The study of Fungi
A fungus (plural: fungi) is a kind of living organism that exists as a single filamentous (mycelium) or multicellular (mushroom) body.
There are many species of psychoactive fungi, with most of them taxonomically classified in the psilocybe genus. The species in this genus, cubensis in particular have shown notable safety and efficacy in the treatment of several psychological conditions.
Cubensis is also the easiest species to cultivate indoors, These mushrooms can be produced by adding a fruiting medium (nutrients and water) to a colonized mycelium culture.
Small-scale cultivation is neither time consuming nor prohibitively expensive, however special care and attention must be paid to the sterility of the environment and mediums in which you will be cultivating.
When you cultivate mushrooms, you create an ideal environment for Fungi to thrive in, unfortunately this environment is also ideal for bacterial spread, or the proliferation of other undesirable Fungi.
To ensure your success in this endeavour you will need to purchase or construct some mycology eqipment (see our tutorials) to ensure the mediums you are working with are sterile, and the environment you are working in is reasonable sterile..
How To Begin.
What you will Need.
We want to set our customers up for success in their cultivation projects, which is why we have created a video series to accompany our genetics products. This series can be accessed by clicking on the images above. This series also outlines in greater detail the equipment you will need, and how to construct some of the equipment.
Many other mycology supply companies (who are not psilocybe-specific) offer pre-sterilized grain spawn and fruiting medium, however we do not for 2 reasons.
Firstly, When inoculating a colonization/spawn medium it is crucial that the humidity content of the medium is within a certain range, and this is accomplished by inoculating immediately after sterilization. If a sterilized bag of colonization medium has to be shipped it is difficult to retain this moisture level for the several days that will elapse before inoculation occurs. This time delay also gives potential contaminants a "head start" over the mycelium.
Second, it is crucial that the temperature never reaches above 80F after inoculation. There is simply too great a potential for variance in temperature during the shipping process for us to be confident in the viability of a pre-sterilized medium.
At a minimum we recommend the following equipment.
Still Air Box
Filter Patch Bags
Disinfectant, PPE, Flasks, Petri dishes, Cotton batting,