The No-fail Beginners Guide to Growing Magic Mushrooms

Janet Ashforth
12 min readMay 22, 2020

Mason jars are good for just about anything.

Life on Earth, as you know it, would be impossible without the humble fungi. In the beginning, fungi played an essential role in the development of our oxygen-rich atmosphere by mining phosphorous from the rocks and transferring it to plants to power photosynthesis. So, without fungi, your life as a human wouldn’t be possible.

Also, fungi decompose practically everything that dies or decays. Without fungi, death would engulf the Earth, and make it virtually uninhabitable for you and every other living organism.

And Fungi impact your life significantly in ways you’re likely unaware of, and you probably barely notice.

Fungi and Your Food

You may not know it, but fungi figure prominently in your diet. Mushrooms are the fleshy, spore-producing, fruiting body of fungi. Typically, mushrooms grow above ground and are but a minute portion of the larger organism that grows below ground, weaving its way through the soil and among the roots of plants.

No doubt you already know you can eat mushrooms and you should since they have a plethora of health benefits.

Morels, shiitake, chanterelles, and truffles are considered delicacies. But mushrooms aren’t the only way fungi appear in your diet. Molds of the genus Penicillium ripen many kinds of cheese.

Fungi also ferment the grains and fruit to produce the beer and wine you drink, and they provide the wild yeast for bread.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae, also known as baker’s yeast, is an essential ingredient in natural sourdough bread making, a food that’s been a staple of human life for thousands of years.

Fungi and Your Health

Mushrooms fight cancer

A study in the Journal of Experimental Biology and Medicine found that all the common mushroom varieties reduced breast cancer cells by a whopping 33 percent. But breast cancer isn’t the only type of cancer mushrooms help. Studies on prostate and stomach cancer show similar results.

They’re immune-boosting and high in vitamins

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Janet Ashforth

Health and Wellness Author, Psychedelics Guru, Anti-aging Specialist