Psilocybin 101: Effects, Benefits, and Tips for Consumption
by Chane Leigh
Thinking about magic mushrooms takes me back to my teenage years when we would pick liberty caps from farmers’ fields. Liberty caps offered a great free buzz at the time in my life when I started to understand these substances to be a mind-expanding one as well. What started out as fun and giggles eventually turned into more spiritual events.
Fast forward two decades, and suddenly, the world of magic mushrooms becomes almost as complicated as that of learning about cannabis. Shrooms or “magic” mushrooms have gained traction as a therapeutic application for several different medical circumstances such as depression and migraines. It’s not just liberty caps anymore, folks. There are many different varieties and types of magic mushrooms.
One of the most popular varieties of magic mushrooms you will find today is the Golden Teachers, a variety of psilocybin considered to be potent yet mild at the same time. Those looking for a more intense psilocybin experience often look for a variety of magic mushrooms called Penis Envy (PE) for their suggestive shape. These are considered to be highly potent and much stronger than Golden Teachers.
As you dabble into the culture, you will find there are many other varieties such as Cambodian, Blue Magnolia Rust, Malabar Coast, and Panama, just to name a few. Here are some of the most common varieties.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these varieties of magic mushrooms.
Psilocybe semilanceata mushrooms are considered to be highly potent and are characterized by large brown leather-like caps that often are attached to curved stems. Under the cap of these mushrooms, you will find 15-27 narrow gills that quickly turn blue when the shroom stem or cap is damaged or removed. This form of mushroom grows commonly in Europe and North America.
Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms are the most common type of magic mushroom consumed globally. Being found in the US, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Northern parts of South America, this variety of magic mushrooms have large caps ranging as large as 80mm in diameter. The caps of these mushrooms tend to flatten out with maturity. Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms have tightly spaced gills that turn black with maturity. When the stem or cap is damaged or removed, this type of magic mushroom tends to have a bluish-purplish color.
Psilocybe mexicana grows commonly in Central and South America and has been used for centuries by indigenous people. Similar in appearance to semilanceata varieties of magic mushrooms, Psilocybe mexicana mushrooms are characterized by a conical or bell-shaped cap typically ranging in diameter between 10-20mm. This variety of magic mushrooms is typically beige with blue or green tones and quickly turns blue when damaged or broken.
Psilocybe cyanescens mushrooms are characterized by wavy caps ranging between 15-50mm in diameter and are commonly grown in North America, New Zealand, Central & Western Europe, and even parts of the Middle East. These mushrooms tend to have a brown caramel-like color that begins to fade as the mushroom dries out. When touched or damaged, the stems, caps, and gills of these mushrooms tend to turn blue due to rapid oxidation. This form of mushroom is known for growing in mulch plant beds which has led to an increase in its growing areas in recent years.
Psilocybe azurescens is considered to be an extremely potent variety of magic mushrooms that grows naturally in a small remote area of the west coast of the United States. This form of magic mushroom is characterized by a large cap that looks almost like a saucer hence the common name. The caps of these mushrooms tend to flatten with maturity and offer a caramel brown color when mature, which can also show hues of black and blue. This form of mushroom also has dark gills and white stems that tend to turn blue when damaged.
Psilocybe baeocystis is commonly grown in the Pacific Northwest and offers a conical-shaped cap that is thin and rippled. The caps of these mushrooms tend to range between 15mm and 55mm in diameter and offer a dark greenish-brown hue with electric blue gills. The stems of this variety of magic mushrooms are often chalk white in color and are known to be both curved and straight.
In most places in the United States, magic mushrooms are still illegal. That is starting to change, however. Magic mushrooms are legal in Oregon and have been decriminalized in several other places such as Washington DC. In general, Magic mushrooms have a very strange legality status in the United States. You are allowed to basically legally purchase everything needed to cultivate these mushrooms at home. It becomes against the law when you add these ingredients together to make your own magic mushrooms in most places. For example, where I live in Oklahoma, I can order syringes with spores of many different varieties of psilocybin. I just can’t do anything with them legally.
Despite its status as a DEA Schedule I controlled substance, many cities and states have passed laws regarding its use in certain areas. These laws vary from allowing state-wide legalization to making it a low law enforcement priority. As of December 2021, the states that have passed laws concerning psilocybin and psilocybin are listed below:
While cannabis may be taking the limelight, there are many other natural substances that offer great potential in many different realms of health and wellness that are longing to be embraced.
Note: Veriheal does not support illegally consuming therapeutic substances like psilocybin magic mushrooms but acknowledges that it transpires because of the current illicit status, which we strive to change by advocating for research, legal access, and responsible consumption. Always consult a physician before attempting alternative therapies.
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July 20, 2021 at 8:07 pm
Thank you Ashley. As a novice mushroom user and first season cannabis grower, I found your article very helpful and informative 🙂
john f migliore says:
September 14, 2021 at 3:41 am
Psychedelic shroom in microdose capsules interest me. I make capsules of various nutraceutical compounds -none of them psychedelic. But in my past, I found comfort and artistic expression enhanced by the consumption of occasional psychedelics. I am interested in psilocybin. A small quantity of dried psilocybin could be useful.
MATTHEW VOGT says:
November 19, 2021 at 3:33 am
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September 24, 2022 at 2:52 pm
I’ll take 2
September 16, 2022 at 10:34 pm
,hey Mr miglimore I think we should chat. I’m currently trying to find someone to purchase my rooms my grown right here on my farm
October 8, 2022 at 7:04 am
Hello, i need some dryed magic shrooms sir , i want to heal had some from the person i am healing with but we are out of spores and the weather here is not good for them
January 26, 2023 at 2:47 pm
I have posttraumatic stress and depression I found out Microdosing is the only Safeway and healthy way for me to live a normal life
David Shatley says:
June 11, 2022 at 2:15 pm
I love psychedelic mushrooms I just can’t find them enough but I am very much interested in this Great mushroom.
Mush Room says:
September 21, 2022 at 1:50 pm
The best way to get the quantity that you want is just to grow them yourself. It’s extremely easy and there are plenty of resources on the internet to purchase both the spores and the growth medium.
October 3, 2022 at 3:28 pm
I’ve been researching micro dosing mushrooms and where I live Nevada we have ketamine clinics and I’ve found some online mushroom growing tips and some connections to getting the spores but I would rather grow my own that way I know what it’s been exposed to and how they were cared for. I’m 60 and have severe multiple PTSD and tried every except electroshock… which I will never try. I hold a medical marijuana license it’s been my goal to completely get off Big Pharma poison and I’m down to two prescriptions all the health needs I get from organic eating and organic supplementing. If you have any suggestions to help I’m very interested and grateful.
October 19, 2022 at 6:28 pm
I’m 65. Long-time PTSD, depression, anxiety, agoraphobia. Had the honor of participating in a ceremony last month, and experienced some relief. But mushrooms seem impossible to find in chicago — at least for an old lady! Growing them and drying them seems a little overwhelming. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
February 22, 2023 at 12:04 am
Hey, I’m a 63 year old Gramma that recently used shrooms to micro dose for a few weeks today I got a better report from my eye surgeon. The rest given today were better, enough that he just put me on a supplement and is checking me again in 3 months. The problem I’m having is I’m an old lady and I have less than a well not enough and my original guy moved can anyone help me out, please?