Although the hemp cup doesn’t get quite as much attention as the ever-popular annual cannabis cups, this year might be a bit different as a new product makes its debut in the competition. In the 2023 judge kits (which are available now for purchase), you may be pleasantly surprised to find Amanita Hemp Cup products containing muscimol from Amanita muscaria mushrooms, in combination with popular cannabinoids.
Read more below, or go durectly to the new Amanita hemp cup products at the bottom of this page.
Muscimol, Mushrooms & Amanita Hemp Cup Products
Amanita muscaria, also known as Fly Agaric, or simply, amanita mushroom, is a member of the family of fungi, of the genus Amanita. Although it can be found all over the world today, Amanitas are native to the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, which includes Europe, North America, and Siberia – where they can be found growing under various types of deciduous and conifer trees, such as birch and pine.
Amanita muscaria are probably one of the easiest to recognize mushroom species. If you play video games (like Mario or Assassin’s Creed) or watch movies (Sonic, Alice in Wonderland, Fantasia, etc.), you’ve likely seen these shrooms at least once or twice. They have round, dome-shaped, red caps with white spots, white gills, and stout, bulky stems.
The active ingredients in Fly Agarics are muscimol and ibotenic acid. Muscimol works by activating the major inhibitory neurotransmitter system, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). As an inhibitory system, muscimol suppresses the activity of certain neurons in the brain, which is how the psychoactive effects are produced.
The ibotenic acid, which is responsible for the sickness and “toxicity” commonly reported from these mushrooms, converts to muscimol during decarboxylation. Decarbing is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2), typically through the application of heat. If amanita products are prepared correctly, then at least 70 percent (preferably more) of the ibotenic acid will become muscimol.
The high from muscimol is not as intense as psilocybin, but fun and therapeutic nonetheless. In my personal experience with gummies, it was a fun yet relaxing experience, somewhat dissociative in nature, with a wonderfully warm and tingly feeling body high, and a bit of auditory enhancement. It’s something I would definitely experiment with more, as I would like to try different products types and doses.
The Amanita Hemp Cup Products
Apart from the expected items like vape products, flower, edibles, tinctures, and so on, all make from hemp-derived cannabinoids, and interesting addition in this year’s competition will be gummies and pre-rolled joints containing muscimol combined with HHC, Delta 8 THC, and CBD.
I could not find a great deal of information on these products, most likely because they are keeping things lowkey while the judge kits are still for sale. However, this is what I was able to find on the amanita/cannabis products that will be in the 2023 Hemp Cup:
In the psychoactive box, you will find: “25 mg HHC” gummies “dipped in Amanita muscaria mushroom chocolate”, prerolls containing “Amanita pantherina powder blended with organic indoor hemp flower, 250 mg total”, and delta 8 hemp flower “infused with Amanita muscaria powder coating on the outside, 500 mg total”.
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With the addition of amanita compounds, all of these products are considered “psychoactive”, even the CBD flower joints. All of these products are new to the market, so as far as effects go, it’s hard to say how that combination will work. In my personal experience, cannabis works well with just about everything, including muscimol, so I’m curious to learn more about the effects of combining specific cannabinoids with the mushroom extracts.
New additions to 2023 High Times Hemp Cup competition:
Amanita HHC Gummies & Amanita Delta 8 Joints
Be a part of history by trying out the latest Cannadelic additions to the 2023 High Times Hemp Cup – the new Amanita HHC gummies and Amanita HHC joints, both featuring psychedelic mushrooms. High Times has never before included these types of products in their hemp cup, making this a groundbreaking event.
Of particular interest are the more potent offerings, such as the Amanita HHC Amanita gummies and the Amanita D8 joints. The HHC gummies stand out for two reasons: they feature HHC (hexahydrocannabinol), a simplified version of THC, and they’re a rare combination of gummy and chocolate.
If you’re curious to try the new Amanita HHC gummies, CLICK HERE and use the “cannadelics” coupon code to save 20% on your order.
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Want to Become a Judge?
If you want to participate in the High Times Hemp Cup: People’s Choice Edition 2023, and offer your thoughts on the products in this year’s competition, it’s as easy as clicking here, and buying one of the seven available judge kits that are listed on the website.
Unlike the market-specific competitions, the Hemp Cup kits will be available for online ordering in all 50 states. Judges will have until April 2nd to explore their kits and test out the various different products received. They will fill out questionnaires and submit their responses, which will be tallied up in time for the cup that takes place on April 16th.
The kits range in price from $229 to $249, and they are selling fast so make sure to get yours with enough time to thoroughly test out the products and submit your judgements. Some highly anticipate products come from icloud, the hemp doctor, mellow fellow, and psilomart.
If you’re curious to try the new Amanita Delta 8 joints, CLICK HERE and use the “cannadelics” coupon code to save 20% on your order.
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We’re very excited about the inclusion of amanita mushroom products in the High Times Hemp Cup. If you’d like to learn more about the products in this year’s competition, you can buy still buy a judge kit, but your best bet is to subscribe to our newsletter, as we will have some of these products available for a discounted price. If you’ve tested out any of these items already, drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know what you thought of them!
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