The Magic of Golden Teacher 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.
Psychedelic Effects of Golden Teacher
Golden Teacher mushroom has a mild potency level, which is one of the reasons for their growing popularity across the work. This makes it ideal for almost all mushroom lovers, including beginners. It is one of the best gateways for newbies to explore the psychedelic world as its mild nature reduces the risk of a bad trip. Experienced psychonauts can also leverage its numerous unique effects for a memorable psychedelic experience.
Some Golden Teacher’s commonly known effects are enhanced colors, strong emotions, visual distortion, and lightness or giddiness. People named it Golden Teacher because it offers users an insightful and revelatory experience that lasts for hours after use. Gold cap effects are beyond casual or mere feelings; they are also very popular for the spiritual or shamanic experience. It takes users through a learning journey that unravels the mysteries of the universe.
While the effects persist, you get to learn some important “life lessons,” just like learning from a teacher. The beauty of this sought-after entheogen is that you can tailor the dosage for your specific needs and preference. If you want a moderate or heroic psychedelic experience, you can achieve it all with GT shrooms. And if all you need is just the health benefits with zero hallucinogenic effects, you can get that from microdosing it.
Health Benefits of Golden Teachers: What Research Says
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 0.25 grams to 2 grams of dried mushroom. Anything above 2 grams to 5 grams may produce a euphoric to a heroic, intense psychedelic experience.
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.
Should I Buy or Grow My Golden Teacher Mushrooms?
The right answer for this will depend on who is asking. Growing the Golden Teachers shroom would be the best for some users, considering its easy cultivation method and adaptive nature in virtually any environment. This is why it is common to see GT shroom spores advertised by many vendors of magic mushroom Canada. However, in Canada it is much easier to order your mushrooms online, which is safe, easy and discreet.
Are Golden Teacher Mushrooms Legal?
The legality issue also comes with its own murky area. In some jurisdictions buying psilocybin spores is legal but allowing it to germinate is a crime. This is because spores do not contain the active compound, psilocybin. There are also places where possession of spores is illegal, while there are places where possession of psilocybin for personal use is either decriminalized or legalized. The important thing is to know what the law says in your area and get your golden teachers (whether spores or strain) from a trusted source like SHAFAA Mushrooms.
SHAFAA Golden Teacher Mushrooms
At SHAFAA, Golden Teachers are the primary mushrooms used in our products. The mushroom content of our magic mushroom chocolates, magic mushroom gummies, psilocybin tincture, and microdosing products is the Golden Teacher Magic Mushroom.