Psilocybe Azurescens

The history of the Psilocybe azurescens is very new and mysterious. This mushroom was only recently discovered:
In 1979, Boy Scouts found an unusually large and strongly bluing Stopharia near the city of Astoria in the state of Oregon, close to the mouth of the majestic Columbia River. Stem lengths of up to 20 cm and caps as broad as 10 cm were no rarity. By 1981, the mushroom was being grown outdoors on wood chips or cow mulch, methods that were originally developed for Psilocybe cyanescens and have been described in detail everywhere. Soon these "new" mushrooms, which proved to be potentially psychoactive, were called Psiloocybe astoriensis.
The initial description by Paul Stamets and Jochen Gartz was not published until 1995. This largest species of the genus Psilocybe grows on the remains of wood in the coastal region of Oregon and Washington, where it fruits in the fall (from the end of September to the beginning of November). Of all the Psilocybe species, this one spreads the most aggressively. "The mushroom even grew spontaneously on the wooden clothespins that were lying about"...
The spore print can germinate on an agar surface within three days. Cultivating the mycelium is best done on a substrate of rye...
Psilocybe azurescens can develop caps that are 10 cm in diameter and stems that are as long as 20 cm. Because it was discovered only at the end of the 1970s, it has been speculated that this is a new species that only recently evolved. It grows in the habitat that is very untypical for members of the Psilocybe genus. It thrives on sandy soil close to the ocean, usually in association with the grass Ammophila martima. The mushroom quickly spread from Astoria and will certainly soon be common in the entire Pacific Northwest. It is the most potent member of the genus Psilocybe...
An experimental report written by a mycologist clearly demonstrates the potent effects of Psilocybe azurescens:
To my surprise, the mushroom powder (1 gram) in the mixture of orange juice was tasteless, which I found positive in comparison to earlier experiments with Psilocybe semilanceata and Psilocybe cubensis. After some 20 minutes, the effects suddenly began in such a way that my body immediately dissolved into pure energy. This sensation of a remaining, isolated soul with a Christian/church context that existed somewhere and sometime was extremely impressive. There began a journey through historical periods that was without precedent for me. The coarse structure of the white ceiling of the room dissolved completely, as when cobwebs are brushed aside, and a stage opened up. A multitude of historical events and experiences that my soul experienced as totally real alternated in quick succession. Once, the room was transformed entirely into the style of an ancient Egyptian tomb, and I lay in the center, which provoked a moment of sudden terror, for it had an absolute character of being real. But generally this flight through historical times took place in an essentially peaceful and meditative mood with many experiences of a transpersonal nature, as Grof has described in detail. Personal problems no longer existed.
After some 5 hours, this journey beyond time and space ended with the rather abruptly developing sensation that my body and its union with the free-floating soul had been created anew. Aside from a certain tiredness, no other aftereffects were observed. During the following day, there was a very pleasant sensation of a special freshness of spirit that then slowly dissipated.

-pp. 664- 665, The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and Its Applications by Christian R├Ątsch (1998)

To learn more about magic mushrooms, see:

  • Psilocybe cubensis
  • Psilocybe squamosa (Scaly-stalked Psilocybe)
  • Psilocybe stuntzii (Stuntz's Blue Legs)
  • Psilocybe strictipes
  • Psilocybe baeocystis (Potent Psilocybe)
  • Psilocybe montana (Mountain Moss Psilocybe)
  • Psilocybe semilanceata (Liberty Cap)
  • Psilocybe coprophila (Dung-loving Psilocybe)
  • Psilocybe cyanescens (Bluing Psilocybe)
  • Psilocybe pelliculosa (Conifer Psilocybe)
  • Blue-foot Psilocybe (Psilocybe caerulipes)

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