Everything You Need to Know About Psilocybin mushrooms

Psilocybe Cubensis
We rarely find a more revered, appreciated, treasured, and prized natural resource in the world other than Psilocybe Cubensis. Known by more names than we can count, the mushroom forms a representative member of the Psilocybe species of mushrooms, known for their incredible psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties that are said to open the doorway to the soul and lead to the realization of the true self by mystic circles.
 
This article looks at some of the wonderful physical, historical, and chemical intricacies that make this remarkable fungus a highly revered and much-loved psychedelic across the globe and time

Meet the Golden Top

The Psilocybe Cubensis mushroom belongs to the Hymenogastraceae family and can grow up to 6 inches long. Found predominantly in South America, India, and Australia, it is relatively easy to cultivate and widely distributed worldwide. It can be easily identified due to the small yellow patch found on the Pileus, the mushroom cap.

Featured heavily in the spiritual rituals and traditions of South America and India, the mushroom forms the backbone of various scientific theories that propagate psychedelic substances’ involvement in the evolution of humankind.

The Psilocybe Cubensis mushroom is highlighted in recent times with the propagation of the Stoned Ape Theory, which proposes that early human societies grew in intelligence, awareness, and culture due to a collective tribal community emerged from the use of Psilocybe Cubensis and other psychedelic mushrooms.

Psilocybin Golden Top

The Star Ingredient

The psychedelic properties of the mushroom emerge due to the primary active substance Psilocybin found within the species. In the Psilocybe Cubensis, this compound can be found in saturations from 0.14 to 0.45 percent.
 
This magical substance is readily metabolized by the human digestive system and converted into psilocin once inside the body. It interacts with the serotonin receptors of the central nervous system.
 
Its effect is that of a hallucinogenic, lasting around 2 to 6 hours depending on individual metabolism. However, due to the time dilation effects of the substance, the period seems to be more extended to the consumers.
 
The intensity of effects produced by the mushroom depends on various factors such as the cultivation region, the amount of Psilocybin, the strain or species, and the dosage.
 
First tested extensively by Timothy Leary at Harvard University in 1960, the mushrooms dissolved into the counter-culture scenario due to the strict legislation passed across the States that wrongfully categorized the substance as a Class 1 drug.

The “Magic” Mushroom

The mushroom’s magic comes from the star ingredient, as explained above, but that is not the only thing magical about this incredibly special fungus.
 
Cave paintings from the Post-Paleolithic have been discovered that clearly indicate the use of Psilocybe Cubensis and other strains of hallucinogenic mushrooms in ritual use by early human settlements.
 
It is often suggested that the Psilocybin found in magic mushrooms evolved as an evolutionary hiccup–a mutation–in the metabolic pathway of the fungus species.
 
The fact that this little hiccup has survived for millions of years does show that it might provide an evolutionary advantage to the mushroom.
 
Most scientists believe that this particular chemical allows the mushroom to be eaten more readily by many animals, aiding in its propagation and spore dispersal.
Psilocybin growth area

Where Do They Grow?

The name Psilocybe Cubensis indicates a strain of the mushroom that originates in Cuba. The strain is an imported species dispersed primarily from Asia and other subtropical and tropical regions across this belt.

The strains found in the Americas prefer to grow in two specific climate regions, the humid continental and the humid subtropical.

Fortunately, a broad belt of the Americas falls under this category, while the arid regions of the Americas and Europe do not host many members of this species.

The mushroom prefers damp forested areas, grasslands, and open prairies that receive significant rainfall.

Although Psilocybe Cubensis is a little challenging to grow in a controlled environment such as a garden or greenhouse, other members of its species, namely P. cyanescens, P.azurescens, and P. subaeruginosa have been successfully imported to gardens. They can grow well if they are situated within their favorable climate range.

What Does a Mushroom Trip Feel Like?

Many newcomers to the psychedelic scene are curious about the Effect of Magic mushrooms, and with this curiosity comes an apprehension concerning the side-effects of the shroom.
 
For some, not all, the mushroom can cause a side-effect that is understandably discomforting for most–temporary paralysis.
 
In a calm and safe setting, this side-effect can have a negligible impact on the whole experience. If you are outdoors, though, this may not be the perfect state to support.
 
Apart from this little reaction, most enthusiasts define the psychedelic experience provided by the Psilocybe Cubensisas as highly rewarding. Most describe its effects as though the cares, worries, and anxieties of the world fade away, and a wave of relaxation encompasses the body.
 
This physical effect, paired with the colorful and dazzling fractal hallucinations that might occur at higher doses, creates a highly spiritual and transcendental experience that has made its place permanently in the history of human evolution and development.

Conclusion

Although we may know significant amounts of information regarding the origin, evolution, and spread of the Psilocybe Cubensis mushroom, one can not truly understand its incredible significance unless you have tried and experimented with the shroom yourself.

As long as you conduct your psychedelic experiments safely and responsibly, your journey with Psilocybe Cubensis will undoubtedly be a highly rewarding and enriching spiritual experience.

We hope that the information provided in this article will help revitalize your appreciation for this ever-important mushroom and inspire you to delve into the world of psychedelics for yourself in a safe, responsible, and accountable manner.

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