Psilocybe allenii is a species of agaric fungus in the family Hymenogastraceae. Described as new to science in 2012, we name it John W. Allen, who provided the type collection. It is found in the northwestern North America San Diego, California to British Columbia, Canada, most commonly within 10 miles (16 km) of the Pacific coast. Psilocybe cyanescens,psilocybe spores.
The fruitbodies (mushrooms) grow on rotting wood, especially wood chips used in garden landscaping. The caps of the mushrooms are brown to buff, broadly convex to flattened and have a diameter up to 9 cm (3.5 in), while the white stipes are up to 9 cm (3.5 in) long and 0.7 cm (0.3 in) thick. As a bluing species in the genus Psilocybe, P. allenii contains the psychoactive compounds psilocin and psilocybin, and it is consumed recreationally for its hallucinogenic properties. It is closely related to Psilocybe cyanescens, from which it differs macroscopically by the lack of a wavy cap margin.psilocybe cyanescens,psilocybe spores.
Fruitbodies of P. allenii are variable, depending on the substrate in which they grow. The caps are 1.5–9 cm (0.6–3.5 in) in diameter, and range of broadly convex to flattened, sometimes with a slight depression in the center. The cap margin is straight and slightly curved inward, rarely slightly wavy, and sometimes has radial grooves in moist specimens. The surface is smooth, sticky when moist, with a gelatinous cap cuticle that can be peeled. Wet fruitbodies are so slippery that they are difficult to collect. Caps are hygrophanous, and so will change color depending on how moist they are. They are pale orange brown to caramel brown when moist, but dry to yellowish-buff. Gills have an adnate to sinuate attachment to the stipe, and are initially cream to pale gray brown, but become dark purple as the spores mature.
The cylindrical, hollow stipe typically measures 4–7 cm (1.6–2.8 in) long by 0.2–0.7 cm (0.1–0.3 in) thick, with the base slightly thicker. The top of the stipe is pruinose (covered with white powdery granules), while the base is connected to thick white rhizomorphs. The stipe surface is smooth to silky fibrillose (as if made of silky, slender fibers), and its color initially white before yellowing slightly in age. Mycelium at the base of the stipe is white or stained blue. All parts of the fruitbody stain blue if bruised or handled. Young specimens have a white partial veil that later disappears, or remains as a zone on the stipe that can be colored purplish brown spores. The odor and taste of the mushroom are farinaceous—similar to freshly ground flour.
Cystidia have a variable shape.
Spores are thick-walled, with an elongated, roughly elliptical shape.
Spore prints are dark brown, sometimes with violet shades. Spores are thick-walled with an apical pore, and elongated ellipsoid to equilateral in face view, and somewhat inequilateral in side view, typically measuring 12.0–12.6–13.1 by 6.8–7.1–7.4 μm. The basidia (spore-bearing cells) are cylindrical, four-spored with sterigmata up to 5.5 μm long, and have dimensions of 27–37 of 9–11 μm. Clamp connections are present in hyphae. Cheilocystidia (cystidia on the gill edge) are abundant. They are hyaline (translucent), thin-walled, and variably shaped, and range from narrow clubs to narrow flasks with a neck no longer than 8 μm; their dimensions are typically 20–30 by 6–8 μm. The pleurocystidia (found on the gill face) are common; they are broadly club-shaped but taper to a point (sometimes with a rounded tip at the end), and measure 25–35 by 9–14 μm. Caulocystidia (found on the stipe) are also present, with variable shapes similar to the cheilo- and pleurocystidia.
The mushrooms are consumed for their psychoactive properties and have a potency roughly similar to P. cyanescens. Borovička and colleagues say they are “commonly sought out by some mushroom hunters”. According to Rockefeller, “If you go to Golden Gate Park in December, you will see hundreds of hippies looking at the wood chip landscaping for Psilocybe cyanescens and Psilocybe allenii.
The fruiting bodies of P. allenii vary in size and are entirely dependent on the substrate where it grows. Its caps can range from 1.5cm to 9.0cm in diameter, and range of broadly convex to flat with a slight depression in the center. The cap’s margin is straight or slightly curved inward, rarely slightly wavy, and sometimes has radial grooves in moist specimens.
The Allenii’s surface is smooth, but becomes sticky with moisture, and its cap has a cuticle than can be peeled off. When wet, the fruit bodies become so slippery they’re a challenge to collect. This fungus is also identifiable because of its pale, orange brown to caramel brown caps which dry to yellowish buff.
Its stem, or stipe, is cylindrical and hollow with lengths typically measuring 4 to 7 cm with a slightly thicker base connected to thick white rhizomorphs. They cover the top of the stipe with white powdery granules. The step surface is smooth and looks as if it’s made of silky, slender fibers and its color is initially white but turns yellow with age. The odor and taste of this mushroom are starchy similar to freshly ground flour.
Young species of P. allenii are covered with a white, partial veil that eventually disappears or remains as a zone on the stipe that can be colored purplish brown spores. Spore prints of P. allenii have dark brown spore prints with shades of violet. When handled, the fruit body stains blue or purplish in the handled parts.
Tripping off Psilocybe Allenii
Psilocybe allenii are popular for their psychoactive effects, just like all the other psilocybin mushrooms. They have a potency similar to P. cyanescens, which is approximately 0.85% psilocybin. If you visit the Golden Gate Park in December, you will see hundreds of mushroom fans scouring the wood chip landscape for a handful of this hallucinogenic mushroom.
Shrooms such as P. allenii contain two potent chemicals, psilocybin and psilocin. These two compounds are responsible for the mushroom’s psychedelic effects. These effects are euphoria, altered thinking, cross-over of the senses, and spiritual awakening.
The rules for tripping on Psilocybe allenii is similar to tripping on any species of magic mushrooms.psilocybe caerulescens.
Dosages play a big role in the effects P. Allenii on the body. The threshold dose is 0.25g dried mushrooms. This won’t cause you to hallucinate and you will still be able to go through your day normally but you will still undergo changes in sensation, including feeling cold and seeing more vibrant colors.
The light dose ranges from 0.26g to 1g. Depending on your tolerance, you will see mild symptoms such as seeing more saturated colors, hallucinations at your peripheral vision, and fleeting visual distortions. Walls, ceilings, and paintings will start shimmering or appear to breathe. Pupils will also become dilated and the hands will be cold and clammy. Even your thought processes will change.psilocybe cyanescens,psilocybe spores.
The regular dose, or the common dose, ranges between 1.1 to 2.5g. This leads to more intense hallucinations including visual patterns and hallucinations that persist even if you close your eyes. Synesthesia, or the crossover of senses, is one of the most popular effects on a common dose and this is when trippers start seeing sounds and hearing colors.
And finally, a strong dose starts from 2.5g up. This amount of dried Psilocybe allenii is known to give you intense visuals and will distort your sense of time. 6 hours may have passed but you will feel you’ve been tripping for days. Users also report spiritual and personal awareness and an enhanced perspective of the world.
Just like most magic mushrooms, Psilocybe allenii kicks in after 30-60 minutes, peaks within 90 minutes to 2 hours, and lasts for 3-8 hours.
In the long-term, tripping on magic mushrooms such as P. allenii is shown to improve overall mental health, creativity, and even boosts work performance, psilocybe cyanescens,psilocybe spores.
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