Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms are a popular type of psilocybin mushroom, as well as one of the most well-known. They go by other names, including cubes, gold tops, and gold caps.
These mushrooms have a long history of use, with various facts about them which make them such a popular choice among psychedelic users. They are widely distributed and easy to cultivate, for example.
The Use Of Psilocybe Cubensis In Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
With people belonging to pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures using them for their hallucinogenic properties.
Religious practices involving these mushrooms extended from the Valley of Mexico to the rest of Central America, with such use believed to be at least 3,500 years old.
The American mycologist Franklin Sumner Earle first described Psilocybe cubensis as Stropharia cubensis in 1906 in Cuba.
The Scientific Discovery Of Psilocybe Cubensis
It wasn’t until 1949 when the German-born mycologist Rolf Singer gave the mushroom the name Psilocybe cubensis, after moving it into the genus Psilocybe.
What The Mushroom Looks Like
– The nominate, which had a brownish cap – Murrill’s variety from Florida, which had a pale cap – The variety from Indochina, which had a more yellowish cap
Where The Mushroom Grows
– The Gulf Coast states – Southeastern United States – Mexico – Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala)
The Potency Of Psilocybe Cubensis
These mushrooms have a moderate level of potency. They contain 0.63 percent psilocybin and 0.60 percent psilocin.
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