Psychedelic mushroom spores are, in many states, legal to purchase, sell, and possess. This is because the spores themselves do not contain psilocybin or psilocin, which are, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, “the hallucinogenic components found in more than 75 known species of mushrooms native to tropical and subtropical areas of South America, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States.” Because these two chemicals are what cause the psychedelic and hallucinogenic effects the mushrooms are known and abused for, the spores are not considered to pose the same threat as the mushrooms themselves. However, psychedelic mushroom spores may possibly have their own effects on an individual’s body, mind, and life, depending on how they are used and abused.
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The legal status of psychedelic mushroom spores differs from state to state. For example, in Georgia, California, and Idaho, it is illegal to buy, sell, or possess these spores as they can be used to grow the mushrooms themselves, which are illegal, when cultivated properly. However, in every other state, they are legal to purchase as well as to sell and possess.
In certain states, there is currently a push to criminalize the spores under the assumption that anyone buying them will use them to cultivate the mushrooms, an act that is considered by some to be a drug manufacturing, which is illegal. Since the spores are often only purchased to cultivate the mushrooms themselves for recreational use, their legal status across the country may possibly change in the near future, leading to legal issues for anyone who currently makes a habit of buying or selling them.
Having or using these spores could have an affect on your life and possibly lead to legal issues and even jail time, especially depending on the state in which you live and the legal changes that may be made in the next few years. In any case, if it can be proven that you are using the spores to cultivate psychedelic mushrooms, you are likely to experience legal problems and even be prosecuted as a result.
Cultivating Mushrooms from Spores
The act of cultivating mushrooms from the spores could take a serious toll on your life and have other types of extreme effects, especially if you abuse the mushrooms themselves. Abusing the mushrooms that eventually grow from the spores can be very dangerous and can lead to short-term effects for the abuser such as:
- Nausea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal problems
- Increased heart rate, respiration, body temperature, and blood pressure
- Flushing, dizziness, and dry mouth
- Numbness of the mouth and tongue
- Adverse reactions that cause panic, terror, depression, agitation, frightening hallucinations, and disorientation
- Anxiety and tension
- Problems focusing
- Confusion between past and present experiences
- An incredibly high tolerance
According to CESAR, “There are no reports that psilocybin mushrooms are psychologically or physically addictive, and use does not lead to dependence.” However, the drug can cause many effects to a person’s mental processes, especially when it has been abused continuously for a long period of time. Even for those who only abuse these drugs once, “for several days following the use of mushrooms, users may experience a period of psychological withdrawal and have difficulty discerning reality.”
In addition, long-term abusers of psychedelic drugs sometimes experience a severe syndrome called persistent psychosis where paranoia, disorganized thinking, mood disturbances, and visual problems occur. Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (or HPPD) is another issue associated with psychedelic drug abuse, which leads to hallucinations, visual disturbances such as halos or trails, and symptoms that mirror the effects of certain neurological disorders. As stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Although occurrence of either is rare, it is also unpredictable and may happen more often than previously thought, and sometimes both conditions occur together.”
Cultivating psychedelic mushroom spores into the mushrooms themselves and abusing them can lead to a number of negative effects, but many individuals believe that, because the spores themselves do not contain psilocybin or psilocin, they are completely safe to possess, consume, or to be around. This may not be true, as other mushroom spores have proven to be dangerous to those who inhale them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “During April 8-14, 1994, eight persons aged 16-19 years from southeastern Wisconsin visited physicians for respiratory illness associated with inhalation of Lycoperdone perlatum (i.e., puffball mushrooms).” These are another type of spore, and while they are only sometimes cultivated into psychedelic mushrooms, they can create a harmful respiratory issue for those who are around them and inhale them consistently.
There is a possibility that the spores of psychedelic mushrooms can also create the same problem for someone who is constantly breathing them in. This could even be potentially dangerous, as the issues associated with puffball mushrooms led to “cough, fever, (temperature up to 103 F…), shortness of breath, myalgia, and fatigue.” In fact, two of the individuals who were hospitalized for this issue in the study above needed to be intubated so it is important to understand that there is a possibility the spores themselves could affect you negatively as well.
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Are Psychedelic Mushroom Spores Dangerous?
On their own, spores of psychedelic mushrooms are not nearly as dangerous or problematic as the mushrooms themselves. However, if you have the spores and are using them to create psychedelic mushrooms, there is a possibility that you may be endangering yourself, especially when the manufacturing of illicit substances (including psychedelic mushrooms and its Schedule I chemicals) is illegal. While the spores themselves do not contain these chemicals, there is a possibility that, like many other mushroom spores, these in particular could create a problem for the individual who spends a lot of time around them and inhales them either accidentally or purposefully.
Psychedelic mushroom spores can have many effects, and it is important to know and understand what they are. Though they do not contain psilocybin or psilocin like the eventual mushrooms do, these spores can become problematic on their own. Being aware of the legal and physical effects of using and abusing both the spores themselves and the psychedelic mushrooms is important to your safety, as even the spores can create a negative effect on your life.