After cannabis, support for decriminalizing magic mushrooms is gaining momentum in different countries. A number of latest scientific studies have found that psilocybin – the
psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms – can be very effective in treating a range of medical conditions, especially treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and end-of-life
psychoses. If you trust the Global Drug Survey, different magic mushroom strains and species are the safest recreational drug on earth. Emergency medical care for psilocybin
toxicity is almost unheard of. Whether for therapeutic or recreational uses, the popularity of psilocybin mushrooms is on the rise. If you are interested in one of the world’s strongest
hallucinogenics, read this article to know about the various magic mushroom strains and species found in nature.
What are magic mushrooms?
Magic mushrooms or psychedelic mushrooms are a polyphyletic group of fungi species found in nature that contain a powerful hallucinogenic compound called psilocybin. Psilocybin, when ingested, breaks down to psilocin in our digestive system and produces psychoactive effects. People have been using psilocybin mushrooms for psychedelic experiences since the Stone Age. Scientific studies and clinical trials have proved that Psilocybin can be highly effective in improving mental health. It has the potential to provide breakthrough therapy in the treatment of:
- Chronic depression, especially in the cases that are resistant to traditional treatments
- Stress and anxiety
- Psychological distresses and end-of-life crises related to cancer and other terminal diseases
- Addiction treatment
- Cluster headaches and migraine
- Cognitive issues
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
Studies and experiences show that psilocybin can expand your mind, connect the different parts of the brain and enhance brain function to provide both medical benefits as well as new spiritual experiences. It is found to facilitate neurogenesis and the growth of the brain cells to keep our brain happy and healthy.
Different magic mushrooms strains and species
Contrary to common knowledge, the word magic mushrooms do not refer to a single species of fungi. There are many different genera of psychedelic mushrooms that contain psilocybin. While Psilocybe is the most common of them, there are other equally potent varieties like Galerina, Gymnopilus, Conocybe, Inocybe, Copelandia, Panaeolus, Pholiotina, and Pluteus. All of them contain varying levels of psychotropic compounds like Psilocybin, Psilocin, Baeocystin, and Norbaeocystin which produces powerful hallucinogenic effects. There are over 200 species and numerous subspecies in the genus Psilocybe alone. Spread across these different genera, different magic mushroom strains and species vary in their look, color, and potency. It is not possible to talk about all of them in this post, so we are limiting ourselves to the most popular species and strains.
Most prominent magic mushrooms species
- Psilocybe cubensis
People normally associate magic mushrooms with this species. Found in both tropical and sub-tropical climates, Psilocybe cubensis have thick stems, golden-colored large broad caps and are a bit larger than other species varieties. According to the famous mycologist and psilocybin mushrooms expert Paul Stamets, cubensis is ‘the most majestic of the Psilocybes’.
- Psilocybe azurescens
The strongest of all magic mushrooms strains and species, Psilocybe azurescens is popularly known as the Flying Saucer mushrooms due to their unique UFO-like caps. A native of the Pacific Northwest region of North America, shrooms of this species contain the highest amount of the psychotropic compounds Psilocybin, Psilocin and Baeocystin in them.
- Psilocybe semilanceata
Another popular and commonly found magic mushroom species is Psilocybe semilanceata. Known as the Liberty Caps mushrooms, they are easily identifiable by the conical bell-shaped caps and thing, elongated stems. Compared to other Psilocybe species, semilanceata shrooms grow smaller in size.
- Psilocybe cyanenscens
This species is easily distinguishable by the beautiful rippled edges of their caps. Though believed to be native from Central Europe and the Pacific Northwest region of North America, cyanenscens can be found all over the world.
- Psilocybe caerulescens
A native of Mexico, caerulescens mushrooms also grow in southern US states like Georgia or South Carolina. Mycologist Gordon Wasson is responsible for making this species known to the larger public when he wrote about it in the Life magazine. Probably used by the Aztecs before and the Mazatec shamans at present, this species is also known as Landslide Mushrooms or Derrumbes. They can be identified by their inward curving convex caps of yellowish-brown or reddish-brown color with a silvery-blue gloss on it.
Fondly called the ‘Blue Meanies’ can be found in states of US, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, Costa Rica, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Thailand, Japan or countries like France and Spain in Europe.
Top 15 popular magic mushrooms strain in the market
Most of the popular magic mushrooms strain available in the market belong to the species Psilocybe cubensis. This is because they are relatively easier to cultivate. You can grow them in your backyard with the help of DIY magic mushrooms kits available at the shroom dispensaries or online.
Some of the most potent and highly psychedelic strains of cubensis magic mushrooms include:
- Golden Teacher
- B+ Cubensis
- Penis Envy
- Brazilian Magic Mushrooms
- PF Classic
- Florida White (F+)
- Z Strain
- PES Amazonian
- Blue Meanie Cubensis
While all of these 15 strains come from the same species family of cubensis, they vary in potency, the onset, and duration of the effects.
Choosing the right magic mushroom strain is crucial for a safe and rewarding psychedelic experience. All the different magic mushrooms strains and species mentioned in this post will give you powerful psychedelic highs as well as the various medicinal benefits associated with psilocybin. If you are not sure about which strain is good for you, try microdosing different strains until you find the right one. But it is always better to experiment with different strains only after knowing their psychoactive properties and the expected effects. Therefore, we recommend that you do a little research on your own. If you want, you can always talk to a psychedelic expert for suggestions. Choose the right species and strain very carefully and ensure the optimal magic mushroom experience!