Magic mushrooms, also known as psychedelic mushrooms, psilocybin mushrooms, booms, and shrooms, all belong to the polyphyletic group of mushrooms which are enriched with various psychedelic compounds like psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin.
Magic mushrooms are both remarkable and profound, from the immersive, enriching, and life-altering experiences they occasion to the mystical compounds that they naturally produce. But what’s even more mindblowing is that there are over 200 species of psychedelic mushrooms that grow wildly around the globe, each possessing visually unique characteristics along with varying ratios of the three psychotropic compounds (psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin). Not to mention, some species have dozens of different psychedelic mushroom strains with their own signature shape, flavour, and trip.
There are hundreds of magic mushroom strains or “subspecies” which have been genetically isolated and classified by both professional mycologists and recreational enthusiasts. While these psychedelic mushroom strains are all considered members of their respective species, with some of the most prevalent psychedelic mushroom species being P. azurescens, P. cyanescens, P. semilanceata, and P. cubensis (which is the most widely known and easily cultivated), magic mushroom strains can differ drastically in potency, appearance, conditions required for cultivation, and overall psychedelic experience.
Here are some of the top psychedelic mushroom strains:
#1 Golden Teacher Magic Mushroom
The Golden Teacher magic mushroom strain is among the most popular psychedelic fungi, highly sought by shroomers and growers alike. There are several factors that contribute to the popularity of this psychedelic mushroom strain, not the least of it being the air of mystery that surrounds it.
Golden Teachers are easy to grow, easy to dose, and easy to enjoy.
Cultivators love Golden Teacher mushroom spores because of their tendency to grow in great flushes. Psychonauts on the other hand, are obsessed with this magic mushroom strain because of the immersive psychedelic journey they provide. Therefore, besides being one of the most desirable psychedelic strains, Golden Teacher mushrooms are widely celebrated for their ability to elicit an intense, profound, and powerful psychedelic experience.
While its exact origins are unknown, this magic mushroom strain is regarded as one of nature’s best psychedelic gifts. The Golden Teacher is highly recognizable due to its distinct appearance, boasting a long, winding stem and a wide golden cap with specks of yellow. This wonderfully unique psychedelic strain is known to produce very large fruitbodies (which is said to get even bigger in size in later flushes).
These fruitbodies are considered to be very potent for a Psilocybe cubensis strain.
The Golden Teacher strain has a mild to moderate level of potency. The recommended dosage for dried Golden Teacher mushrooms is between 1gram and 2.5grams. 2 grams is suggested for most people to feel some effects, but nothing too overpowering. For most experienced shroomers, this dose may be quite small, but it allows a margin of error for novice shroomers who have never ingested Golden Teachers before.
Golden Teacher magic mushrooms typically have an onset time anywhere between 20 and 60 minutes and can last for a duration of 4 – 6 hours. This psychedelic mushroom strain elicits a mildly high psychedelic effect, making it the ideal mushroom strain for those that are new to the psychedelic world. Beyond that, Golden teachers are celebrated for their spiritual properties and shamanic effects. As a result, the Golden Teacher mushroom is not simply used for ‘casual tripping’, but rather to gain new insight about oneself and the universe.
Golden Teachers also produces hallucinogenic effects. When taking this remarkable psychedelic mushroom strain, people further report feeling incredibly euphoric, spiritually in-tune, more perceptive, a greater sense of lightness and/or giddiness, as well as experience incredibly profound and powerful emotions, and moments of remarkable self-reflection.
#2 Penis Envy Magic Mushroom
The prominent Penis Envy magic mushroom strain is regarded as one of the most prevalent, distinct, and widely cultivated psychedelic mushroom strains. As its name so aptly suggests, Penis Envy cubensis is famous for its penis like appearance and structure. It exhibits a thick, dense, and bulbous shaft with a somewhat underdeveloped cap that only sometimes separates from the stem, at least with the true genetics. Its fruits are typically shorter and dense and can be very large in size.
Besides being one of the most notorious magic mushroom strains among shroom enthusiasts, Penis Envy is considered one of the most powerful mushrooms in the world in terms of psychotropic potential. It is renowned for its potency, producing up to 50% more psilocybin than most other Psilocybe cubensis strains.
Penis Envy brings about an intense psychedelic trip and elicits a highly immersive psychedelic experience comprised of intense euphoria and euphoric discovery, deep philosophical ideations, extreme mental clarity, tremendous joy, and remarkable perspective on personal issues. It is also known to prompt feelings of contentment and relaxation in some individuals. Due to Penis Envy’s powerful and potent effects, it is only recommended for advanced and experienced magic mushroom users.