Medicine Box founder Brian recalls his early mushroom-hunting trips with grandfather and uncles, and his journey to understanding how prevalent and powerful the influence of fungi is in the natural world. From kicking puffballs on a lark to release a cloud of spores to truly appreciating the beauty and mystery of mycelium and their fruiting bodies, read more about how he came to this understanding.
THE MISSING LINKS OF MUSHROOMS TO PLANT MEDICINE'S EFFECTIVENESS
In an almost undetectable way, Medicine Box gained valuable inspiration from mushrooms. Hunting for mushrooms with his maternal grandfather in the woods of New Hampshire instilled an early fascination with mushrooms and the wider world of Mother Nature in our founder Brian Chaplin at a young age. How their spores spread and how they symbiotically relied upon other living creatures in nature, himself included, for their survival.
Later on as a grassroots cannabis farmer teaching himself about organic cultivation, he also learned about the importance of mushrooms in keeping plants healthy. Mushrooms are a crucial part of the rhizosphere, which is the living ecosystem within our soil that surrounds plant roots. This layer is responsible for providing nutrients and regulating moisture levels, and mushrooms play a vital role in keeping plants healthy.
In addition to their role in plant health, mushrooms also possess bonus superpowers that make them valuable for human wellness. Research has been conducted into their ability to improve gut health, boost immunity, and enhance mental performance. For example, mushrooms such as reishi and chaga (both in our Mind’s Eye Introspection) are known to be great for gut health. They have been used as nootropics, or cognitive enhancers, and fungal compounds have been studied for immunological effects.
Additionally, mushrooms have also factored heavily into the microdosing revolution embraced by Silicon Valley and mental health-conscious professionals everywhere. All of these factors make mushrooms an essential ingredient in Medicine Box's products, which are able to offer users an extra level of support that other products lack, thanks to mushrooms.
Medicine Box joined the medicinal/functional mushroom revolution with the formulation of Mind’s Eye, our super stacked up microdosing formulation. Reishi, it turned out, was an excellent source of antioxidants, and its polysaccharides provided energy resources as well. However, the mushroom’s connection to the rhizosphere and its role in maintaining homeostasis intrigued us most of all.
As we learn more about it, the gut microbiome creates a similar ecosystem underpinning our physical and mental health we are just beginning to learn about.
As strong adherents to the entourage effect, we recognized that if nature couldn’t function effectively without mushrooms, then neither could our products.
So we thrust them into our brain boosting, mood enhancing, awareness expanding blend: chaga and red reishi were teamed with cordyceps and lion’s mane for added vitality. Team these up with agarikon, cordyceps and turkey tail for a combination that promotes peak performance in one's daily life, from taking a test to dealing with the chaos of the modern world.
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It’s an embodied relationship our world has with its plants, and it’s ongoing. Fungi are even more mysterious, and we’re just beginning to ask the questions about them that, once answered, will carry important implications for our mental, physical and spiritual health. What we do know for certain is that mushrooms and their mycellial structures support the plants that support us.
Now that mushrooms can work in entourage with plant botanicals and/or other herbs, they bring new vitality to the wellness work we’re already doing.
Whether it’s the combination of Chaga, Reishi, Agarikon, Cordyceps, Turkey Tail and Lion's Mane with Holy Basil, Seamoss, Brahmi, Turmeric and Ashwagandha, these herbs, mushrooms and compounds create a nexus of rejuvenation that, alongside diet and lifestyle, can truly make the difference.
Dive into the mycelial magic of how mushrooms synergize with herbs and botanicals to supercharge your wellness journey!
Founder Brian Chaplin takes youfrom childhood mushroom hunts to cutting-edge brain-boosting blends.
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