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White Teacher Mushroom Strain – Cubensis Spores

Description

Our White Teacher Mushroom Spore syringe microscopy kit includes 10ml of authentic albino penis envy spores in a syringe, individually packaged, with a sterile needle included. Cubensis spores sales sales will be declined to California, Idaho, and the state of Georgia.

Cubensis spores and spore print educational information is intended ONLY for microscopy and taxonomy purposes. The cubensis spores images shown are informational only and originate from other cultivators and labs outside the USA. Cultivation is illegal in many countries including the United States. The purpose of this site is not to grow psilocybin mushrooms.

If you’re an experienced microscopist, you’re no doubt already excited to see this psilocybin mushroom spore syringe available here in the Quality Spores store. It’s a hybrid strain that can really scratch that itch for something more complex for your research!

This strain is a hybrid between the ultra-popular Golden Teacher spore strain and the coveted Albino Penis Envy psilocybin spore strain. The result of magic mushroom spores or AKA shroom spores, is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before—let’s take a closer look:

Why You Should Get This Unique, Much-Desired Hybrid Psilocybin Mushroom Spore Strain Immediately!

Golden Teacher is one of the most beloved spore strains in the microscopy community, known for its ease of use during the research process, potent learning experience, and general beauty when placed on the microscope slide.

Albino Penis Envy, or “APE” as it’s commonly abbreviated, is equally loved, and not just for its funny name—like the traditional Penis Envy spore strain, in the wild it has a thick stem and notoriously bulbous cap.

Except the albino version of the strain has spores which are ghostly white, nearly translucent, and an absolute wonder to behold under the microscope. At maturity in nature, APE’s unique genetic characteristics are more readily visible, with its smaller cap diameter and stark white coloration. When damaged, bruising shows a deep blue/gray coloration that can’t be mistaken.

So, what happens when you put them together? You get a strain called White Teacher, which takes a little bit from both of its “parents” and combines them to make for a truly unique and visually stunning educational experience that amateur microscopists can’t seem to get enough of—in fact, this is one of our most popular strains that regularly sells out, so place your White Teacher spores order as soon as you can!

Are Translucent or Albino Psilocybin Mushroom Spores More Difficult to Research?

Not necessarily, with the right microscopy equipment, intermediate level amateur microscopists should have little trouble discovering the beauty of the White Teacher. In fact, we think that it’s a great “stepping stone” strain for those at-home scientists who want a bit of a challenge and to try studying something unique—if you have friends who are also microscopists, they’re likely to be pretty impressed by this spore strain.

Golden Teacher is known for its ease of study, and fortunately, many of those qualities carry over to the White Teacher hybrid strain. APE is a little more challenging, so if you wanted to get really granular with your assessment of difficulty levels, we’d say this falls somewhere between a beginner and an advanced level microscopy research specimen.

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Golden Teacher

This strain produces an unusually large mushroom with a big, yellowish cap with pale spots. There are multiple stories about their origin, but they are generally thought to have been found in the wild about thirty or forty years ago. They are popular with beginner-growers, since they grow well on many different substrate types and can tolerate marginal conditions and still produce large crops. They do take a little longer to fruit than most varieties.

Golden Teacher is considered average to high potency, although the trips are often relatively short (an advantage for some users). Visuals are less intense than with some strains, but users often report a euphoric and relaxing experience, and sometimes also a sense of mental clarity.

B+ Cubensis

B+ Cubensis

An extremely popular strain thought to have been developed intentionally by a cultivator twenty to thirty years ago—some people suspect it of being a hybrid between P. cubensis and another species, P. azurescens, rather than a pure P. cubensis strain. The fruiting bodies are relatively large, and the spores are quick to germinate. The strain is relatively easy to grow and produces a big first flush but smaller subsequent flushes.

Users report a middle-of-the road experience and a lethargic feeling, but nausea seems less common with B+ than with other strains.

Z-Strain

Z-Strain Cubensis

The Z-strain was intentionally developed to maximize both growth and potency. The fruiting bodies are large with unusually long stems. The strain grows fast and fruits heavily multiple times, and is therefore a favorite with commercial growers—that makes it one of the most commonly-available strains as well.

Users report high potency with a long-lasting, very visual and very euphoric trip.

Blue Meanie

Blue Meanie Cubensis

“Blue Meanie” is both the name of a popular P. cubensis strain and a common name for Panaeolus Cyanescens, a different but related species. The two look somewhat similar but not identical, and they have differently-colored spore prints. Perhaps more to the point, Panaeolus Cyanescensis dramatically more potent.

The Blue Meanie strain of P. cubensis has a bluish stem. It’s considered highly potent (for a p. cubensis) with an intensely visual, very long-lasting trip.

Cambodian

Cambodian Cubensis

The Cambodian strain was found growing wild in Cambodia near Angkor Wat, hence its name. The fruiting bodies are small, with brown caps with pale spots. It’s a very popular strain with growers, since it grows very fast and fruits quickly, abundantly, and repeatedly. They do need slightly warmer growing conditions than most P. cubensis strains do.

Users report high potency and trips that are not intensely visual but with a lot of energy and a very creative or philosophical mindset.

PF Classic

PF Classic Cubensis

The “PF” is, according to legend, from the nickname of the strain’s developer, Psilocybe Fanaticus, who also invented PF-tek mushroom cultivation. His real name is Robert McPherson. His strain of P. cubensis is known for large, brownish caps that often get lighter in color as they get older. They take a long time to grow and are not a great choice for first-time growers but do flush repeatedly.

Users report a strongly visual experience, especially at higher doses, with a creative and introspective mood. Nausea afterwards is likely, though.

Alacabenzi

Alacabenzi Cubensis

The Alacabenzi strain is, according to legend, a cross between a natural P. cubensis variant found in Alabama and another variety, possibly the species P. mexica. It produces very large fruiting bodies and is considered easy to grow.

Users report that it provides a relatively gentle trip, similar to come cannabis strains, and good for beginners—except it can cause serious problems with physical balance, especially at higher doses.

Orissa India

Orissa India Cubensis

As the name implies, this strain was found growing wild in India. On its favorite substrate, elephant dung, it can produce truly huge fruiting bodies. In cultivation, it is not huge but is still large, the biggest and tallest known P. cubensis strain. The cap is brown at the center but fades to white near the edges. The stem is yellowish. It’s a good strain for beginners who want to grow magic mushrooms, since it resists contamination and tolerates poor conditions fairly well.

Users report that it is extremely potent, with a very relaxing and very visual trip.

Penis Envy

Penis Envy

Penis Envy is a little more penile in shape than other strains, thanks to a thicker stem and a smaller, more curved cap, but it is not noticeably more envious. While its discovery is often credited to Terrence MnKenna, he only found and collected the wild progenitor; a cultivator named Stephen Pollock discovered the mutation that would become Penis Envy while working with the material provided by McKenna.

Penis Envy is a very difficult strain to grow. It drops very few spores, those spores do not stay viable very long, and they take substantially longer to germinate than most P. cubensis spores do. Plus, the mycelium is unusually vulnerable to contamination. As a result, very few growers work with Penis Envy, making the variety rare and expensive to buy. Users pay the high prices because this strain is unusually potent.

Besides the potency, the Penis Envy trip is unusual for having a notably fast onset with wavy, rather than geometric, visuals and relatively little effect on the body—the experience feels “clean,” mental and emotional, rather than physical. It is propagated and used both in pure form and as one of the parents in a number of different popular hybrid strains.

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There are over 200 species of Psilocybe mushrooms, each possessing visually unique characteristics along with varying levels and ratios of three psychotropic compoundspsilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. A few of the most prevalent species are P. azurescens, P. cyanescens, P. semilanceata, and P. cubensis (which is the most widely known and easily cultivated). 

There are also hundreds of "strains" or "subspecies" which have been genetically isolated and classified by both professional mycologists and recreational enthusiasts. While taxonomically these strains are all considered members of their respective species (and most are P. cubensis), they too can differ drastically in appearance, conditions required for cultivation, and potency.

Common species

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*Psilocybe cyanescens             *Psilocybe cubensis             *Psilocybe semilanceata

Common Strains

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         *Huaulta cubensis            *Penis Envy cubensis       *Golden Teacher cubensis

This introduction to mushroom strains and species may seem contradictory or confusing. That said, a useful analogy for understanding the differences can be drawn between Cannabis and Psilocybe mushrooms. The separation of cannabis species into indica, sativa, and ruderalis corresponds to the separation of Psilocybe species into azurescens, semilanceata, cubensis, etc. Meanwhile, the separation of cannabis strains like Northern Lights, Purple Kush, and Jack Haze corresponds to mushroom strains like Penis Envy, Golden Teacher, and Huaulta. 

Unlike cannabis, where the crossing of genetics combines plant traits to create a new weed strain, mushroom strains often start with a desirable mutation, such as being albino or growing especially large mushrooms. These random mutations can be selected and cloned for several generations from the largest, healthiest mushrooms of each life cycle, to create a new strain in a process known as “isolation.”

The effects, duration, and onset of the psychoactive experience provided by different species and strains (along with many other variables) can differ quite drastically among shrooms. However, all members of the genus Psilocybe share a few key identifying factors that can aid in their identification.

  • They all bruise an azure-bluish color when handled or damaged, due to oxidation of the compound psilocin at the site of impact
  • They all have a thin gelatinous veil, known in mycological terms as a “pellicle,” that separates the cap (or pileus) from the stem (or stipe). In maturity, this veil often disintegrates, leaving a darkened section (annular zone) on the stem
  • They all have dense gills on the underside of the cap (or pileus) and a shiny or silky film on the outside of the cap
  • They all have a hygrophanous nature (meaning coloration changes with the state of hydration)

Psilocybin-Containing Shroom Species

The differing Psilocybe species have a much longer and more intensive taxonomical history than the relatively recent distinctions among strains. The first reliable documented case of Psilocybe intoxication occurred in 1799, when a man picked several semilanceata from the shores of the Thames River in London, and cooked a meal for his family with them. This surprise trip spurred the classification of a new species of mushroom, which was placed in the genus Agaricus, then moved to Psilocybe in 1871. For the purpose of remaining succinct, this article focuses on the four species most commonly found in North America.

P. semilanceata

P. semilanceatas, often referred to as “Liberty Caps,” are one of the most widespread, potent, and commonly-recognized members of the Psilocybe genus. They are easily distinguishable by their conical-bell-shaped cap which holds its shape throughout the life cycle, dissimilar to most other Psilocybe shrooms whose caps flatten in maturity. They are also, on average, smaller than other species, often with a thin, elongated, somewhat fragile-looking stem, and a spear-shaped cap from which the name “semilanceata” (meaning “spear-shaped” in Latin) comes from.

Testing done by mycologists Paul Stamets and Jochen Gartz placed Liberty Caps as the third most potent Psilocybe species, with an exceptionally high concentration of psilocybin, low concentration of psilocin, and moderate levels of baeocystin. The high concentration of psilocybin often leads to semilanceata mushrooms eliciting a very visual experience that also lasts longer than those of other species, due to the body having to break down this psilocybin into psilocin before the effects are felt.

P. cyanescens

P. cyanenscens are another prolific species of mushroom that can be found worldwide, but are thought to have originated in North America. They are distinctly more mycorrhizal than other species, meaning they require decaying wood in order to grow. This makes them more difficult to cultivate indoors, though that has not hindered their spread into every habitable continent. 

Unlike many other organisms whose habitats have been encroached on by humans, these mushrooms are thought to share a symbiotic relationship with urbanization. They are commonly found on piles of ligneous debris or in mulched garden beds, and sometimes in enormous quantities exceeding 100,000 mushrooms in a single patch

They can be identified by the undulating edges of their caps, and aside from this wavy cap, possess visual characteristics quite similar to P. cubensis — thick stems and caps that begin rounded or bell-shaped and flatten (sometimes even becoming convex) in maturity. Despite their visual similarity to P. cubensis, they are significantly more potent than their more common brethren, on average containing 30 to 60 percent more psilocybin, similar concentrations of baeocystin, and slightly less psilocin. The experience occasioned by taking P. cyanescens is mostly analogous to that of P. cubensis, though with notably intensified visuals (a result of higher psilocybin concentration).

P. azurescens

P. azurescens are the rarest, most potent, and most recently-discovered Psilocybe species. Similar to many other mushrooms, they were discovered by recreational mycology enthusiasts (a group of Boy Scouts, ironically enough). This potential to find an entirely new species is undoubtedly one of the attractive properties of mycology (the study of mushrooms) and exists whenever one embarks on a mushroom-hunting adventure

To date, over 120,000 species of fungi have been discovered, and this number is constantly growing. Unlike other Psilocybe species, P. azurescens are only found in the Pacific Northwest region of North America and carry the highest concentration of psilocybin out of all members of the genus. Due to extremely high psilocybin levels, they produce vivid hallucinations, intense amplification of emotions, and sometimes even temporary paralysis.

P. cubensis

Generally when someone speaks about “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms,” they are referring to P. cubensis. The natural geographic range of this species is limited to tropical and sub-tropical regions, but they can be (relatively) easily cultivated indoors, making them the most popular and most easily accessible “magic mushrooms.” Many websites even offer mushroom grow kits, which are legal in many countries, as mushroom spores do not contain psilocybin. Other websites go even beyond the law to offer dried mushrooms and microdose capsules. 

P. cubensis mushrooms often have thick, dense stems and large, broad caps. They also grow larger than most other species, although this is likely due to generations of genetic isolation. This species provides the classic psychoactive mushroom effects of euphoria, feelings of love and unity, introspection, philosophical ideation, synesthesia, visual augmentation, and a less ego-influenced perspective.

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Results in this graph are taken from testing done by Stamets and Gartz

Shroom Strains

Due to the comparative ease of cultivation (at least, those not requiring decomposing wood or dung to grow), the vast majority of recognized strains all fall under the umbrella of the P. cubensis species. Although the exact number is difficult to determine, and new strains are consistently being created, mycologists estimate that there are around 150 distinctly identifiable P. cubensis strains. This article cannot possibly cover them all, so we will focus on three of the most prominent strains. If you are interested in delving further into the differences among strains, check out Psilopedia.ca which offers the widest catalog of P. cubensis strains online.

Golden Teacher

This strain was first classified in the late ‘80s, and since then, the name Golden Teacher has become almost ubiquitous with psilocybin mushrooms. Golden Teacher mushrooms are medium to large in size and often feature a distinct triangular bump in the center of their golden caramel-colored caps. It is a moderately potent strain ideal for beginning shroom psychonauts, one that offers a subtly more spiritual, introspective undertone to the experience, along with feelings of euphoria and uncontrollable laughter. This makes Great Teacher well suited for both social recreational use and therapeutic or medicinal applications.

Penis Envy

Penis Envy P. cubensis has an interesting history. It is theorized the strain was isolated from Amazonian P. cubensis (another popular strain) by legendary ethnobotanist and psychonaut Terence McKenna. Since Mckenna’s original isolation, many variations of Penis Envy have subsequently been created, such as Albino Penis Envy and Uncut Penis Envy. All of these variations have characteristics which are clearly distinct from other P. cubensis strains, consisting of substantially higher potency  (30 to 50 percent); extremely thick, dense stems; and pale, underdeveloped caps — making them somewhat resemblant of the organ for which they were named. They are known to generate an experience filled with deep philosophical ideations and intense feelings of euphoria.

Huautla

This strain was one of the first to be classified, and is thought to be the mushroom referred to by R. Gordon Wasson in the famous LIFE Magazine article “Seeking the Magic Mushroom” which popularized psilocybin mushrooms throughout Western cultures. Its name comes from the village of Huautla De Jiménez in Oaxaca, Mexico where Wasson’s experience took place. Huautla are typically medium-sized mushrooms of moderate potency that sporate very heavily, often turning the caps purple-black with spores. They are known to reliably elicit spiritually meaningful experiences permeated with intense feelings of love and unity, along with a sense of connection with nature and the universe as a whole.   

Strain Categorization

The niche of strain categorization and review, inspired by sites such as the cannabis strain aggregator Leafly, is being explored by numerous organizations in the psilocybin mushroom space, too. Psilopedia.ca andPsillow.com, in particular, are recognized as two of the most comprehensive and accurate ones.

Psilopedia takes a science focused approach to offering in-depth information on many aspects of psilocybin, like its metabolic processes, pharmacodynamics, effects at macro- and microdosages, areas of study, and mushroom identification. They also have aggregated contact information for numerous psychedelic integration practitioners — therapists and psychologists who help integrate the insights realized during psychedelic-assisted therapy into one's life. Additionally, the site has classified shrooms with pictures, detailed characteristics, and reviews over 70 P. cubensis strains, with full report-style overviews of the four primary Psilocybe species.

Psillow, on the other hand, is markedly more culturally focused, offering a consistently updated blog with informational and entertaining articles. They also have useful resources like a “Trip Report” template, along with a comprehensive catalog of Psilocybe species (more than Psilopedia), however, it contains less information on P. cubensis strains.

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Why people have contrasting experiences from different species and strains of mushrooms is multifaceted and hypothesized to be a combined function of two factors. First, varied levels and ratios of the three psychoactive compounds; and second, the set, setting, and intention of the user. Differing levels of active compounds can alter the onset, duration, and intensity of the experience, while also playing a role in whether it is felt more in the mind or body. Conversely, the user’s set, setting, and intention play a larger role in determining whether the experience generates spiritual connection, philosophical enlightenment, or therapeutic benefit.

It is also important to note that across species/strains, the growing conditions, such as the composition of the substrate in which the mushroom mycelium (similar to the roots of a plant) and fruiting bodies are cultivated in, environmental variables, and when in the fruiting period the mushrooms are harvested (either before or after sporation), have significant effects on potency. Generally, the highest potency is achieved with nutrient-rich colonization and fruiting substrates, as well as the ratio of mycelium-to-substrate at the beginning of fruiting, consistent temperature and humidity, and harvesting just before the veil between the stem and cap breaks.

If you have any further questions about the differences between species and strains, or questions regarding mushroom cultivation, please do not hesitate to contact me through my website! And continue reading MERRY JANE for more coverage of psilocybin mushrooms and other entheogens. 

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White Teacher – (3.5g)

The White Teacher

White Teacher is a hybrid of Golden Teacher and Albino Penis Envy. This highly recommended strain combines the ease of the microscopy research of GT, but the potency and distinctness of the APE. Like the APE, these spores are more translucent. In nature, the appearance gives that of a Golden Teacher, but with a very distinct white cap which is brought on by the Albino Penis Envy strain properties. This is a must have for your collection!

A new and improved version of the classic Golden Teacher

Mild Experience: 0.5 Grams to 1 Gram

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We also recommend that you do not mix our products with alcohol, as it dulls the experience.

We recommend starting at the medium experience level, if you have not tried them before, as the visuals can be quite intense and harder to handle for inexperienced users. Set and setting are extremely important for a positive experience. We also highly encourage people to have a guide or sitter if they are new to psychedelics.

This article has lots of useful advice for preparing for your mushroom experience.

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Types of Magic Mushrooms: 10 Shroom Strains You Should Know About

Magic mushrooms are so incredible and mysterious, from the beautiful experiences they occasion to the mystical compounds that they naturally produce. But what’s even more mindblowing is that there are over 180 different species of mushrooms that grow wildly around the globe—and which all contain psilocybin. Not to mention, some species have dozens of different strains with their own signature shape, flavor, and trip (we’re looking at you, Psilocybe cubensis!). So let’s explore 10 of the most common and widespread magic mushrooms (which also happen to be our favorites), but remember, we’re just scratching the surface! 

Psilocybe cubensis 

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If you’ve eaten psilocybin mushrooms, but had no idea what species it was, chances are it was a strain of Psilocybe cubensis. That’s because “cubes” are the easiest magic mushroom to cultivate indoors, and since the ’70s, there have been a few pivotal books teaching hobby growers how to do so, including Terence and Dennis McKenna’s, Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide. In fact, due to decades of selective home breeding, there are now 60 different strains of P. cubensis, like Golden Teachers, B+, Penis Envy Mushrooms, and Pink Buffalo. In clinical trials looking at the potential of psilocybin to treat mental health conditions, subjects actually receive isolated, synthetic psilocybin, rather than the whole mushroom, so we don’t actually have any rigorous data on the differences between all the magic mushrooms for healing purposes.

While different strains of cubensis can also be found in the wild all over the world, the indoor-grown types are typically more potent. That’s one of the reasons that mushrooms you buy on the underground market are often stronger than the ones you pick in nature, since they’ve been bred for strength and are grown in specific substrates (the material in which you grow mushrooms) that increase potency.

However, you can find cubensis growing throughout the southern US, into Mexico, Central American and South America. They also grow in Cuba, India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. In nature, they prefer to live on dung and can also be found on well-manured land in the spring, summer, and fall. 

In mycologist Paul Stamets’ mushroom identification guide, Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World, he calls P. cubensis “the most majestic of the Psilocybes” because of their easy-to-recognize size and golden color. Like all Psilocybes, P. cubensis’ color depends on its level of hydration; they also turn a bluish color when handled due to psilocin oxidizing (basically being exposed to oxygen). Cubensis is distinct from other Psilocybe species because of its relatively large size and the way the mushroom’s cap widens with maturity. Overall, this is the most famous and widely consumed magic mushroom in existence, but it’s not the only one.

Psilocybe semilanceata (Liberty Caps) – One of the most Widespread Naturally Growing Types of Psychedelic Mushrooms

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Psilocybe semilanceata, also known as Liberty Caps, are considered the most widespread naturally growing psilocybin mushroom in the world, according to Psilopedia. Not only that, but they’re also the third most potent, according to tests done in 1997 by Paul Stamets and Jochen Gartz, a German chemist and mycologist. 

Identified in 1838, P. semilanceata was the first psilocybin mushroom native to Europe to be formally recognized. This species is still wildly popular and abundant, especially in England, where the first report of a family tripping out on them appeared in print: In London, 1799, a family reportedly picked and ate wild mushrooms growing in Green Park, which caused one son to laugh uncontrollably, the father to believe he was dying, and most family members to have vertigo.

Liberty caps, also known as Witch’s Hats, grow wildly all over the Northern Hemisphere. They prefer rich and acidic soil, like grasslands, meadows, pastures, and lawns, especially ones fertilized with sheep or cow manure. Because this is such a common environment around the world (think lawns, gardens, soccer fields), they grow in many countries throughout Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Finland, Iceland, Russia, and Turkey. They also grow in North America, on the West Coast from California to British Columbia in the fall to early winter, and to a lesser extent on the East Coast from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia, Canada. Plus, some varieties are known to grow in the Southern Hemisphere, too, in Chile and New Zealand.

Read: Canada Now Has Psilocybin Dispensaries

Liberty caps are small and can blend in with the grass because their stems are only 40 to 100 mm (1.5 to 4 in) long. In fact, they’re the smallest of the top few most potent psilocybin mushrooms. They have a conical or bell-shaped cap, hence their name, and they reportedly taste similar to flour. 

Although they grow all over the world, they’re very difficult to cultivate indoors, so most Liberty Caps that are consumed are picked in the wild. But be careful when identifying because they can easily be confused with a few similar looking poisonous species that grow in the same areas. 

Psilocybe azurescens (Flying Saucer Mushrooms) – One of the Strongest Magic Mushroom Strains in the Wild

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P. azurescens, also known as Flying Saucers, Blue Runners, Blue Angels, or Azzies, are the strongest psilocybin species that grows in the wild. As the story goes, they were originally found by Boy Scouts camping in Oregon in 1979, but weren’t an official species until Paul Stamets identified them in 1996 and published his findings. 

Azurescens are only found on the West coast of the U.S. from California to Washington, and mostly cluster near the Columbia River delta in Oregon. That’s because they prefer to live in sandy soils, such as near dunes and sea grasses, and on loose, decaying wood. They can even withstand pretty chilly temperatures compared to other psilocybin containing mushrooms, from 16 to 24° C (60 – 75° F). Fortunately, that also makes Azzies easy to cultivate outside for home growers in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, though, they apparently taste very bitter.

Read: Why You Should Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Psilocybe azurescens have some of the highest percentages of psilocybin (up to 1.78 percent), psilocin (0.38 percent), and baeocystin (0.35 percent), which is three to four times more than p. cubensis or p. semilanceata. Therefore, one dried gram could be a potent dose, so psilonauts should tread lightly with these extra powerful fungi. 

Not to mention, there is also a potential side effect of paralysis after ingesting higher doses. Although only temporary, it can be an anxiety-inducing experience if you’re not prepared. However, flying saucers—named for their unique UFO-like shape—are known for their intense visuals and profound inner journeys. Their potent strength also makes them popular for microdosing according to strain database Psillow, and you would need very little for intended effects.

Psilocybe tampanensis (Magic Truffles, Philosopher’s Stone)

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Psilocybin tampanensis produces truffles, or “sclerotia,” which contain psilocybin. These truffles are often called philosopher’s stones, magic truffles, or psilocybin truffles. P. tampanensis can also fruit into small yellow-brown mushrooms with conic caps, but most folks just grow and eat their sclerotia, which grow underground and contain up to 0.68 percent psilocybin and 0.32 percent psilocin, according to Stamets’ book. 

These are the type of psilocybin mushrooms that are sold at specialty shops and given at magic truffle retreats in the Netherlands through a legal loophole. Although philosopher’s stones were first discovered near Tampa, Florida in 1977, they haven’t been found in the sunshine state since. In fact, they are very rare to find in the wild, but have become popular for home cultivators due to their relative ease of growing.

The experience of magic truffles in comparison to other psilocybin-containing mushrooms is said to be very similar, but depending on the dose, somewhat less intense. That said, it’s also been reported that the body load can be heavier and nausea more common due to the dense nature of the “stones.” Like all magic mushrooms, the trip itself really depends more on the person, their experience, the dose, and of course, the set and settingin which they were consumed. (You can learn more how to take shrooms in our guide, and if you’d like to go even deeper, we have a class that will walk you through every step of preparing for and navigating your shroom trip.)

Psilocybe zapotecorum

Psilocybe zapotecorum is another species native to Mexico that has current and likely ancient ceremonial use. It’s named for the Zapotec indigenous community of southern Oaxaca, and according to Gaston Guzman, is thought to be the mushroom in many of the ancient ceramic mushroom statues that have been uncovered in Mexico. In the Zapotec language, P. zapotecorum are referred to as “Bado, Badao, and Badao Zoo,” which translates to drunk mushroom or possibly, drunk god. In Guzman’s 1983 book, The Genus Psilocybe, he reported this species of mushroom could sometimes be found growing naturally inside the adobe homes of the Zapotec people.

Psilocybe zapotecorum also grows outside of Mexico, and has been found in subtropical South America, including Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina. According to Stamets, this sacred shroomy prefers to live in swampy, muddy soil that’s humus rich with leaves and wood debris, and is often found in “gregarious” patches. It can vary in size and shape, with a stem that can grow anywhere between 3 and 36 centimeters that’s typically white but fades to blue then black with age or when bruised. It has a tan to creamy brown cap that’s conical to convex and that can grow between 2 and 13 centimeters.

Psilocybe cyanescens (Wavy Caps)

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Psilocybe cyanescens is known as the Wavy Cap mushroom because of the rippled shape of its cap. It was first formally identified by Elsie Wakefield in England in 1946, although according to Psilopedia, she had been collecting Cyans since 1910. 

They’re believed to be native to Central Europe and the Pacific Northwest, but it’s hard to tell because they are now one of the most widespread wild psilocybin-containing mushrooms in the world. That’s because of the environment they prefer: woody debris, like the wood chips and mulch that populate gardens, trails, and parks. In fact, that’s how P. cyanescens is thought to have spread internationally, from lumber and other mulch production and distribution centers to gardens around the globe.

While they’re tough to grow indoors, they’re wildly popular with mushroom identifiers because of their strength. Wavy caps are known to be potent and can contain between 0.3 percent to 1.68 percent psilocybin, 0.28 percent to 0.51 percent psilocin, and 0.02 percent to 0.03 percent baeocystin, according to Stamets. When they’re found in the wild, they can be in enormous patches, and are stronger when eaten fresh, although still produce substantial effects when dried.

Copelandia cyanescens a.k.a. Panaeolus cyanescens (Blue Meanies)

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Panaeolus cyanescens or Copelandia cyanescens are sometimes referred to as “Blue Meanies,” which can be confusing because there is also a strain of Psilocybe cubensis called Blue Meanies. However these mushrooms are different in a few ways. For one, these are the first species of mushroom we’ve listed that isn’t part of the Psilocybe genus, but instead, Panaeolus. Yet that doesn’t mean they aren’t magic. In fact, these shroomies are some of the strongest in the world, with two to three times the amount of psilocybin and psilocin than good ‘ol cubensis.

Copelandia cyanescens prefer to live in dung in pastures and fields in warmer, subtropical climates. Therefore, they can be found in the states of Hawaii, Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, but they can also be found abroad in the Caribbean (including Jamaica, Bermuda, and Trinidad), Costa Rica, Mexico, South America, and even Australia, Africa (including South Africa and Madagascar), Thailand, Japan, New Zealand, and Europe (including France and Spain). Panaeolus cyanescens is very similar to Panaeolus tropicalis, which also contains psilocybin and grows in similar dung-loving environments.

Psilocybe caerulescens (Landslide Mushrooms, Derrumbes)

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Psilocybe caerulescens are known as “Derrumbes” (meaning “Landslide Mushrooms”) in Mexico, where they grow naturally. They were first reported by the scientific community near Montgomery, Alabama, in 1923 on sugar cane mulch, and to this day, can be found in the Southern US in states like South Carolina and Georgia. But Psilocybe caerulescens became famous when curandera Maria Sabina gave mycologist Gordon Wasson thirteen pairs during a Mazatec ritual velada ceremony, which Wasson then wrote about for Life Magazine, when the term “magic mushroom” was born.

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Derrumbes are still used ceremoniously by the Mazatec people of Oaxaca, Mexico, and continue to grow in the Sierra Madre mountain range. That’s because they are resilient to the low temperatures and high altitudes of those regions, and because they prefer to live in the former sites of landslides and other regions free of plants during the Mexican rainy season (May/June until September/October). They’ve been cultivated outside for centuries, and according to Stamets, can also be found growing in Venezuela and Brazil.

Derrumbes are small, with stems ranging from 40 to 120 mm (1.5 to 4 in), and have a silvery-blue metallic luster that makes them easy to differentiate from other species, according to Psillow. Their potency is low to moderate, and the trip can even be a bit shorter, lasting from three to six hours. They’re a good introduction to magic mushrooms for this reason, but can also be a disappointment to those with Psilocybe cubensis experience who travel to Mexico to try them.

Psilocybe mexicana (Teonanacatl, Pajaritos)

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Psilocybe mexicana has a rich history. It’s believed that this is the species of mushroom that the Nahuatl or Aztec people used ceremoniously and called “Teonanacatl,” meaning “flesh of the Gods,” before Spanish colonization. P. mexicana is also the species that French botanist Roger Heim sent to Albert Hoffman in 1958. Hoffman, the chemist who discovered LSD, used that sample to cultivate more magic mushrooms and isolate psilocybin and psilocin for the first time in a lab.

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Psilocybe mexicana still grows to this day in Mexico during the rainy season, especially in the states of Oaxaca, Michoacán, Puebla, and others. The species is common at altitudes between 1000 and 1800 meters (3280 to 5900 feet), and prefers to live in moss, meadows, deciduous forests, and soils rich in manure, as well as alongside roads and trails—but never directly on dung.

In Mexico today they’re often called “Pajaritos” meaning “little birds” for packing such a potent experience into such a small, fragile mushroom. Because they somewhat look like Liberty Caps and live in similar environments, Paul Stamets has taken to calling them “Mexicana Liberty Caps.” They can also grow truffles or sclerotia, which contain both psilocybin and psilocin. (Although, their fruiting bodies generally contain more psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin according to Psillow.)

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Psilocybe caerulipes, also known as the Blue Foot Mushroom, is a rare psilocybin mushroom that grows in the US. It’s a wood loving mushroom and can be found growing on or around decaying hardwood logs, “especially near river systems,” writes Stamets. They can also be found growing on hardwood slash and debris, and are “widely distributed” east of the Great Plains throughout the Midwest and the Eastern US and up to Canada. “Although widely distributed, P. caerulipes is not found frequently,” writes Stamets. But when they grow on forest floors after warm summer and fall rains, they’re known to fruit in the same place for years. 

Blue Foot mushrooms are named for their appearance: They have a blue-hue at the base of their stem. They are a moderately potent psilocybin mushroom, roughly the same strength as Psilocybe cubensis. Psillow warns that the experience could possibly be strong, so start small with one to three grams of dried mushrooms before diving into headier experiences.

Psilocybe stuntzii (Blue Ringer Mushroom, Stuntz’s Blue Legs)

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Psilocybe stuntzii is a rare psilocybin mushroom that only grows in the West Coast of the US and Canada. It was first found on the University of Washington’s campus and named for Dr. Daniel Stuntz, who made the first type collection. Their nicknames “blue ringer” or “blue legs” come from the significant bluing reaction that occurs when handled.

Blue Ringers are also wood loving mushrooms and prefer to live on decaying debris, fresh mulch and wood chips. They can be found in grassy areas, as well, like fresh sod and well-manicured lawns, or along roads, paths, and gardens, according to Stamets. He also says that these mushrooms can fruit in “prodigious colonies” within 90 kilometers (56 miles) of Oregon’s , Washington’s, and British Columbia’s coastal regions. However, be warned that Blue Ringers look very similar to a toxic species of mushroom, Galerina marginata. Psillow writes that P. stuntzii will be sticky to the touch when moist, unlike G. marginata, and Stamets writes that Galerina’s orangish brown cap and rusty brown spores distinguish it. Always be careful when collecting mushrooms and never ingest something you can’t absolutely identify.

Shrooms: Risks of Foraging For Different Types of Magic Mushrooms

There are some things to look out for when foraging for mushrooms—or buying them on the black market. Firstly, because there are dozens of different kinds of shrooms with varying potencies, you always want to make sure to clarify what kind of shrooms you’re buying. A standard dose of shrooms is around two or three grams, but two grams of penis envy mushrooms could be much stronger than, say, two grams of golden teachers. When foraging, the biggest risk, as mentioned, is that you might misidentify a mushroom. Some mushrooms found in the wild are actually fatal.

Shrooms: Addiction Potential

Once you’re sure that you’ve identified the correct mushroom, are there risks to actually taking it? In terms of addiction, shrooms have actually shown promise for treating substance use disorders. There are other risks, though, if you have bipolar, schizophrenia, or a personal or family history of psychosis. Otherwise, they’re relatively safe, especially if you’re engaging in best practices such as checking in on your set and setting before diving in.

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Our Top Three Strains for Psilocybin Mushrooms

Often, even experienced magic mushroom users are surprised to discover that there are multiple strains of psilocybin fungi. However, psilocybin mushrooms - much like cannabis - come in countless variations. All strains of psilocybin mushrooms aren't created equal, though. Some strains offer more powerful psychedelic experiences than others, while some may modify their effects with more powerful emotions or visual hallucinations.We chose our three favourite types of magic mushrooms for general use and took a deep dive into their background and effects. To learn more about these strains of psilocybin fungi, check out our guide to magic mushroom strains below.

Magic Mushroom Strains

Psilocybin appears in about 5 different genera of mushrooms (“genera” means “more than one genus”). They include copelandia, gymnopilus, inocybe, panaeolus, pholiotina, pleteus, and psilocybe. Each of these genera contain dozens of strains of mushrooms containing psilocybin. These mushrooms grow naturally worldwide, although certain strains are unique to specific regions. Our three favourite strains all come from one genus and species: psilocybe cubensis.

We've included a breakdown of those strains here. Golden Teachers offer great guidance and mellow moods. Penis Envy imparts a more powerful psychedelic experience for experienced psychonauts. Finally, Albino Goldies are a hybrid that combine a heady high and physical effects.

Golden Teachers

This classic strain of magic mushrooms is one of the best-known psychedelic fungi in the world. Golden Teachers are thought to have originated in the Florida wilderness in the 1980s. They're a member of the psilocybe genus and cubensis species of fungi. Golden Teachers have a unique appearance boasting golden-yellow caps that are brightly-coloured along their edges and fade to dark orange in the centre of the cap. Their long white-orange stalks are speckled with orange and yellow dots.

A trained psychonaut can distinguish Golden Teachers from other types of cubensis mushrooms because of their elegant stems and wide umbrella caps. Golden Teachers also tend to grow more slowly than other members of their species and take longer to fruit, but this also allows them to develop more psilocybin than faster-growing strains.

The clear-headed guidance Golden Teachers offer is an effect that makes them popular among newer or inexperienced psilocybin psychonauts. They tend to set in after between 10 and 30 minutes and last up to six hours. Many advocates report that Golden Teachers instill a deep sense of spirituality instead of just a psychedelic trip. Most users recommend a dose of around two grams for a significant experience. Golden Teachers commonly leave users with a significant “afterglow,” meaning the lessons they learn during their trip stick with them even after it ends.

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Penis Envy Cubensis

This is another popular strain of psilocybin mushroom that's immediately identifiable even to the untrained eye. With a thick stalk that tapers upwards and a bulbous orange cap, even the harshest critic will concede that Penis Envy bears a striking resemblance to male genitalia.

Penis Envy is a member of the cubensis species and the result of recessive genetic mutations. There's no confirmed information on the origin of Penis Envy. However, some believe that mycologist Steven Pollock derived this strain from a type of Amazonian cubensis by breeding it to exhibit certain recessive traits.

It has a few commonalities with other cubensis mushrooms, like its cap, which is brighter-coloured around its edges and becomes darker towards its centre. However, Penis Envy stalks are much thicker than their cubensis cousins, Golden Teachers.

Like Golden Teachers, Penis Envy mushrooms take longer to grow and mature than many other strains, which leaves them with a higher psilocybin concentration than many other strains. In fact, some strains of Penis Envy are twice or three times as powerful as other strains. As a result, a user doesn't need to take that much to feel its effects - most find that eating about a gram is enough to initiate a powerful psychedelic experience.

Users will begin to feel elevated mood within half an hour. Next, they'll begin to notice time dilation and hallucinations. High doses can lead to synesthesia, or the ability to hear colours and taste sounds. The full experience can last more than six hours depending on dosage.

You can buy Penis Envy in our shop if you want to try them out for yourself.

Albino Goldies

Albino Goldies are a hybrid magic mushroom that originated from crossing Golden Teachers with Albino A+. As a result, its features are a mix of its parents. Albino Goldies have a spindly, dainty shape similar to Albino A+ while taking on the golden-yellow colour scheme of Golden Teachers. Like the other two strains we mentioned earlier, Albino Goldies is a member of the psilocybe cubensis family of psychedelic mushrooms.

Thanks to their heritage as a hybrid, the experience that Albino Goldies offer is a combination of both its ancestors. Albino A+ has a reputation for a quick, physical high centred more in the body than the mind. Higher doses can lead to more intense visual hallucinations. Albino Goldies combine this with the effects of its other parent, Golden Teachers, which offer the serene guidance we detailed earlier. These effects can set in after less than ten minutes and last between four and six hours.

Finding Fungi

There are a few options for intrepid psychonauts who want to experience any of our top strains of magic mushrooms for themselves. It's possible to purchase spores and grow kits online to farm your own fungi. However, this isn't always the best option for many magic mushroom enthusiasts. Growing your own mushrooms can be a difficult task for an inexperienced amateur mycologist, and any errors in the process can result in poisonous mushrooms that will make you sick, not high.

Instead of trying to grow your own mushrooms, it's much easier to buy psilocybin mushrooms online. At BudStars, we sell more than cannabis. We'll also ship magic mushrooms directly to your home. We offer all three strains listed above, as well as a plethora of psilocybin-infused products like chocolate bars. If you want to learn more, check out our full inventory of psilocybin products in our online store.

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