Category: Magic Mushroom Strains

What is a Magic Mushroom Strain? A strain is different from a species. A species refers to a distinct genetic grouping of organisms that can reproduce together. A strain is a subgrouping that refers to a specific phenotype or morphology within a species. In other words, all species are genetically distinct. Strains within a species have the same genetic code, but some genes are more active than others — which produces slight differences in how they look or feel. Let’s look at humans as an example: Someone of African descent (strain or race) can reproduce just as easily with someone of Caucasian descent. They’re considered a different race (strain) but can still reproduce because they’re the same species (Homo sapiens). The same is true for mushrooms. Within the Psilocybe cubensis species, there are hundreds of different strains, each one with slight differences in how they grow. But all strains within this species can breed together. Conversely, strains of Psilocybe cubensis can’t breed with strains of Panaeolus cyanescens because they’re genetically distinct from one another. There are six key differences that make strains unique: Mushroom size — some strains have a higher affinity for growing into monster mushrooms; others are more likely to produce smaller, stubby mushrooms instead. Cap color — the color of mushroom caps can range from white (albinos) to tan to dark brown or black. Gill production — some strains, like Penis Envy, barely produce any exposed gills at all. Flush vitality — most strains will survive long enough for around 3 or 4 flushes, but some have the vitality to continue pushing out mushrooms for ten flushes or more. Colonization speed — the colonization time will vary slightly, but some strains will fully colonize spawn jars up to 20% faster. Resistance to infection — contamination is the biggest cause of failure when growing magic mushrooms. Some strains are more susceptible to mold and bacteria than others. Why Strain Selection Isn’t As Important As You Might Think There’s a lot of debate surrounding whether psilocybin strains mean much of anything beyond the physical appearance of the mushroom. All magic mushroom strains contain three active ingredients — psilocybin, psilocin, and baeocystin. All the strains listed below are active at roughly the same dose, and the qualitative effects are virtually identical. Lots of strain vendors will list certain qualitative effects with a given strain. Some are suggested to be more euphoric, more visually psychedelic, or more introspective. This isn’t exactly true. The strain of mushroom you choose has little to no direct impact on the experience. Your mindset going into the trip greatly impacts your qualitative experience from taking magic mushrooms — not the strain. The bottom line is that all strains are going to provide more or less the same experience. The core difference from one strain to another is the growth habits of the mushrooms themselves. You can’t really go wrong when selecting a strain so go with whatever one’s sounds the most interesting to you. There are some exceptions here. For example, if you’re growing on B.R.F. cakes, you should opt for a strain that doesn’t produce extremely large mushrooms. If the shrooms are too large, it could complicate the process by having to prop each of the cakes up, so they don’t keep falling over. Additionally, depending on the climate conditions where you live, you may want to go with a more cold-tolerant or heat-tolerant strain. For most people, the best strain is simply the one that sounds the most interesting to you. I encourage you to try many different strains and find one that works best for you. Sometimes the strains I think are going to be the best yield very poorly, and the ones I’ve tried on a random whim ended up being the best producers. Magic Mushroom Strain Profiles There are more strains of magic mushrooms than any single resource could cover. New strains are collected from the wild all the time, and even more are “developed” in a mycology lab. Some people create hybrids by mixing two or more strains together; others isolate specific growth habits from existing strains using agar plates. Here, we’ll cover over 100 of the most common strains available online. Many more undocumented strains are circulating in closed spore trading circles, mycological societies, or private labs. You can also collect your own wild strains by harvesting samples from the wild.

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