Noob Psilocybe cubensis identification guide by implee
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Psilocybe cubensis only grows in some states and some countries.
Photo by Photohound.
- United States
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
New South Wales, Queensland
- South America/Other
Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Kenya
Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
What psychoactive mushrooms can be found in Texas?
These mushrooms are nick named Cubes Psilocybe cubensis can also be shortened to P. cubensis. This is one of the most cultivated psychoactive mushroom.
The two major contributing active chemicals are Psilocybin, and Psilocin.
Two other active chemicals in cubes are Baeocystin which is not a major contributing factor of a mushroom trip... A dose of 10mg pure Baeocystin is said to produce entheogenic effects. And Norbaeocystin It is unknown if this contributes to a mushroom trip.
Where do they grow?
They grow most commonly on cow poop, they can also be found growing on horse poop. Check in the tall grass they can be found there often.
Pinheadx has found them in manure/mulch/Wood chip piles, and on Wood chip ONLY piles. I have also found them in Manure/Mulch/Wood chip piles .We believe the manure used had mycelium in it, or got spores in it at some point and colonized... We do not believe either pile was cultivated by humans... I have no idea how the cube got in the Wood Chip only pile its crazy stuff This is EXTREMELY RARE, but if your in Houston Texas like us, anything can happen so keep an eye out
Pinheadx's finds: Never say never, MUTANT CUBE, zonate cube, and a polypore, Cubensis on wood chips.
My find's: Cubes found in LAWN Houston TX, South Texas mother fucker that's where I stay (Cubes found in Mulch/Manure at a High School/No Drug Zone LULZ)
What do they look like?
The cap when young will be almost completely golden colored, then when they get more matured they have a great golden yellow fade on top. When they get really old or sun bleached the caps can sometimes turn really pale and will no longer be gold or yellow. Sometimes the caps will have spores sprayed on top of them and turn a purple color. The caps can have a verity of different shapes due to weather or genetics. Bell, domed, flat, flat with a nipple, or just crazy shaped.
Closed caps are pretty solid colored
Sun bleached or dried/old
Spores on cap
Waterlogged cubes can look funny also, and they can be waaay soggy when you eat them... Plus if your doing a weighed out dosage they can throw the actual weight off... If your going to dry them find a really fast way to dry them up.
Flat or with nipple
Yellowish colored, and hollow, There is a veil present on the stem with purplish spores on one side and the bottom side (if visible) will be yellow/whitish/blueish/purplish. The stem will bruise blue/green when you squeeze it or break it in two. Also the base of the stems will probably have mycelium growing on them.
See the stems are yellow and have veils with spores dropped on them sometimes the veils are small sometimes they are big.
But keep in mind sometimes the veil wont be purple from the spores because its flappy, or formed differently.
Cubes have hollow stems but Texas cubes are known to be pretty dense and sometimes are pretty meaty and solid and not so hollow inside.
Here is mycelium, its perfectly okay to eat.
Purplish brown, sometimes they are spore less and only have a light brown color.
Cut your cap off, then place it on a piece of white paper wait 30 minutes to an hour and you should have a print that is dark and purplish...
The gills and stem will bruise blue or green, This is the active chemicals oxidizing, this is said to lower the potency so don't bruise them up too much... Only enough to verify that they are indeed Psilocybe cubensis, or Pan cyan... But please note that NON Psilocybe mushrooms will also bruise blue which are potentially poisonous.. So take everything gills, color, shape, and spore print color into consideration when identifying mushrooms. Cut the stem and wait about 5-30 seconds you should see a light green blue appear, it will probably get darker blue over the next few minutes.
When can they be found?
Well in Texas people have found them all year around, even around Christmas.. Its best to have around 75F-90F temperatures and a good rain storm... But you can find them from probably 40-75 just in fewer numbers. So whenever it rains a decent amount go out to those fields.
Mushrooms are about 90% water. Take the fresh weight then divide it by 10, the results are about what your dry weight will be. 20 Grams fresh will be about 2 grams dry, but mushrooms can be more dry or more wet so this isn't 100% accurate and can be off by complete grams.
The Great Mushrooms Poll: Shroom Secrets Revealed shows that 27% of people dose ~2 grams dry and 44% of people dose ~3.5 grams dry so between 2-3.5 grams is the average dose... Sometimes 3.5 grams can be really overwhelming so you might want to consider dosing 2 grams for your first time... But then again sometimes mushrooms don't effect some people the same as others...
How do you consume?
You can eat them right off the cow poop if you wanted to, but i wouldn't recommend tripping on the field unless you own the field... Also make sure you don't eat the poop cut it off. You can also put them under a fan for a day or two until they are cracker dry to store them... Then you can eat those dry mushrooms any time you want to.
Intensify the experience
The Lemon Experience... basically soak mushrooms in lemon juice for X amount of time then dose, it intensifies your experience in an extremely noticeable way be careful with it.I have tried this method with 2 grams dry/powdered and it sure works.
Black Currant Juice to increase mushroom effects This experiment is a bit different but it is supposed to extremely intensify your trip.. I have not tried this method yet.
You can put your mushrooms into chocolates, there are a few teks online.
Monstermitch's technique for chocolates
Mushroom Tea Preparation Here are a number of tea recipes.
I made teas a few times and didnt trip.. I think its because i put powered mushrooms in a pot while it was still boiling... The sides and bottom of the pot will be way hotter than the boiling water... This is how i make my tea.
1) Dry mushrooms then powder them in a coffee grinder
2) Boil water
3) Pour boiling water over mushrooms in a cup
4) Stir for 15-30 minutes
5) Strain with panty hose or coffee filters... Sometimes coffee filters take a while to strain.
Horse field cubes Ive found a horse field that was producing cubes, the horses ate grass, hay, and whatever other plants they felt like munching on... The field previously had cows and horses interchanged throughout the years but the poop was definitely horse poop that they were growing from. Almost all of the pictures from this thread were found on horse poop.
PinheadX found PLENTY of Cubes growing on mulch piles. Now it is possible that it could have been someones out door grow, or maybe the mulch/compost/manure they used had mycelium in it or spores from the cow field which inoculated the whole pile. This is the craziest thing I've ever seen and it is in NO way common, but his finds should inspire you to keep and eye out everywhere for cubes even off the field. (Update: I have found my own manure/mulch bed cubes! see Link)
Never say never, MUTANT CUBE, zonate cube, and a polypore.
Photo by PinheadX