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Getting Ready for Grow #1

Dec 17, 2022 | 0 comments

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Getting Ready for Grow #1

Alright! This is it. Ready to get started.

So I actually had no idea where to start. So of course, my old friend Google got the call and got to work figuring out how mushrooms even grow. I know I’ve seen some growing in the wild while hiking, I also like eating them. But I had no idea how to actually grow a mushroom.

One of the first sites I landed on was a company by the name of Third Wave. I started reading about how it is perfectly legal to buy mushroom spores in 47 of the 50 United States. I couldn’t believe the luck. You can actually buy spores of psilocybin mushrooms online and have them shipped to your house for microscopy purposes. What does that mean? Well, it turns out that spores of these mushrooms do not contain the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. So you can buy them to look at under a microscope.

But, it is illegal to germinate those spores into spawn, and cultivate the mushrooms that would contain the active ingredient.

So the first step I took was to buy some spores. There are several sites on the internet that sell various species of the psilocybe cubensis strain of mushrooms. It is important to choose a reputable source for your spores. You want a company that takes extreme care in their process of collecting and storing spores. Mycology requires a very sterile environment to ensure the spores do not contain any contaminants. These contaminants can end up growing competing fungi and bacteria that will ruin a batch. Below are some of the options I suggest for your sourcing your spores.

Spores are typically sold as either spore prints or spore syringe. I spore print is a dry printing of the spores on a card or sheet of foil. Spores are the seed of the mushroom. Spores are released from mushrooms and carried by the wind or water to other locations to develop into more mushrooms, therefore continuing the species. Spore syringes are made by suspending the spores in a sterile solution. Either method will produce mushrooms, but syringes are the probably the easiest for beginners. 

I ended up deciding on a couple of spore syringes from sporeworks.com. The process of purchasing was relatively straight forward. and for just over $50 I got 2 spore syringes. I chose 2 different strains. I had read that Golden Teachers are a relatively easy species to grow so I chose those. I also chose Albino Penis Envy (APE). Unfortunately, I found out after placing my order that they can be really difficult to grow. I just got all excited because I had also read that this species tends to be more potent in their effects. Oh, well. This is only mistake #1 of the more than one-million I will probably make. 

Once you have your spores you will need something to innoculate with the spores in the syringe. Most people use some type of grain or another. Popular options include Rye Berries, Oats, Millet, Wild Bird Seed, and even popcorn. Here is where I made possibly my next mistake. Now let me clarify why it may, or may not, be a mistake. 

I continued to read all of the information on thethirdwave.co. I started to get really hyped up and excited about learning to grow these incredible mushrooms. They offer a grow kit on the website that comes with everything you need to complete your first grow, minus the spores. They can’t legally provide you with the spores of psilocybin mushrooms along with all the supplies to grow and cultivate them. Their grow kit also includes a growing course to help you along the way. 

Now, this could be really great, or not enough value for the price. $249. I think it really depends on who buys it. If you want to try growing without investing in anything other than the grow kit, it may be a great solution. I thought it sounded a little steep, but not knowing a damn thing about growing mushrooms I figured it would be good to have a lot of instruction for my first grow.

As I started searching about growing mushrooms on youtube.com, I found some amazing folks that were providing all the steps you need to grow on as large a level and as complicated as you want. Once I saw these videos and really went down the rabbit hole I started having doubts if my newly purchased grow kit would be worth the price tag. I will do a full review of the Third Wave grow kit in future posts. 

That’s where I’m at as of right now. I’m getting excited and can’t wait to get my supplies and get growing!

Kilo

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER: It is illegal to grow and cultivate mushrooms containing psychedelic compounds. I do not recommend anyone break any laws. I am not a medical professional and do not provide this information to be considered medical advice. Be smart, be safe, and know what the applicable laws are in your area. 

Written by Kilo Bravo

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