What is blue honey?
Honey with Psilocybe mushrooms:
A revival of a very old preparation on the drug market?
Bogusz MJ, Maier RD, Schafer AT, Erkens M
Institute of Forensic Medicine,
Aachen University of Technology, Germany.
Int J Legal Med 1998; 111(3):147-50
In 1996 samples of suspicious honey preparations were confiscated at the Dutch-German border. The labels on the 50 ml jars indicated that the honey contained Stropharia cubensis (better known as Psilocybe cubensis). The jars were filled with honey with a ca. 1 cm layer of fine particles on the top. The particles were collected and subjected to microscopic and chemical analysis. By microscopy mushroom tissue (plectenchym) and spores typical for the genus Psilocybe were identified in all samples. The HPLC analysis with atmospheric pressure mass spectrometry and diode array detection revealed psilocine but psilocybine was not found. The quantitative analysis was very difficult due to the matrix problems. A search showed that the honey with Psilocybe can be purchased in Dutch coffee shops without any limitations although psilocine and psilocybine belong to listed substances according to Dutch law.
If you put Psilocybe mushrooms in raw honey for an extended period of time (few months or so), the honey will begin to turn blue. Not only will it absorb the blue pigment from the mushroom, but the Psilocybin as well…the honey becomes psychedelic. So if you just can’t stand the taste of the mushroom, you don’t need to eat the caps or stems, just blue honey and crackers, or blue honey in tea…that is, if you can wait a few months.
Fresh mushrooms contain water. Water is not compatible with honey, in fact, it makes the honey very runny and it will not taste very good at all.
First, chop your dried mushrooms into little pieces and mix them with honey. Add enough honey to make the mixture about 1/3 shrooms to 2/3 honey.
The “blue” honey is produced when you pick your mushrooms and they blue from bruising, they are then dried and ground, this bluish powder is put into honey. It is the amount of bruising while fresh that causes the color. If your dried mushrooms have not turned blue before you put them in the honey, your honey will never be the color blue, but it will still absorb the psychedelic properties of the mushrooms.
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There was once some nicely written prose here regarding blue honey titled, The Tale of Blue Honey (By Mel Zimmer). However, I don’t believe Mel liked the article posted on this site…I think he wanted compensation for it. Let me explain. Either Mel Zimmer or some miserable person pretending to be him, threatened me with a lawsuit and called me “a thieving rat bastard” saying, “A lawsuit will be filed asking for full compensation for this unauthorized use that does not do justice to the original work”. I’d rather keep this website current than focus on a 30 year old article; so I’ve removed it.
I looked at the statistics for that page and 43 people have viewed it in 2 years. I don’t think the earth will shake too badly if it’s removed. However, if you would like to read it, you can find it Here:
Submitted on 2010/09/17 at 8:16 pm
Andrew Rutajit has lifted my article written for the original High Times as the basis for this site.
I asked him to take it down in the past, and I thought he had complied, until I just found he is up and running on my talent and work.
A lawsuit will be filed asking for full compensation for this unauthorized use that does not do justice to the original work (the photo essay that accompanied it) which, intact, shows how to make the blue honey properly.
Andrew is a thieving rat bastard.
Mel, I’m just now reading your blog comment submitted on 2010/09/17. I have NEVER received a request to take down that article. I’ll remove the article, but I’m rather easy to reach and you’ve obviously made no real attempt to contact me other than to post a random blog comment to a website I hardly ever maintain. The only reason I saw your comment today was because I had to renew my account before it expired. Otherwise, I would have missed your name-calling for at least another month.
I love your article but this is the first I have heard from you and I must say, you aren’t the man I expected you to be. You seem like a very bitter person; this is a bit of a letdown. I’m an author too and I can relate to how you feel about your work being on several websites (not just mine). For that, I’m sorry and I’ll correct it on my website immediately. But let’s be real here; your article is not the basis for my site; the term “blue honey” and it’s meaning are the basis for my site and you invented neither. You just wrote an article about it 30 years ago; your method isn’t original, it’s one of the oldest shamanic recipes on the planet. I’ll remove article; no one will notice its absence but you and I guess that’s all that matters. I’ll keep “The Tale of Blue Honey” where it is…the link is the same, but the tale has changed.
If you still want to threaten me with a lawsuit, please go ahead and have your attorney send my attorneys a cease and desist letter or whatever you have planned for me. My attorneys are always on retainer and they will be happy to address this. However, if you wish to continue with legal filings and my attorneys inform me that I am within my rights, I will put your article back on my website immediately. My intellectual property attorney can be reached here: (removed) – I will probably have complied with your bitter cease and desist request (sent via the “standard method of communication” – a blog comment) before you speak with my attorneys, but I wouldn’t want you to have wasted any money on attorney fees, so feel free to send it or fax it to their office.