Psilocybe Cubensis or simply psilocybe is a common name given to a species of mold in the mushrooms family, Laviaceae. Also known as shrops, magic mushrooms, golden mushrooms, cubensis, or golden caps, it is a member of the fungi family Hymenogastraceae and has been known by different names throughout history. It grows on trees in many parts of the world where the soil contains sufficient moisture, including near cacti, in tropical rain forests, and in saline or salty water pools.
Its scientific name, psilocybe cubensis, is based on a paper published by Dr. Carl J. de Menzac in 1970. According to this study, psilocybe cubensis produces a chemical that is similar in structure to some amines but cannot be made from any non-protein amino acid. A colorless and odorless liquid, which is at first very cloudy, develops on the surface of the mold when its temperature reaches about 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The color changes to a brownish gray once the spores have penetrated the interior of the caps and got into the air.
In determining the psilocybe species which contains the psilocybe cubensis acid, one major difficulty encountered in modern times is that it cannot be clearly separated from other kinds of psilocybe. It has been found that certain psilocybe species, when tested, contain quantities of some other kind of psilocybe. For example, the psilocybe aerata which contains a small amount of tryptophan, is actually a constituent of p. capricyanide. Similarly, p. cubensis containing a large amount of linalool (a powerful pungent aroma) is an ingredient of the psilocybe aerata. Even if it were possible to distinguish between psilocybe and p. aquarium, it is doubtful that many people would want to buy mushrooms that contain a psilocybe component.
Some of the psilocybe species have common names with other drugs like coccyx, amphetamines, barbiturates and methamphetamines. These common names are usually assigned to create a connection between the psilocybe and the drug used, which make the product seem somehow connected to the illegal drug trade. This is only one of the difficulties faced in trying to distinguish psilocybe from its common alternatives.
In considering the psilocybe as a source of spiritual or beneficial drug-trip experiences, there are at least three questions that need to be answered. Are the active ingredients found in the psilocybe safe to use? Are they unique enough to make a different name for the plant? Are they similar enough chemically and physically to the psychoactive substance in question (tryptamine) to make them acceptable substitutes? All three questions can easily be answered by recognizing certain facts about psilocybe.
Psilocybe Cubensis grows wildly in mushroom form, in a number of forms varying in size and shape depending on the conditions. The most commonly known psilocybe mushroom is the dried form containing psilocybin. The dried psilocybe has neither color nor scent and cannot be identified using standard techniques. The dried psilocybe is also neither stable nor grow vigorously. It is usually stored in dry ice or in air tight plastic bags.
There are no known serious health hazards from the consumption of psilocybe. It is also not addictive or habit forming. It’s external links with mushrooms do not contribute to any physical danger either, despite some claims in the media concerning entheogenic use of psilocybe. The external links appear to be insignificant and irrelevant when compared with the hundreds of thousands of users worldwide who have come to enjoy the pleasant effects of this remarkable, mind expanding, energizing, and spiritual experience. A good many have found profound personal happiness, spiritual clarity, deep concentration and accelerated creativity while taking advantage of the external links with psilocybe.
The external links with psilocybe only emphasize the extreme power and importance of this extraordinary natural resource. They are strong, reliable, highly renewable, and naturally organic, with very few side effects when used properly. When mushrooms are cooked or smoked, psilocybe cubensis produces psilocybe smoke. In its internal parts, this remarkable mushroom contains a rich amount of psilocybe precursors which have a highly beneficial effect on our health and life. When properly combined with psilocybe tea, it offers an exceptional, powerful, and beneficial experience with a lasting quality of love.