Mushrooms are having a moment. Well, maybe more than a moment. Foraging for mushrooms is an ever popular hobby. As more and more people go without meat, they turn to the little shoots of the forest for sustenance. You even see them in cocktails. And as states and cities have decriminalized psilocybin, the psychedelic compound naturally produced by hundreds of mushrooms, more and more people are learning how they could benefit from hallucinogenic therapy.
In the wellness world, functional mushrooms are popping up everywhere. This group of 15′ mushrooms out of an estimated 2,000 edible species are known to have health benefits beyond nutrition and are non-psychedelic, similar to the way CBD is to weed. Instead of replacing CBD as the wellness ingredient of the moment, functional mushrooms are joining them in the latest products designed to help us feel better, naturally.
The way CBD interacts with receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid systems supports all types of bodily functions. The endocannabinoid system communicates with our circadian rhythms, appetite, nervous system, and immune system.
Functional mushrooms work the same way and have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of targeted uses and general support of immune, respiratory, and cardiovascular health.
As with all supplements or vitamins, it is recommended that you speak with your doctor and do your own research before incorporating these herbs into your regular health regimens. Once you’ve done that, here’s a guide to what functional mushrooms can do for you and the best products to try.