It’s hot drink season.. How about tea!

Are you looking to have a deeper connection with your medicine? I believe mushroom tea can help us achieve this!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The weather is getting colder which means our homes are getting cozier! Unfortunately for us in Vancouver the cold weather tends to bring along with it rain instead of the beautiful snow, but I guess rain carries its own beauty within it. A muddy, gloomy kinda beauty… My seasonal affective disorder aside, there is truly nothing better than bunkering down in front of the fireplace with our favorite hot drink. But what if our favorite hot drink contained psilocybin?

Why Tea?

Tea is so much more than just a drink, it has become a classic morning ritual for many. Along with that, so has the consumption of psilocybin mushrooms, specifically microdosing. When combining both your morning ritual with your medicine, I think we could expect to feel a deepened connection and appreciation for it. Oftentimes it is so easy to always be rushing out the door and popping a microdose in without giving it a second thought, taking for granted the healing it truly provides. Sitting down with a cup of tea, creating a sort of ritual for our consumption, could potentially help to develop a greater appreciation for the changes it creates in our perspective, creativity, and optimism. Something that at least I am truly thankful for.

Darker Days

I know personally that the winter time can be a real struggle for many. As mentioned earlier, I am someone who suffers from SAD, which means the shorter days, and lack of sunlight leave me feeling burnt out, unmotivated, and generally a little sad. However, as I sit here writing this blog, looking out at the gloomy day before me, I can start to appreciate how lucky I am to be in the comfort of my own home.

For people like me who only feel this way for a couple months out of the year, antidepressants simply take too long to work. These sorts of medications need to be taken daily for weeks before results are achieved and for those who suffer from SAD, you know the symptoms can come on almost instantly. A 2017 study suggested that individuals in a clinical trial were experiencing relief from their symptoms almost instantly with the use of psilocybin, and for some, this mindset continued for a few months. It was even suggested that “People suffering from SAD may be able to control their mood with a single large dose of psilocybin when they first notice their symptoms as opposed to taking pills every day throughout the year.”. For these kinds of results however, I would definitely recommend the 1 gram tea that is offered, as it should have a more profound effect, without being overwhelming. Not to mention the taste, I mean let’s be honest, who likes eating mushrooms.

Your Potential Alternative

While I am absolutely not suggesting you stop taking your currently prescribed medicine, I am simply showing that there are other alternatives out there that may be better suited for you. There is still so much more research that needs to be done on the subject and I can only speak from experience. With that being said, for people with seasonal depression, you know it can be difficult to stop taking antidepressants, they need to be weaned off of so as to not experience negative effects. On the contrary, psilocybin can typically be stopped without any negative effects. To go even further, there are many who are treatment resistant, and in those cases I believe psilocybin to definitely be worth a shot. 

How You Can Feel

Overall, I couldn’t imagine my life without mushrooms, especially in the winter months. They provide me with the energy, mood boost, and optimism I need, and come without any side effects for me personally. Now, I’m not saying these are the magic pill we have all been waiting for to end all of our problems, but the integration of these medicines with other forms of treatment such as light therapy, breathwork, and meditation can truly be life changing. Especially now that we are in the midst of winter, I couldn’t think of a better time to give our tea’s a shot, whether it’s the 100mg for replacing your microdose, or the 1 gram for a controlled but profound experience.

Mush love, Westcoast Microdose team 🍄

Sources:

https://psychedelictimes.com/exploring-psilocybin-therapy-treatment-seasonal-affective-disorder-sad/

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