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How to Take Cordyceps: Products, Dosage, and Best Time of Day

Joel Taylor - writer and editor for Cannabotech
By Joel Taylor
Petar Milenkovic - Editor for Cannabotech
Edited by Petar Milenkovic

Updated January 7, 2024.

Cordyceps militaris growing naturally in the wild surrounded by other greenery

With the rising popularity of functional mushrooms in Western medicine, more and more companies are developing different ways of consuming them. Currently, you can purchase functional mushrooms fresh, powdered, in capsule form, in tinctures, and more. So, which form is the best, and how should you take it?

To learn all about the Cordyceps mushroom, view this Cordyceps Mushroom guide for all the details surrounding this incredible ingredient.

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Different Ways to Consume Cordyceps Mushrooms and Their Dosages

Despite the fact that there are various forms of Cordyceps mushrooms that you can utilise, the dosages don't really vary between them. This isn't to say that they shouldn't, it is simply an analysis of the fact that there have not been any studies specifically on the effects of Cordyceps at different dosages.

The only evidence on this topic is that most scientific studies done on Cordyceps and its extracts used dosages of between 1,000mg and 3,000mg/day, though they have been tested at up to 6,000mg as well.

Cordyceps Extracts

As for the recommended dosages of refined Cordyceps extracts, they should be listed on the product, and they can come in any of the following forms:

1. Cordyceps drops

To extract beneficial compounds from cordyceps mushrooms, hot water and alcohol are commonly used to create a concentrated liquid. This method preserves and concentrates active compounds like cordycepin and adenosine, which can be added to drinks or taken directly for health benefits.

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2. Cordyceps supplements

To make powder extract from cordyceps mushrooms, they are first dried and ground into powder. The powder is soaked in hot water or alcohol to extract beneficial compounds, then filtered and concentrated into a powdered extract. Purification steps like CO2 extraction or enzyme-assisted extraction may also be used. The resulting extract can be used in various products.

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Raw and Fresh Cordyceps

Although more difficult to find than extracts you are still able to purchase whole fruiting bodies of this fungus. No matter how you choose to prepare them, it's important to remember that in order to get the benefits of mushrooms, you need to break down the outer layer of chitin first using heat.

As such, here are the popular ways of using fresh Cordyceps:

1. Steeped in tea

The benefits and simplicity of Cordyceps tea have been widely utilised by many traditional medical practitioners throughout history. Simply boil a dosage of Cordyceps in water for a few minutes, then lower temperature to simmering and continue steeping for another 15 minutes. Extract the fruiting bodies, save them for cooking or dispose of them, add honey and other tea spices to taste, and then enjoy.

2. Cooked in food

Like regular mushrooms, Cordyceps can be enjoyed cooked into a meal of your choice. Some popular options are pastas and soups.

What Is the Best Time of Day to Take Cordyceps?

Although Cordyceps can be taken at night, there is much debate over the efficacy of taking it then instead of in the morning. One of the major benefits that this mushroom offers is a boost to athletic performance, essentially improving your daytime functioning. This suggests that Cordyceps is better taken in the morning for an energizing boost to your day.

How Long Does It Take To Feel the Effect of Cordyceps

There isn't a concrete answer as to how long it takes for Cordyceps to work since everyone is different.

It's important to understand that these mushrooms are fundamentally different from many pharmaceutical drugs. Take analgesics (painkillers), like paracetamol, for example. After ingestion, the drug takes less than an hour to travel through your bloodstream to directly block pain receptors in your brain. The same is true for many anti-inflammatory drugs, sleeping tablets, stimulants (like caffeine), and more.

Functional mushrooms do not operate in the same manner. While many mushrooms offer a surprising number of benefits, they need to accumulate over time. If you're looking for a fast solution to your insomnia problem, popping a few Cordyceps supplements at night before bed won't help. This means that, although it's advised by many to take Cordyceps in the morning, perhaps with a cup of coffee, it won't matter much in the long term. Even though Cordyceps can seemingly improve the efficiency of your blood carrying oxygen to your muscles, it doesn't mean there's necessarily an optimum time to take it before a workout.

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How Often Should You Take Cordyceps?

Since the benefits of Cordyceps compound over time, it's advised that you take it regularly (once a day) in order to get the most out of it. However, it's important that you understand the lack of research on the safety of these mushrooms for an extended period of time. There are many studies that show their benefits after regular use for a few weeks, but there are currently no studies that look at the safety of taking Cordyceps for over a year.

The most there is to go on, by deduction of the existing research, is that regular dosing of Cordyceps appears to be safe up to a year of consumption.

Can You Take Cordyceps Together With Other Mushrooms?

Unfortunately, there is much debate surrounding this topic. Some researchers claim that taking different functional mushrooms together can be risky or potentially reduce the efficacy of each of them.

However, others claim that taking them together can compound the benefits and potentially alleviate the adverse reactions.

Here at Cannabotech, our research has shown as that you can take Cordyceps together with other mushrooms, as long as the quantities are aligned. Most of our products contain a unique blend of several functional mushrooms and CBD oil, also known as our M²CBD formula.

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Our unique M²CBD formula has been adapted to provide you with different levels of support to different parts of your body. For example, should you be an athlete who wants to relax after a workout, our Unwind Drops contain a blend of functional mushrooms - including Cordyceps - and CBD oil to help support your muscles.

If you wish for a stronger dosage, we have Unwind Tablets that can be taken alone, or alongside the Unwind Drops to help your body really unwind, ready for the next training session.

Plus, you can even use the Unwind Muscle Rub to help your muscles relax from the outside-in.

Each of our Unwind products contain a similar formula, but each one comes in different forms (a tincture, tablet, and liquid). Furthermore, they come in different strengths. In general, tablets contain a double-strength dosage of our M²CBD formula compared to the tinctures.

Explore our website to discover the wonders of functional mushrooms and CBD oil when combined together.

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