Can red reishi mushrooms give energy to resolve caffeine addiction?

Fed up with my caffeine addiction, I started taking red reishi mushroom capsules throughout the month of December in order to help me during withdrawal. What happened next surprised even me.

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Day six of no coffee or espresso dawned without much incident.  I was feeling good, it was a Friday and the winter sludge had not yet hit.  Part of the reason for my success must be credited to red reishi mushrooms.  I was just beginning to feel the effects of the “magic mushrooms”.  I’m not one for testimonials because I believe that all marketers are liars, however, I really think that they helped!  Not one craving for coffee.  Not one post-caffeine-like crash.

But then came Saturday.  And the rationalization came – I needed a reward.

I won’t get into the histrionic details of a relapse, but it went from really good to OK to back-to-normal-straight-up-CAFFEINE-ADDICTION! pretty fast.  And now, again I sit in the grips of coffee.  I’m typing this after midnight, after an afternoon macciato has kept me on the working treadmill.

But I want to let you know that the red reishi mushrooms freakin’ rocked.  I would take them in the morning, and feel a slight increase in energy, which didn’t leave me at 2 in the afternoon.  It was kind of a gentle good feeling, barely noticeable, that would last the entire day.  The mushrooms made coffee pretty much obsolete…but the mental cravings and psychological urge got the best of me.  And my experience taught me (again) that you need to be ready to PUT DOWN the substance, no matter what substance, and abstain from it forever in order to succeed.  The mushroom supplements are an effective tool for helping quit coffee…but to stay quit is another matter.

My name is Lee and I’m a caffeine addict.

What about you?  Have you ever used a nutritional supplement to help you cope with an addiction?  What were the results?  Any lessons?  Please share.  Comments are welcomed, nay encouraged.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. This interesting scientific ideas, and help give a partial explanation for the doctors in naturopathic, herbal medicine and have not experienced people to understand that today’s most serious health problems compared to what could be called. healing or medicinal fungi of great assistance.

  2. Andreas, I wish you the best. Although I think that red reishi mushrooms are a good supplement, you may need a doctor’s help in stopping smoking. I’ve been told that nicotine addiction is one of the hardest chemical dependencies to break.

  3. I am 33 & have been smoking daily since i was 16. Over the years i gave up for 1 year only but started again (stupidly). Had a bit of a rough time through teens. When i was 23 had an ectopic pregnancy which resulted in losing the baby and 1 of my tubes. from there I found out I wouldn’t be able to have children naturally, smoking has put these things to the back of my mind which was great short term but long term i have ran away and never faced up to these things.

  4. I’ve heard that reishi actually has some effect on the strength of cravings themselves. As in reishi can lessen your cravings for pretty much anything all the while replenishing anything that was damaged due to the addiction. I’d venture to say that reishi mushroom can be a major benefit to anyone with addictions past or present. For its restorative properties and its ability to keep one level headed. It’s energy effects are subtle, but very wholesome. Like a kind of energy that comes from within rather than from just a racing heart.


  5. I applaud your efforts! I always liked the idea that you can save your face or you can save your butt. Kudos to getting back on the horse and trying again! I offer you continued support.

    I quit smoking cigarettes in April of last year and one of the things that helped me most was chewing sunflower seeds. I don’t know if salty sunflower seeds are extremely healthy but they are a lot better than cigarettes! That’s my only experience so far. I hope it helps somebody.

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