Psilocybe hoogshagenii Magic Mushrooms
Psilocybe hoogshagenii: Background
Psilocybe hoogshagenii magic mushrooms were first described by French mycologist Roger Heim in 1958, and is one of the species depicted, though mislabeled as Psilocybe zaptecorum, in the 1957 Life magazine photo essay “Seeking the Magic Mushroom” in which R. Gordon Wasson described the psychedelic effects he experienced during rituals of the Mixtec people, and introduced psilocybin mushrooms to the West. This species is named after American anthropologist Searle Hoogshagen, who helped Heim and Wasson search for psilocybin mushrooms. American mycologist Paul Stamets reported 0.6% psilocybin and 0.1% psilocin in dried specimens, whereas chemical analysis of P. hoogshagenii specimens from Brazil yielded up to 0.3% psilocybin and 0.3% psilocin.
Psilocybe hoogshagenii: Habitat
Psilocybe hoogshagenii magic mushrooms grow solitary or in small groups on humus or clay soils of subtropical coffee plantations. In Mexico, it fruits in June and July, and in Argentina it fruits in February. This species has also been reported in Brazil and Colombia.