Psilocybe Cubensis Shroom Strains – Comparing Magic Mushroom Strains

Psilocybe Cubensis Shroom Strains – Comparing Magic Mushroom Strains

Posted by J&K at APN on 2020 Oct 14th

Psilocybe Cubensis Magic Mushroom - Comparing Shroom Strains 

You may know Psilocybe Cubensis by many names – gold cap mushrooms, golden halos, cubes, boomers and many more. 

They derive most of their common names from their cinnamon brown to golden appearance. P Cubensis has become an immensely popular species of  psychedelic mushrooms that contain psilocin and psilocybin. These two compounds are the source of their psychoactive characteristics.

P Cubensis has garnered its popularity because they occur widely and are fairly easy to grow. 

There are many ways to grow mushrooms, and the most popular Cubensis shroom strains can be found both in the wild and grown indoors. However, the expense of purchasing special equipment, the difficulty of correctly preparing mushroom substrates, and the time investment required for sterilization are why so many home cultivators prefer using  sterilized mushroom substrate bags or a complete Shroom Supply Grow kit that includes everything needed for growing from spore syringe. 

Researchers have discovered more than 40 shroom strains of Cubensis, which are grown by mushroom cultivators around the globe. However, among these, there are only a few strains that have managed to achieve stardom.

Golden Teacher

Golden Teacher Magic mushrooms mature in monotub grow

There is ambiguity around the origins of the Golden Teacher variety. 

However, the most widely accepted account is their appearance in the 80s Florida. In the mid to late 80s, locals started observing mushrooms with big golden caps and yellow spots. Though they were large in size, they had an elegant appearance.

For the Consumer

  • Average to high potency
  • Strong body buzz that gives a sense of euphoria
  • Sense of calm and relaxation
  • Few visuals with colors and geometric shapes
  • Short trips that may last anywhere between 2 to 4 hours
  • May also lead to sharp mental clarity
For the Grower of the Gold Cap Mushrooms, Golden Teacher

If you compare the Golden Teacher with other Cubensis mushroom strain variants, you will observe that they are not as quick to fruit. However, the magic mushroom takes the cake when it comes to growing conditions and can grow under environmental conditions very far from ideal and still produce a nice harvest. 

They are not finicky about substrate type and will grow on many types of nutrients. Old coffee grounds, straw, manure, grains and wood are all possible substrates for these gold caps, and growers and can often produce several crops even when the growth conditions are not optimum. These traits have made Golden Teacher a raging favorite among first-time growers, who realize gregarious harvests even when the conditions are less than ideal.

B+ Cubensis

B+ Psilocybe Cubensis mushrooms producing spores in bulk tub

Most people consider B+  as the most popular of all Shroom strains. 

There is no one official story about this strain's discovery, but some accounts say that a cultivator called Mr.G. developed it in Florida in the 90s. It is possibly a hybrid of P.azurescens and P.cubensis. This resulted in the higher potency of the final product. They have big caps, and they can be easily grown at home.

For the Consumer

  • Moderate potency
  • Body buzz makes you feel relaxed and lethargic
  • The visuals are mediocre
  • Trips can last a maximum of 8 hours
  • Less probability of feeling nauseous after the trip
For the Grower of B+ Cubensis

B+ is quick to germinate. So, you would find the mycelium will completely colonize the substrate in 8-15 days. Another excellent quality of this strain is that it is highly resilient, which means they can grow in challenging conditions as well. 

When growing B+ mushrooms, you will realize a sizeable first flush. However, the yield will significantly decrease over time.

Blue Meanies

Blue Meanie Psilocybe Cubensis growing in monotub tek

Two species of shroom – Cubensis and Panaeolus, have two different mushrooms that share the name "Blue Meanie". 

The mushrooms get their name from the blue hue throughout the length of their stem. The similarities don't end at their names. The two mushrooms look similar too. However, the Panaeolus species, is two times more potent than the Psilocybe variant. Also, the sport print on the Blue Meanie is a mix of brown and purple.

For the Consumer

  • High potency
  • Strong body sensation
  • Intense visuals
  • Sense of euphoria is amazing
  • Trips can last anywhere from 6 hours to 18 hours
For the Grower of Psilocybe Cubensis Blue Meanie strain

Like others of the Cubensis family, this shroom strain is not difficult to grow and it can be cultivated of many substrates. 

Cambodian

Cambodian Magic Mushroom strain mature fruit producing spores

The Cambodian Psilocybe Cubensis derives its name from its place of discovery. 

It was spotted by John W. Allen, who is an authority when it comes to hallucinogenic mushrooms. He found them growing out of cow dung outside the famous Buddhist Angkor Wat Temple.

The Cambodian has curved tops that a distinctly brown in color. The caps have lighter spots all over the caps. The caps are relatively small when compared to other strains.

For the Consumer

  • High Potency
  • Mediocre visuals and pushes creativity
  • Not a lethargic high, it makes you feel energetic
  • Leave you introspecting and philosophical
For the Grower of the Cambodian Cubensis strain

This is the best strain for a first-time grower. Noticeable pins appear between 7 to 14 days. The Cambodian mushroom strain does not only grow fast, it also yields fruits quickly. In fact, experts claim that there is no mushroom in nature that will fruit as quickly as the Cambodian. Since they are native to the subtropical belt, they need slightly warmer temperatures to grow. Also, it's worth mentioning that the cultivation will lead to a massive first flush, which sustains over the next few flushes too.

PF Classic

Psilocybe Cubensis shroom strain PF Classic growth showing flaring stems

The PF Classic shroom strain of Cubensis picks its name from its founder. 

Robert McPherson, who was popularly known as Psylocybe Fanaticus, or PF. He is also credited with the invention of the PF-tek method of mushroom cultivation, which uses brown rice flour and vermiculite as a growing medium in sterilized growing jars. 

This is another Cubensis strain which was first collected in Florida. They have large brownish caps which start convex and slowly become flat when fully mature. The caps may slowly change color to golden brown and then get lighter.

For the Consumer

  • Visual enhancements that meteorically increase with dose
  • Bouts of creativity and introspection
  • Hallucinations with high doses
  • May feel nauseous after
For the Grower of PF Classic 

The PF classic magic mushroom grow best using the PF-tek method, which essentially means growing mushrooms on cakes of brown rice flour. They take their time to mature, so they are best left for advanced mushroom growers. However, once they do start yielding mushrooms, a single cake can lead to multiple flushes.

Mexicana

P. Cubensis Shroom strain Mexicana canopy of small magic mushrooms

The Psilocybe mexicana has many names from Teonanacatl to Pajaritos to Mexi-Cub. 

This mushroom is ancient and its history can be traced back to the Aztec people. They were the ones who called it Teonanacatl which translates to the flesh of gods. After the Spanish took over the reigns in the region, it caught the eye of Robert Heim, a botanist. He was the one who sent it to Albert Hoffman, who cultivated it in his lab, isolated psilocybin and psilocin from it in the lab for the first time. Do you know who is Albert Hoffman? The discoverer of LSD.

They are small in size and have cone-like caps that start brown and slowly loose color. Still today, these magic mushrooms grow in the wild.

For the Consumer

  • Mellow high that feels spiritual
  • Smooth euphoria
  • Full body buzz that's comforting and not strong
  • Mediocre visuals
For the Grower of P. Cubensis Mexicana

Given its abundance in the wild, it is obvious that it is not hard to grow. The mushroom grows in thick clusters and have enough meat to them. It also produces multiple flushes from the same substrate. The mushroom can change its physical appearance depending on the substrate it is grown. So, if you get a different color of mushroom, it is not contaminated, it is a natural phenomenon.

Z-Strain mushrooms

Z Strain variety Cubensis magic mushrooms primordia forming Cubensis Shroom Variety Z-Strain produces abundant harvest in bulk and Monotub teks

The Z strain mushroom is the most commercially viable variety of Psilocybe Cubensis shroom strains.

The Z-strain does not occur naturally. It has been artificially grown in a lab and bred to have characteristics like quick and dense growth, high on mushroom meat, and large in size. They are tall and also highly potent in their psychedelic effects.

For the Consumer

  • Highly potent
  • Strong body buzz
  • Long-lasting visuals
  • Intense euphoria
For the Grower of the Z Strain Mushroom

Once the mycelium of the strain spreads across the substrate it utilizes it completely. The mushrooms will grow aggressively in the substrate. Under good conditions, the Z-strain will produce heavy flushes multiple times. With their above average potency, they are used by professional legal mushroom growers for maximum yield.

Psilocybe Cubensis - so many shroom strains 

They all differ in their origin stories, psychedelic effects, and ease of cultivation. That is the reason they are grown by everyone from beginners to experts, and enjoyed by every type of consumer too. There is no one mushroom strain better than the next, it all depends on what you are looking for. 

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