Adaptation-25: Insuring the Sterility of Caps Used for
If you are going to use a cake to generate spores, you can insure that
the caps stay free of contaminates. When you birth the cake from the
culture jar, set it on a clean wash cloth in the terrarium. Place a large
glass jar over it and seal it to the wash cloth. A large peanut butter jar
is usually perfect. You need to have enough room inside the jar for
the mushroom to grow to maturity. Humidity will be able to leach
through the wash cloth and surround the cake, but air currents will not
be present and the cap should be relatively free of contaminates. This
setup assumes the floor of the terrarium has a wire mesh to support
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A much cleaner cap will be available for making prints. This will
lower the chances that contamination is introduced into the process.
Extra effort. Extra space in the terrarium.
Back to Making a Spore Print.
table of contents.
Adaptation-26: Producing a clean spore print from a
Setup everything the way you would normally to generate a spore
print. Keep an eye on where in the process the cap is. After a cap has
been dropping its spores for three or four hours, you can change the
plate on which the spores are being deposited. Simply discard the
initial plate. The new plate will be contain a much cleaner spore print
than would have been possible with only one plate.
A much cleaner print will be generated. If contaminates get on the
gills of the mushrooms, as the cap starts to drop spores, the first
spores contain most of the contaminates. By discarding the initial
spores, you will end up with a cleaner spore print.
You need to catch it at the right time.
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Yohimbe is a tree that grows throughout the African nations of Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire. (A similar plant in South America is called Quebracho). For centuries, natives from these areas have ingested both the crude bark and purified compound as a tonic to enhance sexual prowess and as an aphrodisiac. The bark has been smoked as a hallucinogen and has been used in traditional medicine to treat angina and hypertension. The herb is a sensual stimulant for healthy men and women. Today, doctors prescribe an extract from the tree to treat organic impotence.
Yohimbe's energizing effects stem from it's ability to increase blood flow to the genitals, both male and female. It is thought to stimulate the pelvic nerve ganglia and thus is helpful for men with erection problems. In fact a prescription drug, yohimbine hydrochloride, is the only FDA approved drug for impotence. Effects can include increased libido, increased sensation and increased stamina. Women have also reported similar effects and general pleasant sensations.
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Yohimbe is also a short term MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitor and should be used with caution, especially if you have high blood pressure. Being an MAO inhibitor, yohimbe should not be taken with any food or drink containing tyramines (cheese, chocolate, beer, aged meats, nuts, etc.) and particularly not with the amino acids tyrosine or phenylalanine. A rise in blood pressure can result from the body not being able to remove the tyramines from these foods. It may be dangerous if used with anti-depressants, sedatives, antihistamines, caffeine, or amphetamines. Yohimbe may have other side effects such as racing heart rate, irritability, headache, nausea, sweating, dizziness and frequent urination. Anyone with a heart condition, kidney disease, glaucoma or history of gastric or duodenal ulcers should avoid needle Where to find
l shot glass
l regular glass
l coffee mug
l cigarette lighter
l X-Acto knife or sharp steak knife
l microwave oven
Several things need to be accomplished. First, we need to sterilize a
shot glass to easily mix the spore solution and we need to sterilize a
syringe to hold the solution. We also need some sterile water in which
to suspend the spores. The following procedure will accomplish all of
Fill a coffee mug with water and place a shot glass inside the coffee
mug. Make sure the shot glass is completely submerged. Place the
coffee mug in the microwave oven and get the water to a full boil for
10 minutes. It does not need to be a violent boil. Adjust the heat level
of the microwave oven to keep too much water from being lost if
Remove the shot glass and empty the excess water out of the shot
glass. Place another glass over the shot glass. This will keep air born
contaminates from settling in the shot glass while you wait for the shot
glass and water in the spore syringe to cool.
Fill the syringe with hot water from the mug. Eject the hot water and
repeat several times. This will insure the inside of the syringe and the
needle are clean and sterile. This is especially important if you are
using a syringe from a previous crop. When the needle is inserted into
the substrate, it is possible to get nutrients up inside the needle and for
contamination to grow. The last time you fill the syringe with hot
water, do not purge it. Let it sit in the syringe until it is cool. This is
useful for two reasons. First, the continued heat from the water can still
work to eliminate any remaining contaminates. Secondly, once the
water is cool it can be used as the sterile water needed to fill the
syringe. Make certain that nothing touches the needle of the syringe.
The Psilocybe mushroom spores will be killed if they come in contact
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with anything too hot. You need to wait until the shot glass and spore
syringe are at room temperature. When it is safe to proceed, use the
cigarette lighter to flame sterilize the X-Acto knife and the needle of
the syringe. Let the blade of the knife cool, but make sure it does not
touch anything. When it is cool, carefully open the spore print and
scrape a fleck of spores into the shot glass. A fleck 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch
is more than sufficient for a 10 cc. spore syringe. Use the needle of the
syringe to stir the spores into a few drops of water. Usually, there will
be a few drops left over in the shot glass from when you emptied it.
Otherwise, you can get the drops from the syringe. Stir the fleck of
spores until they are well broken up and 'dissolved' into the water.
Purge the water out of the syringe into the shot glass. Pull the water
back into the syringe, being sure to suck the spores in also. Do this
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