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Are spore syringes illegal?

In most cases, the answer to this question is a resounding no! Buying spore syringes for the most part is entirely legal. While the laws surrounding the purchase of spore syringes vary depending on your location, the drug associated with magic mushrooms that is banned in all but a few countries, is psilocybin. As magic mushroom spores don’t contain psilocybin/any active hallucinogenic compounds, they can legally be purchased in most countries around the world, including 47 of the 50 US Sates. A spore syringe is simply a syringe containing two ingredients: water and mushroom spores. As the water used is typically a distilled, non-nutrient H20, the spores won’t germinate and start producing mycelium. This is important because as soon as mycelium starts forming, the legal status completely changes. Therefore, for it to remain legal, spore syringes should be bought and sold as they are in water. Spore syringes only become illegal when the liquid culture syringes contain psilocybe cubensis mycelium.

How many spores are in a syringe?

Spore syringes are a commonly used medium that contains mushroom spores from any kind of mushroom strain. One spore syringe generally contains millions of quality mushroom spores floating in a sterile solution. As a general rule of thumb, a spore syringe typically contains 10ml of spore solution. This is enough to inoculate 6-7 litres of substrate. Just drop a few millilitres in every corner of the mushroom substrate and you are good to go.

How long do spores last in a syringe?

The best place to store a spore syringe is in a refrigerator at 2-8°C. Once properly stored, it will typically last for approximately a year. Often it can last far beyond that. In general, spores can stay alive for hundreds of years. However, because of bacteria developing in the water, light and temperature changes, spores in spore syringes do not last as long. A general guideline is 8 to 12 months. Although there have been some reports of spores lasting in spore syringes for 2 – 5 years. When you want to use a spore syringe, take it out of the refrigerator 12 hours before use.

What is a Blue Meanie mushroom?

The Blue Meanie mushroom strain is one of the most popular Psilocybe cubensis strains. This is due to two main factors: The versatility of its application as well as its heightened level of potency that has been "bred" into the genetics over generations of isolation. The Blue Meanie strain’s name is derived from the vivid blue bruising which appears when the fruiting body is touched. The blue bruising is also an indicator of its elevated concentrations of psilocin and psilocybin. The Blue Meanie mushroom is renowned for producing an intense experience and feeling, characterised by uncontrollable laughter, euphoria, synaesthesia, physical energy, visual stimulation, vibration felt throughout the body and profound moments of connectedness.
The Blue Meanie mushroom strain’s visual characteristics are a golden, caramel to tan, often white, speckled cap, and medium/large fruiting bodies with thick, dense stems. This Psilocybe cubensis strain has moderate sporulation, moderate yield, and an above average potency.

Is it safe to order Mushroom spores online?

Ordering mushroom spores online is typically one of the easiest and safest ways to purchase mushroom spores. As for the legality surrounding buying and ordering mushroom spores online, it is considered entirely legal in countless countries worldwide, including 47 of the 50 US States, as mushroom spores don’t contain psilocybin/any active hallucinogenic compounds. Although mushroom spores can be bought legally in most places across the United States, some products may be restricted for shipment to certain locations. It is important that the customer does the necessary research to ensure that items ordered comply with local laws.


Another important factor to consider when buying mushroom spores online is that while the mushroom spores themselves can be legally purchased, the manner in which the vendor procured the spores you are purchasing may not be legal. This can make purchasing mushroom spores online more disconcerting than your average online purchases. At Mushly we pride ourselves on making it as easy, safe, reliable, and convenient as possible for you to buy mushroom spores across the United States.

What is the most potent psychedelic mushroom?

Psilocybe Azurescens is undoubtedly the strongest and most potent psilocybin mushroom species. Psilocybe Azurescens is a species of psychedelic mushroom that contains two primary active compounds, namely psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocybe Azurescens is among the most potent of the tryptamine-bearing mushrooms in the world, containing the highest percentages of psilocin (0.38 percent), psilocybin (up to 1.78 percent), and baeocystin (0.35 percent). This is three to four times more than p. cubensis or p. semilanceata. Psilocybe Azurescens is also commonly referred to as Blue Runners, Blue Angels, Azzies, or Flying Saucers, and is widely known for its intense visuals and profound inner journeys. Their potent strength also makes them popular for microdosing.

What is the Golden teacher Mushroom?

The Golden Teacher mushroom, a strain of Psilocybe Cubensis, has established itself as one of the most sought-after psychedelic mushroom strains. It is also a fan-favourite among cultivators and psychonauts. Cultivators absolutely love Golden Teacher mushroom spores because of their tendency to grow in great flushes. Psychonauts on the other hand, are obsessed with them because of the immersive psychedelic journey they provide, which is known to have an extremely profound effect. The Golden Teacher mushroom is undoubtedly among the most popular psychedelic mushroom strains and is renowned among shroomers and growers alike.

Although its exact origins are unknown, the Golden Teacher Mushroom is highly recognizable due to its distinct features, which include a shining yellow-gold cap with specks of yellow, as well as a larger stem and cap compared to most strains of Psilocybe cubensis. Thus resulting in a larger and more elegant appearance. The best thing about Golden Teacher mushrooms is that they offer a mildly high psychedelic effect. This makes it ideal for those that are new to the world of psychedelics and shrooms. Beyond that, Golden teachers are also celebrated for their spiritual and/or shamanic effects. As a result of this, the Golden Teacher mushroom is not simply used for ‘casual tripping’, but rather to gain new insight about yourself and the universe. It’s also not uncommon for the Golden Teacher mushroom to produce a feeling of enlightenment and a deeper connection to nature. Spirit healers therefore often turn to Golden Teacher mushrooms as a tool for restoring the mind and spirit. Finally, Golden Teachers also produce hallucinogenic effects – which is a trait common among all magic mushrooms. You can thus expect a visionary experience along with waves of universal energy surging through you with strong open and closed eye hallucinations.

Is it illegal to buy mushroom spores in Australia?

The legality surrounding buying mushroom spores in Australia remains unclear and somewhat in a grey area. The cultivation, possession and purchase of psilocybin mushrooms are illegal in Australia. While psilocybe spores grow naturally across several parts of Australia, fines and sentences pertaining to the possession of mushrooms can be incredibly steep. Although mushroom spores don’t contain psilocybin/any active hallucinogenic compounds, Australian authorities have been known to seize spores imported from other countries in the past. Despite these drawbacks, there is a rich community of Australian spore and mushroom traders. There are also various online forum traders and websites that continue to sell mushroom spores in Australia. The bottom line is, when buying mushroom spores in Australia, do so at your own risk.

What happens if you breathe in mushroom spores?

The truth is mushroom spores are everywhere. This means all of us are inhaling mushroom spores at some point or another. Onetime or infrequent exposure to small quantities of mushroom spores are highly unlikely to result in the development of any health problems. However, people who have a compromised immune system or are regularly exposed to mushroom spores run a higher risk of developing associated symptoms, conditions, or side-effects.

Long-term exposure to mushroom spores can lead to lung inflammation and the development of acute lung disease. If prolonged exposure is continued, the acute condition can ultimately turn into chronic (long-lasting) lung disease. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, also known as mushroom worker's lung, mushroom picker's lung, or farmer's lung, is the most common inflammatory condition associated with mushroom spore exposure. Symptoms associated with acute Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis will typically only arise four to six hours after the exposure or inhalation took place. Common symptoms include coughing, fever, chills, and shortness of breath. Symptoms of chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis may include a cough, loss of appetite, breathlessness, and unplanned weight loss.

If you suffer from a mold allergy or mold sensitivity, or have a compromised immune system, your immune system overreacts when touching or breathing in mold or mushroom spores. Common symptoms associated with a mold allergy includes coughing, sneezing, runny nose, skin rash, and sensitive, red, and itching eyes. People with serious mold allergies, or suffer from a mold allergy linked to asthma, will experience more severe reactions, including shortness of breath, restricted breathing and other accompanied airway symptoms when breathing in mushroom or mold spores. In addition, exposure to high concentrations of mushroom spores have also been known to trigger asthma attacks.

Furthermore, if immunocompromised individuals are exposed to or breath in mushroom spores, some mold spores may begin to grow on living tissue, attaching to cells along the respiratory tract. This can result in the development of further health problems and side-effects. In addition, mold may produce mycotoxins, either before or after exposure to humans, potentially causing toxicity.
Individuals that are exposed to heavy spore loads, such as mushroom growers or oyster mushroom growers, run a high risk of developing severe reactions because of the prolonged and extreme exposure. Exposure to high concentrations of mushroom spores may also result in the development of rhinitis, asthma, allergic bronchopulmonary mycoses, allergic fungal sinusitis, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

To prevent the development of any conditions or symptoms associated with breathing in mushroom spores, it is important to avoid exposure to large quantities of mushrooms. If exposure can’t be avoided, make sure you take all the necessary precautions. This includes wearing a well-fitting half or full-face mask as well as ensuring that indoor working areas are well ventilated.

Is mushroom mold dangerous?

In short, the answer is yes! Mold is a non-scientific term used to describe a wide range of unwanted fungi. Countless species of mold exist in both indoor and outdoor environments. Although mold and its spores are literally found everywhere, for active mold growth to take place, moisture is required. Indoor mold therefore grows and thrives in the presence of dampness or water. Once excessive dampness is present, mold begins to spread, and its natural progression is to spur mushrooms. Just like the fungus they emerge from, these mold mushrooms are toxic and harmful to humans and animals alike.

While indoor mold may be unsightly and smelly, the potential health problems and dangers associated with it is far more serious than that. Actively growing mold and mold mushrooms are not only known to damage the material it lives on, which in turn results in impaired structural integrity, but pose a serious health risk to humans. Mold is associated with various untoward health effects, including the development of a range of infections and allergies. One of the main health issues mushroom mold can cause is a respiratory illness. Respiratory illness is characterised by shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, or asthma-like symptoms. In addition to upper respiratory health risks and problems, exposure to mushroom mold can also cause lower respiratory illness. Symptoms associated with lower respiratory illness include experiencing tightness in the chest as well as symptoms associated with upper respiratory illness. If you do not already suffer from asthma, you could also develop it if mold mushrooms grow in your home.

Other health effects of mold mushrooms include skin irritation, eye irritation, and nasal stuffiness. Individuals who lives in mold infested homes and spaces may also notice the development of certain allergic reactions or allergies. Some of these symptoms include itching, rashes, and so forth. The degree and effect that mold has on people vary based on factors such as general health, age, and pre-existing conditions. Sensitivity to mold is also a consideration.

In addition to mold, bacteria, dust mites, break-down products of bacteria and molds (such as proteins, cell-wall particles (glucans) and volatile organic compounds - the actual cause of the musty odour associated with mold), and airborne chemicals and gasses, are also commonly found in damp indoor environments.

What happens if you touch a death cap mushroom?

The death cap mushroom is without a doubt the most dangerous mushroom in the world. According to statistics, the death cap mushroom kills and poisons more people every year than any other mushroom. Although the death cap mushroom is the most dangerous and poisonous mushroom, it is safe to touch the mushroom directly. The mushroom toxins can only harm you if you ingest them. To be safe, it is advised that you wash your hands thoroughly after touching death cap mushrooms.

Is there a cure for death cap mushroom?

As the name suggests, death cap mushrooms are deadly. In fact, ingesting one death cap mushroom is enough to kill a healthy adult. The death cap mushroom, also known as Amanita phalloides, is responsible for most fatal mushroom poisonings worldwide. There is currently no accredited cure or full-proof treatment method available for the ingestion of death cap mushrooms.
There are however several research studies and clinical trials investigating a possible antidote for death cap mushroom poisoning.

What happens when you ingest death cap mushrooms?

Upon ingestion of death cap mushrooms, approximately 60% of the absorbed amatoxins (the primary toxins present in death cap mushrooms), travel directly to the liver. Both the healthy and poisoned liver cells then spit out these amatoxins into bile, which becomes concentrated in the gall bladder. The gall bladder releases bile into the gut after each meal, and as a result the amatoxins travel with salts in the bile. Most of the bile then gets reabsorbed back into the liver at the end of the small intestine. Amatoxins re-enter the liver via the same receptors as the bile salts, causing the poisoning cycle to repeat.

The other 40% of the absorbed amatoxins from the death cap mushroom initially travels to the kidneys. The kidneys essentially serve as the blood-waste treatment centre of the body. If the kidneys are healthy they can extract amatoxins from the blood and send them to the bladder – however, this is an ability that is rare for liver poisons. Until the kidneys are fully able to completely remove every last bit of poison present, the amatoxins will continue to relentlessly damage the liver. In this case, the only way for the kidneys to continue functioning and fighting is for the individual to remain sufficiently hydrated. Without aggressive and consistent hydration, the amatoxins will eventually poison the kidneys as well. Once the kidneys fail, rapid organ failure is not far behind.
However, if the individual still has liver and kidney function, as well as enough fluid to urinate regularly, they can essentially pass the still-intact amatoxins out in urine - like the smallest, deadliest kidney stone.

To keep the amatoxins from causing damage, a drug would have to protect the liver while the kidneys eliminated the poison. Nationwide clinical trials are busy testing new treatments for amatoxin poisoning.

Are the stems or caps more potent?

The potency and concentration of psilocybin and psilocin present in magic mushroom stems and caps can vary from one strain to the next. A study conducted to analyse and determine the potency of caps and stems in two strains of magic mushrooms found that in one strain the caps contained generally twice as much psilocybin as the stems, but the small amount of psilocin present was entirely in the stems.

Can Mushroom spores grow in your lungs?

While mushrooms can’t grow in your lungs, the same does not apply to other types of fungi. There are various species of yeasts and molds that can infect the lungs by breathing in the spores. This can lead to the potential development of various respiratory illnesses, with one of the most common being fungal pneumonia. In addition, long-term exposure to mushroom spores can potentially lead to lung inflammation and the development of acute lung disease. If continued over an extended period, the acute condition can develop into chronic (long-lasting) lung disease. A common type of lung inflammation that is associated with the exposure to fungi spores is Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis.

 

What are the best Psilocybe Cubensis spores?

With over 50 Psilocybe Cubensis strains available, it is easily considered one of the most popular types of magic mushrooms. While a variety of Psilocybe Cubensis strains can be found in the wild all over the world, indoor-grown strains of Psilocybe Cubensis is typically the most potent. Golden Teacher, B+ Cubensis, Penis Envy, and Pink Buffalo Psilocybe Cubensis are considered some of the best and most popular Psilocybe Cubensis spores. Other popular strains include: Blue Meanie, Alacabenzi, Cambodian, PF Classic, Orissa India, Florida White (F+), Z Strain, Mazatapec, PES Amazonian, and McKennaii. If you are a beginner you would probably want to go with either Golden Teacher, Cambodian, Orissa India, or Z Strain.

Are mushroom truffles legal?

For the most part, mushroom truffles are considered illegal in various countries across the world. Mushroom truffles, also known as psilocybin truffles, is a type of psychoactive mushroom containing the psychedelic molecules psilocin and psilocybin.  As magic truffles are related to the more well-known hallucinogen, magic mushrooms, both belong to the same species of psychoactive fungi. However, magic truffles are simply at a different stage of fungal development than magic mushrooms. Although psilocybin truffles and psilocybin mushrooms are similar psychedelics in the sense that they both contain the same active compounds, there are distinct differences between them, including the manner in which they are produced.

Compared to psilocybin mushrooms, psilocybin truffles (AKA magic truffles) is a more modern variety that hit the mainstream market at a later stage. As mushroom truffles contain the same active ingredients as magic mushrooms, namely psilocin and psilocybin (psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychoactive and hallucinogenic compound, which, when taken, is converted in the body to psilocin, which is the chemical with the psychoactive properties), magic truffles is considered illegal in various countries across the world.

One country that is an exception is the Netherlands. Although magic mushrooms have been illegal since 2007 in the Netherlands, the government only outlawed the mature mushroom stage of psychedelic fungi. Since September 2019 mushroom truffles became fully taxed and legalized. This means that mushroom truffles containing psilocybin are legal to buy and consume in the Netherlands. Mushroom Truffles are especially popular in Amsterdam and are happily sold in specialized shops in and around Amsterdam as well as several legal psychedelic retreats near the city (including Synthesis), who have adopted these truffles as the substance of choice for transformational experiences.

How do you get spore syringes?

A spore syringe is simply an oral syringe containing two primary ingredients: water and mushroom spores. Spore syringes are a commonly used medium that contain spores from any kind of mushroom strain. The water in the spore syringe does not contain any nutrients and acts simply as a suspension for the spores. Good spore purveyors will make use of purified, non-nutrient H20 as it ensures that the spores won’t germinate and start producing mycelium. One spore syringe typically contains millions of quality mushroom spores.

Spore syringes can either be purchased online or you can choose to make your own mushroom spore syringe. To make a spore syringe you will need an empty syringe, water, spore print, lighter/gas burner, scalpel, pair of tweezers, tinfoil, and a pressure cooker.

First, sterilize your water and glass beaker. Fill the beaker half-way with water and cover the top of the beaker with tinfoil to prevent air from getting in. Place the bottle in the pressure cooker and heat it until it reaches 15psi. Once it has reached the right pressure, lower the temperature to be maintained for approximately 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn off the heat to allow the water to cool down to room temperature. Once the water is at room temperature, you are ready to make spore syringes. Sterilise your tweezers and scalpel in a flame and remove the tinfoil from your beaker. With the use of your tweezers, take the spore print from its storage and hold it over the opening of the beaker. Use the scalpel to carefully scrape some of the spores into the water. Fill your syringes instantly by placing the tip of your first syringe in the water to fill it up.

For optimal results and to ensure there is a good spread of spores throughout the water, empty the syringe back into the beaker and repeat this process a couple of times. This should be done every time you add more spores. After filling your syringe leave it at room temperature for 2-3 days to allow the spores to fully hydrate. After a few days store your syringes in an airtight zip lock bag or in a fridge for future use. They will typically remain viable for 2 – 6 months.

How do you get mushroom spores?

Mushroom spores are most often sold in two preparations: Spore syringes and spore prints. A spore syringe is simply an oral syringe containing two primary ingredients: water and mushroom spores. The water in the spore syringe does not contain any nutrients and acts simply as a suspension for the spores. Good spore purveyors will make use of purified, non-nutrient H20 as it ensures that the spores won’t germinate and start producing mycelium. This is incredibly important because as soon as mycelium starts forming, the legal status of the magic mushroom spores change completely.


Spore prints are more like a ‘stamp’. To harvest mushroom spores by making a spore print, you first need to obtain edible mushrooms. There are a variety of edible mushrooms available, however, the gill types are considered the easiest. Spore prints are created by using the top of the mushroom with the gills exposed on the underside and stamping the spores on a sheet of paper by laying the fresh mushroom cap face-down. Put a glass over the top and leave it for 24 hours. After 24 hours, remove the glass and gently lift the mushroom.

Are Mushroom spores legal in the US?

Since mushroom spores don’t contain psilocybin/any active hallucinogenic compounds, they can legally be bought and sold in 47 of the 50 US. states. While you may legally purchase mushroom spores in various places in and around the US, germinating them is strictly prohibited. As soon as spores begin to germinate into mycelium, law enforcement can legally charge you with cultivation or possession of a controlled substance. This also applies to the possession or sale of fresh and dried psilocybin mushrooms.

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