Mushrooms: love them or hate them, they’ve long been intertwined with human society. A source of food, medicine, and sometimes transcendental exploration, mushrooms can feed the body or mind. In the modern era, mushrooms continue to retain their importance in the kitchen, but more and more, science is starting to take a look at what psychedelic mushrooms can do for mental health treatment. This Fall, mushrooms are having their day with the Fantastic Fungi Global Summit, along with the Meet Delic event.

Fantastic Fungi and Where to Find The Movie About Them

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The Fantastic Fungi Global Summit launches online from October 15th-17th, and brings together some big names in the mushroom world. Some of the most famous attendees among the 40 leading experts include:

  • Deepak Chopra: alternative medicine expert. 
  • Paul Stamets: world-renowned mycologist for whom a Star Trek character was named. 
  • Rick Bayless: celebrity chef.
  • Michael Pollan: author who focuses on the intersection of nature and culture.

The summit will explore the wildly varied and deeply complex world of mushrooms and how they intersect with modern life. It consists of live virtual events and pre-recorded contributions. 

Also featured in the summit will be the movie Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg. A press release for the event describes Fantastic Fungi; “Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson, Schwartzberg’s documentary set the indie world ablaze in 2019. Fantastic Fungi is ‘Certified Fresh’- 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and The New York Times proclaimed the film is ‘nothing less than a model for planetary survival.‘ WIRED’s behind-the-scenes look at the making of Netflix’s Fantastic Fungi has received nearly 5 million views.”

Schwartzberg says of the summit and film, “We’re in the midst of a full cultural ‘shroom boom’ and the Fantastic Fungi Summit is at the forefront of the movement. Whether you’re a mushroom neophyte or an expert, there is something for everyone. We’ve brought together the best in class for a powerful, fun, inspiring,never-been-done-before multi-day virtual experience.”

Register for free on the Fantastic Fungi Global Summit website. 

Meet Delic

Dubbed the world’s premiere alternative medicine event, Meet Delic celebrates the mushroom and its contribution to both wellness and mental awakening. It’s an event for anyone interested in psychedelics and they role they play in our society. 

A press release for the event shares, “The event will be filled with keynote speakers, panels, live yoga, guided meditations, and breath work, and will be led by industry entrepreneurs, scientists, clinicians, psychiatrists, wellness professionals, diversity experts, podcasters, comedians, authors, and educators.

Meet Delic is focused on bringing psychedelic wellness to the mainstream and will be the largest and most comprehensive experience to learn about the intersection of psychedelics, health, and wellness. The two-day event (with over 60 speakers, 51% are women) will highlight the vast benefits of psilocybin and alternative medicines being used for medicinal purposes to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, addictive disorders, and other chronic ailments. Our leading global experts will also tackle topics like drug reform, alternative medicine activism, and future business opportunities for this emerging market.”

However, despite the focus of the event, no psychedelics will be consumed on site due to local laws. The company behind Meet Delic is Delic Corp, founded by marijuana advocates Matt and Jackee Stang. Delic Corp works towards, “bringing safe, legal, and science-backed benefits and treatment to the masses and reframing the global psychedelic conversation.”

Meet Delic will kick off in Las Vegas November 6th and 7th at Area51. Visit the website for details. 

Mushrooms as Food and Medicine

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Mushrooms can be more than mind-altering; they can also help nourish the soul. And they’re pretty tasty, too. Good Housekeeping compiled a list of the benefits from consuming (non psychedelic) mushrooms:

  • High in antioxidants, mushrooms may help slow the effects of aging.
  • Those same antioxidants may help prevent against damage from neurological conditions, helping boost your brain’s health.
  • Another benefit of that brain boost may come in the form of improved memory.
  • Mushrooms are a low sodium meal with glutamate ribonucleotides, compounds which may improve heart health.
  • UVB-exposed mushrooms will contain Vitamin D, absolutely necessary for good bone health and calcium absorption.
  • Many people get B-12 injections for energy, but maybe we should be eating more mushrooms instead. They contain riboflavin [B2], folate [B9], thiamine [B1], pantothenic acid [B5], and niacin [B3], all B-complex vitamins that are good for energy. 

From food to mind-opening natural drugs, mushrooms play an integral part in many people’s lives. With the advent of using psychedelics to treat mental illness, and the growing consensus on the health of a mushroom-rich diet, this is the perfect time for the ‘Shroom Boom to happen.