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The incredible potential of psilocybin mushrooms is big news, but what about other mushrooms?
Both mainstream and alternative media are increasingly inundated with articles about the benefits of psilocybin mushrooms, from supporting the dying process of terminally ill people to helping the productivity of entrepreneurs through microdosing . The narrative around the promise of psilocybin to do powerful things for people and for society is growing. But psilocybin-containing mushrooms are not the only ones that have the potential to be good for us, as individuals or as a society.
There is a whole swath of opportunity for us to use mushrooms to regenerate the damaging impact our civilization has had, and is having, on both natural ecosystems and human health. The power of mushrooms to help us regenerate the damage, destruction, and corruption of our inner and outer ecosystems is truly profound.
This practice of regeneration using the power of mushrooms is called mycoremediation – myco meaning mushroom or fungi, and remediation meaning “to remedy.”
Mycoremediation’s potential includes the ability to help clean up oil spills and nuclear accidents, but also to produce more environmentally sustainable sources of industrial goods, such as myco– meats and cloths and dyes and woods and plastics and even construction materials.
Furthermore, mycoremediation’s potential extends to human health as well. Such as through the consumption of what are called “functional mushrooms,” which can be used as daily supplements that can support immune function, metabolic function, brain health, cardiovascular health, gut health, and even athletic performance.
The regenerative potential of mushrooms/fungi is not humanity doing something new with them; it is actually us leaning into utilizing, optimizing, and directing the regenerative power that mushrooms and the fungi kingdom already offer to the natural world. The fungi kingdom is, in many respects, the very foundation of life on this planet… which, of course, means the power of mushrooms is a really big topic.
Thankfully, we have mycologist Alex Dorr on the show to explore this topic with us.
Alex Dorr is the founder and CEO of the functional mushroom company, Mushroom Revival Inc. based in Austin Texas. He also co-hosts the number one mushroom podcast in the world, The Mushroom Revival Podcast, alongside his loving partner Lera.
After earning his degree in mycology, Alex authored the book “Mycoremediation Handbook: A Grassroots Guide to Growing Mushrooms and Cleaning up Toxic Waste With Fungi” (2017) and built the largest and first certified organic Cordyceps Militaris mushroom farm in the Americas. He was recently nominated as one of Austin Inno’s 25 under 25 and is absolutely obsessed with the power of mushrooms.
Alex joins us on Adventures Through The Mind to provide us an overview of mushrooms and the fungi kingdom, the anatomy, life cycle, and evolutionary history of mushrooms; and the role fungi play in the very foundations of life on this planet. We also talk about mycoremediation, mycotechnologies, and go in-depth about the health effects of functional mushrooms such as reishi, lion’s mane, and cordyceps.
And, of course, we touch a little bit on psilocybin mushrooms and our perspectives on the corporate takeover of the psychedelic space.
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- An overview of mushrooms and the fungi kingdom
- Mushroom evolution, anatomy, and life cycle
- How mushrooms support the foundation of life itself
- Mycoremediation (using fungi to fix industrial pollution)
- Using psilocybin is mycoremediation of human trauma
- Criticisms of the mainstreaming and industrializing of psilocybin
- Functional mushrooms and their benefit on human health
- The health effects of Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi mushrooms
- Four guidelines to follow for finding good quality functional mushrooms (sourcing, extraction, lab-tested, dose)
- Issues around Chaga mushroom extraction and sourcing
- Importance of ensuring good extraction methods
- The importance of ensuring functional mushrooms are certified organic and lab-tested
- Getting the right dose for your functional mushrooms
- Mycoprotein, aka mushroom meat
- Mycowood for making musical instrument
- Mycopesticides for malaria mosquitos
- Malaria medication nightmares