What is the strongest magic mushroom species?
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Most cultivators who love the user-friendly instructions of the magic mushroom grow kits might not even know that there are different magic mushroom species. The most common type of psychedelic mushroom is the psilocybe cubensis, the one that you're familiar with. But what if we revealed other, stronger, magic mushroom species? Would you like to be aware of the strongest magic mushroom species out there?
Strongest magic mushroom species : Psilocybin Mushrooms
All over the world, there are mushrooms growing. Some poisonous, some edible, some medicinal and others contain the flesh of the Gods. The mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin are the once considered as psychedelic or magic mushrooms. These mushrooms vary from each and possess different characteristics.
Cultivators have observed different kinds of physical appearances, flexibility in growth and of course a difference in potency. The potency is mostly measured by the amount of psilocybin and psilocin.
Over the years, cultivators came to the conclusion that the species p. cubensis was the most user-friendly. Grow kits, spores vials and spore prints are being used world-wide by people growing magic mushrooms in the comfort of their own home. When referring to "magic mushrooms", most people think of p. cubensis mushrooms and the fascinating variety in strains.
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Between the strains their are also differences. For example, the B+ p. cubensis strain is known for being the most easy and flexible grower. And the Penis Envy p. cubensis is usually a slow grower but the upside is that they are widely known as being the most potent.
Curious to find out which p. cubensis strains are known as the most potent? Read our blog post on the strongest magic mushroom strains!
What is the strongest magic mushroom species?
So, here is the fun part. There are even stronger magic mushrooms out there then the Penis Envy p. cubensis. Some are up to 3x stronger! Let's take a look at the detailed chart, constructed to illustrate the potency of all these colorful psychedelic mushroom species
|SPECIES||PSILOCYBIN %||PSILOCIN %||BAEOCYSTIN %||REFERENCE|
|P. azurenscens||1.78||.38||.35||Stamets and Gartz 1995|
|P. bohemica||1.34||.11||.02||Gartz and Muller 1989; Gartz (1994)|
|P. semilanceata||.98||.02||.36||Gartz 1994|
|P. baeocystis||.85||.59||.10||Repke et al. 1977; Beug and Bigwood 1982(b)|
|P. cyanescens||.85||.36||.03||Stijve and Kuyper 1985; Repke et al. 1977|
|P. tampanensis||.68||.32||n/a||Gartz 1994|
|P. cubensis||.63||.60||.025||Gartz 1994; Stijve and de Meijer 1993|
|P. hoogshagenii||.60||.10||n/a||Heim and Hofmann 1958|
|P. stuntzii||.36||.12||.02||Beug and Bigwood 1982(b); Repke et al. 1977|
|P. cyanofibrillosa||.21||.04||n/a||Stamets et al. 1980|
|P. liniformans||.16||n/d||.005||Stijve and Kuyper|
This chart is very informative but what is the story behind some of these species?
Psilocybe azurescens, is by far the strongest magic mushroom species. The Psilocybe azurescens is first identified and named by Paul Stamets, and the most potent ever found. According to wikipedia: the Azurescens is among the strongest psilocybe magic mushrooms species. But most of them are hard to find and even harder to grow. However, Azurescens can be grown outdoors in you own garden!
Psilocybe bohemica are found in five different parts of the Czech Republic. It contains 1.34% psilocybin.
The species grows in the native grassland habitats and wetter environments. It loves the decaying roots of these areas in Switzerland, Poland, Netherlands, US, Canada, and Russia. Its psilocybin content 0.98%.
A solitary mushroom that grows scattered on bark, peat moss, wood chips, decaying conifer mulch. This shroom sometimes grows in the pastures and in lawns in the Pacific Southwest. It has an average psilocybin content of up to 0.85%.
Next to p. cubensis and azurescens, the cyanescens are most common. They grow across the world in parts of Australia and West Asia, the Pacific Northwest, and Central Europe. The psilocybin content that varies from 0.66% - 1.96%, depending where in the world you find them. A lot of experience cultivators are even convinced that the Cyanescens, not the Azurescens, is strongest magic mushroom species.
Not to be mixed up with the psilocybe cyanescens, is the Panaeolus cyanescens. This high potency mushroom is also know as Blue meanie or the Hawaiian Copelandia. Mostly found in tropical and subtropical area's the Panaeolus cyanescens is allover the place. The specimen that is used for research on it's concentration of alkaloids was from France. Good thing is you can grow your own with a Panaeolus cyanescens Hawaiian kit of from spores.
Which species would you like to try?
As you can see, the psychedelic mushroom world has a lot of variety to offer. A lot of experienced psychonauts who tried cyanescens or azurescens have made those species their go-to species. The richness in potency make them a reliable partner for intense visual trips.
If you're feeling more adventurous, try going for the Psilocybe baeocystis or Psilocybe bohemica. They might offer you a whole other experience that might be more to your liking!
Now you have a clear understanding of the strongest magic mushroom species, which one are you going to try next?
Kristinsson, Jakob. (2008). Occurrence and use of hallucinogenic mushrooms containing psilocybin alkaloids: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261099629_Occurrence_and_use_of_hallucinogenic_mushrooms_containing_psilocybin_alkaloids