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Understanding Magic Mushrooms Species And Their Psychoactive Effects

Since antiquity, magic mushrooms have attracted lots of attention, but in the past few decades, they have encountered a troubled contemporary discourse. It is undeniable that these mushrooms have psychoactive ingredients which were discovered over half a century ago. Despite their ban in the 1960s and the years that followed, magic mushrooms are now winning the hearts and minds of policy makers and even medical practitioners.

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The legal flexibility and scientific interest in the potential medicinal properties of magic mushrooms is what is currently informing public conversations. People who have already had an idea about magic mushrooms, may flow well with such debates but for the many who may not even know what magic mushrooms are, there is need for an elaborate introduction.

Magic Mushroom Species

Looking at the market today, there are lots of magic mushrooms for sale drawn from different varieties and hence the need to understand some of the common species you may encounter in your day to day business.


Whenever people make reference to magic mushrooms, there is a high likelihood they are referring to the psilocybin-containing fungus. Basically, psilocybin is a chemical which alters the perception of people to reality and can cause a phenomenal known as mysticalexperiences which are characterized by a sense of unity, peace, and oneness with the universe. The Psilocybecubensis species is one of the most common mushrooms and it grows in so many places within the United States and around the world.


Also known as liberty caps, these mushrooms are relatively common and grow naturally in parts of North America and Europe. They are also categorized among the most potent magic mushrooms. First published in 1799, Psilocybesemilancea mushrooms are said to have caused involuntary fits of laughter to a family that had ingested them.

These magic mushrooms commonly grow in pastures and meadows. Unlike its counterpart, Psilocybecubensis, they do not grow out of dung.


Just as their name suggests, these magic mushrooms are commonly found in Mexico and some parts of Central America. They have been used by the native Mayans and Aztecs for thousands of years. In their lingo, the Aztecs referred to these mushrooms as teonancatl which is translated to god’s flesh.


This species is one of the 144 discovered species of the genius Psilocybe. It is alternatively referred to as wavy caps and history has revealed that they were being used by ancient Egyptians in religious ceremonies thanks to their psychoactive properties. They are also found in many places around the world.

Amanita muscaria

Commonly found throughout the northern hemisphere particularly under birch and pine trees, Amanita muscaria mushrooms are attractive in appearance with their signature bright red cap with white specks. It also has strong psychoactive effects and chemicals such as ibotenic acid, muscimol, and muscazone. Muscimol is a powerful chemical which causes trance-like states in the individuals who consume it.

The natives in Siberia have been known to drink urine from reindeers that have eaten these mushrooms. The psychoactive effects experienced, explain that the process of ingestion and excretion doesn’t affect the potency of these mushrooms, but instead removes some of the toxic compounds in it.

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