Ten Popular Magic Mushroom Species
There are hundreds of psychedelic mushroom species. It can be difficult to sort through all the options, so we compiled a list of ten popular magic mushroom species from Frshminds.
Keep in mind that reports of magic mushroom experiences are highly subjective, and individual set and setting likely play a larger role than species. However, as there is some speculation different species could eventually be favoured for specific purposes, and because it’s fun, we have included what reviews we could find of specific strains.
Hillbilly Magic Mushroom
Hillbilly Cubensis was first found in Arkansas, USA. These shrooms have been around for decades and were a favourite choice in the 2000s. Hillbilly is again becoming a popular magic mushroom species as dispensaries online look for exciting and novel species.
This particular magic mushroom is known to be more potent compared to others in its class.
Report of trips with Hillbilly cubensis includes intense euphoria. Hillbilly magic mushroom is rumoured to invoke big smiles and occasional bouts of laughter.
Menace Magic Mushroom
Menace cubensis are named after the online identity of the initial collector, “P. Menace,” who found them growing on cattle dung on a farm near Houston, Texas.
Menace produces large fruiting bodies with caps that range from reddish-brown to tan. In maturity, Menace can appear black, but its pale, moderately thick and round stems are simply covered in dark spores.
Menace magic mushrooms have above-average yield, have rapid-colonizing, rhizomorphic mycelium, and can produce large fruiting bodies.
Rumoured to be a potent species which may elicit transcendent experiences, effects include intense visual hallucinations and metaphysical insights.
Oak Ridge Magic Mushroom
Oak Ridge cubensis were found growing near a nuclear power plant just outside of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Oak Ridge is said to be easy to cultivate due to its resistance to infection and aggressive colonization. Growers can expect average amounts of spores.
The stems are tall and slender, with orange-brown caps. The colour may become change upon maturity. The potency of this species is regarded as above average, with a significant body load, euphoria, and visuals.
Pink Buffalo Magic Mushroom
Pink Buffalo cubensis were found off the coast of Thailand on the island of Koh Samui in a field inhabited by the Sacred Pink Buffalo by John Allen.
This species produces large mushrooms with thick stems and broad caps that are dark reddish-brown. Mushroom growers can expect heavy drops of spores, aggressive colonization, and resistance to contamination.
The potency of Pink Buffalo magic mushroom is considered average, with similar effects to other Southeast Asian species like rapid onset, striking visuals, and less body load.
Ban Hua Thanon Magic Mushroom
Ban Hua Thanon was discovered by John Allen off the coast of Vietnam on Ban Hua Thanon Island, where it grows in rice paddies, fruiting from early July to late August.
Ban Hua produces fruits in small but dense patches. Caps are rounded and yellowish in colour, while stems are slender and round. This species is a heavy spore depositor and colonizes at moderate speed. Ban Hua Thanon is considered easy to cultivate due to its resistance to high temperatures.
Effects are said to be similar to other Thai species, fast acting but mild effects with vivid visuals and deep inner awareness, and a lighter body load than other cubensis strains.
Hanoi Magic Mushroom
Hanoi was first collected growing in a pile of dung and straw in North Vietnam. It is known as a subspecies of the Vietnam Magic Mushroom. Despite growing naturally in Vietnam, magic mushroom possession can be punishable by death.
Hanoi mushrooms are medium-sized, yellow to golden brown in colour, and the stem is pale, slender and curved. A beginner-friendly species known for its ease of cultivation, prolific sporulation, and ability to be cultivated on various substrates.
Potency is reported to be average and may result in synesthesia and euphoria.
Elephant Magic Mushroom
Elephant mushroom’s name comes from being discovered growing on elephant dung in southern Thailand and because of their large fruiting bodies.
The broad cap is often light brown in the early stages of its life cycle, growing darker in maturity and with thick white stems and moderate sporulation.
Elephant is said to be like other species from southeast Asia. Reports suggest fast-acting mental high, euphoria, and visuals, but fewer bodily effects.
Pensacola Magic Mushroom
Pensacola was found in Pensacola, Florida and is species prized by cultivators for its aggressive colonization, fast fruiting cycle, and resistance to contamination.
Fruiting bodies are medium to large, with thick stems and tan caps that invert and can split upon maturity. Heavy spore deposits can make the caps appear purple/black.
The potency of Pensacola cubensis is likely average, with subjective effects of body load, mild visuals, and introspection.
Orissa India Magic Mushroom
Orissa India was also found in elephant dung by entheomycologist John Allen near the border of the East Indian state, Bihar and Nepal. Orissa was later popularized by a group of growers in Amsterdam who isolated genetics to produce reliably potent mushrooms.
Said to be some of the largest cubensis spawning from elephant dung. Stems are long, pale and round. Caps are broad and pale yellow, with a dark brown spot in the centre. Orissa drops a moderate amount of spores, and caps may become discoloured in maturity.
Reports suggest that potency is very high, and effects include hallucinations and intense bodily vibrations.