What Is Magic Mushroom Tea, And Is It Legal?

What Is Magic Mushroom Tea, And Is It Legal?

Magic mushrooms are one of the most sought-after psychedelics, as their popularity continues to grow. With it, many new practices are also emerging — and magic mushroom tea is one of them.

Magic mushrooms are 180+ species of mushrooms which contain hallucinogenic compounds, psilocybin and psilocin. These compounds are being immensely studied for their incredible effect on the human body. These psychedelics often activate serotonin receptors in the brain. Therefore, studies show they often help alleviate feelings of depression, anxiety, and overall stress.

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For that reason, research for magic mushrooms to serve as an alternative treatment method continues. Psilocybin has shown progress in treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, and more.

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About Magic Mushrooms

Unfortunately, psilocybin-assisted therapy still remains illegal on the federal level, as it’s classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that it has a “high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

Still, many U.S. states have begun the process of decriminalizing psilocybin medical treatments, with Oregon being the catalyst in 2020. Their psilocybin “service centers” will reportedly not only be places where you can receive psychedelic-assisted treatment, but also serve as distribution centers.

In February of 2021, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize possession of any drugs, with hallucinogens definitely falling under the same group. Other U.S. states and cities, like Seattle, have since done the same.

These kinds of practices are slowly paving the way for the worldwide approval and use of psychedelics in psychotherapy. It’s important to recognize these efforts and continue researching such alternative options.

Luckily, there are a few very important organizations that dedicated their resources to do exactly that.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research as well as Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies are conducting several trials and studies, encouraging people to support psychedelic science and help those who can’t seem to find a way out. They are breaking ground with incredible results from many psychedelic substances – not only limited to psilocybin.

How Do You Take Magic Mushrooms?

If you have interest in trying magic mushrooms, simply eating them in their fresh or dry form is most common. Additionally, you can find them in their powdered form. When that occurs, they can be snorted, injected, put in a capsule, or even added to foods or drinks (such as tea, coffee, juice, etc).

However, magic mushroom tea is also an option — so long as you know what you’re doing.

A shrooms dosage depends on a variety of different factors. These are oftentimes completely different from person to person. The amount of psilocybin can also vary amongst different species of magic mushrooms. So even when taking the same amount of mushrooms on different trips, you might get a different experience one each time.

If you’ve never taken magic mushrooms before, starting with a small dose is the way to go. This is especially true if you’re unsure of the psilocybin content. Eating them is usually the way to go, but their taste isn’t really everyone’s favorite. That’s where the idea for magic mushroom tea comes from.

Does it Help with the Taste of Magic Mushrooms?

According to Dr. Emily Biesmans of Katharsis Journeys in the Netherlands, “If you don’t like the taste of mushrooms, many people make a tea. Mushroom tea is probably the easiest on the taste buds if one does not particularly like the taste. Some also add ginger, lemon and honey to the brew to soften it even further.”

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About Magic Mushroom Tea

Magic mushroom tea occurs when magic mushrooms dry, turn into a powder, and then steep. Since shrooms don’t degrade when met with boiling water, making magic mushroom tea is a great way to explore the drug’s potency.

After cooking for about 30 minutes, leave them to steep for at least 10 minutes before straining. You can then choose to eat the residual mushrooms. However, since psilocybin is water soluble, it’s not necessary to do so. When straining, make sure to squeeze all the water out of the mushrooms. You can then add some ginger, honey, mint, or lemon to your tea to help with potential nausea.

How To Make Magic Mushroom Tea

You can make magic mushroom tea by drying magic mushrooms, turning them into a powder, and then adding the powder to hot water. Since shrooms don’t degrade when met with boiling water, making magic mushroom tea is a great way to explore the psilocybin experience.

Let’s now describe all the ingredients you’ll need to make magic mushroom tea and the steps you should follow.


  • 3.5-7 g of magic mushrooms. Keep in mind that shrooms don’t degrade in hot water, so you don’t need to consume a higher dose than normal. Also, you may want to add a lower or higher amount, depending on the level of experience you want, how many people are partaking, and the species/strain of mushroom you’re using (since different types vary in their potency).
  • 2 decaffeinated and/or herbal tea bags
  • Herbs and additives (you can enhance the flavor by adding things like ginger, lemon, agave syrup, etc.)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee filter or sieve
  • Saucepan or pot


  1. Boil 1-2 cups of water in a pot or pan
  2. Grind the mushrooms into small pieces
  3. Add boiling water to the mushrooms
  4. Steep a tea bag in the water for 12-15 minutes
  5. Strain the mixture into a glass/container
  6. Enjoy your trippy tea!

Below are the necessary steps to take when making magic mushroom tea on your own.

  1. Bring A Pot/Pan Of Water To A Boil

    How much water you need to use depends on how many tea bags you add, as well as the weight of the mushrooms. Generally, an 8th (3.5 g) of shrooms in two cups of water is a good starting point. The more mushrooms you use, the more water you’ll need.

    For the first step, add one cup of water to a pot, pan, or even a kettle. Bring the water to a boil.

  2. Grind Up The Mushroom Into Small Pieces

    While the water heats up, go ahead and grind up your mushrooms using a coffee grinder. This will make it easier for your body to digest the material, as it will already be partially broken down. This can lead to a slightly faster onset.

  3. Add Boiling Water To The Mushrooms

    Pour the boiling water into a bowl containing the ground-up mushrooms.

  4. Add A Tea Bag To The Water

    Add your tea bag of choice to the boiling mushroom water. Let it steep for about 15 minutes. If you want to add flavor additives like lemon or natural herbs, mix these up in a separate cup of boiling water with the extra tea bag. Then add them to your mushroom concoction. Ginger can be a useful additive because it can help reduce potential nausea induced by the mushrooms.

  5. Strain The Mixture Into A Container

    After steeping for about 15 minutes, take your mushroom tea mixture and strain it through a coffee filter or sieve into a glass jar or jug (or anything else you want to store or drink it from). This will separate the leftover mushroom chunks and debris from your beverage.

    You can then choose to eat the residual mushrooms. However, since psilocybin is water soluble, it’s not necessary to do so. When straining, make sure to squeeze all the water out of the mushrooms.

  6. Enjoy Your Mushroom Tea

    Now pour your mushroom-infused tea into an adequately sized glass, and you’re all set to enjoy the benefits of psilocybin. Consume responsibly. If you used a whole 8th for your tea, you don’t need to drink the entire dose (unless you want a strong experience). Instead, you can drink in smaller quantities and monitor your reaction to the tea.

Before Consuming The Tea

Before drinking the tea, make sure to have the proper set and setting. Your mindset should be stress-free and welcoming in order. This will help you avoid any potential discomfort or anxiety. The same should be done with setting, as the environment in which you’re drinking your magic mushroom tea matters greatly.

Make sure to surround yourself with people who support you on this journey. If they’re open to drinking the magic mushroom tea with you, even better.

Be sure to find a comfortable seating position and play relaxing music. Add stress-relieving essential oil smells. Try your best to relax and be open to the entire mushroom trip experience.

When ingesting the tea, you can choose to sip it or drink it in one go. There is no real difference between the two, other than personal preference. If the taste is too strong, bitter, or unpleasant, chugging it in one go may be the best option.

Is This Psilocybin Tea For You?

The verdict on whether or not magic mushrooms lose their potency when boiled is still not in. But since the experience is always very individual, it leaves nothing more than to try it out for yourself. You can try both, eating them and drinking the magic mushroom tea, and noticing the differences, if there are any.

For anyone with interest in trying magic mushroom tea, several recipes are available. Likewise, there are tips about growing magic mushrooms at home.

However, if you’re just beginning your psychedelic journey, take it slow and use a small dose. Preferably, have someone guide you through it all, as you never know what the first experience will be like.

Karla Tafra

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Karla is a freelance writer, yoga teacher and nutritionist who's been writing about nutrition, fitness, yoga, mindfulness, and overall health and wellness topics for over seven years. She's written for numerous publications such as Healthline, Livesavvy, Psychology.com, Well + Good, and many others, sharing her love of storytelling and educating. She loves talking about superfoods and another amazing plant powers that people can benefit from if they learn how to use it properly. Her passion lies in helping others not only eat healthier meals but implement good eating habits, find a great relationship with food & achieve a balanced lifestyle. She believes that the only diet and lifestyle that's worth creating is the one you can stick to, so she aims to find what that means for each and every individual. Teaching WHY we eat, and not only WHAT we eat, is the premise of her approach.

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