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Due to growing public awareness of psilocybin-containing mushrooms, Australia’s classic autumnal, wood-loving, psychoactive fungus, Psilocybe subaeruginosa is gaining more attention than ever.
Friend of EGA, fungi educator, and psychedelic mushroom expert Caine Barlow has been generous enough to help us develop this unique resource reviewing the current literature and community knowledge around P. subaeruginosa. The reference guide includes species and habitat descriptions, history, pharmacology, poisonous lookalikes and other safety and legal issues. Caine has also helped us include a fantastic list of related resources, making it easy for the mycologically minded to get up to speed on the current research, and for Australian fungi foragers to choose the guidebook most suited to their needs.
The 3 best Psilocybe subaeruginosa Identification Guides
As we move into the P subaeruginosa season here in south-eastern Australia. there’s always a dramatic surge in interest in this enigmatic magic mushroom. Over the past few years. psychedelics are part of mainstream culture and discourse. The recent campaign by Mind Medicine Australia. To have psilocybin rescheduled for use in psychedelic therapy. has also increased interest in these mushrooms. Correct identification of mushrooms, whether psychedelic or gourmet edible, is paramount for safety. So, I’ve assembled what are. The four best guides with which to educate yourself about P subaeruginosa. and other Psilocybe species that you may encounter in Australia.
If someone were to go looking for P subaeruginosa mushrooms (also known as Golden Tops, P.subs, or just Subs) for whatever reasons it’s vital that the fungi are correctly identified. There are a number of species that look similar to P. subaeruginosa. Some of them will do nothing, others cause serious illness. Some of these lookalikes, such as Galerina species, can be deadly.
The other reason that educating yourself about these fungi is important, is social in nature. There are small but dedicated mycological and psychedelic communities here in Australia. Members of these communities will help identify mushrooms via groups on Facebook or through forums such as the Shroomery. But they don’t have time to wade through an endless stream of people posting photos of every single little brown mushroom or toadstool they find in autumn, asking if they’ve “found the right thing.” Also, constantly asking to tell you the exact locations of mushroom patches – “where do P subaeruginosa grow?” is not going to win you any friends. You might know that you’re a law enforcement officer, or have no intention of undertaking unsustainable harvesting. But people on the internet who’ve never met you will not know this. So always cut online mushroom experts a little slack until they get to know you.
Even though I’ve seen Psilocybe mushrooms in both wild and urban settings around Melbourne, and think I could identify them with a good level of accuracy, there are people better suited to write the specific educational resources needed to reduce the risk associated with incorrect mushroom identification.
P subaeruginosa: Australia’s Most Famous Magic Mushroom
Not only does this DoubleBlind article give a great overview of P. sub identification, it also goes deep into its history, genetics, and effects. A great place to start if you find scientific jargon difficult or intimidating.
Caine Barlow – An Introduction to Psilocybe subaeruginosa locations in australia
This YouTube video, narrated by Caine Barlow and made in conjunction with Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) gives a comprehensive overview of the species, including identifying features, habitat and how to spot dangerous lookalikes.
Entheogenesis Australis Reference Guide for P subaeruginosa
If you’re looking to get a little more taxonomic, the Entheogenesis Australis Reference Guide for Psilocybe subaeruginosa is for you! Jam packed with notes on habitat, identification, pharmacology and much more, this is an indispensable document for anyone who wants to get serious about psychedelic mushrooms in Australia.
So, that’s my top three Psilocybe subaeruginosa gills resources. I’d also give an honourable mention to A Brief Guide To Ethical Mushroom Picking, as overharvesting and damaging habitat is a constant problem. Side note: I didn’t set out to favour Caine when writing this – it just so happens he’s the one of the few people in Australia with both the expertise and motivation to create this material. (Sorry Caine!)
You’ll notice that all of these guides have at least some level of specific taxonomic language in them. That’s because identifying mushrooms, whether psychedelic or gourmet, requires observing some pretty specific features of the fungus. If you aren’t prepared to learn about habitats and substrates, reactions such as mushrooms bruising different colours when bruised, using spore prints to determine spore colour, and features such as the colour of mushroom gills and how they attach to the stipe (stem), then maybe identifying mushrooms isn’t for you. But if you can get into learning about fungi identification and ecology, this can lead into a fascinating world that goes far beyond psychedelics.
These guides are all, obviously, for informational and harm-reduction purposes only. Possession of psilocybin mushrooms is currently highly illegal in all Australian states and territories. Psilocybin and psilocin are Schedule 9 substances, making the possession of psilocybin-containing fungi illegal in all states of Australia, with the potential for significant legal issues. Collection of any fungi from private land without permission is trespassing, and the collection of any plant or fungi from publicly owned land (especially national parks) is also illegal, with a fine and criminal record being possible repercussions (on top of the drugs charges.)
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What is P subaeruginosa?
The P Subaeruginosa mushroom species comes from Australia. It is often considered a sister species to the psilocybe azurescens and psilocybe cyanescens, and are up there in potency like the azurescens, and cyanescens. Cultivated on woodchip beds.
What is the size of Psilocybe umbo?
The cap – called the pileus – of P subaeruginosa can be anywhere between 1cm to 6cm across. This cap is usual conical to convex in shape with a nipple-like protrusion at the top – a structure known as the umbo.
Where does Psilocybe aeruginosa grow?
In this type of location, you can expect Psilocybe aeruginosa to grow on slight inclines instead of plane or flat areas. Keep an eye out for this shroom on any inclined clearings leading into a creak.And finally, they can be found flourishing in ar
Psilocybe subaeruginosa season
P subaeruginosa is native to Australia and New Zealand, and grows on woody substrates and tends to be found in woodchipped garden beds or in pine and eucalypt forests among fallen debris. In Australia, P. subaeruginosa occurs in the south eastern part of the continent including Victoria and parts of South Australia and New South Wales.
Is p subaeruginosa more potent than cubensis?
Potency. As with all woodloving psilocybes, P. subaeruginosa tends to be more potent than typical Psilocybe cubensis, with some patches producing specimens of breathtaking potency, this should be taken into account when dosing.
Are there psilocybin trees in Australia?
Australia has two main psilocybe species: the tropical/subtropical Psilocybe cubensi s and the temperate eucalyptus-loving P subaeruginosa. The former is an introduced species, and the latter grows natively in the Australian southeast.
What does a Psilocybe look like?
This is the p subaeruginosa. They are also known as gold tops, wavy caps or subs. Gold tops have a caramel coloured cap with a thick white stem and gills that are a creamy brown in colour. The stems go blue when handled.