Magic mushrooms are large fungal “plants” which are gaining the world’s attention due to the benefits that they have been found to possess in health, medicine, and recreation. Though they may look like any other mushroom, they have some distinguishing features, some of which are:

  • Staining blue when disturbed or crushed,
  • Ability to give a sensation of well-being when consumed,
  • Containing psilocybin which is a hallucinogen.

There are over 180 strains of magic mushrooms, all containing psilocybin. They can all make one trip, but those that are popular

  • Contain high levels of psilocybin,
  • Are easy to cultivate and harvest,
  • Do not require any special growth environment,
  • Have a high first yield,
  • Have a high number of flushes.

Five most popular strains of magic mushrooms

The following magic mushrooms have gained popularity due to their potency, efficacy, and easy adaptability to growth conditions.

Psilocybe cubensis

Topmost on this list is Psilocybe cubensiswhich has five notable strains that make it unique among the magic mushroom species. They are:

This is the best advised strain for beginner cultivators. It adapts very easily to various climates, weather conditions, and growth conditions, suiting cultivators that are not used to magic mushroom growth requirements. It is also resilient and does not need to be tended to always. It is a large growing strain and is often grown indoors out of growth bags. It can be easily grown at your convenience, hence eliminating stress. It also has a high yield.

This strain gets its name from the Amazonian forest from which it originated. Interestingly, it is the most potent strain of P. cubensis and when used, the user can trip hard. It grows very large, with an average height of 6-12 inches and can be either gotten from its forest of origin, or grown. It is also easily adaptable.

Named after Terence McKenna, this strain has its own very unique traits. It is a self-reliant and resilient grower and can be compared to B+ in terms of stable growth. It is a strain for people who want to go into deep and self-exploratory trips. It has been used by philosophers and proven to increase the sense of self-awareness. It triggers previously dormant segments of the brain, increasing thinking capacity and problem-solving abilities.

An all-time favorite of both philosophers and cultivators, this strain is well-loved by philosophers because of the deep and meaningful trip experienced with its use. Because it produces great flushes when cultivated, it is loved by cultivators as well. Though the golden teacher is not fast-growing like other strains of P. cubensis, it grows in less than optimal conditions and has a propensity for high yield.

This strain is known to give an authentic high. It is one strain that grows slowly, and a new cultivator might be worried that his grow kit is having issues. It gives rise to large flushes and brown caps and its use is very effective.

Psilocybe semilanceata (liberty caps)

Psilocybe semilanceata

These are considered the most widespread naturally growing magic mushrooms and the third most potent. Liberty caps were the first magic mushrooms to be recognized formally and are native to Europe. They are widely distributed and still used in most places, especially in Europe.

  • Soil Preference

The liberty cap, also known as witch’s hat, prefers acidic soil types, especially those fertilized with cattle dung or sheep manure. This type of soil is seen almost everywhere, which explains the commonness of this species of magic mushrooms. Liberty caps are seen in grasslands, meadows, lawns, forests, pastures, and fallow farms, and are all over Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, and Turkey.

  • Appearance

They are a small species and can easily be lost in grasslands. The smallest of the top potent species, they have bell-shaped or conical hat-like caps which give them their name and contain a high amount of psilocybin. Although they grow very well outdoors and can be seen in almost all parts of the world, they are difficult to cultivate indoors and are mostly handpicked for use. Care must be taken, however, not to confuse them for wild and poisonous strains as this may lead to fatalities.

Psilocybe azurescens

These are also known as azzies, blue runners, or blue angels. They are the strongest of the Psilocybe species which grow in the wild and were originally found, by some boy scouts who were camping in Oregon in 1979. Azzies are found in California and run across the region to Washington D.C.

  • Soil preferences

Azzies grow well in sandy soils such as loose, dead and decaying wood, seagrass areas and dunes. They are found in clusters and a very large population can be found in one area, making them easy to harvest and use for commercial purpose. They can withstand and grow well at low temperatures, unlike many other psilocybin-containing mushrooms, which is an advantage that can be exploited for the cultivation of Azzies outside the home in temperate regions like the United States and Europe. They have been reported, however, to be bitter-tasting.

  • Appearance

Azzies are small and their stalks are thin with golden to brown caps which are bent inwards at the edges. They are the magic mushroom species with the highest amount of psilocybin. They also make for really intense psilocybin trips and are useful and effective in microdosing. This is a strength, as very little is required to induce the wanted effect. Caution should, however, be taken with use as there is a high possibility of overdosing using Azzies.

Psilocybe cyanensis (wavy caps)

This is also called the wavy cap because of the wavy nature of the underside of its cap. It is believed to originate from Central Europe and Pacific Northwest, but it’s hard to tell as it has spread widely across many geographical areas.

  • Soil preference

Wavy caps do not grow well when cultivated indoors but can be seen in mulching materials, wood chips, and wood debris that increase its population in gardens, parks, and farms. This is thought to also be the reason for its international growth, as international wood trade helps in its spread. Wavy caps are seen in large patches in the wild and can easily be harvested for use.

  • Appearance

They have white stalks and yellow to grey caps which are famous for their wavy undersides. They are known to stain blue when disturbed or touched and can stain the hands of pickers. Although they do not grow well indoors, they are well known by magic mushroom merchants due to their potency and efficacy and high contents of psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin which all improve the user’s trip experience. They are most potent when fresh and are mostly eaten or used immediately after picking. They are still efficacious after they are dried, though larger amounts must be used to get the required action and effects.

Psilocybe tampanensis (magic truffles) – Coming soon to our menu!

Magic truffles are also referred to as philosopher’s stones or psilocybin truffles. They produce truffles or sclerotia which contain massive amounts of psilocybin. The unique feature of these mushrooms is that the sclerotia which are underneath the earth are more potent than the caps, which is a rarity in magic mushrooms.

  • Soil preference

Magic truffles were first discovered in Tampa, Florida, but due to their ease of cultivation, they are now majorly homegrown by cultivators with no special considerations for soil and climate.

  • Appearance

Their caps are often conical and appear yellow to brown. They have thin stalks and relatively dense sclerotia which contain high levels of psilocybin and are potent when used. When compared to other magic mushroom strains at a given dose, the effects of magic truffles seem to be less intense than others.

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