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Various strains of Psilocybe Cubensis
27/01/2024
7 min

Various strains of Psilocybe Cubensis

Written by: Lizzy van de Berg

Are you curious about the differences between the strains of Psilocybe Cubensis? Then join us in the fascinating world of these magical mushrooms. Each strain tells its own unique story, a story that spans from the deep forests of America to the mysterious fields of Asia.

Albino

As one of the most powerful magic mushrooms on the market, the Albino Psilocybe Cubensis strain, or AA, is not for the faint of heart. It's a tropical mix of the potent Psilocybe Cubensis A+ strain and the Golden Teacher, often compared to the McKennaii Psilocybe Cubensis strain for its similarity in effects. However, it has a unique appearance, often mistakenly taken for albinism. In truth, the white to nearly transparent color of this mushroom is caused by a genetic mutation known as leucism, effectively reduced pigmentation. Interestingly, however, once the Albino mushroom is bruised, its pure white surface turns to a blue hue. This mushroom requires care and attention and is recommended for experienced users, both cultivators and those looking forward to experiencing its extremely powerful effects.

Amazon

As one of the most beginner-friendly magic mushrooms on the market, the Amazon Psilocybe Cubensis strain is highly sought after. It is a mushroom that grows to exuberant dimensions in its natural habitat of the Amazon rainforest, but always proportional in terms of its stem and cap. It has a very distinctive feature in its golden-brown, nipple-shaped cap. It grows dense fruits and is known for growing well, making it a great option for beginner cultivators and magic mushroom enthusiasts. It may not be the most powerful mushroom on the market, but it does offer an authentic visually stimulating psilocybin experience.

B+

The origin of the B+ Psilocybe Cubensis strain is shrouded in mystery. It is widely believed that instead of growing in the wild, it was deliberately developed a few decades ago and remains one of the most popular Psilocybe Cubensis strains available today. It is easy to grow and produces large, golden mushroom caps. It has a large fruit body and thick juicy stems. Although its effects are generally considered average upon ingestion, it is less likely to cause a nauseous feeling when consuming mushrooms belonging to the B+ strain.

Cambodian

The Cambodian Psilocybe Cubensis strain was first discovered growing wild in an area near Angkor Wat, in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia. It was used in ancient times in religious settings due to its hallucinogenic effects. These mushrooms are among the easiest psychedelic mushrooms to grow as they grow very quickly, and they fruit abundantly and at a high rate. The Cambodian mushrooms are generally small, with brown caps and pale spots.

Ecuadorian

The Ecuadorian Psilocybe Cubensis strain is perhaps the strongest of the group. It is native to the Andes region of Ecuador, growing in a harsh climate, at an altitude of 1100+ meters. Due to its natural environment, this mushroom has long, sturdy, and meaty stems, making it one of the longest Psilocybe Cubensis strains. It is one of the longest-used psychedelics.

Golden Teacher

The Psilocybe Cubensis strain known as Golden Teacher is as mysterious as the name suggests, as the origin, although rumors say it first appeared in California, is unknown. It is a mushroom appreciated by both beginners and experienced users, as the effects last shorter than the average Psilocybe Cubensis strain, yet still bring about profound psychedelic journeys, similar to shamanic properties. It is one of the larger strains, with shiny yellow-golden caps and ivory-colored stems.

Hawaii

The Hawaiian Psilocybe Cubensis strain is special because, contrary to what the name suggests, it is not native to the island of Hawaii. However, it was first sold by a company based on the tropical island, hence this magic mushroom was so named. It is an easy grower, quickly bearing fruit and growing to a good size with a thick, fleshy stem. This makes it a good choice for both beginner cultivators and experienced users. However, it is one of the more powerful mushrooms on the market, capable of inducing vivid hallucinations and intense psychedelic journeys, not unlike the Golden Teacher.

Mazatapec

The Mazatapec Psilocybe Cubensis strain is named after the Mazatec, an indigenous culture in Mexico. It is common in the Mazatec tradition to use various plants and fungi during religious rituals, including the Mazatapec Psilocybe Cubensis. It is an easy mushroom to grow but has below-average effects upon consumption. This also translates to having fewer side effects, making it an interesting choice for beginners wanting to experience the effects of magic mushrooms. Although this mushroom grows in Mexico, it should not be confused with the Psilocybe Cubensis strain called Mexican.

Mexican

The Mexican Psilocybe Cubensis strain is the second psychedelic mushroom indigenous to Mexico, following the Mazatapec strain. It is one of the best-known mushrooms, having become popular through the isolation of the psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin from this strain by the famous chemist Albert Hofmann. It is a great place to start for beginners, as both the effects of consumption are short-lived and generally considered very mild, and its cultivation is quite easy and straightforward.

Tampanesis

The Tampanesis Psilocybe Cubensis strain was first discovered by Dr. Steven Pollock in Florida, back in 1977. As a magic mushroom, it naturally contains the psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin, making it an interesting choice for many psychonauts, but the most distinctive feature is the fact that it grows small, truffle-like nodules, called sclerotia. These magic truffles contain very high concentrations of the sought-after psychedelic compounds and are aptly called 'philosopher's stones,' as the Tampanesis is known for its profound effects, with strong visual effects and stimulating the creative process. It is an excellent choice for experienced users.

Thai

The Thai Psilocybe Cubensis strain is native to the small island of Koh Samui in the south of Thailand. It is an extremely popular mushroom and one that is found mixed into milkshakes and smoothies, making a trip to Thailand an unforgettable experience. These mushrooms are naturally found growing in the rice fields where buffaloes work the fields, and defecate during their labor. As dung-fungi are naturally inclined to do, these mushrooms grow by feeding on the nutrients found in the buffalo dung. However, whether they grow in their natural environment or are cultivated, the Thai Psilocybe Cubensis strain brings about vivid psychedelic effects, both for beginners and experienced users.

Z-Strain

Like the Golden Teacher, the Psilocybe Cubensis Z-Strain is shrouded in mystery, as it was originally a magic mushroom cultivated by an unknown source. Unlike its mysterious origins, however, it is one of the best-known mushrooms on the market, and therefore widely available and popular. It is one of the fastest-growing types in its category and has a powerful effect, ranging from its immense hallucinogenic potential to an altered perception of time, and from auditory peculiarities to experiencing true synesthesia.

We conclude our exploration through the world of Psilocybe Cubensis. From the strong Albino to the mysterious Z-Strain, each variety has something unique to offer. Whether you are fascinated by the intensity or the subtle effects, these mushrooms provide a rich and varied experience. This blog hopes to inspire you to explore this special world with an open and respectful perspective. Remember to be responsible and careful in your journey of discovery!

Lizzy van de Berg
Meet Lizzy, an enchanting wordsmith whose exploration of the mystical world of magic mushrooms will transport you to realms both otherworldly and enlightening.