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A WARNING ABOUT CUBENSIS SPORE KITS BY THE MUSHROOM SPORE STORE
In this Article, We’re Going to Discuss Cubensis Spore Kits (Sometimes Marketed as Mushroom Grow Kits), and why These Products Might be Illegal in Parts or all of the United States.
As cubensis acceptance grows and more people become aware of the many benefits of cubensis, cottage industries like these are bound to crop up. And crop up they have. In recent months, we’ve seen a massive influx of vendors selling cubensis spore kits. As a service to our loyal audience, we wanted to provide a resource that explains what may or, crucially, what may not be legal in your jurisdiction.
It’s important to know that everything we sell at the Mushroom Spore Store is legal. Cubensis spore syringes are perfectly within the bounds of the law in all states with the exception of California, Idaho, and Georgia, which is why we cannot and will not ship to those states. This article will detail the legality of cubensis spore kits.
IN THIS MUSHROOM SPORE STORE RESOURCE, WE’LL COVER THESE CUBENSIS SPORE KIT TOPICS!
- What a cubensis spore kit is used for and what it typically includes
- The notable difference between buying mushroom spore kits and buying spore syringes
- Why some legal experts believe mushroom grow kits could be illegal in some areas
- Why do so many online vendors carry mushroom growing kits if they are potentially illegal?
- Why amateur microscopists, mycologists, and other researchers should generally only purchase spore syringes or spore prints instead of “all in one” cubensis growing kits
- How to get started with spore syringes offered at the Mushroom Spore Store
If you’re not already familiar with the current legislation surrounding cubensis spores and so-called mushrooms, please reference some of our other materials about mushroom legality by state, and why mushroom spores are legal (the spores, not the mature fungi). Since clear understandings are critical whenever discussing a topic like this, let’s begin with some definitions.
WHAT IS A CUBENSIS SPORE KIT?
Mushroom grow kits typically including every supply an individual needs to grow cubensis mushrooms where legal in the U.S. The contents and quality of kits will vary, yet they all usually come with a mushroom grow box, a bag for colonizing mycelium and other necessary accessories. Some kits come with extra equipment like sterility-enhancing gloves, facial masks and disinfectant.
Whenever growing mushrooms of any kind—cubensis or otherwise—a clean working environment is a requirement to eliminate the risk of airborne contaminants. Now, as the name implies, a cubensis spore kit will also include spores, usually in a syringe. This is where legalities come into play, even in states where spores are currently legal. We’ll detail these legalities later on in the article.
HOW DOES A CUBENSIS SPORE KIT DIFFER FROM A CUBENSIS SPORE SYRINGE OR SPORE PRINT?
As mentioned above, mushroom spore kits include everything necessary to grow. We will discuss spore syringes, as well as spore prints. A spore syringe is a syringe containing mushroom spores. They might be cubensis spores, or spores from nearly any other kind of mushroom, such as gourmet mushroom spores or medicinal mushroom spores. These spores are suspended in a non-nutrient liquid solution that contains distilled water.
It’s crucial for a spore syringe to have a non-nutrient suspension solution because maturation of the spores where mycelium forms could start due to nutrients being present. Ensure there are no nutrients present for any kind of mushroom spores because the mycelium of a cubensis fungi and the fruiting body does contain cubensis, which is illegal in the U.S. So why purchase syringes with all of these ingredients? Many microscopists, mycologists and general researchers are interested in studying these fungi, especially during their spore stages.
Mushrooms have a wide variety of strains for anyone interested in taxonomy. They are all members of the cubensis species, yet there are several differences between each strain. These are not meant for cultivation, which is why we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at the Mushroom Spore Store.
CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES HAVE DECRIMINALIZED CUBENSIS!
It is crucial to always be careful noting the difference between decriminalization and legalization, which we discussed in an earlier article (this is very important, so if you skimmed that bit, scroll back up and read it!). The three municipalities in the Untied States which have decriminalized cubensis are as follows:
- DENVER, COLORADO
- OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
- SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
WHY CUBENSIS SPORE SYRINGES ARE SAFER AND EASIER TO OBTAIN FOR AMATEUR MICROSCOPY
Since customers of the Mushroom Spore Store are legitimate researchers, we recommend procuring your spores in syringe format solely. If you also intend to grow medicinal, gourmet or ornamental shrooms (all legal varieties), then we recommend ordering supplies for those projects separately.
The risks outweigh the reward whenever you are trying to purchase “all-in-one” packages. We want all our legitimate mycology and microscopy communities to avoid any of these potential issues.
BUY 100% LEGAL CUBENSIS MUSHROOM SPORES AT THE MUSHROOM SPORE STORE
Our store carries 100% authentic mushroom spore syringes. Every syringe comes fully loaded with uncontaminated and viable spores. Unfortunately, many of our customers have had bad experiences trying to buy from other providers. Make the switch to the Mushroom Spore Store today!
If you wish to get started in amateur microscopy, we invite you to look around at our extensive inventory. Our spore syringes are completely legal with no “gray” areas to speak of.