INSTRUCTIONS How to test psilocybin (magic mushrooms)?
How to test magic mushrooms?
Analysing mushrooms is confusing. Fungi contain hundreds of chemicals, some of which cause false positive results for psilocybin, the main active psychedelic ingredient. For most reliable results we recommend to use a lab analysis service, but if it’s not available try the following two simple methods:
- Reagent testing (to rule out phenethylamines)
The best test for psilocybin (magic mushrooms)
The best simple way to check if mushrooms contain psilocybin is to pinch them when they are not fully dried and see if any blue bruising appears. If mushrooms are already dry you can inspect them of the same blueish bruising marks.
Apart from bruising, other two distinct characteristics of psilocybe mushroom species are:
They have a veil around their gills when growing
Purple-brown spores that leave distinct prints
Psilocibe mushrooms bruising
Ehrlich reagent for psilocybin (magic mushrooms)
In terms of positive identification unfortunately contrary to popular belief (and some false advertising) Ehrlich reagent, the most popular test for “shrooms” is NOT specific to psilocybin (or psilocin). Ehrlich reacts with a pink color change to all indoles, such as psilocybin, but also other alkaloids, like tryptophan. This means that non psychoactive mushrooms can produce false positive results with Ehrlich reagent.
White button reacting with Ehrlich
Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) test kit
A better approach is negative identification, which means ruling out presence of specific unwanted synthethic compounds, in this case usually phenethylamines. Most prominent compounds in this class of drugs are psychedelic stimulants belonging to NBOMe and DOx families. Both are known to cause a psychedelic state of mind similar to psilocibin or LSD, however their effects on human body are signifcantly more dangerous and intense, possibly even lethal.
To rule out NBOMe in mushrooms (or to rule out DOC in mushrooms) use at least two of the following reagents: Marquis, Mecke, Liebermann or Froehde, which are available in our LSD test kit or DMT test kit (among others). When using reagent tests to rule out presence of phenethylamines you are looking for an instant and vivid color change. Do not mistake a positive reaction with a false positive – a weak, slow burning of organic matter caused by corrosive nature of reagent tests.