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Types of Thai Magic Mushrooms

Types of Thai Magic Mushrooms

Thailand is up there with Holland in places around the world to have a mushroom experience. Instead of truffles from headshops in Amsterdam, travellers of southeast Asia often consume their first shrooms in notoriously potent smoothies. But now, there is no need to travel for the experience as many cultivators are working with various types of Thai magic mushrooms.

However, for those interested in travel, the Thai government announced in 2022 there will be relaxed laws around the use of psychedelic mushrooms going forward. Previously psilocybin existed in a grey area, being sold in shops while technically being illegal.

Most of the different types of Thai magic mushrooms grown today are the work of legendary mycologist John Allen, who explored the region in the 90s. Check out this master list.

Pink Buffalo Cubensis

Psilocybe Cubensis Pink Buffalo Magic Mushrooms
Monotub flush of Pink Buffalo

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.

Pink Buffalo effects are considered average with similar effects to other southeast Asian species, like rapid onset, striking visuals, and less body load.

Hanoi Magic Cubensis

Hanoi Magic Mushrooms
Dried Hanoi magic mushrooms

Hanoi cubensis were first collected growing in a pile of dung and straw in North Vietnam – we get that’s not Thailand, but we decided to include it as it’s in the neighbourhood. Despite growing naturally in the country, magic mushroom possession can be punishable by death in Vietnam.

Typically, 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. 

Hanoi effects have been reported as average potency, possibly resulting in synesthesia and euphoria.

Ban Hua Thanon Cubensis

Ban Hua magic mushrooms
Ban Hua Thanon mushroom kit

Ban Hua Thanon cubensis were 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.

These magic mushrooms fruit 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. 

Ban Hua 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.

Elephant Cubensis

Elephant Magic Mushrooms
Elephant growing in dung

Elephant‘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. 

Ban Thurian Cubensis

Ban Thurian
Small flush on Ban Thurian

Ban Thurian cubensis was discovered by John Allen in Thailand. 

These munchies produce small fruiting bodies, caps are yellowish to tan in colour, with stems are slender and often curved. Ban Thurians are known to be heavy spore depositors and very vigorous colonizers.

Reported Ban Thurian effects are fast acting, vivid visuals, deep inner awareness, and a lighter body load than other cubensis strains. 

Nua Muang Cubensis

Nua Muang Magic Mushrooms
Nua Maung growing indoors

Nua Muang cubensis is another strain discovered by mycologist John Allen, growing on water buffalo dung on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand.

These cubensis possess physical similarities to other southeast Asian strains. An aggressive colonizer and prolific fruiter, this strain produces large patches of mushrooms that range from golden to light brown in colouration with thick stems.

Nua Muang effects are similar to other southeast Asian strains, with visual stimulation, more mental effects, and less of a body load.

Koh Samui cubensis

Koh Samui Magic Mushrooms
Legendary Koh Samui fruiting from substrate

Koh Samui or psilocybe samuiensis were found on the island of Koh Samui off the coast of Thailand by mycologist John Allen.  

A moderate depositor of spores which grows large, golden-coloured fruits with thick, pale stems.

Koh Samui’s effects are similar to other Southeast Asain species, but with the potency regarded as above average.

Allen Magic Cubensis

Allen Magic Mushroom
A flush of Allen Strain in the wild

The Allen Strain is a robust colonizer named after John Allen, who discovered it in Thailand, this strain is thus similar to many of the strains originating from Southeast Asia. 

Caps are typically brown and bell-shaped, often producing a pronounced central bump. Stems are quite slender and more flexible than other cubensis strains, causing the mushrooms to lean heavily. Expect very dark, almost black, sporulation. 

Allen is reported to be average potency with effects including light bodily vibrations, creative inspiration, and mild visuals.

Types of Thai Magic Mushrooms

Our list provides an overview of the types of Thai magic mushrooms, but it is by no means exhaustive. There are many species whose genetics are being further developed by mycologists, likely more to be discovered. To find more magic mushroom species, check out our magic mushroom species list and our vetted list of mushroom spore vendors.

Always be careful when sourcing psilocybin mushrooms and only take them in the proper set and setting. Keep in mind that the effects reported regarding individual mushroom species will vary between individuals, and it is very difficult to predict what someone’s psychedelic trip will be like.

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