There’s a lot to know about mushroom fungi strains and the different types of fungi mushrooms, especially if you’re an amateur microscopist interested in studying the psilocybe cubensis spores of North American psilocybe species of magic mushrooms or colloquially known as shrooms.

In today’s edition of the Psilocybe Cubensis Spores Blog, you’ll learn the following:

Let’s begin with some of the most interesting mycology-related news to come out this year – how mushrooms are being tracked around the world, and how this resulted in a map of magic mushrooms in the United States to be developed:

Mycologists Worldwide Have Developed a Mushrooms Strains List

In our must-read blog post about the recently developed map on magic mushroom foraging and biodiversity in the United States, a team of researchers developed an app that allowed for people everywhere to submit mushroom findings from around the world, including thousands of submissions from the United States.

In learning about psilocybe cubensis strains, you might find this biodiversity observations study from INaturalist, interesting and also may be the most comprehensive of its kind ever created, many, many different kinds of mushrooms and types of biodiversity were discovered, including those mushroom strains containing psilocybin.

In the following section, we’ll discuss those species and how many of them were discovered in the United States.

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North American Psilocybe Species – How Many Are There?

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Psilocybe Cubensis Species Strains With Psilocybin

According to the findings of the study mentioned previously, there are over 20 different psilocybin-containing species or psilocybe species in the United States alone. Over 50 are found in Mexico.

Here in the United States, the most common species is Psilocybe cubensis with a variety of strains. A majority of these mushrooms grow in the wild on the west coast, particularly the pacific northwest—areas like Northern California, Oregon, and Washington are rife with psilocybin magic mushrooms, especially in the forested areas near the ocean.

This is because that area of the country has many of the environmental conditions magic mushrooms love: a lot of shade provided by the canopy of the forest, very humid weather, and cooler temperatures during the warm months of the year.

Some of the North American Psilocybe Species are listed in our shop. However, beginner microscopists may want to start with some of the more well known psychedelic spores on the mushrooms strains list:

Must-Know Strains of Most Popular Magic Mushrooms Types

Cubensis Strains That Are Popular, Researched, and Documented

Some of the strains of Psilocybe cubensis that every amateur microscopist should first become familiar with are Golden Teacher, Penis Envy, and b+ (or the b plus strain). This is because these three cubensis strains are extremely well researched and documented, which makes learning about their spores and working with them in the lab a much easier task.

Golden Teacher Mushrooms, which are a heavily cultivated psilocybe cubensis spore strain, is widely recognized due to its golden appearance. Golden Teachers are a psilocybe cubensis strain worthy to examine due it famous notability for psilocybin content. In the wild, this magic mushroom has been described as being – you guessed it – gold in color. It has a mild psilocybin content, and psychonauts have described the effects as being introspective and calm. It’s a spiritual mushroom strain as described by many. It may not be the largest cubensis strain, but it is perhaps the most famous.

The Penis Envy Mushroom Strain is a cubensis spore strain absolutely worth studying for both its value as an interesting strain of the Psilocybe cubensis species as well as for its historical and cultural value. The strain was discovered by Terence McKenna, a renowned author, speaker, and psychedelic advocate. This strain was originally discovered when he was on a trip to the Amazon rainforest.

Finally, b+ Mushrooms grown from the b+ mushroom spores is another excellent beginner magic mushroom strain. This is another spiritual mushroom strain, as described by psychonauts living in jurisdictions where magic mushrooms are legal. The strain has a recognizable cap and stem and under the microscope the spores are dark and visible, which is a big plus for beginners compared to other strains, which may have transparent spores that can be difficult to observe.

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