Psilocybe azurescens is a psychedelic mushroom that contains the active compounds psilocybin and psilocin. This species is among the most potent magic mushrooms in the world because it contains up to 1.8% psilocybin, 0.5% psilocin, and 0.4% baeocystin by dry weight. With such an exorbitant amount of psychoactive compounds, Psilocybe azurescens can bring more intense visuals compared to other hallucinogenic mushrooms causing it to be one of the all-time favorite mushrooms among psychonauts. Psilocybe semilanceata
The cap of Psilocybe azurescens is 3-10 cm across. Its shape is conic to convex but as it grows older, it flattens with a pronounced, nipple-like protrusion called the umbo. The cap surface is smooth, viscous when moist, and is covered by a gelatinous substance called the pellicle.
- is ochre to caramel in color but becomes pitted with dark blue or bluish black ones. Its color also changes based on its moisture. When dry, it fades to a light straw color with strong blue bruises when damaged.
It also has a long, silky white stem or stipe which reaches 9 to 20cm in length and 0.3-0.6 in thickness. Base of the stem thickens downwards and is often curved, characterized by coarse, white, aerial tufts of mycelium, often with azure tones.
The mycelium towards the base of the stipe is densely root-like, tenaciously holding the wood chips together.
Psilocybe azurescens may be the strongest psilocybin mushroom out there but it’s also the least palatable because of its extremely bitter taste.
Psilocybe Azurescens Locations
Psilocybe azurescens grows in tight, separated clusters on wood chips or in sandy soils rich in woody debris in late September until early January. This fungus has a tendency to grow on coastal dune grasses. Wherever it grows, it cause the whitening of wood.
This species grows naturally in coastal dune grasses along a small area of the United States’ West Coast. We have also seen it in Depoe Bay, Oregon, and as far north as Grays Harbor County, Washington. They have also reported some wild specimens in Stuttgart, Germany.
Psilocybe azurescens has been cultivated in Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States.
- Pileas: The cap (pileus) of Psilocybe azurescens is 30–100 mm in diameter, conic to convex, expanding to broadly convex and eventually flattening with age with a pronounced, persistent broad umbo; surface smooth, viscous when moist, covered by a separable gelatinous pellicle; chestnut to ochraceous brown to caramel in color, often becoming pitted with dark blue or bluish black zones, hygrophanous, fading to light straw color in drying, strongly bruising blue when damaged; margin even, sometimes irregular and eroded at maturity, slightly incurved at first, soon decurved, flattening with maturity, translucent striate and often leaving a fibrillose annular zone in the upper regions of the stipe.
- Gills: The lamellae are ascending, sinuate to adnate, brown, often stained into black where injured, close, with two tiers of lamellulae, mottled, edges whitish.
- Spore Print: The spore print is a dark purplish brown to purplish black in mass.
- Stipe: The stipe is 90–200 mm and 3–6 mm thick, silky white, dingy brown from the base or in age, hollow at maturity, and composed of twisted, cartilaginous tissue. The base of the stipe thickens downwards, is often curved, and is characterized by coarse white aerial tufts of mycelium, often with azure tones. The mycelium surrounding the stipe base is densely rhizomorphic (i.e., root-like), silky white, tenaciously holding the wood-chips together. psilocybe semilanceata
- Taste: extremely bitter
- Odor: odorless to farinaceous psilocybe semilanceata
Possession and/or cultivation of this species is illegal in a number of countries including the United States, however the State of Oregon, Denver Colorado, and Oakland California decriminalized possession of personal amounts of psilocybin mushrooms, this species included. We consider it a Class A Drug in New Zealand