With magic mushrooms containing a number of other potentially psychoactive compounds (such as baeocystin, norbaeocystin and norpsilocin (all of which are present in wild and home-cultivated Psilocybe cubensis, as well as a wide variety of other magic mushroom species), the experience of eating them may not be directly comparable to the single source synthetic psilocybin used in clinical trials; however, there is likely considerable overlap in effect. With growing interest in psychedelics among the academic, pharmaceutical, and civilian sectors, many have voiced concerns around how to ensure equitable and fair access to buy spores online in future.
By contrast, for $15-$20 you can buy spores online (the mycological equivalent to cannabis seeds) and with the right know-how and a few easily sourced (or, indeed, home-built) pieces of equipment, you could potentially produce well over 100 times the amount of mushrooms you could buy for the same price. Of course, there are additional set-up costs (both in terms of money and time), as well as a level of risk, but some underground growers have reduced these drawbacks by spreading them between a group of like-minded and trusted individuals, effectively setting up self-sufficient magic mushroom collectives.
Thanks to past regressive drug laws, we’ve never had a great time interacting with drug dealers. From the old-school methods of furtively hanging around waiting for a vague text, to the complicated-to-set-up and nail-biting wait of ordering via the dark web, the anxiety levels that may accompany these methods hardly mesh with the idea of a carefully crafted “set and setting” required for optimal psychedelic use. Beyond that, although buy spores online are easy to recognize, there’s always the risk that your dealer has done a bad job of preparing them, or is simply trying to move some old stock that has lost all of its potency. By growing for yourself, you remove any of these concerns and reward yourself with the peace of mind of consuming something that you’ve been in full control of producing.