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Psilopedia

The Magic Mushroom Encyclopedia

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What are Psilocybin Mushrooms?

Psilocybin mushrooms, scientifically known as Psilocybe mushrooms, are fungi that synthesize a number of psychoactive compounds, the most prominent of which is psilocybin.

 

The natural habitats in which they can be found are spread across the globe, and their use by humans stretches back farther than civilization itself.

 

Presently psilocybin is used mainly as a recreational entheogen, with effects that include euphoria, altered thought process, altered sense of time, sensory enhancement & synesthesia, visual hallucination, spiritual or mystical feelings, and out of body experiences. 

 

Since 1997 a substantial amount of research conducted at prestigious institutions (like Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins University) has shown great promise for the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating a host of psychological conditions (like addictions, anxiety, and depression), on a long term basis, with as little as one (high) dose, administered in a controlled therapeutic setting.

Common Cubensis Strains

Due to its therapeutic benefits, and the euphoria & spirituality that often accompany a psilocybin experience, cultivators around the world have meticulously isolated many 'strains' of psilocybe cubensis (the most popular SPECIES of psilocybin mushroom). These STRAINS have unique visual characteristics, drastically varied potency, and subtly distinct effects.

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Psilocybe Mushroom Identification

All mushrooms of the Psilocybe genus have 4 primary identifying features, Firstly they have a hygrophanous nature, meaning their coloration shifts depending on hydration levels. Secondly they turn a bluish color when handled or bruised, due to the oxidization of psilocin. Third the underside of the pileus is densely gilled, and finally they all possess a thin gelatinous veil (pellicle) separating the pileus and stipe that disintegrates in maturity, leaving a darkened annular zone on the stipe. 

Pileus (Cap)

Annular zone (ring)

Stipe (Stem/Stalk)

Lamella (gills)

Mycelial threads