A couple of months ago, Truffle Report discussed culinary delivery methods for psilocybin with chef Sammy. As it turns out, there are lots of ways to get creative in this venture —but one thing we didn’t talk about was psilocybin honey, otherwise known as blue honey. There are at least a couple of ways to obtain a psychedelic sweetener, but today we’ll be discussing the blue method.
Author’s note: Thoroughly researched information on “blue honey” is relatively sparse, so this article is based largely on anecdotal accounts. If there’s anything important we missed, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Blue Version and Psilocybin: What is it?
Blue Honey does not occur naturally and must be prepared at home. The process involves:
- Thoroughly drying psilocybin mushrooms
- Chopping or grinding these to increase surface area
- Layering in a jar with liquid honey
- Allowing to steep for several months
Supposedly, the honey will only turn blue if the whole mushroom has been bruised beforehand. This process can take up to 4 months, but has the advantage of preserving the psilocybin. In fact, there are reports of this method being used to illegally smuggle psilocybin mushrooms safely.
Safety Concerns with Blue Honey
According to the culinary encyclopedia, Larousse Gastronomique, honey generally comprises: 17-20 percent water; 76-80 percent sugars (mainly glucose and fructose), and small amounts of minerals like calcium or magnesium. This high sugar-to-water ratio creates an osmosis effect. The sugar draws moisture from things that are stored in the liquid, as well as any accompanying bacteria. This is what makes honey such an effective preservative, as well as providing a means to draw psychedelic compounds from psilocybin mushrooms.
As osmosis occurs, the honey may extract too much water and throw off the above ratio, which will remove its antimicrobial qualities. For this reason, it is extremely important that psilocybin mushrooms be dried as thoroughly as possible in order to avoid a potentially dangerous ferment.
Advantages of Psychedelic Blue Honey
In our discussion on psilocybin edibles, we pointed out the issue of solubility in preparing psychedelic food. Unlike cannabis, psilocybin is not fat-soluble and will not bind to butter or oil. This means that the easiest way to make psilocybin-infused baked goods is to directly add the ground, dried mushroom. The problem with this method is that you may not want your brownies to taste like mushrooms. Psychedelic honey addresses this concern, since the sweet flavour supposedly remains dominant even after the psilocybin extraction takes place.
In fact, the “blue honey” method may provide a great way to control flavour, depending on how you want to use your honey. Larousse Gastronomique also notes that the flavour of a honey depends on the type of flower from which the nectar is harvested. Varieties include orange blossom honey, thyme honey, and many more. In theory, one could select a variety of honey with a desired flavour that complements certain preparations. As long the chosen variety has a high enough sugar content, this offers a wide breadth of creative possibilities.
Disclaimer: Truffle Report does not actually intend to encourage anybody to use an under-researched preparation for a controlled substance. Much of this information is theoretical, and not a substitute for proper research on safety and efficacy.
The Red Version
As adventurous as you might be, maybe you don’t own a dehydrator and are worried about accidentally making fermented mushroom honey — this would be bad. So what else can you do if you want a psychedelic sweetener?
Update: Check out our follow-up piece on red “mad honey”