Psilocybin mushroom lemon tek

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The psilocybin in magic mushrooms is a prodrug to psilocin, the psychoactive compound that causes the effects. Once the mushrooms reach the stomach, the conversion process, known as dephosphorylation, begins. This is why psilocybin mushrooms often take an hour or so to kick in. The lemon tek theory suggests the acid in the lemon juice jump starts the conversion of psilocybin into psilocin. There are two processes by which psilocybin can be dephosphorylated [1] into psilocin- either via the alkaline phosphatase enzyme in the intestine and kidney, or in acidic environments like the stomach.[2] In theory, lemon juice, which has a pH of around 2, should be acidic enough to dephosphorylate psilocybin in the same way the stomach can (with a pH of 1.5 to 3.5 in humans).[3] Purported effects include faster onset, a more intense trip, and reduced nausea.

Warning

There is no research to support the lemon tek theory specifically, though science does support the concept of acidic environments converting psilocybin into psilocin. Some, if not all the effects may be attributed to placebo effect.

Materials

  • Psilocybin Mushrooms
  • Small Glass
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Water

Procedure

  • Grind your mushrooms or truffles into a very fine powder
  • Place this powder into the glass
  • Fill the glass with just enough lemon juice to cover the powder
  • Leave for 20 minutes, and stir every 5. Do not leave for longer than 20 minutes
  • Fill the glass with some water, swirl, making sure to get all bits of the mushroom, and drink

References

  1. Hallucinogenic mushrooms drug profile - http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/drug-profiles/mushrooms
  2. Ricardo Jorge Dinis-Oliveira (2017) Metabolism of psilocybin and psilocin: clinical and forensic toxicological relevance, Drug Metabolism Reviews, 49:1, 84-91,
  3. Marieb EN, Hoehn K (2010). Human anatomy & physiology. San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings. ISBN 0-8053-9591-1.