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Psilocybe Cubensis – Comparing the most popular strains of this Magic Mushroom

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

Psilocybe Cubensis 

You may know Psilocybe Cubensis by many names – magic mushrooms, shrooms, gold caps, cubes, and many others. They derive most of their common names from their cinnamon brown to golden appearance. Psilocybe 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.

Psilocybe Cubensis has garnered its popularity because they occur widely and are easy to grow at home. In fact, you can produce a good yield by using simple mushroom grow kit. These mushrooms can be found both in the wild and grown indoors using a mushroom growing kit.

Researchers have discovered more than 40 strains of Psilocybe 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.

Let's find out how to grow magic mushrooms, their typical discovery stories, and what "magic" effects they have on their consumers.

Golden Teacher

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

If you compare the Golden Teacher with other Psilocybe Cubensis 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.

They are not finicky growers and can produce a harvest even when the growth conditions are not optimum. Moreover, growers can get several harvests out of the same branch. 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

Most people consider B+ cubensis as the most popular Psilocybe Cubensis variants. 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 4 hours
  • Less probability of feeling nauseous after the trip

For the Grower

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. The easiest way to grow them is by using a mushroom growing kit.

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

Blue Meanies

The mushrooms get their name from the blue hue throughout the length of their stem. Also, let's get one thing out of the way first – Two species of mushrooms – the Psilocybe cubensis and Panaeolus have two different mushrooms that share the name "Blue Meanie". 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 Psilocybe 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

Like other variants of the Psilocybe family, this mushroom is not difficult to grow. However, it is recommended that growers use mushroom growing kit to get better results. This ensures that they use the right raw materials from the start and get a good harvest of the blue meanies.


The Cambodian 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

This is the best strain for a first-time grower. Noticeable pins appear between 7 to 14 days. The Cambodian variety does not just grow fast, but they also yield fruits in a short period. 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

The PF Classic strain of Psilocybes picks its name from its founder – Robert McPherson, who was popularly known as Psylocybe Fanaticus (or PF). Again, this is a strain from Florida. He is also credited with the invention of the PF-tek method of mushroom cultivation.

The 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

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.


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. Till 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

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.


This is the most commercially viable strains of Psilocybe Cubensis available in the market today. 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

Once the mycelium of the strain spreads across the substrate it utilizes it completely. The mushrooms will grow aggressively in the substrate. As you cultivate, 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.

Every Magic Mushroom Has a Taker

Psilocybe Cubensis has many more strains that 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. 

Read more about growing magic mushrooms, or about microdose. Ready to set up your own mushroom farm? Read here