Shruumz is a chocolate brand that claims to include THC and mushrooms, describing itself as “The Leading Form of Microdosing.” The chocolate bars are branded like psychedelics: “Each 1.6 ounce bar includes 15, trippy little squares for a little far out fun.”
But does Shruumz chocolate provide a high enough dose of CBD, THC, mushrooms and other active ingredients to cause mental effects? Does it contain any unhealthy ingredients? What is “microdosing” anyway and is it legit? And how do real users describe the effects of Shruumz?
In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in and lab testing of Shruumz chocolate to give our take on whether it’s likely to have any mind-altering effects. We’ll highlight several ingredients we consider unhealthy, and share real, unsponsored user reviews of Shruumz.
Shruumz’s Own Product Test Results Disprove Their Marketing Claims
Shruumz publishes test results on each product page of their website. These test results prove that some of the supposed active ingredients in their chocolate do not exist.
The image above is from the test result document for Shroomz’s Fruity Cereal chocolate. You will note that there is no THC or CBD present. We’ve never before encountered a brand with product claims disproved by the testing they publish on their website.
The same product page claims that this chocolate bar is “filled with primo CBD extract.”
The only cannabinoid in this product is cannabichromene (CBC), which is non-psychoactive according to a medical review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.
Will Shruumz Chocolate Have Mind-Altering Effects?
Given that Shuumz brands itself as a “microdosing” and “trippy” product, consumers are likely curious if the chocolate bars will cause psychedelic effects.
We do not believe that Shruumz is likely to have any mind-altering effects. As documented in the previous section, there are no psychoactive cannabinoids present in this product. The only other active ingredients are Lion’s Mane mushroom, Reishi mushroom and Chaga mushroom.
None of these mushrooms are psychoactive and Shruumz fails to even publish their dose. Without dosage information, it’s impossible to determine if an active ingredient is likely to have an effect. While these ingredients are not psychedelic, there are some clinical studies linking these mushrooms to improved cognition.
Does Shruumz Contain Unhealthy Ingredients?
Shruumz contains several ingredients we consider to be unhealthy. Sugar and fructose syrup are sweeteners, and we know from decades of medical research that added sugar intake is associated with increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Many Americans already consume too much added sugar from diet, which is why we recommend avoiding added sugar in supplements entirely.
As we documented in our Nutrisystem reviews article, isolated fructose consumption is shown to cause insulin resistance.
Shruumz fails to publish the sugar dose on their product page.
Fruity rice cereal is a strange ingredient listing. This appears to refer to a product containing multiple ingredients, but FDA labeling guidelines require companies to individually list every ingredient.
Real, Unsponsored Shruumz User Review
A YouTube creator named “Ghxst” reviewed Shruumz and described the taste and the pros and cons overall:
What is “Microdosing” And Does it Work?
The Shruumz site markets their products for “microdosing” but we would disagree with this description and consider it unscientific.
Microdosing refers to taking sub-clinical (small) doses of psychedelic compounds which can boost creativity and positively impact brain function. You can microdose magic mushrooms or ketamine (we’re not recommending doing so, just giving examples of the types of compounds that the practice of microdosing refers to).
You cannot microdose compounds which are not psychedelic like Shruumz chocolate. It would be like trying to “microdose” a banana or a piece of chicken. It makes no sense.
A WIRED video explains microdosing more in-depth and whether it can make you smarter:
Incredibly High Prices
Shruumz chocolate costs an absurd $25 per bar, or $229 for a pack of 10. Given that the products do not contain an effective dose of any psychoactive compounds, we consider them to be in the same category as regular chocolate bars, and thus we consider them significantly overpriced.
Even luxury, organic chocolate bars typically don’t cost much over $5. We’ve never come across a chocolate bar costing nearly this much and would consider this another reason to avoid the Shruumz brand.