-bake recipe to get some mushroom, chocolatey goodness, perfect for the holidays. And this one accounts for precise mushroom dosing.

Ingredients: 12 ounces chocolate (meltable, like chocolate chips), dried magic mushrooms, 1 large bowl (glass or metal), cookie molds, digital scale, grinder.


  • Follow these directions to weigh mushrooms to applicable dose: multiply the number of chocolates your mold creates by the mushroom dose you desire for each chocolate
  • Weight the applicable amount of mushrooms and grind them them with the coffee grinder
  • Create a double boiler by filling the pot halfway with water, and putting the metal or glass bowl on top
  • Get water to a simmer, then add chocolate to the bowl and stir
  • Once melted, let the chocolate cool just a bit, and then add in mushroom powder. Stir thoroughly
  • Spoon the mixture into the molds
  • Refrigerate until solid, and then enjoy! Feel free to add any holiday decoration like icing or sprinkles


So there you have it. Some recipes that’ll quench the appetite, while providing a trippy high in the process. It’s not just about pot brownies anymore; with these recipes, you can now make your very own magic mushroom Christmas (or holiday) cookies, exactly how you want them.

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Homemade Gifts Using Everclear

Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re like us, the commercial side of the holiday really takes the shine off the tinsel. Jostling with crowds to get a last-minute panic present is never fun. That’s why we’ve decided to flex those creative muscles and make homemade gifts for our nearest and dearest. These DIY gift ideas will give you just the excuse you need to chill out at home, smoke a little weed and allow yourself to get lost in the creative process. Enjoying some peace and quiet while making gifts at home is much better than getting lost in the throngs of crazed Christmas shoppers, right? 

You just can’t beat homemade gifts. The time, effort and energy that goes into the process makes them so special. Does your bestie love luxurious body scrubs? Make one! Does grandma love marmalade? Whip up a fresh batch for her morning toast. In addition to being a considerate way to show your loved ones how much they mean to you over the holiday season, homemade presents are also a terrific option if you’re on a tight budget.

Here are two DIY gift ideas using Everclear Grain Alcohol that will give you some Yuletide inspiration. So hit your bong and get crafty.

Fabulous Fragrance

Dank weed is delicious and certainly has its upsides. But the lingering smell it can have on clothes, furniture and the air isn’t one of them. If you have a friend who’s always trying to eliminate the smell of smoke from their life (or maybe you want to give them a hint!), try making them this homemade fragrance. Peppermint, lemongrass and lavender essential oils are all great options for getting rid of the smell of cannabis. 

Stephanie Gerber from Hello Glow, a beauty and lifestyle website focused on DIY and natural ingredients, loves making homemade gifts because she believes they feel so much more personal.

“You can really customize your gifts,” Gerber says. “I like to take someone’s hobbies or favorite things and use those ideas to create something fun like a body scrub or bath bomb. And let’s be honest, you can save so much money with homemade beauty!”

Homemade perfume is a great way to create uniquely personal fragrances. All it takes is distilled water, your favorite essential oils and Everclear to make DIY perfumes. The versatility of Everclear, Gerber explains, means it can be the base ingredient for so many things, “from personalized perfume to super flaky shortbread cookies. And you can basically clean your whole house with it!” 

Because alcohol evaporates quickly and aids in lifting and diffusing a perfume’s aroma, it’s frequently used as a fixative in commercial perfumes. Gerber uses Everclear as the alcohol base for her DIY perfume formulas.

“As a grain alcohol product with a high proof, Everclear makes a fantastic base for spray perfumes—not only because it’s readily available, but also because it helps essential oils bind to the water used in these recipes,” Gerber explains. “Alcohols like Everclear also act as a preservative, ensuring your perfume has a strong scent projection and lasts for months to come.” 

homemade perfume gift using Everclear


  • 1 cup filtered or distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons Everclear® Grain Alcohol
  • Essential oil blends
  • Glass perfume bottles or spray bottles
  • Funnel (optional)

Step 1 – Combine Everclear + Essential Oils

  • To make any of these DIY essential oil perfumes, start by pouring the Everclear into a glass jar or spray bottle. Then add the essential oils according to the mix you’ve chosen.
  • Feel free to scale the recipe up or down, depending on your bottle size. Let the mixture sit for five to 10 minutes for the oils to dilute.

Step 2 – Add Water

  • Close the bottle and shake well to combine. Allow the perfume to sit for 24 to 48 hours to let the scent develop fully. 
  • Be sure to shake the bottle before each use and apply it to pulse points (like the insides of your wrists or behind your ears) to further activate the scent with your body heat. Use your perfume within three to four months.

Boozy Brownies

The holidays are basically a free-for-all for eating sweet treats. There’s nothing like a box of freshly made cookies or bars to brighten someone’s day. If you have a friend who’s partial to a sweet treat after a session, these mouthwatering brownies will earn you some real brownie points.

Laura McIntosh, who’s won a James Beard Foundation Award and is the Emmy-nominated host of Bringing It Home, a “farm-to-table” travelogue series, has created this recipe for gooey, chocolatey and all-around delicious Boozy Brownies.

McIntosh loves making homemade gifts because they are fun to create. “You can personalize each gift and add a special/personal touch,” she says. “Homemade gifts speak to each person individually, showing your love and connection.

“Using the best ingredients like Everclear exemplifies the added touch and thoughtfulness you put into a homemade/personal gift. I use Everclear to ensure quality and commitment to great flavor and the best taste.”

These divinely decadent treats are perfect for that friend who’s always got those midnight munchies! 


  • ½ cup or 3 oz. dark chocolate (60% Bittersweet Guitard Is preferred)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (plus extra to grease the pan)
  • ¼ cup Everclear
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler. For microwave: Melt for 25 seconds, whisk and repeat until mixture is melted, smooth and combined.
  • Add sugar to the mixture and whisk well.
  • Add Everclear and mix until blended, checking to ensure the mixture is cooled.
  • Add eggs to the cooled mixture (heat will cook eggs).
  • Add flour and mix well. Mixture consistency should be uniform.
  • Transfer batter to greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until an inserted fork comes out mostly clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • Cut into bars.

Pro tip: Add ½ cup of chocolate chips to the batter for extra gooeyness.

Everclear can help your imagination run wild if you need some inspiration for homemade gifts. Everclear provides a blank canvas that extracts bold flavors, perfect for creating a range of botanical creations in the kitchen and beyond, like cannabis tincture or aromatic bitters. The clean palette of this American-made, 190-proof grain alcohol encourages you to unleash your creativity these holidays.

PLEASE ENJOY RESPONSIBLY. Everclear® Grain Alcohol is 75.5%-95% Alc./Vol. (120-190 Proof), ©2022 Luxco®, Inc., St. Louis, MO

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Should I Buy a Rosin Press?

If any cannabis lover had all the money in the world, their house would be full of all of the many weed accessories that are now available in the 21st century. The innovation that is now behind the cannabis industry is booming and, consequently, there are a plethora of exciting, strange and beautiful products.

The rosin press, a device that allows the user to create their own potent cannabis concentrates, is one of the more advanced accessories that a weed lover can buy. But in the capitalist world we live in, with thousands of new products coming out every week, it’s hard not to wonder: is it actually worth it? Should you bother buying a rosin press when the heat and pressure from a pair of hair straighteners could – theoretically – do the same job? Let’s find out. 

What is a Rosin Press?

Don’t stress, the cannabis industry has so many random devices and tools that it’s not hard to get lost in them all. What ever happened to the days of a gram of bud and a lit joint, eh? Well, times have changed. There are now vapes to unlock the flavorsome terpenes and potent effects of weed, as well as edibles if you’d rather not inhale anything at all. But there is also something else, an industrial level rosin press that allows you to unlock the world of cannabis concentrates.

This device comes in many shapes and sizes, but it is worth noting that they are often large – definitely too large to take around in your pocket. Some are so big that you probably wouldn’t even be able to pick them up at all without some help. Remember – rosin press’ use heat and pressure to turn cannabis buds into concentrates. 

How Does it Work?

Whilst a rosin press might look like a highly advanced and complex machine, it actually is pretty simple. The press has two slabs of metal that are heated to a certain temperature. These two slabs then press together – with the cannabis buds or hash between them – and eventually this results in a batch of concentrates, such as rosin or wax. It is important to remember that concentrates can be super sticky, so placing the cannabis in some baking paper before placing it on the machine is essential. This way, when the process is over, you can unfold the paper, slowly scrape out the wax and enjoy it. The common rosin press is powered by either pneumatic, hydraulic or manual power.

Pneumatic Rosin Press

This type of device uses air or gas in order to create pressure. A pneumatic rosin press is usually bigger as it needs an air compressor, but it usually has a higher yield. This is because air pressure can work quicker than water pressure.  

Hydraulic Rosin Press

Hydraulic powered machines usually come smaller and more portable. These use heated liquid in order to create the pressure. The issue is that the yield can be lower with these machines. 

Manual Rosin Press

This type of device is the simplest. It allows the user to use their own force to press the cannabis. These rosin press machines are the easiest to use and usually the most portable. 

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Cannabis Concentrates

A key factor to consider when debating whether to purchase a rosin press is whether you actually want to create cannabis concentrates. For some people, the idea of consuming a 40-70% THC product is close to a dream. For others, a 10-15% THC joint or vape hit is potent enough. Concentrate and its strength is not for everyone. NIH writes:

“Marijuana concentrates have very high levels of THC. Solvent-based products tend to be especially potent, with THC levels documented at an average of about 54-69% and reported to exceed 80%, while non-solvent based extraction methods produce average THC levels between 39-60%”

A rosin press is just one way of creating these sorts of substances, there are many other ways that involve both solvent and non-solvent solutions. Solvent methods use CO2, alcohol or hydrocarbons. Whereas non-solvent methods can use ice water, sifting or the rosin press (pressure and heat). 

Types of Concentrate

There is a wide range of cannabis concentrates that exist in the world, and many of them seem like they are just the same substance but with a different name. Nonetheless, people find strict differences in each of them. Here are some of those:

  • Rosin
  • Shatter
  • Wax
  • Hash
  • Kief

How much is a Rosin Press? 

Cannabis concentrates – if purchasing from a dealer – can cost you anywhere from $50-150. The market is wide open, and often many buyers don’t know how much they should be paying. This is why many cannabis fanatics are considering purchasing a rosin press and making the concentrates themselves. If you’re one of those people, then let’s take a look at the average price of a rosin press. To be brutally honest, finding a device that costs less than $300 will be a stretch, with some larger ones easily surpassing $1000. Remember, these are industrial-quality machines. However, there are smaller ones – such as the Nectar Pollen Pincher – that acts as a great beginners rosin press. 

If you think of it mathematically, the purchase of a rosin press only really makes sense if you’re going to use it reasonably frequently. The cost of a device can be around 5 times the cost of a gram of concentrate – at the least – which means that you’ll be starting in a deficit but can quickly reach a profit. This, of course, will only happen if you’re a cannabis concentrate connoisseur. Picture this: 

You buy a gram of concentrate once a week for 2 months:

8 x $75 = $600

But what if you bought a rosin press?

Let’s say a rosin press costs $300

8 grams of usual bud, which you’ll use to put in the machine, costs around $100

This totals a $400 expense. 

Therefore, in around 2 months you’ll be spending less than you would have done. However, if you’re not going to use it that much, then perhaps an alternative option is better. 

DIY Rosin Press

On Amazon, you can buy a pretty basic hair straightener for around 20 bucks. If you want to invest a little more than you can purchase one with specific heat controls, which will increase the yield of your concentrates. That’s right, you can use a device like this to create these substances too. It might sound crazy, but many people use this method as a cheaper and beginners way into the world of cannabis concentrates. It has heat and it has pressure. The issue is, the yield of a pair of hair straighteners is going to be a lot less than an industrial rosin press. For your information, the yield essentially means the amount of concentrate you get from your cannabis buds, and how much is or is not wasted. Nectar Medical Vapes writes:

“The usual yield received from a DIY rosin press (hair straighteners) is only about 5%… It’s harder to manually change the temperature and pressure of hair straighteners, whereas with a rosin press it’s built into the system… However, with a shop bought rosin press the usual yield increases to about 40%, which is a great deal better and more efficient.”

It’s also important to note that the durability of straighteners is far less than a rosin press, which is literally designed to create wax. But, again, if you’re only wanting to try to concentrate every so often then it probably isn’t worth investing in an expensive rosin press. Straighteners will do the job if you’re looking to experiment and don’t mind wasting a bit of your stash. 

Is it Worth It?

So, the question still remains, is buying a rosin press actually worth the money? Well, now you understand a little better about the different types, the price and what these devices can do, the answer to that question is left to you. It is evident that if you’re a concentrate lover then, in the long term, purchasing a rosin press will eventually become far more worth it. However, if you’re someone that simply wants to try these substances and are not looking to indulge in a long-term, industrial creation process, then why not just buy some straighteners? A rosin press is a powerful and wonderful device, but only if you really need it.

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Homegrown Talent: A Cannabis Checklist

So, you’ve decided to start growing, and you’re super excited about it. The tendency to feel lost and overwhelmed is common. But don’t worry. Being a newbie to growing doesn’t need to be stressful or expensive. Grow gear information is abundant out there, some good and some bad.

I’ve noticed that some people are paid to promote certain products, and they may not have your best interests at heart; they’re just looking to make a quick buck from your lack of knowledge and experience.

There are two main disciplines to growing cannabis: Organics and Synthetics, and then you get a mixture. Both disciplines are great and come with their own set of pros and cons. Depending on your location, one discipline may be more popular than the other.

If you’re a novice grower and unsure where to begin, I recommend starting with organics, as it’s a lot more forgiving and simpler. When it comes to growing, the more you put in, the more you get out. I suggest learning about the bacteria and fungi in the soil and how they have a symbiotic relationship with the plant. Research how the plant absorbs nutrients. Remember, organic growing is all about the living soil. TIP: For any organic enthusiasts out there, I highly recommend reading Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web.

You don’t need to purchase expensive nutrients; keep it simple and stick to the basics. Do learn the NPK ratios—the ratio of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in fertilizers—they’ll change, depending on the life stage of your plant. This is very important and will benefit you greatly, and it can apply to both organics and synthetics. 

Start with the best quality soil you can afford, and then add some worm castings, bone meal and chicken guano, and you’re all set to go. Molasses is your best friend and is loaded with goodness for your beneficial bacteria.

Should you want to venture down the salty path of synthetic nutrients, buy a nutrient line that’s basic and simple to use. Some have a three-part nutrient and others have a two-part solution. My personal favorite is a brand called Druid Nutrients, which is a simple one-part solution. Keep in mind that with synthetic nutrients you may have to check your PH, so you’ll need a PH reader and an EC meter that will measure the strength of your nutrient solution. Without an EC meter and a way of testing PH, you’ll end up in deep water with a deflating rubber duck, and hungry sharks circling ‘round.

Now, let’s talk about pots. You can get plastic pots, buckets and even fabric pots. I love fabric pots; my cats do, too. However, they tend to dry out quicker than plastic. Fabric pots do prevent the roots from getting bound. You’ll soon find that there’ll be a pot type just for you. The other advantage of using fabric pots is that sometimes they’re made from recycled materials, and that’s always a good thing.

So, you’ve chosen a pot, and you’ve bought some sexy soil. It’s now time to choose a seed. I highly recommend against using seeds found in your stash; yes, it’ll grow, but you may not see the best results.

If you want the best results, buy seeds from a reputable seed bank. Depending on the laws in your country, this may be tricky. Seeds are expensive because it takes a lot of work to create a genetic that’s stable, with solid, consistent yields. It could take years to develop a good strain.

Once you have your pot, soil and seed selected, you need a growing environment. Cannabis requires a lot of light, fresh air and medium to low humidity. If you’re growing by the equator, this might be tricky, but anywhere north or south will be fine. Cannabis thrives in warm, dry conditions with lots of air movement.

4 Important Tips as You Begin Your Cannabis Adventure:

1 – If you’re watering your plant with a watering can, make sure you have a shower nozzle on the end of it; you don’t want to disturb that topsoil.

2 – A good quality spray bottle will come in handy; it’s tempting to buy a cheaper one, but they never last. A good foliar spray is one of the key factors that’ll result in a successful grow.

3 – Pipe cleaners are a great addition to the grow tool arsenal; they don’t cut the branches when training and they’re easy to bend and manipulate.

4 – And, lastly, wooden BBQ skewers are essential and can be used together with pipe cleaners—a great way to shape the main stem of the plant, especially on smaller plants.

Above all else, have fun. Remember, growing weed at home is totally awesome. Enjoy the process.

This story was originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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