If you’re into natural remedies and alternative health practices, chances are you’ve heard of chaga mushrooms. These unusual-looking fungi grow on the bark of birch trees and are known for their potential health benefits, including boosting the immune system and possibly even fighting cancer. But have you ever heard the claim that chaga mushrooms can be psychedelic?
What does psychedelic actually mean?
First things first, let’s define what we mean by “psychedelic.” Psychedelic substances are those that produce changes in perception, mood, and cognitive processes through the action of serotonin receptor agonists. Some examples of psychedelic substances include LSD, psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms), and DMT.
Can chaga create psychoactive effects?
So, can chaga mushrooms produce these kinds of psychoactive effects? The short answer is no; there is no evidence to suggest that chaga mushrooms have any psychoactive properties. While chaga mushrooms contain a variety of compounds, including polysaccharides and triterpenes, that may have biological effects; they do not appear to have any serotonin receptor agonist activity.
What effects do people observe?
That being said, it’s worth noting that some people do report feeling more focused and energetic after consuming chaga mushrooms. However, these effects are likely due to the overall health benefits of chaga mushrooms rather than any psychoactive properties.