5 powerful magic mushrooms to trip over
There are hundreds of species of psychedelic mushrooms, each with their own potency. Strong shrooms often result in a more intense trip, and each type of shroom can result in a different type of trip or experience.
Magic mushrooms have shown tremendous medical potential in treating a variety of health conditions, but it’s important to understand just how potent these substances are before ingesting them. A small amount goes a long way, so be sure to start low and go slow — take a small amount and wait an hour or more to see how they affected you before taking more. (See our Psychedelic Mushroom Dosing Guide for more information on shroom ingestion.)
It is important to note that psilocybin is currently illegal in all US states except for a few counties in Oregon and soon in Colorado. It is also decriminalized in some cities and states. Below we have compiled a list of the most potent types of psychedelic mushrooms.
Why does potency vary between mushroom species?
Different types of psychedelic mushrooms have varying amounts of psilocybin and psilocin, the compound that actually produces psychedelic effects. High levels of psilocybin and psilocin result in a more potent shroom and a powerful shroom trip. In addition, mushrooms within the same species of mushroom can have different degrees of potency depending on the conditions in which they were grown.
What are Psychedelic Mushrooms and Psilocybin?
Dosage vs Potency: Which Has a Bigger Impact on Your Magic Mushroom Trip?
The intensity of a magic mushroom trip is difficult to measure. The amount of shrooms you ingest and how potent they are both play a role in your psychedelic experience. Taking two grams of shrooms instead of one won’t necessarily “double” how high you feel – your trip could be exponentially stronger.
The same goes for potency – taking a shroom with double the amount of psilocybin or psilocin can result in an exponentially more intense trip.
Another important factor to consider when taking shrooms is set and setting, which is your mindset and trip environment. Consuming mushrooms with close friends out in nature will result in a very different trip than doing it with strangers at a crowded party, regardless of potency or dosage.
We also encourage positive intentions when embarking on a journey to prepare your mind for the experience and set the tone.
How long do magic mushrooms stay effective?
Dried mushrooms should be stored in an airtight container in the dark. We do not recommend storing them in a freezer. They usually last for several months to a year and potency decreases thereafter.
Do Magic Mushrooms Have “Strains” Like Cannabis?
5 of the most potent types of magic mushrooms
There are hundreds of types of mushrooms out there, all with different levels of psilocybin and psilocin. Below is a list of five of the most potent types of psychedelic mushrooms.
It’s important to note that since psilocybin is still largely illegal, it hasn’t been extensively studied. Therefore, the list below is anecdotal as not many studies have been done on psychedelic mushrooms recently, nor has there been any analysis of their psilocybin content.
Flying Saucers (Psilocybe azurescens)
Flying saucers (psilocybe azurescens). (shroom360/mushroom watcher)
Said to be named after Azureus, meaning “azure” or “blue,” the son of famed mycologist Paul Stamets, these potent mushrooms are typically found in the Pacific Northwest and as far north as British Columbia. Azzies can be recognized by their pointed tops and hat-like caps, and small stature. As the name suggests and like many psychedelic mushrooms, they can turn very blue when bruised or aged.
Blue tit (Panaeolus cyanescens)
Blue tit (Panaeolus cyanescens). (Alan Rockefeller)
Stronger than your typical cubensis, these mushrooms are named after the antagonists in The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. True to their name, Pan Cyans often turn blue when injured – cyanescens actually meaning “blue”. They are tall and thin and usually have small caps. These mushrooms love tropical or subtropical regions and are often found in Hawaii and are thought to have got there from Asia.
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P.subs (Psilocybe subaeruginosa)
P. subs (psilocybe subaeruginosa). (_Otto_/The Mushroom Garden)
Originally found in Australia and New Zealand, P. subs is considered one of the most potent psilocybes. The mushroom, which can be recognized by its broad, pointed caps, is said to have become popular with Australian surfers in the ’60s and ’70s, and then spread around the world through the hippie counterculture.
Penis Envy (Psilocybe cubensis)
Penis envy (psilocybe cubensis). (Courtesy of an amateur cultivator who asked to remain anonymous)
Easily identifiable by its phallus shape, this popular species of Psilocybe cubensis (arguably the most popular type of psychedelic mushroom) is said to be more potent than regular cubes or cubes. Penis Envy is having a moment and is incredibly popular, so much so that PE crossbreeds can be found everywhere, most notably albino Penis Envy or APE.
Liberty Caps (Psilocybe semilanceata)
Liberty Caps (Psilocybe semilanceata). (Alan Rockefeller)
Small, slim, and strong, Liberty Caps tend to have tiny, pointed caps. They are widespread and like moist, grassy environments in cold to temperate regions such as the Pacific Northwest and British Isles. They also grow in the southern hemisphere. It is believed to be one of the first psychedelic mushrooms in Europe to be identified and analyzed as its use dates back a few hundred years.
Pat Goggins is a senior content editor at Leafly, specializing in cannabis cultivation after working for a commercial grower in Oregon. When you’re not correcting typos, chances are you’ll find him on a boat or in the mountains.
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