The mycelium, mushrooms and truffles: how they grow

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The way mushrooms and truffles grow is very fascinating, they originate from the mycelium. If you want to know more about it, then dive into the world of fungi. All mushrooms, but also yeasts belong to the kingdom of fungi. There are certain mushrooms that contain the psychoactive substance psilocybin.

For thousands of years people have taken such mushrooms to make special mind-blowing trips. This can enrich your view of the world. But in small quantities (microdoses), magic mushrooms and truffles can have subtle effects on your well-being. Therefore, in this blog we explain more about the growth of these fungi.

The mycelium

If you see a group of mushrooms growing in the forest, that’s just the fruit that’s formed above the ground. The largest part of the fungus is below ground: this is the network of fungal threads, called the mycelium. The mycelium spreads through long threads and can cover a large surface.

The mycelium can already arise from a single spore. These are produced by the mushroom above the ground and so the fungus spreads. When you start growing mushrooms at home, you’ll get a container with a nutrient medium containing the mycelium. From this the mushrooms will grow.

Fungi therefore reproduce in an asexual manner. But that’s not the mycelium’s only job. The network of wires absorbs nutrients from the soil. It breaks down organic material into smaller particles which are then returned to the soil. The mycelium helps to keep the soil healthy because it has a filtering function and works together with plants and trees in the environment (symbiosis). That’s why fungi are so important in an ecosystem.

How are truffles created?

As described above, mushrooms are the above-ground fruit bodies of the fungus. But what are truffles? These are not the famous truffles that are worth a lot of money and are found by pigs. The truffles in question are also formed by the mycelial network.

These magic truffles are sclerotia. These also form underground and are fruiting bodies. The mycelium forms truffles when conditions are poor for a while. For example, it has not rained for a long time or there are few nutrients available. The truffles are then formed as an underground store of extra nutrients. So it’s a storeroom for when the regular food runs out, making it easier for the fungus to hold out a little longer.

Truffles look different than magic mushrooms. Mushrooms have the familiar shape: a nice round cap on a stem. Truffles look like small irregularly shaped hunks. They are tougher and contain less moisture than mushrooms. This makes them a bit hard to chew if you were to eat them raw.

Just like there are different kinds of mushrooms (for example Mexican, Thai, McKennaii or Colombian), there are different kinds of truffles. As with the magic mushrooms, there is a difference in effect and intensity. If you want to use either, see which one would be appropriate for your situation and experience.

The application of truffles and magic mushrooms

Shrooms and truffles are usually taken to trip: the psychoactive compound psilocybin causes your perception to change. You may experience visual hallucinations, your thinking speeds up, your senses sharpen and you may gain all sorts of insights that can turn your view of the world upside down. Tripping can teach you a lot about yourself, others and life itself.

Another possible application is microdosing. Not everyone wants to get high, but would still like to experience the benefits of magic mushrooms and truffles. When microdosing, you only take a very small dose of mushrooms or truffles, usually 1/10 of a normal dose. Microdosing can help with mood problems(depression, PTSD or anxiety), ADHD, concentration problems and pain. The effects are subtle, but it can give you just that little push, so that you feel good about yourself, without suffering from the mind-altering effects.

If you want to give microdosing a try, you can find the handy Microdosing XP truffles in our shop. Each dose is individually wrapped so they stay fresh for a long time. We also make growing mushrooms at home easy with the Fresh Mushrooms grow kits. Try it yourself. You will receive your own mushroom grow kit quickly in a neutral packaging.

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