Magic mushrooms are making and taking column inches at a great pace. Research is being opened and conducted more and more. In the light of the opioid crisis and the public backlash, we witnessed a mass loss of trust in how we have been addressing the mind. Perhaps we have seen a loved one enter and almost never leave the process of prescribed unnatural, possibly new drugs. Anyone that has used psilocybin recreationally usually comes out with a deeper experience than they bartered for, often enlightening to their own personal circumstance and their place in the universe. Overall, we are talking about healing experiences to the individual bringing about positive ripple effects to the rest of ‘us.’ I applaud the cosmonauts, of which I occasionally am one also.
Still, the fungi can not only heal us back to a chemical balance. They can also regenerate some of the worst conditions of land and soil. Today I would like to discuss this and hopefully inspire some of us growers to take companion planting to another level. We all use a form of fungi for root health, but we can use it to turn our gardens up a level or regenerate local areas otherwise written off. The possibilities are massive- increased food acreage, return of natural biodiversity, and increased species in the area. Overall, a fitter soil to provide for us and our future generations.
“The rule of nature is that when a species exceeds the carrying capacity of its host environment, its food chains collapse, and diseases emerge to devastate the population of the threatening organism. I believe we can come to balance with nature using mycelium to regulate the flow of nutrients. The age of mycological medicine is upon us. Now is the time to ensure the future of our planet and our species by partnering, or running, with mycelium.—Paul Stamets, Mycelium Running
Commonly known as nature’s wood wide web, mycelium acts as a neuro network for nature, and its relationship is not of taking but of keeping its area in balance; it can be looked at as the physical, natural architect of our very existence. Fungi have been known to keep deforested areas alive through their network, “they reduce pathogenic viruses in bees, and extracts from polypore mushrooms have also been shown in the laboratory to reduce viruses to other animals, including humans.” (Stamet, fantastic fungi).
We can easily take part & fantasticfungi.com is a great resource to get more knowledge and actionable steps to help us widen our relationship with mycelium from healing the mind’s ailments to also healing the soil beneath our feet and in our communities.
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