How To Make Amanita Muscaria Extract

I was introduced to the fascinating world of mushroom cultivation a few years ago, and one particular species that has intrigued me is the Amanita muscaria. This bright red mushroom with white spots has a long history of traditional use and has been utilized for various purposes. One of the ways to harness its potential is by creating an extract. In this article, I will take you through the process of making Amanita muscaria extract, sharing insights and personal experiences along the way.

Gathering Amanita muscaria

The first step in making the extract is, of course, gathering the Amanita muscaria mushrooms. It’s crucial to be well-versed in mushroom identification to ensure you are harvesting the correct species. Additionally, always consider the ethical and legal guidelines regarding foraging in your area.

Drying the Mushrooms

After gathering the Amanita muscaria, the next step is to dry them. I prefer using a food dehydrator set to a low temperature to preserve the potency of the mushrooms. It usually takes a couple of days for the mushrooms to fully dry, and it’s important to ensure they are completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Grinding the Dried Mushrooms

Once the mushrooms are dry, it’s time to grind them into a fine powder. I use a coffee grinder specifically dedicated to this purpose to create a consistent texture. The finer the powder, the more effective the extraction process will be.

Extracting the Compounds

For the extraction, I prefer using a method that involves alcohol. I place the powdered Amanita muscaria into a glass jar and cover it with high-proof alcohol, such as vodka or Everclear. The ratio of alcohol to mushroom powder is essential, and I typically use one part mushroom powder to five parts alcohol. I seal the jar and store it in a cool, dark place for at least a month, shaking it gently every few days to facilitate the extraction process.

Filtering and Storing

After the extraction period, it’s time to filter the mixture. I use a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth to separate the liquid extract from the solid residue. The resulting extract can be stored in amber glass dropper bottles to protect it from light and oxidation.

Utilizing the Extract

The Amanita muscaria extract can be used in various ways. As with any potent substance, it’s crucial to start with small amounts and gradually increase as needed. The extract can be added to herbal teas, tinctures, or used topically in diluted form. It’s important to note that Amanita muscaria contains potentially toxic compounds, and responsible use is paramount.


Creating Amanita muscaria extract is a process that demands patience, attention to detail, and respect for the mushroom and its properties. My own journey in working with this extract has been both enlightening and humbling, and I continue to explore its uses with reverence for the traditions and wisdom surrounding this enigmatic fungus.