Golden Teacher Mushrooms: The Ultimate Guide

Table of Content (Jump to a section): What are Magic Mushrooms, Psilocybe Cubensis 101, What are golden teacher mushrooms, Effects of Golden Teacher Mushrooms, How to grow

Golden Teacher Mushrooms are one of the most popular varieties of magic mushrooms. It’s called golden teacher because of its golden color and its psychedelic experiences are supposed to teach you many things. The golden teacher mushroom can have some benefits, including helping you get rid of depression, inducing life-changing spiritual experiences, and improving mental clarity. In this article, we cover everything there is to know about golden teachers: where they come from, what they do for you, and how to grow them yourself.

What are magic mushrooms?

Magic mushrooms, or shrooms as they’re often called, are a psychedelic fungus that contains psilocybin and psilocin. They can grow on various substrates such as dung, called coprophilic, or rotting hay, also called lignicolous. There’s evidence suggesting that magic mushrooms have been used for millennia by different cultures around the world. The Mazatecs in Mexico used them for religious rites and mystical experiences while indigenous groups in Central America used these psilocybin mushrooms to connect with their ancestors and heal themselves, and tribal groups from Papua New Guinea considered it a medicine.

What are psilocybe cubensis mushrooms?

Psilocybe cubensis, also called P. cubensis and cubes, are the most popular species of hallucinogenic mushroom. They can be found in many different areas around the world, and have been used for centuries as a source of natural psychedelics. They are commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas, but can also be grown indoors.

The shrooms typically have a golden or yellow color, hence the nickname golden teacher. Psilocybe cubensis contains psilocybin and psilocin like magic mushrooms do, but they also contain baeocystin and norbaeosystin which can make them more potent than most other types of magic mushrooms out there.

What are golden teacher mushrooms?

Golden Teacher Mushrooms also known as GTs or gold tops, can naturally be found in tropical and subtropical areas of Australia, Asia, North America, and South America. The golden teacher mushroom gets its name from the color of caps with golden-yellow wavy ridges.

Golden Teachers can be a potent variety of magic mushrooms; however, they are usually an average potency to a somewhat mild potency compared to other more potent varieties. Its name comes from its golden-yellow color which makes it unique compared to other shrooms that have brown caps with white spores. The golden teacher mushroom has golden spores, golden-yellow gills when they are young, and golden ridges on the cap.

What’s the difference between golden teacher mushrooms and other varieties?

To be clear, golden teacher mushrooms are a magic mushroom strain or variety of the mushroom species psilocybe cubensis. Psilocybe cubensis is a species of psilocybin mushroom that contains the active compounds psilocin and psilocybin. In other words, golden teacher mushrooms are just one type or strain of many different types of P. cubensis shrooms that can be found around the world. Other different varieties of P, cubensis include:

There are many different types of magic mushrooms available today. However, only a few stand out as great options for recreational use or self-improvement purposes, and psilocybe cubensis, and in particular golden teachers, remain one of the most popular options.

What are the effects of golden teacher mushrooms?

Golden Teacher Mushrooms can cause many different types of psychedelic effects including euphoria, sensory enhancement, increased mental and physical energy, creativity enhancement, increased focus, and concentration, visuals or hallucination, and auditory enhancements and distortions. Magic mushrooms are very similar to LSD when it comes to the general effects they have on users although LSD is seen as a more cerebral trip.

The golden teacher mushroom has psychoactive effects that can last anywhere from four to six hours. The golden teacher mushroom is known for its ability to promote spiritual effects and induce life-changing insights.

Golden teachers can also have some physical effects too, the most popular being:

  • pupil dilation
  • nausea
  • increased heart rate
  • increased body temperature

Psychological side effects can be common as well, especially in larger doses. These effects include:

  • fear
  • delusion
  • paranoia

It is important to know your “set and setting” before eating shrooms, meaning being comfortable with your surroundings (setting) and having a positive mindset (set). Taking this precaution can help ensure the optimal conditions so you do not have a bad trip.

How do you grow your own golden teacher mushrooms?

Golden Teacher Mushrooms are easy to cultivate at home with the right materials. The golden teacher psychedelic mushroom strain is one of the easiest to cultivate, but it can still be challenging for beginners. It takes about three weeks to grow golden teachers from spores and another week or two before they are ready to harvest.

Golden Teacher Mushrooms like warm conditions with lots of humidity. A room temperature range between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of about 85 to 90 percent is best for golden teachers.

When it comes to growing golden teacher mushrooms, the most important factor is providing an environment that mimics their natural one as much as possible since they grow naturally in subtropical and tropical regions around the world. It’s also helpful if you have an outdoor space that gets at least eight hours of sunlight a day, making golden teachers an ideal candidate for growing outdoors.

You can grow golden teacher mushrooms on substrates like cased grain spawn or sawdust by adding the spores to sterilized materials and waiting until they are ready to fruit. Golden Teacher Mushrooms also come in spore syringes, making it easier to get the spores you need for growing golden teacher mushrooms.

Mushroom spore syringes are one of the easiest ways to grow golden teachers at home. You can find many different types of mushroom spore syringes and a mushroom grow kit available online today from various retailers. Detailed grow guides are also available from multiple sites too should you have more questions. 

Are golden teachers legal?

Golden teachers are not legal in the USA except for some very specific places like Denver, Colorado and in Oregon and those are all at the local level. Psilocybin mushrooms are still illegal nationally at the federal level. However, it should be noted that possession of spores of magic mushrooms is completely legal for research purposes except in California, Idaho, and Georgia, and you are allowed to ship them anywhere but those states.


Golden Teacher Mushrooms are a popular psilocybin mushroom that grows naturally across the globe and can be found anywhere from grasslands to subtropical regions like Mexico, Africa, Central and South America, Europe, and beyond. Golden teacher mushrooms have psychoactive effects that last up to six hours with psychedelic experiences with visual distortions and auditory hallucinations being common. Golden teacher mushrooms are easy to grow at home with the right materials and they can be found in both spore syringes and as spore prints. Should you have any further questions, please see our other articles.

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The Magical Mushroom is devoted to producing expert and accurate articles and information for our readers by tapping into psychedelic users, experts, journalists, and growing community. We encourage you to read more about our content, editing, and fact checking methods here. This was fact checked by Chris Riley.

Published by Corey Riley

Owner, entrepreneur, enthusiast of natural medicine

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