Lemon Tek Method
Microdosing psilocybin can have profound and positive lasting effects when used consistently for longer periods of time (6 months - 1 year). This can be done without getting high or noticing much change in your current state. However, some of us like that noticeable shift in perception and want the opportunity to experience this life in a fresh state of awareness.
When taking psilocybin towards the higher microdose spectrum (250mg - 500mg), you can feel like you're experiencing the sub-perceptual effects in waves. For some, that's what is preferred and for some, it may feel like it's just not enough of a shift. Comparing it to psilocybin at recreational levels (1.5 grams), the waves of the overall experience may feel more intense - leaving you with some meaningful and uplifting moments.
We've found the "Lemon Tek" method to be quite effective in condensing the overall sub-perceptual effects of the cubensis powder into a fresh & vivid experience that sometimes is lacking in consuming the capsules in basic form. That can happen when a smaller amount is consumed which can, sometimes, leave you in a momentary cloudy & irritated state unsure of how you are really feeling.
When psilocybe mushrooms are picked, psilocybin and psilocin are both present. The stem will start to bruise and turn dark blue. This is known to be the psilocybin. On the other hand, Psilocin (the compound that shifts your state and get's you high) degrades quite quickly after being freshly picked. The results is that very little psilocin is eventually present in the dried product compared to psilocybin. When consuming the mushrooms freshly picked, the psilocin present can cause your experience to be magical. However, preserving fresh mushrooms is not usually realistic and will rot and degrade quickly if not consumed in a timely manner.
This is why the mushrooms are dried and cured properly; to store the psilocybin in a dry, safe and stable environment for future use (up to a year easily). The body turns the psilocybin into psilocin and makes it usable in our bodily factories.
When the digestive tract is in the act of processing psilocybin into psilocin, there may be a latency in how the body is getting the psilocin, especially at lower microdose levels (250 mg or less). If you could get the psilocin into your body without the need of converting psilocybin into psilocin, the effects could be much more smooth, heightened & enhanced.
Sciencedirect.com has an excerpt from the book "Handbook of Analytical Separations", which goes into various methods of psilocybin extraction:
"They also used aqueous alcohol which increased the amount of psilocin recovered from the plant material. This was ultimately discovered to be an anomalous result from the degradation of psilocybin to psilocin. Use of dilute acetic acid solutions was found to be better for this recovery without the degradation problem ."
And Lemon is commonly used as an acetic acid solution.
The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible breaks down the "Lemon Tek" method in classic form:
Chapter 13 - Page 297 & 298
Possibly the simplest consumption method with the most immediate and most intense effects, lemon tek involves soaking your ground mushrooms in lemon juice for half an hour then taking the resulting lemon juice like a shot. Some people swear by this method, claiming it brings the high on incredibly quick.
The theory behind this method is that instead of waiting for the acids in your stomach to break down the mushrooms, you're creating an outside environment for that to happen in; namely, the acid in the lemon juice. Thus the psilocybin starts to break down into psilocin before you've ingested, allowing your body to just grab hold of that psilocin before you know it. It's worth noting that these claims are made by people on the internet, and there is very little evidence that this actually occurs.
You'll need to use the juice of a lemon; make sure that the liquid completely covers your ground-up shrooms. If you choose to leave the solution for longer than 30 minutes, then there may be a more advanced breakdown of psilocybin and you'll likely get higher quicker. However, we think that 30 minutes is about right.
Use real lemon juice for this method, not the stuff out of a bottle. You don't have to add a teaspoon of honey before you take the shot, but it makes it a little more palatable and the sugar can help take the edge off the trip a little bit. However, feel free to leave this out if you prefer. Some have said that adding a shot of whiskey or rum to the mixture is also a good way to mask the taste, but we'd never recommend that of course.
Dosing in this method can be difficult, as the experience is so intense.
For a trip that comes on quickly but is relatively mild, consider a microdose of 0.3 grams. That should leave you nicely funky without wiping you out entirely. Don't worry if you don't have the scales to weigh out a dose this low, simply weigh out a gram and split it three ways. A normal dose for one person with lemon tek is between 0.5 and 1 gram per person. Always dose lower than you first think; remember, you can always take more.
~ From The Psilocybin Mushroom Bible | Chapter 13 - Page 297 & 298
Lemon Tek Recipe
Makes 1 Shot
(1 shot = 0.3 gram - 1 gram dose)
0.3 - 1 gram (or any preferred dosage) dried powdered mushrooms
The juice of 1 lemon