Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms: White, Weird and Wonderful

Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms: White, Weird and Wonderful

Psilocybe cubensis, or “cubes,” are the most common type of psychedelic mushroom. And penis envy mushrooms are one of the most popular strains of cubes. But albino penis envy mushrooms are giving their pigment-having cousins a run for their money.

Cubensis is one species, but consists of numerous strains. It’s kind of like how there are different breeds of dogs: all the same species, but with different traits. 

Among these cube strains, the Albino Penis Envy (APE) stands out. APEs are not just a quirky name in the cubensis world; they’re a symbol of potency, peculiarity, and a certain mystique.

The Main Difference Between Classic Penis Envy Mushrooms and Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms

AttributePenis Envy (PE)Albino Penis Envy (APE)
AppearanceThick, dense, and bulbous stems. Mushroom caps are sometimes uncircumcised, giving them their unique name.Similar in shape to PE but has a distinct albino coloration: white stems and often translucent-white caps.
PotencyTypically higher than most other P. cubensis strains. Contains more psilocybin and psilocin.Generally considered even more potent than standard PE, making them among the most potent of the P. cubensis strains.
EffectStrong visual hallucinations, enhanced colors, altered perception of time, introspection, emotional intensification.Similar to PE but might be more intense due to higher potency. Users often report deeper introspection and more vivid visual experiences.
Duration of ExperienceGenerally lasts 4-6 hours, but can vary based on dosage and individual metabolism.Similar to PE. The duration is typically 4-6 hours, but the intensity might be stronger especially in the onset.
Growth DifficultyKnown to be a bit more challenging to cultivate than other P. cubensis strains due to its unique genetics and growth characteristics.Similar to PE in terms of cultivation challenges, but some cultivators believe APE may be slightly harder to grow.
FruitingTends to produce fewer, but larger fruits.Might produce even fewer fruits than standard PE, but they are usually robust in size.
Optimal Harvest TimeTypically harvested just before or right as the veil beneath the cap begins to tear. The cap might not always fully open like other P. cubensis strains.Due to their albino nature, it’s a bit trickier. They often don’t show a clear veil break like traditional strains. Many cultivators rely on the mushroom’s overall size and slight cap expansion as indicators. Some might also wait for slight bluing at the base, indicating maturity.
PopularityOne of the most popular strains due to its high potency and unique appearance.Growing in popularity, especially among those who seek more intense psychedelic experiences.

What the Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms Look Like

APEs often take on peculiar forms. They can manifest in intriguing blobs or clusters, owing to their slower growth rate. Their albinism gives them a pale, often white appearance. Unlike their standard Penis Envy counterparts, which may have a tan to brownish hue, APEs might sport a faint blue tint, especially on their caps, a hint of their intense potency. (Psilocybin is blue.)

They often don’t fully develop the distinctive cap that most cubes display. Instead, they sometimes grow in unique, misshapen structures, adding to their intrigue.

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How Strong Are Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms?

APEs are renowned for their high psilocybin content. There are numerous accounts of individuals consuming a mere gram or two and experiencing profound, intense trips. This elevated potency might be due to their hybrid nature, a fusion between the Penis Envy and the PF Albino strains of Psilocybe cubensis.

Preliminary findings have indicated that they might contain considerably higher levels of psilocybin and psilocin compared to other cubensis strains. Given their strength, potential users should approach with caution, perhaps beginning with a lesser dose than they would with other cubensis strains.

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How to Grow Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms

Like standard Penis Envy mushrooms, APEs are primarily a cultivated species and aren’t found in the wild.

Growing APEs, much like other mushroom variants, starts with the right substrate and environment. Methods like the PF Tek, shoebox, and monotubs are the go-to strategies for many cultivators. The thing is, while APEs need similar substrates as other cubensis strains, there’s a twist—APEs take their own sweet time, growing at a more relaxed pace than their mushroom brethren. That slow growth can result in a unique, captivating appearance. On the flip side, patience becomes more than just a virtue—it’s a requirement.

The actual growth process isn’t dramatically different. But there’s a catch: When you’re growing from spores, you might just get a surprise mix of albino and non-albino outcomes. Want to stay on the albino side of things consistently? Dive into the world of liquid cultures or agar isolates. They’ll help maintain those specific albino genetics that give APEs their unique charm.

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How Do You Know When to Harvest Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms?

Alright, here comes the fun (and occasionally tricky) part. Harvesting mushrooms is all about timing, and with APEs, it can be a guessing game. Unlike your typical cubensis, some APEs fancy themselves as rebels. They grow in blob-like forms, forsaking the caps and sporulation process that other mushrooms swear by. This lack of a clear cap makes the usual signs of maturity a tad ambiguous.

But don’t lose hope! Many APEs will still wave the flag of typical mushroom growth, flaunting a cap and veil. When you see that veil starting to break, it’s showtime. Harvest them pronto! As for the blobby rebels? Keep an eye on their growth trajectory. Once they seem to hit a stage similar to their capped comrades in terms of maturity, it’s safe to assume they’re ready for picking.

In mushroom cultivation, as in life, there are few guarantees. But with keen observation, a bit of patience, and a sprinkle of intuition, you’ll master the art of harvesting APEs in no time. Remember, these peculiar fungi have a rhythm of their own. Sometimes, all you need to do is dance along!

The Origins of APEs

The Penis Envy lineage is well-established, tracing back to the Amazon and Terence McKenna. The Albino Penis Envy’s history is a more recent tale. They are a result of meticulous cross-breeding between the standard Penis Envy and the PF Albino varieties, creating a strain that not only holds the potency of the Penis Envy but also exhibits the intriguing characteristics of the PF Albino.

Given their hybrid nature, one fascinating aspect of APEs is their genetic unpredictability. Cultivators  growing from spores might find themselves with a mix of albinos and non-albinos. For a guaranteed albino yield, growers often resort to liquid cultures or agar isolates to preserve the specific genetics of the albino strain.

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Effects of Consuming Albino Penis Envy Mushrooms

All Psilocybe cubensis strains can induce a range of effects from the psychedelic experience, including altered perceptions, deep introspection, and heightened senses. However, with APEs, these effects are often amplified due to their elevated potency. Users frequently report more vivid visuals, profound philosophical thoughts, and an intense feeling of connection to the universe.

Given their potency, it’s not uncommon for the unprepared to find themselves overwhelmed. As always, setting, mindset, and dosage are critical.

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Like all psilocybin-containing mushrooms, APEs are considered illegal in many jurisdictions, classified alongside other cubensis strains. However, spores, being devoid of psilocybin, are often legal in places where the mature mushroom isn’t. Three states ban spores: California, Georgia and Idaho. 

The legal landscape is constantly evolving, with an increasing number of regions decriminalizing or legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic and personal use. At least 20 cities, counties and states have decriminalized or legalized psilocybin-containing mushrooms for personal use. Always ensure you are up-to-date with local laws before acquiring or cultivating any psilocybin mushrooms.

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Graham Pilger is a passionate expert in the field of psychedelic medicine, business, and research, with over 4 years of experience. His diverse background spans from collaborating with laboratories to develop plant-based medicines and psychedelic compounds, to participating in psychiatric research projects. In addition to his professional expertise, Graham is an avid home mycologist who has cultivated an extensive understanding of various mushroom-growing techniques. His hands-on experience ranges from beginner methods to advanced cultivation practices.

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