Golden Teacher Cubensis

Golden Teacher Mushrooms: Teaching You About Yourself

What are golden teacher mushrooms? Golden Teachers, also known as Golden Emperors, are a “species” of arguably the most common psilocybin-containing mushroom species Psilocybe cubensis. As far as the different “species” of Psilocybe cubensis go, golden teacher mushrooms are one of the most well-known and renowned. Read on as Frshminds explores this iconic strain and why it’s so highly regarded with psychonauts everywhere.

The Origin of Golden Teacher Mushrooms

Golden teacher mushrooms were first classified in the 1980’s. However, despite it’s legendary status among psilocybin mushroom strains, the origins of its cultivation and discovery are still shrouded in mystery.

The Effects

As with most psychedelic mushrooms, golden teachers produce a range of physical, perceptual, emotional, psychological, and spiritual effects which vary depending on dosage, including:

  • Auditory distortions
  • Color Enhancement
  • Distortion of space/time
  • Intense feelings of euphoria and joy
  • Introspection
  • Morphing of objects
  • Mystical states like feeling connected to the universe
  • Synesthesia (i.e. “hearing colors”, “seeing sounds”)

Regarding the potency of golden teacher mushrooms, this strain is considered to be mild to moderately potent. Trip durations are also said to be shorter. While most psilocybin mushroom trips last around 5-8 hours, golden teacher mushroom trips usually last 2-4 hours. This makes golden teacher mushrooms a good choice for beginners.

Golden teachers are also noted to elicit spiritual or mystical-type experiences pretty reliably, which is another reason for its legendary status.

If you wish to explore golden teachers, especially at higher doses, you should contact a psychedelic integration therapist beforehand.

Physical Characteristics

As for the first part of their name, golden teacher mushrooms get it from the, well, “golden” colour of the caps, though more accurately, it may be described as an orangish-brown.

This cap is bell-shaped and distinctly speckled with white dots. Fruiting bodies are medium to large (cap can be 20-80mm in diameter), making it larger than other Psilocybe cubensis strains. Golden teachers also have large, thick, white stems to match the substantial size of the fruiting bodies.

Underneath the cap are closely-spaced, grey-colored gills. Upon sporulation, the gills darken and may become almost black with full maturity.

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Passionate about studying the psychedelic/mystical experience from a neuropsychological lens, Emily is a member of MAPS Canada Research Committee and graduated with an Honours BSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from York University.  She currently leads a team of RAS with a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating microdosing psilocybin for persistent depressive disorder.

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