Microdosing psilocybin could soon be as easy as a daily morning cup of coffee, if one particular coffee maker gets its way. Denver, Colorado-based Sträva Craft Coffee, a specialty coffee and tea company, announced on July 29 that it is exploring drinks infused with microdoses of psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms.”
Following the nationwide shift towards a better understanding of the medical properties of cannabis, more research is focusing on the benefits of psilocybin as well. While heavy doses produce a psychedelic experience in most consumers, microdoses have a therapeutic effect.
After released blends that are infused with CBD, Sträva Craft Coffee is ready for the next step. “Just as cannabis has been misunderstood and controversial for decades, psilocybin from mushrooms has been equally polarizing, yet proponents of both suggest they each can contribute meaningfully to the human experience,” Sträva CEO Andrew Aamot said in a press release. As research is proving, with measured consumption, cannabis and psilocybin can both promote physiological, mental and spiritual health.”
On May 8, Denver became the first city in the U.S. to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. There are 180 species of mushrooms that are rich in psilocybin. The chemical compound stimulates serotonin receptors and may help to expand neural activity, according to recent studies. While a 2013 study conducted by the University of South Florida indicates that psilocybin stimulated the growth of new brain cells, a 2014 study published in The Journal of Royal Society Interface suggested the compound can generate an increase in neural connectivity in the brain.
But one of the most significant breakthroughs in psilocybin’s medical properties involves its suggested ability to reduce treatment-resistant depression in microdoses. A pair of studies from the University of Arizona in 2006 and 2011 found that using low-moderate doses of psilocybin (14mg/70kg and 10mg, 25mg/70kg) can reduce psychological stress. Cultures have been consuming psilocybin mushrooms for hundreds of years, and we’re just beginning to understand why on a molecular level.