Psilocybe azurescens, or the “flying saucer mushroom”, is a powerful and rare hallucinogenic mushroom that grows in the Pacific Northwest. This mushroom is one of the most potent in the world. Here’s more about this magic shroom.
What Is Psilocybe Azurescens or a Flying Saucer?
Psilocybe azurescens is a psilocybe cubensis (aka. magic mushroom) that contains a low amount of psilocin but yet it has been known to contain a large amount of psilocybin. This mushroom is one of the most potent psychedelic mushrooms in the world, with concentrations of psilocybin and psilocin that can exceed 1.7% of the weight of a fresh mushroom.
What Is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin is a hallucinogenic agent found in psychedelic mushrooms. Psilocybin is active when ingested under threshold doses. Effects can last from 2 hours to 24 hours, depending on the dose. In low doses, psilocybin produces mild euphoria, sensory changes & vivid hallucinations; at higher doses it causes intense hallucinations and a “psychedelic experience.”
Psilocybe Azurescens Appearance
The size of the cap can vary from 3 to 10 cm across, often with a conspicuous umbo (a bump on top). The surface of the cap of a Psilocybe azurescens is sticky when moist and smooth but not shiny when dry, and has radial grooves or striations near the margin (edge). Its color can be reddish chestnut brown, fading to buff or yellowish.
Lamellae are thin, flat plates that make up the gills of a mushroom. They are arranged in a close, parallel pattern and attached to the stem of the mushroom. The edges of the lamellae are often whitish. They are sapotrophic which means that their source of food and nutrients is found in decomposed organic matter.
It is among the most potent of the tryptamine-bearing mushrooms, containing up to 1.8% psilocybin, 0.5% psilocin, and 0.4% baeocystin by dry weight.
Magic Mushrooms History
Evidence of their use has been found in prehistoric rock paintings, 790,000-year-old archaeological sites in modern Tunisia, as well as 16th century frescoes at Innocents’ Cemetery in Rome and even Stone Age cave paintings. Magic mushrooms have been used by indigenous peoples in Mexico and Central America for thousands of years, during rituals and shamanic practices.
Magic Mushrooms Research
Their effects were also discovered by Western psychologists and scientists in the 1950s, when Albert Hofmann conducted research for Sandoz Laboratories into the active ingredient psilocybin. Magic mushrooms went through a decline in popularity in the 60s and 70s, when they were illegalized by the United States government. Since then, their rise has been gradual but steady. In the last ten years, there’s been an explosion of interest in using psilocybin for a variety of applications, including microdosing for improved productivity and performance.
What Are The Effects Of Psilocybe Azurescens?
The effects of Psilocybe azurescens can be described as similar to those that happen while using LSD or another psychedelic. That is why some people call it the magic mushroom. The effects of taking magic mushrooms can vary from user to user. For some people, it can cause a euphoric feeling such as happiness and excitement. Others might feel confused or frightened, especially after consuming too large of a dosage.It all really depends on the person and the dosage that was consumed. The effects of magic mushrooms are usually felt 30 to 45 minutes after ingestion, and can last up to 6 hours depending on the strength of the mushroom. At lower doses, effects can include slight visual enhancements and a more relaxed mood.
At higher doses, effects of consuming Psilocybe azurescens can include:
- feeling like you are in a dream or outside your body;
- seeing colors as more vivid than before;
- seeing sounds and hearing colors;
- feeling like time is moving slower or faster than normal;
- heightened sense of touch and taste.
Some people may feel more anxious or paranoid after taking mushrooms, while others may feel giggly and happy. Bad trips are more common with high doses of psychedelics, especially in unfamiliar settings. Psychedelic experiences are highly dependent on set and setting, the mindset and environment you’re in when you take the drug. A bad trip is a powerful hallucinogenic experience that can be terrifying and dangerous.
Are Psilocybe Azurescens or Psilocybin Mushrooms Toxic?
There is some debate over whether magic mushrooms are toxic. Some people believe that they are completely safe to consume, while others believe that they can be dangerous if consumed in large quantities. The truth is that magic mushrooms contain a variety of chemicals, some of which can be toxic to the human body.
While there is some risk associated with consuming magic mushrooms, the overall consensus is that they are not harmful for health in small quantities, although they can have very unpleasant adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some people may also experience anxiety or paranoia after consuming magic mushrooms.
Is Psilocybe Azurescens Legal?
In the US, it is illegal to grow psilocybe azurescens and any other psilocybe mushroom for that matter. It’s perfectly legal, however, to grow them in many other countries. Growing kits and spores is legal in most states, but it is illegal to possess, sell, or cultivate psilocybin mushrooms in many jurisdictions.
Is Cultivation or Possesion Legal?
In the United States, federal law prohibits the cultivation and use of psilocybin mushrooms, but some states have decriminalized their possession and use. Oregon and a couple of other cities in the USA decriminalized psilocybin use, and it is used as a therapeutic drug. Magic mushrooms are becoming more popular as people learn about their benefits.
Should Psilocybin Azurescens Remain Illegal?
Many studies have shown that psilocybin can help treat anxiety, depression, and addiction. Some scientists believe that magic mushrooms could be used to treat a variety of mental health disorders. While the legal status of magic mushrooms varies from country to country, it is important to check the laws in your jurisdiction before consuming them. Although they can have benefits, there are also risks associated with magic mushroom use.
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