Exploring the Beloved Golden Teacher Mushroom

In this episode of the High Guide podcast, host April Pride discusses the beloved Golden Teacher mushroom. Learn about its historical and cultural use, its ease of cultivation, and its mild yet profound effects. Discover the visuals, enhanced colors, and personal growth it can promote, and get insights on dosing recommendations for beginners.

Golden Teacher Mushroom: Wisdom, Healing, and Transformation

In this episode of the High Guide podcast, host April Pride discusses the beloved Golden Teacher mushroom. The Golden Teacher is known for its ease of cultivation and is considered a great choice for beginners. It offers a gentle and uplifting trip with mild visuals, enhanced colors, and a sense of clarity and insight.
After listening to this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of:

  • Discover the historical and cultural use of the Golden Teacher mushroom
  • The Golden Teacher strain of psilocybin mushrooms is popular for its ease of cultivation and its mild yet profound effects.
  • Golden Teacher mushrooms are known for producing visual distortions, enhanced colors, and powerful emotions, as well as promoting introspection, self-discovery, and personal growth.
  • It is recommended to start with a low dose of 0.5 to 1.5 grams for beginners and gradually increase the dose if desired. It is also important to create a comfortable and safe environment for the trip.

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April Pride, host : [00:00:00] Hey, it’s April Pride, your host here on the High Guide podcast. I’d like to take a moment to remind you that we do discuss cannabis and psychedelics, and this podcast is intended for audiences 21 and over. Also, I am not a medical expert. We do discuss interventions and protocols and you should consult your medical professional before moving forward with anything that we may discuss here on the show. Before we begin, I’d like to thank our show sponsor of like Minds. Check out of like Minds Co That’s oflikeminds.co To learn more about Seattle’s trusted source for psilocybin. Hi and welcome back. Today, we’re closing our mini series on psychedelic mushroom varieties with the beloved Strain Golden Teacher. I call it Fisher Price, My first magic Mushroom. I know I’ve said that on the show a million times before, but it’s just the perfect descriptor because that’s exactly what it is. Golden Teacher is the go to strain for everybody. It’s very easy to cultivate. And the name Golden Teacher says it all right. We take mushrooms to learn something about ourselves, about the world around us, people around us. And when you’re golden, that’s always good. This mushroom is a good teacher, and we want to make sure everyone’s got this one in their back pocket. And a quick heads up for our listeners. The recording you’re about to listen to has a different sound quality.

April Pride, host: [00:01:37] I feel like the golden teachers are like the tried and true. They can have more of like a visual feeling euphoric, spiritually in tune.

April Pride, host : [00:01:48] The Golden Teacher. Shroom Strain is one of the more popular psilocybin mushroom varieties. You just heard from Natasha Leonard, our high guide or psychedelic facilitator. If you’re a long time listener of the show, then you may recall she prescribed two grams of Golden Teacher to each of our three sister trippers that season, while each woman had her own set of intentions and experience with psilocybin. This strain and this dose suited each in part golden teachers, relatively low potency and its ease of cultivation make it an excellent choice for the beginning. Psychonaut. I recommend this kind of low potency shroom before you dive into the deep end of something like penis Envy or Ghost, Both Shroom strains will explore more later in this series. I want to take a minute to explain a term that might be new to you. Whole fruit bodies. Mushrooms have these amazingly intricate underground route networks that are a big part of what make mushrooms magical. The fruiting body is the part of the mushroom we see above ground, the cap and the stem. And those are the parts that make magical mushrooms magic. For the true romantics who want to experience the purest form of psilocybin, our whole fruit bodies, which are carefully dried and sold by the eighth of an ounce, are the way to go. Of like minds. Fruit bodies are cultivated and sourced in Seattle, where of like minds is based. It’s important to us to work with trusted partners.

April Pride, host : [00:03:25] That’s why our whole fruit bodies come from the same guy who helps us create our amazing caramels. All of our fruit bodies are cultivated in source in Seattle, where of like minds is based. It’s important for us to work with trusted partners. That’s why our whole fruit bodies come from the same guy who helps us create our amazing caramels. Now let’s talk strains. We’ve got three excellent varieties of magic and our whole fruit bodies collection. There’s the potent and intriguing penis envy, the gentle, inviting hillbilly and the captivating Ecuador. Each strain offers a unique experience tailored to different preferences and explorations that we write about in depth on our website. We do understand that not everyone wants to chew on a dried mushroom. Maybe you’ve got a sensitive stomach or you prefer a different taste profile to dried up dust. So I do want to mention that we also make scrumptious chocolate covered psilocybin caramels. We make microdose offerings. If you’re new to the world of psychedelics and just want a more subtle approach. So whether you’re seeking the purity of whole fruit bodies or the convenience of taste of an edible, or if you’re looking to take baby steps into tripping via microdosing the of like minds website is a place to go to get started. Explore a range of offerings. Read up on the experiences of others. You can of course purchase one of our educational downloads.

April Pride, host : [00:04:52] And as your gift with purchase, you will receive shipped via third party carrier a gift from of like minds to you. Sign up for the Of Like Minds newsletter and follow us on social media at oflikeMinds.Co for all the updates to learn all the ways we are all of like minds. Golden teachers are a gentle but profound entry point into the world of psychedelics. So let’s learn more about this philosophy. Cubensis Variety. When choosing a strain of magic mushrooms, the most important factor is strength or potency. Some strains are considered stronger than others, but overall the effects are more or less the same in these species. There is an expression. A cube is a cube is a cube meaning with few exceptions, the various strains of Psilocybe cubensis have very little differences in their potency and effect. Golden Teacher is, as I like to say, Fisher Price, my first mushroom trip type of strain. Golden Teacher, also known as Golden Emperor, is perhaps the most well known. Psilocybe Cubensis strain consistently in the top five of most recommended desired strains. Golden teacher again, or was first classified in the 1980s, but the specifics around its discovery are shrouded in mystery. Most reports have golden teacher mushrooms first discovered in the late 1980s and were first identified as a unique strain by mushroom expert Steven Pollack.

April Pride, host : [00:06:25] The origins of this strain are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in southeastern Asia, possibly in the region around Thailand and Cambodia. Although an earlier episode of this podcast stated that it was believed to have come from Florida. Often referred to as GT, this strains golden moniker is inspired by its bell shaped caps that resemble tanned leather like skin atop medium to large size fruiting bodies. That’s what we call these whole mushrooms. They are whole fruit bodies. Although golden teachers have average potency, it produces trips that are very calm and relaxing with mild visuals and strong body sensations. Gt trips are often shorter than average only 2 to 4 hours, which is an advantage for beginners, in line with the expected effects of a standard trip dose two to 3.5g and what many consider to be a classic psychedelic trip dose of psilocybin mushrooms. Golden teachers produce a high characterized by visual distortions, enhanced colors, lightness or giddiness, powerful emotions, including feelings of euphoria and enhanced spiritual connection. Microdosing which is not Microdosing can both be done with strong and weaker strains. But you might want to consider a mushroom like golden teacher for microdosing feedback Among those who microdose with golden teacher include the following results introspection, reflection, grounding, awareness, lightness, emotional clearing and happy cries. The potency of golden teacher mushrooms can vary depending on the growing conditions such as substrate temperature and humidity, considered to be a moderately potent strain of psilocybin mushrooms.

April Pride, host : [00:08:15] Golden teachers are the perfect variety for first time psychonauts. The Golden Teacher mushroom variety will take you on a comfortable, euphoric journey through both your environment and your mind. The intention for taking golden teacher mushrooms can vary depending on the individual, and not everyone likes to set an intention, but many people use them for spiritual or therapeutic purposes. Some users report that golden teachers can help to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD and can promote a sense of emotional healing and self-discovery. Some people use them to enhance creativity, improve mood and reduce anxiety or depression. Others use them for introspection, self-discovery and personal growth. It is important to approach the use of psilocybin mushrooms with intention and respect for the substance. It is recommended to approach the use of Golden Teacher mushrooms with a clear intention in mind, such as exploring personal issues, gaining insight or connecting with nature. If it’s your first time, regardless of what your intention is going into the trip, the mushroom might have other ideas. All magic mushroom experiences benefit from thinking through your reasons for consuming as well as from paying attention to your internal mindset and external setting. If you’re in a bad headspace or less than optimal physical environment, perhaps set golden teacher aside until you can be sure of a more comfortable setting.

[00:09:36] In short, you got to make sure your golden right.

April Pride, host : [00:09:40] The effects of golden feature mushrooms are often described as gentle and uplifting, with a sense of clarity and insight. The moderate potency of the golden teacher mushroom variety means that it airs more on the side of typical psychedelic effects. Visual hallucinations such as visual distortions, vivid colors, increased sensory awareness, perhaps auditory hallucinations and altered perceptions of time and space. Users may also experience feelings of euphoria, introspection, heightened creativity and feeling of connectedness to the world and the universe. Unsurprisingly, Golden Teacher is named for the yellow or golden center on a mature cap. The Golden Teacher strain has a golden colored cap that can range from light yellow to golden brown. The cap has a convex shape that becomes more flattened as the mushroom matures. It has a distinctive nipple like shape that can make it easy to identify. Caps tend to be medium sized in the first crop of mushrooms, but can reach larger sizes up to five centimetres in diameter in subsequent flushes of growth. The gills underneath the cap are initially pale yellow but turn darker as the mushroom matures. The stem is white, usually thicker toward the base and can grow up to ten centimetres in length. As with most psilocybin containing mushrooms, the stems bruise blue when picked or damaged. And for more information on exactly what that means, check out Episode 43, The Medicine in this podcast. Let’s talk about the duration. As I mentioned earlier, Psilocybe Cubensis Golden Teacher Mushrooms share many characteristics with other members of the species. Effects of the Shroom should come up within the usual 30 to 60 minutes after consumption. Like I mentioned earlier in this episode, the lower potency of golden teachers means that the trip can be a little shorter than more potent varieties.

April Pride, host : [00:11:34] You should expect to be feeling the effects of the mushroom for 2 to 4 hours with more potent varieties. We may suggest low doses 0.5g to one gram when starting off. Most information about Golden Teacher suggests a larger dose of up to two grams even for beginning psychonauts. This is due to the lower levels of psilocybin in the mushroom. A two gram dose will provide all the introductory effects of a psychedelic trip. That said, if it’s your first time, it’s always a good idea to have someone you refer to them. Most people do as a trip sitter, close at hand just in case things get too intense. Again, a typical beginner dose for golden teacher mushrooms is between 1 and 2g for a mild to moderate experience, while a more experienced user may take two to 3.5g for a stronger trip. As we finish up this episode, here are a trip tips. Start with a low dose 0.5 to 1.5 grams for beginners. Be patient and allow time for the effects to fully kick in. Wait 45 minutes. Work your way up gradually. Take more in 0.5 to full one gram increments. Be sure to prepare a comfortable and safe environment and avoid taking them in unfamiliar or public spaces. This episode concludes our three part mini series on magic mushroom strains. I hope it was informative and that you learned something new. We’ve linked to some past episodes on related topics in the show notes. We also have a link so you can sign up for our newsletter and keep listening as we’re back with more new episodes each week. Thank you as always for listening to the High Guide podcast, and we’ll see you next time.

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