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The Shelf Life of Dried Magic Mushrooms: Storing Shrooms for Potency

How Long Do Dried Magic Mushrooms Last

Magic mushrooms can provide a life-changing experience, but unfortunately, this natural medicine doesn’t last forever. In fact, just like almost all drugs and foods, mushrooms do have expiration dates. If you are hoping to take full advantage of your mushrooms and use them while you can, then take our top advice and tips for storing these goodies.

Curious to learn more about storing dried mushrooms for optimal potency? After years of trial and error on our end, we’ve got all the insider info for you. Read on!

Why Do Dried Shrooms Expire?

As magical as they are, at the end of the day, mushrooms are just organic matter, meaning that they, too, do expire. Similar to the foods in your kitchen, mushrooms will deteriorate and rot if left for too long without use. Luckily, dried mushrooms have a longer expiration date than fresh ones, which is why we choose to sell dried varieties. 

If left unused for too long, or stored improperly, the mushrooms have the potential to grow mold that is harmful to ingest. Even if the expiration does not lead to the growth of dangerous bacteria, they could lose their potency. This means that the effect of the mushroom may be diminished. We have found through our own testing, that eating dried mushrooms past their expiration date leads to a much less profound trip with far fewer visuals.

mushrooms-dried-drying-kitchen

How Long Do Dried Magic Mushrooms Stay Potent?

Mushrooms come in a variety of strains and doses, meaning that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to determining their shelf life. There are however some benchmarks you can use to give you the best guess. If you are ever conflicted on whether or not to eat your shrooms, it is best to avoid any that are slimy or have dark spots. If it’s ever a question – better to be safe than sorry. 

Here are some expiration guidelines you can follow for storing various types of mushrooms:

  • Fresh mushrooms — Although potent and wonderful, fresh shrooms have the shortest shelf life, and last just 3 to 10 days.
  • Dried mushrooms — Lasting about 6-12 months, dried mushrooms have a much longer shelf life than fresh ones. In fact, by storing dried mushrooms in an airtight container, and keeping them away from moisture, heat, and light, we have had success maintaining dried mushrooms for up to 2 years! 
  • Microdose capsules — Depending on production method, microdose capsules should last a good year to a year and a half.
  • Mushroom chocolates — A personal favorite, mushrooms made into sweet chocolate treats can last about a year to a year and a half.

Mushroom honey — A great choice for longer shelf life, mushroom honey can last an impressive 2 to 3 years. Pro tip – mushroom honey mixed into a cup of hot tea makes for a great way to start the day!

Fresh Mushrooms vs Dried Mushrooms

Both fresh mushrooms and dried mushrooms offer a deep and expansive dive into a psychedelic world, so what’s the difference between the two? Simple – one is dry and one is fresh, but it goes a bit deeper than that. There are alway two sides to any stories, and in the case of shrooms there is no exception to that rule. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to preferred experiences on fresh mushrooms or dried mushrooms, and it is always up for debate amongst our company and clients.

I asked some team members at our company for their thoughts and the main consensus was that although fresh mushrooms may provide a stronger high and a more intense trip, dried mushrooms are best for convenience and ease of use. As dried mushrooms last much longer, you are free to eat them on your own time and schedule, and it makes spacing out your trips easier. Plus, we can promise you that dried mushrooms will give you just as mind bending of an experience as freshies. Whichever you choose, we guarantee you’ll have an eye-opening experience! 

With dried mushrooms, I always store them in an airtight container and keep them in a dark place away from moisture. With this method, I’ve had shroomies last for two whole years! As for fresh ones, on the rare chance I come across them, I use a different method. First, I brush any dirt or debris off of them, and then I wrap them in a paper towel, and pop them in a plastic bag. Placed in the fridge this way, my fresh mushrooms can last about two weeks.

fresh musrooms

Can I Still Consume Psychedelics if They Have Expired?

We do not recommend the consumption of psychedelics that have gone bad. The main reason being that expired mushrooms could make you sick and affect your health. Past their shelf life, mushrooms, magic or not, can become slimy, present dark spots, grow mold, and degrade. These are all warning signs that your overdue mushroom could make you very ill! Just like you wouldn’t throw stinky shiitake mushrooms into your stir fry, you also shouldn’t eat moldy magic ones. 

Aside from making you sick, expired mushrooms could also have lost their potency. Either way, we say nay to eating old fungi.

What Are The Risks of Eating Expired Dried Shrooms?

The main risk involved with eating expired or degraded dried shrooms is getting sick. Keep in mind, magic mushrooms are organic matter, and similar to other plants and foods from the ground, they do go bad. One of our team members, Tom, can vouch that a sick tummy isn’t worth it. He says, “I made that mistake one time, thinking I could get at least a little trippy from some expired mushrooms. Not only did I have a barely-there high, but I also wound up with three days of food poisoning-like symptoms. For all the people in the back – it’s not worth it!”. Our advice – listen to Tom and toss your expired shrooms.

Here are a few of the most popular Dried Magic Mushroom varieties, and how long they typically last for safe consumption:

Name of Dried ShroomA Little About the StrainHow Long Does This Strain Typically Stay Potent?
Albino Melmac EnvyHighly potent, the Albino Melmac Envy is for the experienced psychonaut only. Known for intense trips and strong highs, this strain of psilocybin is sure to unlock new levels of consciousness.With proper storage, dried Albino Melmac Envy can last for years, but is best eaten within one year.
Golden TeacherA member of the Psilocybe Cubensis family, the Golden Teacher strain is great for beginner to intermediate users. Effects include heightened creativity, reduced anxiety, and strengthened empathy.At our store, we offer Golden Teacher in micro-dose capsules and chocolates. The shelf life for both is about a year and a half.
White RabbitA very potent strain of psilocybin, White Rabbit is not for the newbie. These shrooms have long-lasting and intense effects, providing a transformative and expansive experience.In dried form, White Rabbit is best eaten within one year.
Penis EnvyRecommended for intermediate to experienced users, the Penis Envy strain was named after its distinctly phallic shape. This strain of psilocybin can be powerful for personal growth.Dried Penis Envy, and all members of the Psilocybe Cubensis family are best consumed within a year.
Albino Penis EnvyBelieved to contain more psilocybin than other mushrooms, the Albino Penis Envy, also known as A.P.E, is highly potent. Intense and long-lasting trips are to be expected.Dried A.P.E mushrooms should be safe to eat for about a year, if properly stored.
MazatapecA crowd favorite, the Mazatapec strain is a great choice for intermediate users looking for a transcendent experience. Native to Mexico, the Mazatapec is popular for therapeutic purposes.Dried Mazatapec mushrooms can last up to one year.
BurmeseNative to South East Asia, Burmese mushrooms provide a strong psychedelic experience. Vivid visuals and kaleidoscope patterns are commonly found with the Burmese psilocybin strain.Burmese mushrooms, when dried, last up to one year.
Blue PulaskiWith peaks lasting around 4-6 hours, the Blue Pulaski is one of the most potent psilocybin strains. We advise only experienced users to take these mushrooms, as they can be quite overwhelming for newbies.Dried Blue Pulaski mushrooms should last up to a year.
Aztec GodsConsciousness is expanded and transformative experiences are found with the Aztec Gods strain. This potent psilocybin is renowned for producing feelings of deep interconnectedness with the Universe.Dried Aztec Gods mushrooms last about one year.

How Can You Tell if You Have Spoiled Shrooms?

We have three easy ways to tell if your psilocybin has spoiled. Having been there a time or two, ourselves, we can shed some light on the topic, and help you avoid eating yucko mushrooms. Protect your health and look out for these three tell-tale signs:

  1. A Funky Smell
  2. Mold Growth
  3. White or Black Spots

If your mushrooms, fresh or dried, exhibit any of these signs, your best bet is to dump them. Otherwise, the negative effects could impact not only your trip, but also your well-being for days after.

Spoiled Shrooms

Signs of Mold

Alright, this one might be a bit confusing as mushrooms are a fungi, however, they can still develop mold. Any mold that grows on them could cause problems for your health, so if you see your shrooms getting moldy, we advise you to throw them right away. Look out for any suspicious-looking fuzzy, white, black, green, or brown spots. 

I was talking to a customer the other day who said she had heard that any moldy bits or bacterias can be cut off, and the rest can be eaten. Now I have heard this sentiment before, but let me tell you, I have also heard a mixed bag of results with this – so tread carefully! In my opinion, and after hearing some not-so-fun stories of moldy shrooms, I say it’s better to just throw the whole thing out then try to perform fungi surgery.

A Stinky Odor

Okay, so mushrooms already have a pretty funky smell to them, so this one can be a bit hard to determine. I recommend getting a good sniff on your shrooms as soon as you get them so you know what they should ideally smell like. Then you have a comparison point for later on, and will be able to decide if the odor is off. Any shrooms that smell sweet, or simply not very “mushroom-y” are a no-go.

Soft Spots

Caused by a result of bacterial overgrowth, soft spots are an automatic sign that your mushrooms have gone off. Do not eat, we repeat, do not eat, when you see signs of bacteria, mold, or yeast on the surface of your shroom!

A Change in Color

Take note of what colors your shrooms exhibit as soon as you get them, and use that as your reference point. If you notice that the colors are changing, it could be caused by bacteria growth, meaning it is time to get rid of them. The only exception here is the color blue, as this indicates the presence of psilocybin.

Mushrooms change color

Mushy Texture

Check out the texture of your shrooms to decide if they’ve expired or not. If they have gone slimy, mushy, or soggy, you do not want to eat these ones.

Best Way to Store Dried Magic Mushrooms: Extending Their Shelf Life

Our dream is to have magic mushrooms last forever, but unfortunately magic mushroom’s otherworldly powers do not include the extension of shelf life or the combatting of bacteria! Over the years, we have picked up some solid tips and tricks for keeping mushrooms potent and safe for as long as possible – and now we’re sharing those with you.

Storing Dried Mushrooms

When it comes to storing dried shrooms, and preventing rot, you have some options. Whether you are feeling a little lazy or in the mood for a bit of a DIY project, we have you covered. Check out the short-term and long-term options below:

Short-Term Storage

Not in the mood for a lot of fussing around? No worries. With our dark and resealable packaging, oxygen and light are kept out, helping to protect any dried mushrooms bought from us. So long as you keep them tucked away in a dark cabinet or closet, away from moisture, light, heat, and oxygen, then the mushrooms should last a good six months. 

When it comes to fresh mushrooms, I wrap them up in a paper towel and place them in the fridge. Left in the fridge like this, they can last up to ten days.

Short term storage
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 5: A DC resident has an operation growing psilocybin mushrooms, including these Galindoi variation of Psilocybe mexicana mushrooms, two middle, and Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms, left and right, in Washington, DC, on Monday, February 5, 2020. With the legalization of marijuana, advocates are now pushing for other legalizations, like psilocybin mushrooms. Activists in Colorado, Oregon and California have pushed for approval of psilocybin mushrooms and now folks in the District are starting. Many claim medicinal uses – depression, PTSD and other disorders – as is the case in some European countries. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Long-Term Storage

If you are interested in longer term storage methods, then you have to get a little more creative. Your first option is to place the dried mushrooms in an airtight container – maybe a mason jar or a ziplock baggie. Then place them packed up nicely in a dark spot, again, away from sunlight, heat, or moisture. Using this method, we have had success with mushrooms lasting for over a year. 

My personal favorite method is the longest-lasting, and the tastiest of all. I love to grind up dried mushrooms into a powder, and then use that powder to make different edibles and sweets. One thing I do with that mushroom powder is infuse it into homemade chocolates that not only taste amazing, but if kept in the freezer, can also last for years! 

Honey is another favorite recipe of mine, and so easy to make. Simply put the trippy honey in a tightly sealed jar and store it in a dark, cool, and dry place. Mixed into tea or eaten by the spoonful, the honey packs a psychedelic punch and can last for years to come.

9 Mushroom Storage Methods

In case there is any more confusion, listed below are all of the options for storing your precious shrooms.

1. Use an Airtight Container

Block out oxygen by placing your shrooms in any airtight container, and then store away in a dark and cool spot – closets, cabinets, etc. Mason jars are your best bet as far as vessels go. I have also found that placing a silica packet inside the jar helps to lengthen the shelf life even further!

2. Ziplock bags

A little less solid than a mason jar, ziplock bags are another possible option for storing away dried mushrooms. Just be careful, as I can tell you from experience, they can easily be squashed, or the bag can open if not sealed properly.

Ziplock bag for shrooms
FILE – In this May 24, 2019, file photo a vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles. Voters in Oregon in November 2020 will decide on a measure that would legalize therapeutic, regulated use of psilocybin. The measure would require the Oregon Health Authority to allow licensed, regulated production and possession of psilocybin exclusively for administration by licensed facilitators to clients. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

3. Vacuum sealed bags

Sturdier than a ziplock bag, I have had better luck with this option as the seal is a bit more guaranteed.

4. Mason Jars

Another airtight container, mason jars are a great option to preserve dried mushrooms. I just put the mushrooms in there, seal it up tightly, and store it away in a dark cabinet free of moisture or light.

5. Canning

Some people swear by canning their mushrooms as a way to preserve them, but I find this process to be too timely. You also have to ensure that your canning method is correct, or you can end up with botulism. Canning also requires high temperatures, which seem to subdue the active components of the mushrooms.

6. Make Chocolate

A team favorite – we love turning our mushrooms into chocolate! You can use our dried mushrooms by grinding them up into a powder and then infusing them into a homemade chocolate recipe. Or, if you don’t feel in the mood to bake, we also offer pre-made mushroom chocolates – deliciously trippy!

Shrooms into chocolates

7. Make Honey

Another delicious option to preserve mushrooms! I always have a big jar of mushroom honey in the house, or as we call it, “blue honey”. All you need to do is grind up our dried mushrooms and then mix them into a favorite, high-quality honey. This is like liquid gold – perfect for mixing into tea, spreading on toast, or eating by the spoonful.

One of our clients, Ben, chooses one day a week to put a spoonful of mushroom honey into his morning coffee. He says, “that one day of microdosing honey helps me feel way more clear-headed and positive, and those feelings last throughout the whole work week”.

8. Use Capsules

I always recommend capsules to anybody interested in microdosing. Capsules ensure that you know exactly how much you are taking, and can therefore better predict the outcome. You can make your own by grinding up mushrooms and placing in pill capsules, or you can buy our pre-proportioned microdose capsules on the website.

9. Freeze Them

Mushrooms should only ever be frozen if they are dried! I made the mistake of freezing fresh ones, and was sadly disappointed to find that the psychoactive substances had broken down in the freezing temps.

Final Thoughts

Proper storage can make or break the experience you have on mushrooms, so be sure to follow proper storing methods! Your best bet is to buy pre-dried and pre-packaged mushrooms from our store or other reputable sellers to ensure the potency, quality, and shelf life of your psychoactive substances. Have a fun trip! 

Have more questions? We’re happy to help! Visit our website and browse our full range of strains and options. We would love to hear from you! Whether you have a question, suggestion, or just want to say hello, our team is always here to help. Contact us at 613-618-6495

Alan Rockefeller

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