It is a widely-agreed-upon fact that psilocybin mushrooms taste icky, especially when dried. There various ways to deal with the problem, but most involve mixing the mushroom into some other, better-tasting thing[i]. At the very least such magic edibles are more pleasant to eat than plain mushroom, but many recipes are actually tasty.
Gummy candies for example some consider it the best way to take shrooms. Everybody likes gummies, and while you can buy magic gummies, they aren’t difficult to make.
Please note that in most jurisdictions, possession and use of anything containing psilocybin is extremely illegal. This includes gummies. There are also companies selling psychoactive edibles made from Amanita muscaria, and these are legal because they do not contain psilocybin. Their active ingredient is more toxic and, generally speaking, less fun. These legal edibles are just a very different product and might be a bad idea for anyone expecting a psilocybin trip.
There is a point of confusion that makes cooking with psilocybin tricky—some people say that even relatively low heat degrades psilocybin, while others insist that the substance can hold its own at all but the highest cooking temperatures. Anecdotally, cooking seems to lower potency to some degree, but not destroy it, but there is no solid research on the subject. Depending on the recipe, gummies may require more heat than some people think psilocybin can take, though anecdotally it doesn’t seem to be a problem.
So, Let’s explore these magic treats in a little more detail, shall we?
What You Need to Buy
This list only includes things that are not common household items. Double check this list against the "materials needed" section to ensure you have everything.
Pros & Cons of Psilocybin Gummies
Magic gummies aren’t for everyone and do have some drawbacks. These are important to consider if you haven’t tried gummies before.
First, there are some drawbacks to psilocybin in any form. It is illegal in most places, and penalties can be draconian. Also, psilocybin can have unpleasant side effects—and dangerous side effects are very rare, but possible, especially at higher doses. Then there are a few drawbacks specific to gummies.
- It can be difficult to figure out how potent a batch of gummies is, and that makes dosing tricky.
- You can’t just eat more gummies because you like the taste or you will over-dose.
- Somebody else could find your supply of gummies, not realize they are psychoactive, eat them like ordinary candy, and have an unexpected and dangerous trip.
- Making the gummies may degrade some of the psilocybin—while some people want a mellower, more gentle experience, it’s usually better to achieve that by taking smaller doses, not be damaging your mushrooms.
That being said, many people enjoy psychoactive gummies, and with good reason.
- Gummies taste better than mushrooms.
- You can store or transport gummies without anyone knowing they’re not ordinary candy.
- If you have successfully figured out the potency of your batch, then calculating dosage is simple—just take the right number of gummies.
- If you want to microdose, taking a gummy is easier than measuring out a tiny amount of mushroom powder.
- Making candy is a fun hobby all by itself.
- Gummies, if made properly, keep a long time—they will stay fresh for weeks, and while they will lose some potency after a few months, they will still be psychoactive and fine to take.
How to Make Psilocybin Gummies
There are multiple gummy recipes out there that vary in terms of how easy they are to do, how potent the final product is, how long the shelf-life is, and what the finished taste and texture are. The following is my adaptation of well-known recipes[ii][iii] for low-potency gummies—you may need to eat multiple handfuls to trip, but since gummies are fun to eat by the handful, that may be an advantage. But remember if you use more potent mushrooms, you’ll get more potent gummies.
Once you make your first batch or two, feel free to adjust the recipe and see what happens.
- 14g (½ ounce) powdered Psilocybe cubensis or similar (pins, aborts, and broken pieces are good for this. Avoid mature caps, as spores can mess with the texture)
- 277g (8 ounces) water
- 227g (8 ounces) granulated sugar
- 227 g (8 ounces) honey
- 44g unflavored gelatin
- 27g (3 tbs) sorbitol (improves texture)
- 2 tsp citric acid (acts as a flavoring and a preservative and may increase potency)
- 1-5 drops liquid candy flavoring
- Food coloring (pick one or several colors)
- A scale that is accurate to one gram
- Gummy candy molds
- A 60cc LC syringe
- A coffee filter or similar
- A strainer at least as big as your coffee filter
- Measuring cups and spoons, two saucepans, and other common kitchen implements
- Mix the shroom powder and the water in the saucepan.
- Bring the liquid to a boil, then simmer for half and hour.
- Use the coffee filter to line the strainer and strain the liquid into a measuring cup—squeeze the filter to be sure to get as much liquid out as possible.
- Do you have six ounces of liquid? If you have more, simmer longer. If you have less, put the mushrooms back in the pan, add more water, and make more tea.
- Chill the tea.
- Add the gelatin to the tea and mix well. Let stand for five or ten minutes.
- In another saucepan, mix together the honey, sugar, citric acid, and sorbitol. Mix well. Add the gelatin/tea mixture and bring up to a simmer, stirring constantly, to dissolve the sugar and honey.
- Skim off any foam.
- Once everything is dissolved and mixed thoroughly, remove from the heat and add flavorings and colorings. Note that if you want multiple colors and flavors of gummy, just divide the mix into multiple bowls and go to it.
- Fill the syringe from the back with the liquid—the gummy liquid will already be too thick to suck up into the syringe easily—and use it to fill the gummy mold one space at a time.
- If you spill any or discard any, BE SURE TO SAVE IT.
- Refrigerate the filled molds for 24 hours, then remove the finished gummies.
The gummies are finished, but there is still one or two things left to do.
- IF all of the gummy liquid became gummies with no spillage and no waste, then count all the gummies and divide 14 (the number of grams of mushroom you started with) by that number. Now you have the amount of mushroom that each gummy equals (a gummy might be less potent than that number indicates, but it cannot be more).
If you do have some wastage, then:
- weigh the wastage and also separately weigh one gummy (if they are not all the same size, weigh ten and take an average), then calculate the number of gummies-worth the waste is.
- Add the number of gummies you have to the number of gummies-worth of waste and divide 14 by THAT number to get the amount of mushroom each gummy equals.
Now you can calculate how many gummies equal the dose you want, at least to start out with. Once you’ve tried some from the batch, you can increase the dose size if the potency is less than you expected, but it should be close to right and in any case not too big. It’s always better to take too little than too much, because you can always take extra if you want, but once you have eaten gummies, they stay eaten.