A famous red and white mushroom called the fly agaric is pretty well known for being quite toxic, but it is now gaining popularity due to its medicinal potential. Amanita muscaria is a fungus that is steeped in ancient folklore and is an iconic mushroom for the modern world (think Mario for example!). However, it is so much more than that. This mushroom has some properties that, when prepared properly, can do wonders for people. So, for those interested in trying the fly agaric for focus, stress, depression, anxiety, and more, how do you prepare Amanita muscaria and how can you start taking it?
Intro the The Fly Agaric
Amantia Dreamer is considered an expert in Amanita muscaria. She personally vouches for the great changes it has made in her life. This fungi is one of the oldest known hallucinogens and has been used for thousands of years for various purposes. For Amanita Dreamer, taking the fly agaric has helped her manage stress and improve focus without the need of other medications. She does however emphasize that she can not give medical advice. If you have any concerns about mixing medications or taking it with certain ailments to consult your medical doctor.
She compares taking Amanita muscaria for focus to Adderall but describes it as “cleaner and more focused.” It is great for enhancing cognitive abilities without that “artificial” feeling that often comes with prescription drugs. It also helps many people manage stress and depression, and aids in decision making, problem solving, motivation and energy levels.
Though there is more research to be done, science is beginning to catch up in understanding how ibotenic acid and muscimol provide these benefits. In terms of risk, there are a few if you take too high a dose of ibotenic acid (mostly gastrointestinal issues). However, If you prepare your mushrooms properly and take the right dosages, this won’t be an issue.
The fly agaric is usually prepared as a tea for consumption, and this is most highly recommended. The preparation is a careful process, but one that can be easily done at home.
How to Prepare Amanita muscaria
In the talk, Amanita Dreamer breaks down how to prepare Amanita muscaria tea. After fully drying the mushrooms, she highlights the importance of keeping the mushrooms dry and well-sealed to prevent moisture-induced issues.
For the best results, 15 grams of dried Amanita muscaria mushrooms are simmered in 250 ml (one cup) of water for 20-30 minutes. This simmering is essential for decarboxylating ibotenic acid into muscimol. This transformation is the critical step to enhance the mushroom’s effectiveness and reduce risks.
She also adds a few more important tips, such as staying consistent in the amount of tea you prepare. This is crucial to help gauge your dosage. She also points out that you should not add lemon into the mixture – as this is reserved for larger does and added at the time of consumption.
More than anything, Amanita Dreamer emphasizes that the fly agaric should be taken with respect, and is not a party drug. She encourages people to be cautious and careful when figuring out your dosage. She recommends starting with small doses, monitoring progress and slowing incrementing until you have found the right dose for you. That takes us into the next part, about how to find the right dose.
Finding Your Amanita Muscaria Dose
Microdosing should be approached with patience, gradually increasing the dose to find the optimal amount for each individual. Just like many other alternative medicines, there is no “one size fits all” that will work for everyone.
The first recommendation is to measure dosages by volume rather than weight for consistency. The range of effective microdoses may vary from one-eighth of a teaspoon to two tablespoons, depending on the individual. Again, she highlights that the individual’s experience and response to Amanita Muscaria can vary, so it’s important to learn how it affects you personally and adjust your dosing accordingly. Make sure to watch the full video for more!
Overall, preparing Amanita muscaria is a careful step-by-step process. Additionally, finding the right dose for each individual is a process that takes time and patience. This mushroom can be great for some, and not good for others, so each individual has to start small and slow and carefully monitor how it affects them. With time and patience, you can find a dose that works for you to help manage your symptoms. That all being said, microdosing amanita can have great results for people looking to improve their mental health!