HOWTO: Magic Mushroom Tea (Psylocybin Tea)

Magic Mushrooms are Legal!

Denver Colorado, which is well known as being the first city to legalize recreational Marijuana, a trend that the rest of the country has since followed, has now also legalized Psylocybin Mushrooms, also known as “Magic Mushrooms”.

An important part of responsible recreational drug use is education. A lot of the dangers from recreational drugs come from ignorance or misinformation. So I’ve written this blog post to help folks who are interested in experimenting with this amazing substance.

Why a Tea?

Magic Mushrooms can be ingested dry, you can chew them up by themselves, put them on pizza or in spaghetti sauce, or any other ingestion methods. The problem is they taste like dirt. Dried mushrooms are spongy and difficult to chew, they taste horrible, and they often cause feelings of nausea when swallowed, probably because of bacteria and germs on their surface. Nausea is _no fun_ when you’re trying to have a pleasant third-eye experience. Ingested this way, it can also take a solid 45 to 60 minutes to feel the first effects.

When you make a tea from the mushrooms, you are transferring the psylocybin from the mushroom itself to the water, and leaving most of the contaminates and shroom parts behind. You can flavor the tea using any tea flavor that you like. You might still feel “weird” stomach feelings, but you won’t feel any abrupt nausea like you’d get from eating them. And the effects take hold much faster, often within 10 to 15 minutes.

Making the Tea

This is so simple, you’ll love it. First you dice up the mushrooms. The pieces should be around 1cm along each side, it doesn’t need to be precise but don’t mince them. Chop up the whole dose you plan to use, up to 1/8th oz (3.5g) , I don’t recommend more than 1/8th oz for a single person, as that will produce a very strong trip.

Once your mushrooms are diced up, place them in the center of a square cut of cheesecloth, large enough to create a “teabag”. Tie the corners together with some string or a twist-tie, you can use anything really. This will be your mushroom tea-bag.

Boil some water for your tea, you should start with at least 2 cups as some is going to boil off and you want to be sure you have a full cup of water at the end. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Once your water is ready, pour it into a cup, I like to use a measuring cup for this as it’s easier to avoid spills. Right away, place your mushroom teabag in the cup, along with a teabag of your favorite flavor of tea. Depending on what you use to tie the cheesecloth with, you may want to keep that part out of the water to avoid dyes or other unwanted chemicals from seeping. Let this sit for 15 minutes.

Starting your Trip

Once it’s ready, pour it into your favorite tea-cup and drink! I recommend starting a second pot of water after you drink the first cup. Your mushroom teabag should be good for 3 cups total, however once you finish the second cup (30 minutes in) you’ll be tripping so you may not get to the third, that’s okay.

Be safe and responsible! And if it’s your first trip, having an experienced “guide” with you is a very good idea. Music is okay, but avoid electronic gadgets like your computer or phone. Go outside and embrace nature. Expect your trip to last about 6 hours, maybe less, maybe more, depending on your dosage and body chemistry.

Avoiding “Bad Trips”

“Bad Trips” are mostly caused by bad drugs, that is, drugs from untrusted sources, that are cut with weird chemicals or are completely different than what the seller claimed. Always buy from a trusted source. Bad trips can also be caused by bad environments. A Bad Trip is basically when your body chemistry is doing something that you’re not used to, your brain doesn’t know how to deal with it, and you start to freak out.

If you start feeling uncomfortable while tripping, just remember that Psylocybin will not kill you. It won’t cause a heart attack, but it might make you feel an excited tingling. Nobody has ever died from using Psylocybin. So relax, enjoy the experience. If you’re really freaking out, try going outside. Especially if you are near a park or lake, or any kind of peaceful nature setting.

People will often become hyper-aware of their sensations when trying drugs for the first time, so try not to scare yourself if you feel little pains or tingles or whatever. We all have a tendency to block or ignore these normal feelings most of the time. Just remember that it will not hurt you, the trip will eventually fade away, and try to enjoy all of it because every trip is a unique experience.

apple 2 computer showing bbs screen

How to build a Modern BBS

Preface

After reading an article here about building a modern Bulletin Board System, and crafting my own brief response here about how the website already is a modern BBS, I decided I should write a short guide on how you can construct a modern equivalent of a BBS on the web using mostly free tools.

A computer & phone line

In the 1980s operating a BBS required a computer and at least one phone line. Back then a single phone line would cost $20 to $50 per month. Today, a phone line still costs a minimum of $20 a month (phone service is a racket!), but you don’t need to spend that much. For $5 per month you can rent a Virtual Server from Digital Ocean with a dedicated IP address. As far as quality and reliability are concerned Digital Ocean are the best in the marketplace, which is why I recommend them. The link I provide is a referral link which will give me credit toward my own hosting bill if you sign up.

Digital Ocean Hosting

Website Software

It is true that you could build a website from scratch so you don’t actually need to use this software but that takes a lot of time and you’d be re-inventing the wheel. That’s okay if you’re a developer and you’ve got a great idea for a wheel that nobody has thought of before, but otherwise I recommend using WordPress. It’s free and mature, as well as very easy to start using.

WordPress.org

Message Boards

In the 1980s, “Message Boards” are where people would post and discuss topics. Today we call these things “Forums” but they serve the same functionality. The best software for setting up a message board on a website is phpBB. Not only is it free, but it has a really excellent user interface that meets all of the common needs and is very intuitive. It is stand-alone software and it is loaded with features. Installation is pretty easy but configuration can feel a bit daunting. Just take your time and read the documentation and you should be fine.

phpBB

DOOR Games

One of the coolest features of a BBS in the 1980s was Door Games. These were computer games that ran externally from the BBS software. The term ‘door’ was a reference to how the BBS acts as a gateway to access these games. This technology has evolved in multiple ways and powers many of the advanced capabilities seen on the internet today.

There are many ways to run games on your website. Software such as Unity or HTML5 make it possible to build modern games for the browser. However because Nostalgia is a big part of this theme, I’m going to recommend EM-DOSBOX, which is a plugin that allows you to run actual DOS games from within a web browser. The Internet Archive uses this same software for it’s video game archive website.

EM-DOSBOX

Real Time Chat

In the 1980s operating a chat system on a BBS was extremely expensive. First most free BBS software didn’t support it well at all, so you probably had to pay for a commercial platform. Second, every user required their own phone line connection, so if you wanted a 10 person chatroom you had to pay for 10 separate phone lines. Today it’s so much easier and cheaper.

There’s a lot of ‘chat’ plugins available for WordPress. I am going to focus on Matrix.org and Riot.im. There isn’t an easy ‘plugin’ available to install these on your website, but you could use an iframe to embed a riot.im chatroom. The Matrix protocol is still very early in development and as time goes on you can expect there will be simpler and more elegant solutions for this purpose.

Matrix.org
Riot.im

Summary

So there you have it all of the tools required to build a modern “BBS” on the web, and with the exception of server rental all of it is free. You could, in theory, do all of this on your own server running on your home internet connection but that introduces some challenges such as DNS addressing. It’s up to you if that’s worth the $5 saved.

You might notice I did not include detailed tutorials on each piece of this puzzle. That is intentional. This post is meant to be a starting point for people interested in this sort of project. There are already dozens of specific guides and tutorials available for each of the things I’ve linked. This kind of project represents an adventure and learning about the software is part of that adventure. Also, detailed information like installation procedures are likely to evolve over time. So if you’re looking for help with phpBB or WordPress, just do a web search for tutorials on those subjects and you’ll find dozens.

I hope you found this article helpful or useful. I welcome any comments on how to improve my recommendations.