Lion’s Mane is the functional mushroom most closely associated with the neurological system. In recent years it’s grown massively in popularity due to its possible nootropic effects. As the name implies, the mushroom has a shaggy white appearance, closely resembling the mane of a lion. Lion’s Mane has also been called the “bearded tooth” mushroom.
Since Lion’s Mane has such a unique and wide ranging offering of benefits, it’s natural that many questions arise about how to take it, what it does, and what the best kind of Lion’s Mane is to supplement with. In this article, we’ll be exploring exactly those questions, so that by the time you’re done reading, you’ll be fully schooled in the exciting world of Lion’s Mane.
Does Lion’s Mane Have Caffeine?
Lion’s Mane does not have caffeine, but many people choose to take Lion’s Mane by adding a powdered extract to their morning coffee. In this case, the beverage would obviously have caffeine - but it’s coming from the coffee rather than the Lion’s Mane mushroom itself.
If you’re looking for a caffeine free choice, Hyperion’s Lion’s Mane Extract mixes just as well with hot water, caffeine free teas, or blended drinks.
What Does Lion’s Mane Taste Like?
Lion’s Mane is one of the only functional mushrooms that is not only deliciously edible, but widely used for culinary purposes in many dishes. The mushroom has a spongy and meaty texture, and is excellent at absorbing any sauces you may be cooking with. Many people comment that Lion’s Mane tastes mildly like seafood, comparing the taste and texture to crab and lobster in particular.
Is Lion’s Mane Psychedelic? Psychoactive?
Lion’s Mane is not a psychedelic mushroom in the same sense that magic mushrooms, or psilocybin are. It is completely legal and has been used traditionally for many hundreds of years. However, Lion’s Mane could be considered psychoactive, as the mushroom may positively affect mood and the brain. Many even consider it a nootropic, as we’ll see below.
Is Lion’s Mane a Nootropic?
Many users of Lion’s Mane report that the mushroom is tremendously helpful for cognitive support. For this reason, it’s increasingly popular for college students, knowledge workers, and creative types, as well as anyone with a cognitively demanding job. To learn more about Lion’s Mane as a natural nootropic, check out my article on the topic here.
Where Does Lion’s Mane Grow? What Does it Grow On?
Lion’s Mane grows natively across North America, Europe and Asia. In its natural state, Lion’s Mane grows on oak or beech wood, and it can be distinguished by its distinctive shaggy white appearance, which is completely unique with no known look-a-likes.
How Much Lion’s Mane Should I Take?
If you’re using a high quality Lion’s Mane extract, start by taking 1/4 teaspoon (about 1 gram) 1-2 times a day, or as directed by a health professional. From there, you can adjust to taking more or less based on how your own body responds to Lion’s Mane. Remember to consult a doctor or professional health care practitioner if you are taking prescription drugs, have a medical condition, or are pregnant or nursing.
When Should You Take Lion’s Mane?
Since Lion’s Mane doesn’t have caffeine, and doesn't have a stimulative effect, most people can enjoy it at any time of the day. Many users do like to take it in the morning to support cognition throughout the rest of the day. Experiment to find your ideal time of use! If you find it is keeping you awake, however, limit your use to the beginning of the day.
Can You Take Lion's Mane, with Chaga, Cordyceps, Reishi, or Other Mushrooms?
Yes, Lion’s Mane is safe to combine with the other functional mushrooms. The mushrooms compliment each other quite well and each have their own unique feel and offering of benefits.
Why Take Lion’s Mane? What Does Lion’s Mane Do?
To learn about what Lion’s Mane can do for your health and body, check out the video and scientific studies below!
Studies on the Benefits of Lion's Mane
Lion's Mane and NGF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24266378
Lion's Mane and Anxiety/Depression: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29091526
Lion's Mane and Memory: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5237458/
Lion's Mane and Inflammation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27481156
What’s the Best Kind of Lion’s Mane? Where To Get It?
Looking to get the most from Lion's Mane and its many benefits? The new Hyperion Herbs dual extract has over 1% Erinacines and 1% Hericenones to ensure maximum brain and nervous system benefits. It is a dual extract of 50% fruiting body and 50% mycelium.
Hyperion's Lion's Mane is a dual extract - This simply means that both alcohol and water are incorporated into the extraction process. This ensures that all the beneficial chemical compounds are extracted, as some are soluble only in water, and others only in alcohol. By using dual extraction, we ensure the most comprehensive extraction of all beneficial compounds in the plant.
A Lion's Mane dual extract containing erinacines and hericenones ensures utmost potency and bioavailability. This is because Nerve Growth Factor itself has a large molecular weight, and therefore can't cross the blood-brain barrier. Hericenones and erinacines have a low molecular weight, so they easily cross the blood-brain barrier, where they stimulate NGF synthesis directly in the brain.