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Do Amanita Mushrooms Have a Shelf Life and How Can They Be Stored Properly?

Do Amanita Mushrooms Have a Shelf Life and How Can They Be Stored Properly?

Amanita mushrooms have arrived at Elyxr, offering up a legal way to enjoy a psychedelic experience.  The key compound in amanita muscaria is muscimol, a hallucinogen that’s different from psilocybin, the more common intoxicant associated with psychedelic mushrooms.  With muscimol being legal, amanita mushrooms are able to be sold online throughout the country without any restrictions.

Now, you can buy the highest-quality amanita muscaria products out there, but if you’re not storing them properly or observing their shelf life, you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for.  We’re here to help with all of the info you need regarding proper storage and shelf life times.

Do Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms Have a Shelf Life?

Amanita muscaria is an organic product, which means that it does have a shelf life.  And, the precise shelf life is going to depend on the type of product, as different products are formulated in their own specific way.  Let’s elaborate.

Fresh Amanita Muscaria

In the rare event that you’ve foraged some amanita muscaria mushrooms for yourself, it’s important to know that they’re only usable for 3-5 days after being picked from the ground, unless you’ve dried or extracted them immediately after foraging.  If kept fresh, they can be dangerous to consume after this period of time has elapsed.  Also, it’s critical to know that fresh, raw amanita muscaria mushrooms are toxic to consume, as they must be boiled to remove their toxins.

Dried Amanita Muscaria

Traditionally, the most common way to consume these mushrooms is in their dried form.  Dehydrating them drastically reduces the chances of them developing pathogens that are harmful to our health.  When these mushrooms are dried, and left in an airtight container of some kind, they can last from 6 to 12 months.  But, after about the 6-month mark, they can slowly lose their efficacy as the active compounds start to break down.

Amanita Muscaria Gummies

Amanita muscaria gummies are becoming an extremely popular way to enjoy the mushroom, taking care of the “taste” problem (amanita muscaria mushrooms aren’t particularly tasty), and offering an easy way to dose the mushroom.  Mushroom gummies are made with an extract of the mushroom, and extracts have a longer shelf life than the mushroom in dried form.  Generally, an extract has a shelf life of 12-18 months, but you have to account for the other ingredients in the gummies as well, which is why you should just refer to the expiration date on the package of the product.

Amanita Muscaria Vapes

Because amanita muscaria vapes usually contain only an extract of the mushroom, they can have a shelf life of about 12-18 months, as we’ve already talked about how long an extract can stay “good” for.  This applies to both cartridges and disposable vapes, as their formula is the same.

Amanita Muscaria Capsules

Last but not least, there’s amanita muscaria in capsule form.  Like vapes, you can typically expect these products to last for 12-18 months, again because they usually contain just the extract of the mushroom without other ingredients.

What if You Accidentally Consume an Expired Amanita Muscaria Product?

With the exception of fresh mushrooms, there’s no known risk associated with taking an expired amanita product.  Aside from products that have been contaminated, expired amanita products, regardless of product type (again, not counting fresh mushrooms) are not going to be dangerous.  Instead, they’ll simply have less effectiveness, with their efficacy becoming weaker and weaker over time.  Because of that, you want to be mindful of how much you buy at one time, to be sure that you’re realistically going to use up all of your products before the expiration date arrives.  This way, you won’t have wasted money.

What’s the Right Way to Store Amanita Muscaria Products?

We’ve gone over the expiration dates of amanita muscaria products, but there’s something that you also need to consider.  How you store your product is just as important of being mindful of when it’s set to expire.  That’s because storing your product improperly can mean that it breaks down sooner than what the expiration date says, so you’ll end up with an ineffective product even though it hasn’t been in your possession for that long.  So, what can you do to store your products properly?  The good news is that all amanita muscaria products can be stored in the same manner, which is very simple.

Keep Out of the Light

You need to make sure that your product is not kept in a bright or sunny spot in the home.  Light can make the compounds in the mushroom break down very quickly.  That’s why you want to find a dark area in your home, where light really doesn’t get into during the day.

Keep Away from Heat

Like light, heat can make your product break down quickly as it can destabilize the compounds in the mushroom.  This means that you want to stick to a cooler area in the home that doesn’t have a nearby heat source.  Of course, this also means keeping your mushroom products indoors, where the temperature can be controlled.

Keep Away from Humidity

The other natural element that can damage your product is humidity, so keep your products in a dry area.  Avoid a bathroom or outdoor-indoor space, where humidity levels can fluctuate.  Ideally, a dark, dry, and cool place is the way to go – think of a drawer, cabinet, or closet as the ideal storage space for your amanita muscaria products.

Keep it Airtight

You also need to make sure that your products are kept in an airtight container when they’re not in use.  Unsurprisingly, leaving mushroom products out in the open air can mean that they break down quickly as they oxidize more quickly.  Not only that, but products like gummies can lose their enjoyable flavor and texture if not stored in this manner.

Amanita Muscaria Products Can Last for a Long Time – if They’re Stored Properly

Amanita muscaria mushrooms generally enjoy a surprisingly long shelf life in almost all product forms, which is good news if you’re someone who might take you time getting through a product.  But, of course, you also have to make sure that you’re storing your products properly, by keeping them airtight, in a dark, cool, and dry place.  Otherwise, those products you spent money on can lose their potency before you get a chance to really enjoy them.

The amanita muscaria products at Elyxr are sold fresh, which means that they do have a long shelf life.  Just make a point to follow proper storage guidelines, and you’ll be able to enjoy a potent experience with each and every serving.

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David Nadel

David Nadel is a freelance copywriter and content writer who has been doing content creation since late 2014. He originally worked at a marketing tech company in Boston doing email marketing and SEO display ad campaigns (where he helped to create the content for those emails and banner ads for clients) before going full time as a freelance writer in 2017.

It all started working with clients in the vaping industry in 2013, where David got his opportunities to do more freelance work for that industry the following year because of his success with helping those clients with emails and ads. And, which led him writing for the hemp industry too, as he had already been an avid cannabis enthusiast going all the way back to 2011.

Because of his extensive knowledge and legit passion with non-psychoactive and psychoactive cannabinoids, coupled with his better understanding of shrooms (mushrooms) since 2015, and the kratom/kava industry since 2019, it has allowed him to create some of the most remarkable, out-of-the box, and informative content in the industry.

Even today, David still keeps on top of what’s happening in the cannabis, shrooms, and kratom/kava industries, like new research and data studies, wellness trends, legality, and emerging cannabinoids and strains, in order to supply the most up-to-date, precise educational, fun, and engaging content. That way, new and experienced users alike can really understand what this amazing industry has to offer while still being fully informed.