How We Grow Our Psilocybin Mushrooms

At Psyence we have sourced the world’s best genetics, and coupled that with world leading expertise in the field of mycology, to produce the highest quality mushrooms. Our process is complex, but refined.

There are four main components in our production process, namely research and development, inoculation, colonization and fruiting.

Our first task begins with our mycologist sourcing verified potent genetics. The genetics we use have been acquired for their high production output and high alkaloid content. Our research and development team test the mushrooms to ensure their suitability for the medical market.

If the genetics pass this stringent testing phase, they are moved into our state-of-the-art commercial psilocybin cultivation and production facility, where our trained team put them through the next three major processes.

Our federally licensed facility is situated in Southern Africa. It has been designed and constructed to The British Standards Institute (BSI) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards and is equipped with specialized equipment to ensure optimum growing conditions and efficient harvesting and packaging.

The first phase of our growing cycle is what we refer to as ‘inoculation onto grain’ phase, this involves moving spore, or live culture, from our agar plates onto cooked sterile grain, which is then placed in specialized bags.

Once inoculated, the grain bags are stored at around 27 degrees Celsius in the spawn room, so that colonization can occur. Colonization takes approximately two weeks and when the grain turns into a white fluffy fungal mass we move this raw product to the fruiting chamber.

The fruiting chamber is set at 24 degrees Celsius to match the natural and optimal fruiting conditions in the wild. Fungi require lower temperatures, fresh air and light to fruit. To achieve this we open our bags and expose the fungi to all three elements simultaneously, this starts the process of mushroom formation within about four to eight days. Once the mushrooms have developed we process the mushrooms for market.