Chocolate and mushrooms are both beloved foods, but when they combine, something extraordinary occurs. Mushrooms have the power to transport you into a psychedelic world where you can explore your inner self and experience transcendental bliss.
These days, however, mushrooms are not only a source of fun and frolic—they also offer health benefits that may help you feel better in the long run. Functional mushrooms are a special class of fungi that can promote focus, energy, immunity, and vitality.
For those who want to experience the psychedelic effects of mushrooms without the dangers associated with consuming them, there are mushroom chocolate bars on the market. These products are formulated to deliver psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound found in mushrooms, through the digestive system and into the bloodstream.
Besides providing a dose of psilocybin, the bars also contain other natural ingredients like cacao, fiber, and coconut sugar. According to the Co-Founder of STEM Chocolate, a company in Toronto that specializes in psilocybin-infused chocolate, combining psilocybin with cacao creates the “perfect pairing” for a psychedelic experience.
STEM is one of many companies experimenting with mushrooms in chocolate. They’ve been making shroom chocolate for years and their most popular flavors include Cookies & Cream Dreams, Caramel Gold Rush, and Passionfruit Triptych, which is made with Penis Envy mushrooms and Valrhona chocolate.
Mycotechnology, a startup in Colorado, is taking the concept of mushroom-infused chocolate to another level. The firm has engineered a chocolate bar that swaps 66% of its sugar for mushrooms. It’s sold for $30 a pack and is available online.
Woodland Mushroom Hot Chocolate Super Adaptogenic Blend is infused with lion’s mane, reishi, chaga, and maitake mushrooms to support immunity and cognition. These mushroom extracts have been used in Eastern medicine to improve mental and physical performance and promote relaxation.
Buoyant Chocolates uses powdered lion’s mane, cordyceps, and reishi in their milk and dark chocolate bars to increase stamina and enhance memory and concentration. These bars are also designed to reduce anxiety and inflammation, while supporting the immune system.
Mushrooms have been shown to help restore connections between brain pathways that are affected by stress, depression, and other mood disorders. This effect is called neurogenesis, and it can be achieved through microdosing.
Using psilocybin in small amounts has been shown to increase productivity, reduce anxiety, and boost creativity. It’s also been shown to help people with PTSD and ADHD by boosting their ability to focus and think more clearly.