Denver, CO-based Hidden Forest Mushroom Spores is encouraging the community to learn more about magic mushrooms and their role in natural ecosystems as well as modern medicine. The company, which specializes in making laboratory-grade magic mushroom spores available for clients engaged in microscopy research, believes that public awareness of the subject is crucial for productive discourse.
Magic mushrooms — or their main psychoactive compound, psilocybin — are by no means a modern discovery, and their earliest historical mentions go back at least as far as the Aztec civilization (where it featured in religious and healing rituals). However, their medical potential has unfortunately gone mostly overlooked until relatively recently, fueled in part by negative social and cultural associations.
Fortunately, interest in these mushrooms has renewed lately, thanks to a number of studies that claim to have found a link between psilocybin consumption and improvements in depression, anxiety, and even smoking and alcohol addiction. In fact, other studies now aim to uncover whether similarly positive effects can be gained with various other conditions, including opioid dependence, PTSD, and more.
Hidden Forest notes here that magic mushroom spores have already had a significant positive impact outside their medical potential, specifically in ecosystem and fungi conservation. Given ongoing habitat loss, climate change, and so on, many fungal species are being threatened, and their capacity to disperse spores has much to do with their ability to survive despite these detrimental influences. In most cases, spores can be carried far and wide by wind, but many are also known to spread via rivers or even wildlife.
This dispersal is crucial for much more than the mushrooms themselves. Many list fungi under a list known as ‘nature’s recyclers,’ natural decomposers that break down dead organic matter and make these resources available for new life to grow. Fungi also form symbiotic relationships with plants and are often reasonably nutritious, providing food for local animal life.
This means it is in humanity’s best interests to take an active role in fungi conservation, particularly given that the threats they face often have human origins. Conservation, in this context, refers to the practice of preserving both mushroom diversity and their habitats, and anyone can contribute to efforts by educating themselves, helping raise awareness, supporting scientific research and even making their concerns known to policymakers.
Some organizations have also taken to creating spore banks, preserving specimens for future research or use. Preservation is relatively uncomplicated thanks to the hardiness of this lifeform, with cryopreservation and desiccation being among the most common methods. In cryopreservation, spores are frozen for long periods. Desiccation is achieved by first drying out the spores, following which they are stored in a suitable medium.
For their part, Hidden Forest contributes to research in this realm by creating psilocybin spores under laboratory conditions and making these products available to customers across the region. Their work results in mushroom spore syringes of the highest quality, and the company employs a comprehensive array of quality control procedures (and extensive testing) to ensure each syringe contains only the target species.
According to the company, a syringe contains millions of spores, suspended in a sterile solution that keeps them viable for extended periods. This also enables a shelf life that outstrips other sources.
Hidden Forest emphasizes that more is needed to protect only certain species of mushrooms. Since the research is so new, the vast majority of the compounds present in these mushrooms have yet to be studied properly, and this means certain species may retain yet-undiscovered potential. To aid in conservation (and make specific spore types available for ongoing research), the company also makes it a point to add new strains to its inventory in accordance with the most recent developments in the field.
This method of conservation need not be achieved by companies and organizations alone, notably. The company says many individuals, such as amateur mycologists and other enthusiasts, can contribute to spore banks by collecting mushroom samples for submission. Others may also maintain private collections.
The field of magic mushrooms continues to bloom as time goes on, and Hidden Forest will similarly keep working to supply researchers and other parties with the material they need. Those who wish to learn more about spores or the company’s work are welcome to contact Hidden Forest Mushroom Spores by email. More information can also be found on the company’s official website.
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