The Magic of Golden Teacher Mushrooms
Golden Teachers Magic Mushrooms
Psilocybin or magic mushrooms are some of the most popular naturally occurring psychedelics that have served mankind for centuries. Psilocybin and psilocin are highly beneficial compounds found in at least 15 species of magic mushrooms – belonging to three main genera – Psilocybe, Conocybe, and Penaeolus. Out of these three, the most favored by growers is Psilocybe, which has different varieties, such as Psilocybe Cubensis, Psilocybe Semilanceata, and Psilocybe Baeocystis. From Psilocybe Cubensis comes the Golden Teacher strain, which has become a favorite among psychonauts for its many health benefits.
P Cubensis is well known because it is widely distributed in many continents. It grows naturally through Southeast Asia, Central America, and Australia. It is also very adaptive and can be easily cultivated even by an amateur grower in a home setting. So the next time you see magic mushroom for sale online or in a physical shop, there is a high chance they are advertising a psilocybe cubensis strain.
What is Golden Teacher?
Golden Teacher is a magic mushroom strain cultivated from Psilocybe Cubensis. Also known as GT shrooms, Golden Teacher was discovered in the 1980s and has since remained a top choice for many.
Its exact origin is unknown, but it is remarkably recognizable for its elegant appearance – a gold cap with specks of yellow. Golden Teacher mushrooms have a distinct reddish, almost cinnamon color. It also has larger caps and stems when compared to most other Psilocybe Cubensis strains.
Golden teachers mushrooms’ cap size can range from 20-80mm in diameter. It has a fruiting body with a unique, slightly curved cap adorned with a golden or yellow center. Underneath the caps are closely spaced gills with gray color, which darken with age. At maturity, the gills may become almost black.
Golden Teacher mushrooms have a distinct appearance, with long, winding stems and wide caps. They are a favorite among growers for being relatively easy to maintain and cultivate.
Golden Teachers have mild potency and a variety of effects. These include visual distortions, enhanced colors, lightness or giddiness, and powerful emotions. People also report feeling euphoric, spiritually in-tune, and perceptive when taking Golden Teacher mushrooms.
Golden Teacher trips can often be revelatory, or at least insightful. As suggested by their name, these mushrooms impart powerful lessons that remain even after the experience.
A Golden Teacher dosage, like most other psilocybin mushrooms, would start at around two grams dried. Two grams should be enough for most people to feel some effects, but nothing overpowering. A higher dosage would begin with three or more grams, and exceeding five grams should be plenty to experience the Golden Teacher in full force. They can take effect in as quickly as 20 minutes, and the experience usually lasts for four to six hours.
Health Benefits of Golden Teachers
Golden Teacher strain derived its name from the feeling of ego dissolution and gentle enlightenment it offers people. These characteristics are instrumental in connecting the true spirit with nature and creating harmony with the universe. This feeling of ego death is common in most psilocybin-producing mushrooms. Though it is usually short-lived but may contribute to the long-lasting benefits commonly reported by magic mushroom users.
In a 2017 study, published in the journal Neuroscience of Consciousness, researchers attested to its ego-dissolving effects in connecting people to the universe. They found a correlation between the popular “cosmic consciousness” experience and ego-dissolving effects in psilocybin. There is evidence that such mystical states of mind are important for the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics. This explains why people express improved general wellbeing after participating in psilocybin-assisted therapy or shamanic ceremony.
“Through this [ego-death] experience, it may be possible to re-engineer the mechanisms of self, which in turn could change people’s outlook or world view,” says Professor Philip Gerrans, a member of the research team.
Apart from ego-dissolution, magic mushrooms also produce several other benefits, especially for mental wellbeing. This is due to their ability to bind to the brain and activate the serotonin receptor. Also known as the happy hormone, serotonin helps stabilizes our feelings of wellbeing, mood, and happiness. Scientific evidence shows that the impact of psilocybin on the serotonin receptor could result in cognitive flexibility. This could lead to better brain functions.
A 2017 report by John Hopkins says psilocybin could help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. It could also help overcome tobacco addiction. Some studies also report that it helps with mood and anxiety disorders, such as depression, PTSD, and OCD. All these put together make Golden Teacher a worthy option for improving mental wellness.
The appropriate Golden Teacher mushroom dosage varies from one user to another. You have to consider your level of experience as a shroomer, and your body weight. Another important factor is each person’s desired result, which could be moderate, intense, or light. It is possible to calculate the dose using the general psilocybin dose recommendation.
Generally, for beginners, a microdose to mild dose should be ideal. This ranges from 0.50 grams to 2 grams of dried mushroom. Anything above 2 grams to 5 grams may produce a euphoric to a heroic, intense psychedelic experience except you want high tripp you’re an expert in shrooms.
Depending on your experience and body composition, such high doses could launch you into a full hallucinogenic, mystical experience. You may be lost in the air and have a synesthesia experience – seeing sounds and tasting colors.
It’s worth noting that the above dosages are random recommendations and may not work for everyone. Therefore, it is best to try the minimum possible dose, especially if this is your first time doing GT shrooms. This will ultimately keep you on the safe side.