Lemon Tek - Magic Mushrooms

When Life Gives You Lemons, Try Lemon Tek!

So just what the heck is a lemon tek? There are many ways to consume magic mushrooms, such as the traditional ways of eating them fresh or dried, or alternative ways such as brewing a tea or having them on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, one alternative method of consumption is renowned by psychonauts, and that’s lemon tekking! This simple method is great for avoiding the unpleasant taste or dry texture of magic mushrooms but also comes with some additional perks. Continue reading to find out what makes lemon tekking so amazing.

Lemon Tek Duration

Lemon tekking ultimately involves allowing your magic mushrooms to sit in lemon (or lime) juice for up to 20 minutes. Similar to how magic mushroom tea elicits a psychedelic experience that comes on faster but is shorter-lasting, lemon tekking has the same effect but to a greater degree. It’s believed that this is the case because the pH of the lemon juice converts the psilocybin in the mushrooms into psilocin. Many believe it is the psilocybin that causes the psychedelic experience; however, it’s actually psilocin that makes you trip, which psilocybin is a prodrug of. In the acidic conditions of the stomach, psilocybin is dephosphorylated (a phosphate group is removed from the molecule) and is converted to psilocin.

So, when someone does the lemon tek method, it’s suspected to speed up the process of converting psilocybin to psilocin, as well as reduce the amount of work the stomach needs to do in order to digest the shrooms, causing a faster come up, but shorter durations for trips.

Therefore, when someone lemon teks, the acid in the citrus speeds up the process of converting psilocybin into psilocin. This process reduces the workload of the stomach, which would otherwise get involved in the conversion. Therefore, the user’s system absorbs the psilocin faster. As a result, they feel the trip coming on faster than normal, though the high doesn’t last as long as a typical magic mushroom experience. Though this hasn’t been confirmed, it is the most widely accepted explanation for the effects of lemon tekking.

Lemon Tek Recipe

Lemon and lime juice work best because they are in the right pH range, whereas other fruits such as pineapples and oranges, aren’t acidic enough. In order to perform the lemon tek method, you will need:

  • Magic mushrooms (one dose is usually considered 1-2 grams)*
  • Approximately 1-2 lemons or limes per dose of mushrooms
  • A grinder
  • A cheesecloth
  • A glass

*It should be noted that because the effects can be considered more intense with lemon tekking, half of an individual’s usual or reccomended dose should be used. Since a typical dose of psychedelic mushrooms is 1-2 grams, 0.5-1 gram is recommended for lemon tekking.

  1. Grind the mushrooms into a fine powder using a grinder or blender.
  2. Place the powdered mushrooms into a glass and squeeze the lemon or lime juice over the mushrooms so that it is completely covering them.
  3. Allow the mushrooms to soak for up to 20 minutes, stirring the mixture occasionally.
  4. Optional: strain bits of mushroom powder out of the glass.
  5. Consume like a shot or by mixing with water, sweetener, or ginger

Lemon Tek Effects

As mentioned above, lemon tekking can feel more intense than traditional methods of consumption. Some common effects of lemon tekking, especially with higher doses of mushrooms used, include:

  • Auditory distortions
  • Colour Enhancement
  • Distortion of space/time
  • Intense feelings of euphoria and joy
  • Introspection
  • Morphing of objects
  • Mystical states like feeling connected to the universe
  • Synesthesia (i.e. “hearing colours”, “seeing sounds”)

If you plan on using psilocybin mushrooms for mental wellness, it’s advised that you connect with a psychedelic integration therapist beforehand to plan your experience. You can find one from our listing on Frshminds.

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About the Author

Passionate about studying the psychedelic/mystical experience from a neuropsychological lens, Emily is a member of MAPS Canada Research Committee and graduated with an Honours BSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from York University.  She currently leads a team of RAS with a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating microdosing psilocybin for persistent depressive disorder.

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