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920 is the "420" of magic mushrooms: a day to celebrate the magic and science of psychedelic mushrooms. Learn more, and tune-in to this psychedelic holiday. Here's everything you need to know.

When you see the number 420, what do you think of? Weed. What about 920? Psychedelic advocates hope your mind goes straight to magic mushrooms. That's right; just like cannabis, magic mushrooms have their own global holiday. Dubbed "920", it's celebrated on (you guessed it) September 20th.

September 20th is International Magic Mushroom Day! Today only, celebrate 920 with 10% off our entire Shroomshop!

Haven't heard of it? This annual psilocybin celebration only started a few years ago, but awareness has been growing. And, according to the holiday's creators, that's kind of the point. Read on to learn more about international Magic Mushroom Day, and find out how you can celebrate 920.

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THE STORY OF 920

The Story Of 920

920 is an "educational day of action" created by Nicholas Reville, who founded the 920 Coalition in 2015. The 920 Coalition seeks to build community and foster dialogue around the benefits of psilocybin. Encouraged by the success of cannabis activists, their goal is ultimately to influence policy. Drug laws should be based on evidence, not stereotypes and disinformation.

International Magic Mushroom Day is inspired by 420, cannabis culture's universal holiday. When the clock hits 4:20, you think of weed whether you want to or not. Reville knew magic mushrooms needed their own cultural juggernaut—one that would catch widespread attention. And so, on September 20th, 2015, a movement was born.

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THE MEDICINE BEHIND THE MOVEMENT

The Medicine Behind The Movement

One of the catalysts for the creation of 920 was a burst of new medical research into the benefits psilocybin. As academic interest in psychedelics began to experience a renaissance, Reville saw an opportunity to push the envelope.

"Mushrooms are medicine". The original slogan of the 920 Coalition encourages us to fight stigma and educate each other about the vast therapeutic potential of psilocybin.

And, let's be real, the science of magic mushrooms is pretty incredible. Psilocybin has been found to forge new connections between disparate areas of the brain; it's been studied as a novel treatment for depressionobsessive-compulsive disorder, and nicotine addiction, and it’s believed that magic mushrooms can even help us process rejection and ease fear of death. These are definitely breakthroughs worth celebrating, and we need more of them.

HOW TO CELEBRATE 9/20

How To Celebrate 9/20

While 920 might seem like a "mushroom flavoured" version of 420, the iconic weed holiday serves more as inspiration than an exact template. After all, taking magic mushrooms is a vastly different experience than getting baked. Lots of people smoke weed every day. It's an inherently casual act.

On the other hand, mushrooms are an experience. Some people have only taken mushrooms once, but are still affected in profound and spiritual ways. Even experienced psychonauts don't trip every single day—or week for that matter.

So, while most people celebrate 420 by getting righteously stoned, 920 celebrations take many different forms. Tripping on psilocybin is, of course, a fantastic option. But, there are plenty of non-psychoactive ways to mark the occasion and help spread awareness.

Here are a few suggestions for how to celebrate International Magic Mushroom Day. Organise your own event or find something happening near you:

  • PSYCHEDELIC MOVIE NIGHT

There are a ton of good psychedelic documentaries out there. Screening a few of them could be the perfect educational and entertaining way to celebrate 920. A couple of our favourite docs include Little Saints, an exploration of magic mushrooms as a path to healing, and The Mycology of Psilocybin Mushrooms, by famed mycologist Paul Stamets.

  • PSILOCYBIN STORYTELLING CIRCLE

A storytelling circle is a fantastic way to bond with your fellow travellers. Meet some new community members as you regale each other with stories of trips past. If you want to take this idea to the next level, you can turn it into a psychedelic integration circle. That's when an experienced facilitator helps people process unresolved experiences from past psychedelic journeys.

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  • CAMPING AND TRIPPING WITH FRIENDS

As any experienced tripper will tell you, mushrooms are best enjoyed out in nature. So, if you do decide to trip this 920, why not grab some friends and head straight to the source? Just make sure you have a trip-sitter, and that everyone is comfortable camping.

  • MUSHROOM CULTIVATION WORKSHOP

Growing your own mushrooms is a safe, fun way to source them. Find a mushroom cultivation workshop near you, or team up with some local growers to host your own. This is also a transferable skill, as the same techniques apply to most non-psychedelic mushrooms.

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  • PUBLIC TALK ON PSYCHEDELIC RESEARCH

920 started as a way to share knowledge and create dialogue around the benefits of psilocybin. Every year on September 20th, psychedelic societies and organisations around the globe host public talks. Find one in your area, or hook up with experts from a local university to host your own conversation on the latest psychedelic research.

  • START A MICRODOSING REGIMEN

If you've been curious about microdosing, 920 is a great opportunity to start your own regimen. Why not do it together with some friends? You can have regular meet-ups to discuss your experiences as you go along. If you're not sure where to start, our guide to microdosing (and our psychedelic microdosing pack) makes it easy.

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FIND THE OTHERS

 Find The Others

International Magic Mushroom Day is all about building community. After all, the motto of the modern psychedelic movement is, "Find the others". Spend this 920 with your fellow psychonauts, whether they be close friends or new community members. Let's help spread the good word about magic mushrooms.

If you do decide to spend the day tripping, or want to take the opportunity to start growing your own magic mushrooms, we've got your back. Remember, our entire Shroomshop is 10% off this September 20th. Happy 920!

Cassie S.

Written by: Cassie S.
Cassie is a writer with a background in public policy. She believes in harm reduction, ending stigma, and evidence-based practices. This applies to psychoactive substances, and to life in general.

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