Willy and Philly: Meet the Undercover Shroom Wizards Carrying Psychedelic Tradition on Their Backs

Willy Myco and Philly Golden Trainer have racked up a good quantity of notoriety within the psychedelic group for his or her academic movies geared towards instructing would-be trippers how you can develop and synthesize their very own psychedelics.

This issues to you, expensive reader and presumed drug fanatic, as a result of rising shrooms is basically rattling arduous. Most individuals can work out how you can develop an oz or two utilizing Google (or Excessive Instances articles) however a majority of individuals discover it far too difficult at first look and most processes concerned with psychedelic manufacturing are a lot simpler to know with visible aids. Being because it had been that lots of people would like to eat their medication with out partaking in some sweaty, parking zone alternate with a dude named Indigo, quite a lot of people can be shit out of luck if it weren’t for individuals like Willy and Philly. 

These guys are actually placing their cash the place their mouths are within the sense of taking massive authorized and private dangers to advance the science of psychedelic manufacturing and educating the plenty on how you can safely replicate the processes for themselves. They each conceal their identities in several methods. Willy wears a face masks in his movies and PGT has but to point out his face or reveal what his voice appears like. Their channels and messages should not related to each other however they’ve every amassed a formidable following and every contributed essential details about psychedelics on to the individuals who want it.

Excessive Instances caught up with Willy and Philly each collectively and individually to speak store about psychedelic tradition and their efforts to protect, promote and advance it.

Courtesy Philly Golden Trainer

Willy Myco

Willy is, I shit you not, a Harvard graduate with levels and {qualifications} out the wazoo who walked away from a quarter-million greenback wage at a big-name pharmaceutical firm to make his academic YouTube and Patreon movies. The movies span from DIY shroom rising methods to how LSD is synthesized and extra. He now pays his payments virtually fully by YouTube and Patreon, because of his organically grown group which he refers to because the “journey staff household” or TTF. 

“I ain’t shit with out you guys,” Willy stated. “With out that group behind me, supporting me and being there for me, then I wouldn’t be capable of do it.”

The TTF is difficult to quantify however in keeping with Willy it ranges anyplace from 70 to 120,000 individuals. They’ve a non-public Discord server that’s genuinely a constructive place to discover with tremendous pleasant individuals, all of whom are stoked to assist different budding mycologists and psychedelic fanatics on their particular person journeys. 

Not solely that, however these cats throw one hell of a celebration by the sound of issues. Willy places on this massive occasion yearly referred to as “Journey-A-Ween” the place they mainly fry balls on world-class psychedelics and do enjoyable shit like hire out a complete amusement park or dwell massive in Costa Rica for per week. They spare no expense and speak about it prefer it’s a giant household reunion.

As a Patreon supporter and member of the TTF discord, I received’t reveal a lot of what I’ve seen in there for apparent causes however I’ll word that proper earlier than I began writing this text, a giant member of the TTF group who goes by the alias Watr was arrested and had their youngsters taken away from them for allegedly distributing psychedelics. Within per week, Willy had a sweatshirt made up and began an in-house fundraiser to boost cash and produce Watr again house to his children. Willy has additionally personally given 1000’s of {dollars} out of his personal pocket to finance medical therapy for some supporters of his who wanted assist.

Willy is at the moment within the course of of shopping for a home in Puerto Rico the place he might be organising a hashish develop to offer employment for the individuals dwelling there, to not point out internet hosting a podcast, seemingly throwing extra shroom events and offering mycology/hashish cultivation lessons to impoverished Puerto Ricans. Willy advised Excessive Instances his final objective is to protect the legacy of the individuals who got here earlier than him.

“I wish to see individuals be capable of assist their households and construct their empires off of psychedelics, I would like to have the ability to see individuals flourish and do nicely—the individuals that really deserve it, and are doing it for the fitting causes,” Willy stated. “I don’t need that tradition to be gone. I don’t need it simply to develop into a machine like hashish has develop into. It’s an business now. It’s a giant factor. Earlier than, when it was underground, it was in regards to the members of the group and the individuals who truly put within the work to protect it. After which as soon as it grew to become an business, it simply grew to become about cash. It was not about group.” 

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Philly Golden Trainer

Philly is a little more elusive than Willy however his movies are very detailed and dive deep into the artwork of shroom rising. Whereas Willy’s movies embody all psychedelics, Philly strictly focuses on mycology and mushroom cultivation. He’s a prolifically paranoid man (for VERY good purpose) who used a voice modulator when talking to Excessive Instances

“I’m scared. I’m scared to place myself on the market,” Philly stated. “That concern actually places me into nervousness mode.”

Philly didn’t inform me many specifics about himself aside from he tries to mix into society as a lot as attainable to keep away from detection. He works a 9-5 at a name middle and spends his off-time engaged on superior mycology initiatives, one in every of which is trying to crossbreed psychedelic mushrooms to make a brand new “pressure.” Pressure is in quotes as a result of it’s even much less correct when used to check with mushrooms than the way it’s generally used for hashish however for our functions, pressure is ok. 

“You must perceive crossbreeding is much more advanced than placing two totally different mycelium collectively on a plate and having them go ‘right here, kiss.’ You must isolate a single spore to have the ability to do it at a microscopic degree. It’s arduous to do this; it’s arduous to confirm that with no microscope so individuals don’t get into crossbreeding until you may afford a microscope to place the work behind to do it,” Philly stated.

The factor with mushroom rising is that very similar to hashish, a good quantity of the legwork on determining how you can do it correctly is pioneered by guys like Philly, who lives in fixed concern of federal police raids at worst and dropping his YouTube account at greatest.

“I’ve to actually watch out what I put out on there,” Philly stated. “I’m making an attempt to steer issues forwards, simply making an attempt to to drive issues to Patreon as a result of I can’t actually depend on YouTube.”

Philly advised Excessive Instances he’s notably enthusiastic about mushroom lineage playing cards he and his spouse have been engaged on with details about the breeders and historical past behind the totally different “strains” of psychedelic mushrooms.

“We mainly went full Pokemon,” Philly stated. 

Each PGT and Willy expressed parallel views to Excessive Instances on how psychedelics must be used or checked out going ahead. They each hammered house two distinct factors a number of instances over:

  • Psychedelics can be utilized as medication however ought to extra so be checked out as instruments.
  • Decriminalization as an alternative of legalization.

“I’m extra snug with decriminalization than legalization,” Willy stated. “I don’t suppose individuals ought to go to jail or be charged for cultivating their very own medication, whether or not that’s mushrooms or extracting DMT or cultivating hashish, regardless of the case could also be. Folks ought to be capable of do it freely. However, legalization brings a complete nother slew of issues: oversaturation, stepping on the toes of all of the cultivators which were doing this for a very long time. You could have corporations which have hundreds of thousands of {dollars} of backing and also you simply can’t compete with that.”

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