The most popular psilocybin mushroom spores species
Magic mushrooms (or psilocybin) are fungi that are becoming more popular because of the health, medicine, and recreation benefits they have been found to have. Although they may look like any other mushroom, they sure have a few unique characteristics…
- When crushed or disturbed, staining blue.
- Feeling of well-being when consumed.
- And of course, they contain psilocybin, a hallucinogen.
There are over 227 different varieties of magic mushrooms, all containing psilocybin. They can all “work” or cause hallucinations, but the “popular” ones last the longest.
Some distinctive characteristics of popular psilocybin mushrooms include:
- High levels of psilocybin,
- Easy to cultivate and harvest,
- Large first yield
So what are the five most popular strains of psilocybin?
Magic mushrooms like the following are popular because they are potent, affordable, and easy to grow.
Psilocybe cubensis at the top of this list with five notable strains that make it unique of all the magic mushroom species. Most commonly recognized is the Golden Teacher P.cubensis strain. This strain has been a favorite of philosophers and cultivators for a long time, and it’s deep and meaningful trip is most appreciated by philosophers. Although the golden teacher is slower-growing than other strains of P. cubensis, it has a tendency for high yield even under less than optimal conditions.
Psilocybe semilanceata (liberty caps)
These are the most readily available and the third most potent natural magic mushrooms. Liberty caps are native to Europe and were the first magic mushrooms to be formally recognized. Most places, especially in Europe still use them, as they are well distributed and legal in most European countries.
These small species can easily be lost in the grasslands where they grow. They are one of the most potent species in the top five, and have conical or bell-shaped heads and high psilocybin levels. They may be confused for wild/poisonous strains and therefore extreme caution must be taken when harvesting semilanceata in the wild.
They are also called blue runners, blue angels, or azzies. They are the strongest of the Psilocybe species, and were discovered in Oregon by boy scouts in 1979 (what an interesting camping trip they must have had!). They spread mainly across North America from California to Washington D.C. Azzies are the magic mushroom species with the most psilocybin and are a small mushroom with a thin stalk and golden to brown caps tipped inwards on the edges. Azzies are also psilocybin strong, effective in microdosing, and useful and safe for microdose. Despite this, Azzies should be used with caution since they pose a risk of overdosing.
Psilocybe cyanensis (wavy caps)
The underside or wavy side of its cap offers it its name. It is believed to come from Central Europe and the Pacific Northwest but it’s difficult to tell since it has spread widely throughout much of the globe. They have white stalks and grey to yellow caps and are known for their wavy undersides. They also stain blue when disturbed or handled, causing them to stain the hands of pickers (another famous indicator of magic mushrooms). A widely used magic mushroom due to its potency and efficacy, high contents of psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin provide an enhanced trip experience. However, they are quite difficult to grow indoors.
Psilocybe tampanensis (magic truffles)
Magic truffles are also called psilocybin truffles or philosopher’s stones. They grow truffles or sclerotia underground that are more potent than the cap, which is unusual in magic mushrooms. Originally discovered in Tampa, Florida, magic truffles are now mostly homegrown because of their ease of cultivation, regardless of soil and climate. They often have conical caps that are yellow to brown in color. They have very thin stalks and thin sclerotia that contain a lot of psilocybin and are quite potent when used. The effects of magic truffles, however, are less intense than those of other magic mushroom strains at the same dose
“There are over 200 mushroom species containing psilocybin, psilocin, or baeocystin (hallucinogenic agents).“
Psilocybin mushrooms throughout history
The history of psychedelic mushrooms is extensive. For centuries, they were used as a sacrament in religious rituals, but the first record of Westerners using them came in the late 1950s. The discovery in the 1950s of how mushrooms are used by Native American and Mexican cultures led to the dissemination of knowledge and their popularization throughout modern society, leading to an increase in their use today. The growing use of hallucinogenic mushrooms led governments to enact legislation banning their use, as well as scientific and medical research of these mushrooms.
There are over 200 mushroom species containing psilocybin, psilocin, or baeocystin (hallucinogenic agents). Of these 200, there are 22 species that can be found in North America. Psilocybin is linked to any number of symptoms, from hallucinations to disorganized thinking, anxiety, and changes in perception of time.
Although hallucinogenic mushrooms (and possessing the psychoactive chemical psilocybin they contain) are still illegal in many countries, their consumption is not uncommon. They are typically taken recreationally and spiritually. They can also be taken as self-medication (often in microdoses) to treat conditions such as headaches and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and to cope with addictions. Finally, they may be ingested accidentally if they are confused with edible, non-psychoactive mushrooms.
Psilocybin have been popular throughout history and don’t show any signs of letting up, despite their illegal status in many countries.