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With the increasing popularity and acceptance of magic mushrooms, more and more people of all ages and backgrounds are consuming them.
These particular types of mushrooms have many powerful healing benefits, ranging from healing to spiritual. Medical professionals have observed that these fungi have safely treated many conditions, particularly those that are difficult to treat such as: B. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, addiction, anxiety and more.
They can be taken in many forms, e.g. B. drunk as a tea, eaten raw or dried, added to food and even ground into a powder for easy addition to food or beverages. .
But there are thousands of magic mushrooms out there, and you have to keep in mind that not all are considered magic mushrooms. In addition, it is not safe to take all. Others can be toxic and result in a negative, even fatal, experience.
Here’s what you should know about the many types of magic mushrooms.
All edible and medicinal mushrooms contain psilocybin and psilocybin, which are the primary hallucinogenic alkaloids responsible for the psychoactive experiences, hallucinations, and potential spiritual activities that occur when consumed. Others contain biocysteine, although psilocybin is even more common.
There are many different forms of magic mushrooms, although they are the most popular and most abundant in the Psilocybe genus. Generally they have dark colored spores and gills and are found in forested areas of the tropics and subtropics.
There are over 245 different species in this genus and these are the most commonly consumed:
Psilocybe Cubansis: Cubansis is the most famous strain of magic mushrooms. Also known as golden caps, referring to brown tips or golden teachers, their caps can be up to 80mm across. As they mature, the caps flatten out. These showrooms turn blue or purple when the cap or stem is removed or damaged.
cubensis is often found on animal dung, but can also be easily grown indoors. For these reasons, it is the most common type of magic mushroom.
Psilocybe semilanceata: Also known as Liberty Cap, this species is a commonly used psychedelic. They are usually found on grassy areas where cattle roam. They are small and their color can range from light yellow to brown. It has a small, pointed cap.
Liberty Caps are among the most potent psilocybin mushrooms in the world. They are not easy to grow indoors, so they are best found in the wild.
Psilocybe azurescens: Considered by many to be the most potent magic mushroom in the world, this is one of the rare magic mushroom strains, so prepare for a serious journey if you can find some of these very special mushrooms. huh If you already know how to grow mushrooms, you can grow them indoors, although you can easily grow them in the garden.
Psilocybe cyanescens: Sinescens are easily identified by their unusually curled caps, so some people simply refer to them as curled-cap mushrooms. They are one of the most prevalent magic mushrooms found in the wild and are most commonly found on wood shavings or mulch. It is difficult to grow her indoors.
Psilocybe pelliculosa: Pelliculosa mushrooms can be identified by the broad tip that resembles a bell. Although also hallucinogenic, these species are much milder than others in this genus. Due to its weak psychoactive properties, individuals may need to consume more to get a good hit and psychic gains, although it is also ideal for beginners who are still experimenting with magic mushrooms. . Peliculosa can be found in forests or in groups or clusters along trails, particularly in coniferous forests.
Psilocybe mexicana: Named for the country where it is commonly found, this mushroom is another common brown cap. Due to its low levels of hallucinogenic compounds and alkaloids, it is milder than other forms of psilocybin. Also known as the Mexican Liberty Cap, this fungus can grow singly or in small groups on grasslands.
Paniolus sinescens or Copelandia sinensis
The Copelandia mushroom is a well-known magic mushroom that does not belong to the Psilocybe genus. Also known as Blue Minnies, they get this nickname because their caps and stems can change color to blue or teal when injured. These types of mushrooms are known for their potency, making them suitable for experienced magic mushroom users who may already find Psilocybe mushrooms too mild. In many cases, they can contain up to 5 times more psilocin than the P. cubensis strain.
The genus Paniolus is a really potent variety of magic mushrooms. They contain higher levels of psilocybin and psilocin, and there are more than 100 different types of mushrooms in this genus. They have black spores and are found in cow dung, grass and forest litter; Their gills also turn black or brown as they mature and have cone- or bell-shaped caps.
This is by no means an exhaustive list – just a summary of some of the popular magic mushroom species you might be looking for if you’re looking for medicinal or travel. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Keep in mind that they each contain a unique concentration of hallucinogenic compounds as well as special effects.
Making your own magic mushrooms is not recommended for beginners as many of the safe and edible species look like many poisonous and deadly ones. Leave the baiting to the professionals or buy from a pharmacy you trust.