What Are the Differences Among Magic Mushroom Strains and Their Trips?

What Are the Differences Among Magic Mushroom Strains and Their Trips

There are more than 200 species of magic mushrooms, and each one has its own unique characteristics. There are also different levels of psychotropic compounds, like baeocystin, psilocin, and psilocybin. With shrooms, there are hundreds of subspecies or strains. These have been isolated genetically and are classified by both recreational users and professionals. Each strain is considered a member of its species, but there are big differences in their potency, appearance, and growing conditions.

About Shrooms

With cannabis, when you cross the genetics, you combine the plant traits and make a new strain of marijuana. But this is not the case with shrooms. Often, they begin with a good mutation, like making large shrooms or even being albino. With random mutations, professionals can select them and clone them for many generations. Only the healthiest, largest ones from each cycle will be selected. This process is called isolation.

The species will determine the duration, effects, and the onset of your trip. All members of the Psilocybin genus have a few factors that can help you identify them better. For instance, all of them bruise to a blue azure colour when you damage or handle them. This is because the psilocin becomes oxidized at the site.

Each of them has a pellicle, or thin veil, that will separate the stem and cap from each other. Once the shrooms are mature, the veil will disintegrate, making the area on the stem darker. Each shroom in this genus also has dense gills on the bottom of the cap, which a silky film on the outside. As they become hydrated, they change colour.

P. Semilanceata

This species is often called Liberty Caps. These are potent, widespread, and easily recognizable parts of the Psilocybin genus. You can distinguish them by their cap, which is shaped like a bell. It will hold its shape throughout the lifecycle.

This is unlike other shrooms, where the caps become flatter when they are mature. On average, they are not as large as other species and have a longer stem.

This is the third most common kind of Psilocybin species, and it has very high amounts of psilocybin and low amounts of psilocin. There are only moderate amounts of baeocystin in these shrooms. Often, the effects involve having a visual experience, and they can last longer than with other species. That is because your body will need to turn the psilocybin to psilocin first.

P. Semilanceata

P. Cyanescens

This is a prolific type of shroom that you can find around the world. It is believed that they came from North America. They need to have decaying wood to grow properly. That means it is often harder for people to grow them inside, although they now grow in nearly every continent.

You can find them in more urbanized areas, as well. That includes garden beds with mulch. You can often find P. cyanescens in large amounts of over 100,000 in just one patch. You can identify them by their undulating caps, and they also have thick stems with round caps.

Their effects are stronger than that of other kinds of shrooms. There is about 30 percent to 60 percent more psilocybin in these shrooms and less psilocin than in other varieties. You will often experience hallucinations and other visual effects when you take P. cyanescens.

P. Azurescens

This is one of the rarest kinds of shrooms. They are like other shrooms in their appearance and growing habitats. You can only find them in the Pacific Northwest, however. They have an extremely high concentration of psilocybin, which means you will have vivid hallucinations when you take them. They will also amplify your emotions, so you will want to be in a good state of mind before using them. In some cases, you may even experience temporary paralysis for a time.

P. Cubensis

When you hear the phrase “magic mushrooms”, you probably think about this type. It grows in subtropical and tropical regions, but you can grow them inside fairly easily. That means they offer a low entry point for people who want to try growing their own shrooms. You can find growing kits for this type of shroom, and the spores do not have any psilocybin in them.

The stems on these shrooms are dense and thick and the caps are broad and large. They are bigger than other kinds of shrooms, but that is most likely because of genetic isolation. The effects include euphoria, as well as feelings of love. Some people also experience:

  • Philosophical Ideation
  • Unity
  • Introspection
  • Visual Augmentation
  • Synesthesia
  • Humbler Perspective

Strains of P. Cubensis

Because it is fairly easy to grow this strain, many shrooms you can buy are the P. Cubensis variety. It is hard to determine the exact number, and you can always find a new strain. However, it is estimated that there are around 150 strains.

Golden Teacher

Golden Teacher

The Golden Teacher strain was first found in the 1980s, and the name is well-known today. These shrooms are large or medium-sized, and they often have a triangular-shaped bump in the middle of the cap.

The strain is only moderately potent, which means it is good if you are a beginner just starting out. The strain offers a more introspective and spiritual effect, and you may feel euphoria and even start to laugh uncontrollably. Golden Teacher is a great strain to use with your friends or at a party, and some people even use it for medicinal or therapeutic applications.


This is one of the oldest strains, and they have a moderate potency with medium size shrooms. They have a large number of spores, and the caps often turn a blackish-purple colour because of this. You can get a spiritual experience from these shrooms, as well as feelings of love and unity. You will feel connected with the universe with them.

Closing Thoughts 

When it comes to magic mushrooms, you have many options. With so many different strains to choose from, you will likely find the right one for you. Don’t be afraid to do some experimenting to find the perfect kind of shroom.

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