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You may be interested in learning about psychedelic mushrooms and how to identify them as part of your amateur microscopy journey.
How to Identify Psilocybin mushrooms grown from Mushroom Spores

Psilocybin mushrooms identification information is available. These beautiful organisms, which are found in nature all around the globe, are fascinating. Identification of psilocybin mushroom strains could be your first step in the world of psychedelic mushrooms. Their psychoactive compound, psilocin, is equally fascinating. This answer will help you answer the question: “What is psilocin?” in psilocybin mushroom.

While their spores may be legal in many states, mature psilocybin mushroom are not. Before you can identify psilocybin mushroom species using magic mushrooms, or even begin to study basic shrooms for beginners, it is important that you have a good understanding of the laws in your area. If you don’t have a good understanding of psilocybin identification, and are following local laws, do not touch, eat, or physically interact with wild mushrooms.

We recommend reading the following resource about mushroom spores legalities.
There are many types of magic mushrooms online.

You can buy many types of magic mushroom seeds online in the USA. Psilocybin mushrooms can be fascinating to study, provided you don’t break any laws.

If you are interested in studying psilocybin and/or buying premium spores, you can read our resource on how to become a amateur microscopist. We will be discussing mature mushrooms in this article.

Amateur mycologists will be most interested in learning how to identify psilocybin spores and what they contain. Let’s now talk about how to identify magic mushrooms. Learn more about the distinctive characteristics of each type of psilocybe Cubensis mushroom.

Psilocybe cubensis
Psilocybe cubensis hybrids and strains that are popular
Psilocybe azurescens
Psilocybe semilanceata
Psilocybe mexicana
Psilocybe Cyanescens
Psilocybe beeocystis

How to Identify Psilocybin Muskets: Psilocybin mushrooms share many of the same characteristics. However, it is a good idea to search for mushrooms that are golden brown in color. Their stems will often have a blue mottling, particularly when the stem is bruised–interestingly, this is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when psilocybin and oxygen meet. Concerning psiloscybecubensis identification: Psilocybin mushrooms have a purple veil that protects the gills. If broken, it will show up as a small dark purple circle on the stem.

Let’s now learn how to identify the most well-known and popular magic mushrooms in the globe.
How to identify Psilocybe Cuensis, the Most Well-Known Magic Mushroom In The World

Psilocybe Cubensis’ popularity may be due to its availability and ease of making a spore print. It grows well in the United States and Central America.

The psilocybin mushrooms natural habitat is usually a humid grassland. It often grows from the waste of grazing mammals such as horses, cows, and goats. Mycologists refer to Psilocybecubensis as coprophilic mushrooms, which means it is a dung-loving species. Although it may sound strange, the reason is actually quite interesting. The dung of grass-eating animals tends to be very acidic (as well as their stomachs), which is important for reasons that we’ll discuss in a moment.

You might have noticed that we’ve described the life cycle of mushrooms in other resources. Perhaps you are curious about how the spores find their way into “cow patties.”

It looks something like this: A cow or goat eats some feed. Usually, it is just grass outside. The animal may also eat spores if the feed contained them. Because the animal’s stomach has low acidity, the spores might be able to germinate within the animal. The mushrooms can continue to mature if the animal is able to relieve itself. Contrary to popular belief cubensis mushrooms don’t usually grow under the manure.

Psilocybe Cubensis’s appearance changes with age. Its coloration is almost cinnamon-reddish brown when it’s young. It becomes a golden brown color when it reaches maturity. When young, the cap is cylindrical or bell-shaped. As time goes by, it may become more convex. A blueish tint can be seen when the cap is bruised.

There are many varieties of Psilocybe Cubensis, and they are all available in spore kits. Many of these are also available starting with mushroom spores. Let’s talk briefly about the most popular cubensis strains before we get into the identification and further discussion of other magic mushroom species.
Psilocybe Cubensis strains: What to know & Good Starters For Beginner Microscopists

There are so many varieties of Psilocybe cubensis that it is impossible to list them all here. However, we can cover the most loved varieties by home scientists around the globe.

The Golden Teacher mushrooms are the most popular cubensis strain. Although mycologists consider it to be among the best, advanced researchers still love this strain. This mildly potent strain is named after its creator and has beautiful golden-colored caps as well as thick, winding stems.

Similar to Golden Teacher, a popular beginner psilocybin strain starts with B+ mushroomspores and B+ cubensis. This strain is almost identical to Golden Teacher spores in terms of how loved it is by mycologists. It can be found in the wild, in humid parts of the United States such as Florida. This hybrid is a cross between Psilocybe caubensis and Psilocybe albus. It germinates quickly in the wild, and matures with a large cap and thick stem.

Another strain is known for its funny name and is often abbreviated due to it. It begins with the Penis Envy mushrooms spores, also known as the PE strain of Psilocybin mushrooms. The mushroom has a similar shape to what you would expect. It has a golden brown cap with a pale yellow stem. This strain is best for advanced researchers as it is susceptible to contamination and has a short shelf life. However, it is extremely potent. The popular hybrid of the PE strain and PF Albino is known as the ghostly white Albino Penis Envy. It has a small blue cap and a long, “stunted”, stem.

We now have a better understanding of some of the most popular Psilocybe cubensis strains. Let’s move on to the other magic mushrooms, starting with Psilocybe aquarescens.
How to identify Wild Psilocybe Azurens Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybe.azurescens, a B+ hybrid, is commonly known as the “flying Saucer” mushroom. This is due to its saucer-like appearance and flattened caps. It has a rich caramel brown color, which can be darker or chestnut, and it is moist after heavy rains. Psilocybe.azurescens’s unique feature is its ability to quickly turn a deep, dark, blue color when bruised. Its dark brown gills contrast strongly with its pale-white stem.

Psilocybe Azurescens prefers sandy grasslands and coastal areas to its home. It can be found wild along the west coast of the United States. This species is most commonly seen in the fall, beginning in September, and continuing into January, depending on the weather.
How to identify Psilocybe semilanceata Psilocybin mushrooms around the world

The potent Psilocybe Semilanceata Psilocybin mushroom, also known as “liberty caps”, can be found in the United States and Canada. It is also common in parts of Europe. This mushroom prefers grasslands, meadows and pastures. However, unlike Psilocybecubensis, it isn’t a coprophilic, meaning that it doesn’t grow from animal waste. Liberty caps are more common in the grass, especially after rainy weather.

The mushroom’s cap is a light brown color with very few variations. However, grooves that correspond to the gills can be seen. The stem is a pale, curvaceous white color. Psilocybe Semilanceata quickly develops a blue coloration when bruised.
How to identify Psilocybe Mexicoa, the Magic Mushroom Native To Central and South America

If you are interested in the history of Psilocybe mexicana, and its anthropological significance, then read on.

Psilocybe myxicana is used in religious rituals, spiritual practices and indigenous medicines. However, it could initially be mistaken for Psilocybe Semilanceata. In practice, however, this is unlikely to happen.

Semilanceata’s Psilocybe mexicana also has a conical, or bell-shaped, cap. It is leathery-brown and often grooved to correspond with the underlying veins. However, their stems don’t curve as much and have a pale yellowish color, instead of a pure white. Psilocybe myxicana, like most psilocybin mushroom, becomes bluish in the affected areas when it is bruised.

They prefer humid meadows and forests, which is why they can grow below 1,000 feet. Psilocybe mexicana is often found in large groups but can also be found as a single species. It is most common between May and October, when it is at its best.
Recognizing Psilocybe Cyanescens also known as “Wavy Caps” Psilocybin mushrooms

Psilocybe Cyanescens, also known as “Wavy Caps”, is a prolific mushroom species that grows in the United States, Canada, Western and Central Europe, New Zealand and Iran.

You will often find it growing in urban areas. It thrives on wood chips and can be found naturally. Psilocybe cyanescens will grow if homeowners mulch their plants and other conditions are favorable.

Mycologists believe that this mushroom is spread by mulch, which allows it to grow in places it has never been before. The spores would have made their way onto the mulch and then been transported to other areas.

As you might expect, “Wavy Caps” is named after the distinctively wavy appearance this mushroom’s caps. The cap will appear curving and wavy as the mushroom matures. This species’ thick gills can cause grooves on the cap if it is not well hydrated. The stem is chalky off-white, while the cap and gills are caramel in color. As with other psilocybin mushroom species, the stem will develop a deep blue coloration when it is bruised.
How Wild Psilocybe Baeocystis Looks

Psilocybe baeocystis is sometimes called “bottle caps”, or “blue bells” because of its natural growth in the Northwestern United States. This is due to the region’s frequent rainfall and high humidity. This species, like Psilocybe Cyanescens, loves wood chips and mulch. However, it is not as common in landscaped areas as cyanescens. It can also be found in the wild, sometimes below Douglas fir trees.

Psilocybe beeocystis is a rare color. It usually appears in dark green and olive colors. This makes it difficult to spot on terrain that shares these colors. Sometimes it has blue tinges, even without any bruising. This coloration is even more evident when it’s bruised. It has a conical top and a white stem.
Now that you know a lot about mushrooms, why not study their spores?

It is easy to identify mature mushrooms. But did you know that microscopists can also identify mushrooms by the characteristics of theirspores? You’ll need to study spores if you want to improve your taxonomy skills. This is the only way you can improve your magic mushroom identification skills!