Psilocybin mushrooms – AKA magic mushrooms – may be illegal in the UK (for now), but did you know that magic mushroom spores and grow kits are completely legal?
That’s right. Magic mushroom spores can be easily bought online for “research purposes”, but you’ll be breaking the law if those spores happen to germinate and grow.
Many online shops that sell spores also sell grow kits separately – all you need to do is inoculate the growing substrate with spores and pretty much wait (there’s slightly more to it than this, but not much).
What are magic mushroom spores?
Spores are tiny reproductive cells of nonflowering plants, such as bacteria, algae and fungi (mushrooms are part of the fungi kingdom).
Put simply, mushroom spores are the single-celled seed that are dispensed by mushrooms, allowing them to reproduce. They are approximately only 1/2500-inch long and are released from the underside of the mushroom cap, in the gills, teeth or pores of the mushroom.
Why are magic mushroom spores legal in the UK?
Microscopic magic mushroom spores contain no psilocybin (or psilocyin), so they are not outlawed under the Drugs Act 2005 which made “fungi containing psilocybin” a Class A drug.
Therefore, while you can legally buy and possess magic mushroom spores, you can’t allow them to grow. You will then be in possession of a Class A drug – the most restrictive category, home to cocaine, heroin and MDMA and methamphetamine.
Being caught with psilocybin mushrooms (or truffles) can result in a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and a fine. For supply, one could theoretically receive a life sentence and an unlimited fine. In practice, however, maximum penalties are rarely used.
Effects of magic mushrooms
Generally, when consuming magic mushrooms, people report effects including euphoria, an alteration of perception, hallucinations and a distorted sense of time. At higher doses, it’s not uncommon for users to have meaningful spiritual experiences.
In fact, a recent study found that a large percentage ranked their experience with psilocybin as one of the most spiritually significant experiences of their life.
Benefits of psilocybin
Psilocybin has recently been gaining the attention of scientists and researchers thanks to its potential to treat a range of mental health issues.
One remarkable study from late last year found psilocybin, when used alongside psychotherapy, produces long-term antidepressant effects that are up to four-times more effective than commonly prescribed SSRI antidepressants. It may do this by promoting the formation of new brain cells.
Where to buy the best magic mushroom grow kit in the UK
1. Martian Mushrooms – Use code ‘HIGHANDPOLITE’ for a 10% discount!
The guys at Martian Mushrooms know their stuff and have created a very easy-to-use range of grow kits. Our favourite grow kit is this one. It offers a fast and easy to learn way to grow mushrooms at home. They also sell a variety of magic mushrooms spores here.
With these two purchases, you have all you need to produce a healthy supply of shrooms. Read through their free guides to make sure you don’t make any mistakes.
2. Spore Buddies – Use code ‘cannado10%‘ for 10% off!
Spore Buddies have the easiest to use grow kit in the UK – this unassuming inject and forget bag that can produce a harvest up to 200g and costs just £14.99! It’s the worlds only mushroom grow bag that is auto-fruiting and stays fully sealed from start to finish.
The owner of Spore Buddies tells me there’s almost no chance of contamination and it’s perfect for beginners and people with busy lives. “No fanning and no spraying to make it fruit, just add light,” he says. They also sell spores.
3. Viking Spores – Use code ‘HIGHANDPOLITE’ for a 10% discount!
Viking Spores are a helpful and friendly bunch who will go out of their way to assist in successfully growing your own psilocybin mushrooms. They offer a mighty fine all-in-one mushroom grow kit – which has lots of positive reviews – as well as a range of spores.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy company with reliable grow kits, check out Cyclocybe. Their Mycobox grow kit has everything you need to grow a good amount of mushrooms, and they too sell a range of spores separately.
This company is cool because not only do they sell a sweet little grow kit and spores, they also offer the chance to grow medicinal mushrooms such as lion’s mane, reishi and turkey tail.