If you are reading an article on the Magical Mushroom, we know you are fascinated with magical and sometimes unexplainable experiences with psychedelics. Us too! One such magical experience for you probably happened by ingesting psilocybin possessing Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms. But how much do you really know about the magic mushroom? Do you know where it grows? Would you know how to identify these mushrooms in the wild? Do you know the origin and studies behind psychoactive mushroom use? This article will go over everything about the Psilocybe Cubensis (p. cubensis) including some of the science about these psilocybin containing mushrooms. So let’s nerd out and get started.
What is Psilocybe Cubensis
Psilocybe Cubensis (p. cubensis), or psilocybin mushrooms, is a type of mushroom that contains psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocybe cubensis is a species of Psilocybin mushrooms that commonly grows on cow manure. As you may have guessed, Psilocybe Cubensis is one of the most popular psychedelic mushrooms available because it has been found to have low toxicity and little risk for addiction. They are the magic mushroom! Psilocybe Cubensis contains a chemical called psilocin, which causes these hallucinations and altered amazing states. Psilocybine, another component in Psilocybe Cubensis, increases blood flow to the brain and can make people more aware during their experiences with this drug. Psilocin is similar in chemical structure to neurotransmitters, which is another reason that explains why Psilocybin has such powerful effect. So combine these two active ingredients from Psilocybes Mushrooms, and you have a powerful combination for a psychedelic experience.
Which brings us to our next question….
Is Psilocybe Cubensis a hallucinogen?
You guessed it. Yes, Psilocybe Cubensis is a magic mushroom and for sure is a hallucinogenic.
In fact, Psilocybe Cubensis are among the most powerful of their kind, with Psilocybin content that can range anywhere from 8mg to 14mg per Psilocybe Cubensis. Psilocin concentration in Psilocybe Cubensis can vary from 0.1 mg to 0.25 mg per Psilocybe Cubensis, but on average it usually ranges around 0.2 mg per Psilocybe Cubensis.
Psilocybe Cubensis should never be taken for Psilocin content, as Psilocin is metabolized much faster than Psilocybin, causing Psilocin to lose its potency after just a few hours. Psilocybe cubensis can grow up to 1″ within your first flush, and Psilocybe cubensis typically takes between 7 days to 11 days to mature. Psilocybe Cubensis can grow up to 3″ when fully matured, and Psilocybe cubensis that are allowed to be left in the growing medium after the initial harvest will eventually form into a magic mushroom that closely resembles Panaeolus Cyanescens, even though Panaeolus Cyanescens are actually Psilocybe Cubensis that have been grown under different conditions.
Where do Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms grow?
In the U.S., Psilocybe Cubensis can be found in Georgia, Louisiana, California, and Florida to name a few states. Psilocybe cubensis is a pantropical species so ideal growing conditions across the Gulf Coast and southeastern United States. Outside of the U.S., they grow in Mexico and in the Central American countries of Belize, Costa Rica, and Honduras. It also grows in East Asia and Australia as well. It truly is a global magic mushroom.
Tips for growing at home
The Golden Teacher strain is the easiest and most popular psilocybin cubensis strain to grow yourself. The B+ and the amazonian cubensis strains will be perfect for novices as well. They are sturdy against changing conditions, while more sensitive strains may be damaged by a minor fluctuation in the environment. Some strains can not develop properly to thrive in home grown settings without painstaking measure to reproduce their natural conditions. However, Psilocybe cubensis can develop quickly even in suboptimal conditions with amateur growing equipment, which makes them a favorite in our book!
The cubensis mushroom is one of the easiest plants growing. We think that with proper preparation and research (and maybe a trial and error or two) you should become a successful planter within two to three months. Be sure to check out our forum for helpful tips and tricks.
History of Psilocybe Cubensis in Religion and Cultures
It has been used for thousands of years for spiritual purposes by different cultures around the world. Did you know that it is widely accepted that the first known usage of magic psilocybin mushrooms was in Central America? One of the earliest documented use of Psilocybe Cubensis, or “magic” mushrooms, can be traced back to 5,000 years ago in what is now Guatemala. The discovery of this fungus has been found in pottery fragments from a temple at Tikal. Archeologists have also discovered stone sculptures depicting people who are believed to have consumed these hallucinogenic fungi during religious rituals.
Fast forward to the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, and that is when Psilocybe Cubensis starts to enter a new age of discovery. A few important names to acknowledge with magic psilocybin mushrooms, starting with Dr. R. Gordon Wasson (essentially the father of psychedelic medicine) and his wife Dr. Valentina Wasson. Discovery of Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms occured in Guatemala on May 13th, 1957 with his wife Dr. Valentina “Tine” Pavlovna Wasson. For some great reading about her, read this here: Dr Valentina Wasson: Getting Our Stories Right. Clearly she had a lot to do with bringing psychedelic mushrooms and medicine to the world.
How do the psilocybin mushrooms affect the body?
Ever wonder how magic mushrooms affect the body? Magic mushrooms are some of the most powerful psychedelics on earth. They can make you happy, creative, and even stimulate your appetite. The effects of magic mushrooms depend on what kind you take and how much is consumed. A small dose will produce a mild stimulant effect that may increase alertness or enhance mood for up to 12 hours. Larger doses induce hallucinations that last up to 6 hours with an increased risk of panic attacks or seizures if taken in high-stress settings like clubs or concerts. If you’re considering ingesting a psilocybin mushroom as an entheogenic drug or want to learn more about its effects on your body, we recommend exploring all sides of the story before making any decisions. There is much evidence suggesting it can be used responsibly in controlled environments by experienced users without abuse. However, if someone chooses not to research beforehand they may find themselves struggling with adverse reactions like nausea, vomiting, hallucinations (and sometimes even psychosis), panic attacks. So always remember when experimenting with psychedelics, in this case a psilocybin mushroom: research and proper use is absolutely critical. We hit this in every article we write, but please always use any psychedelic drug in moderation and of course safely. Now, let’s discuss some of the common questions that people always ask regarding the psilocybin mushroom and the effects on body and mind.
What do hallucinogenic mushrooms do to your brain?
We all know that drugs can have a huge impact on the brain, but what exactly do psychedelic mushrooms do to your brain? In this blog post we will cover how these fungi affect you from your perspective as well as some of the neuroscience behind it.
The first thing that happens is there is a release of serotonin and dopamine in the user’s brain. This causes feelings of euphoria and happiness, which can last for up to 8 hours. The way this drug interacts with receptors in the brain may also cause hallucinations and out-of-body experiences (OOBE). OOBE are when people experience themselves outside their body watching themselves like they would watch TV: seeing only themselves or parts of themselves from an outside perspective.
If you love being on the receiving end of a good trip, then you might be wondering what it’s like to have your brain flooded with serotonin. Well, wonder no more! Researchers found that psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in mushrooms) increases activity in the cerebral cortex and decreases activity in subcortical regions. This leads to an increase of sensory information processing, which may lead to hallucinations.
The most important takeaway is that magic mushrooms are not addictive or dangerous if used responsibly–in fact they can even help treat depression and anxiety! Magic Mushrooms are one of the newest trends for people looking for alternative ways to relieve stress without chemical substances.
What are the positive effects of psychedelic mushrooms?
Psychedelic mushrooms, or hallucinogenic mushrooms as they are also known, can be used for getting insights on life and solving problems. They have been shown to help people with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. It is important to note that not all types of magic mushrooms are safe and some may lead to adverse reactions if taken in the wrong dosage. For those who want a more spiritual experience, it can be helpful to take them under the guidance of an experienced shaman or healer.
Side effects of taking psilocybin mushrooms
There can be many possible side effects of taking Psilocybe Cubensis as one would expect given they are hallucinogenic mushrooms. Starting with the not so pleasant side effects if the dosing or mushrooms aren’t up to par: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and dizziness. The negative side effects vary from person to person and again depend on a lot of factors initially with ingesting and growth of mushroom. Another side effect, which can be sometimes viewed as a negative, is they keep you awake. Definitely something to consider with regards to when to ingest them. Some people may experience no negative side effects at all. This is because there are different strains of these fungi that grow in different climates worldwide which can produce different reactions in individuals who consume them.
Now on the positive and some of which we have already mentioned in this article. Remember, Psilocybe Cubensis is a type of mushroom that contains the psychedelic substances psilocybin and psilocin, which can cause hallucinations, euphoria, changes in mood and perception, relaxation or anxiety. Some people also report feeling more creative after taking them, hence the popular trend of micro-dosing lately. All of the side effects generally stop once the drug wears off (8-12 hrs on average) so if you have any concerns about your health it’s best to talk to someone with experience in psychedelic medicine and use.
Risks and Benefits of taking Psilocybe Cubensis
As we mentioned, Psilocybe Cubensis is a type of psychedelic mushroom that has been used in rituals, ceremonies and for its entheogenic properties. It has been found to have long term effects on the mental health of those who use it. The short term effects can be euphoric or come with hallucinations and nausea. There are many different types of hallucinogenic mushrooms that have similar properties, but they all vary in toxicity levels so you will want to research before consuming any psilocybin containing mushrooms. Psilocybin is illegal in most countries without a prescription from a medical doctor or psychiatrist, so you should always consult your physician before taking any drugs at all!
Psilocybe Cubensis, also known as “magic mushrooms,” have been used for thousands of years and they are still one of the most popular and generally safe psychedelics on earth. They can be an incredible tool to explore consciousness or help with depression and anxiety, but there is a lot you should know before taking them. We are even still learning ourselves here at the Magical Mushrooms even after years and years of experience. We’ll talk all things shrooms from their history to palliative care so that when it’s time to take the plunge into this amazing world, you won’t feel lost at sea.
References and Sources:
- Psilocybe cubensis (P. Cubensis) – Wikimedia Commons
- File:Psilocybe stuntzii Guzmán & J. Ott 375659.jpg (P. Cubensis)- Wikimedia Commons (P. Cubensis)
- Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
- BUSCO Applications from Quality Assessments to Gene Prediction and Phylogenomics
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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 Corey Riley.