Magic Mushroom Strains

The mind-expanding effects of magic mushrooms have been inspiring creativity, treating medical conditions, and used in ceremonies for thousands of years. Evolutionary biologist and psychedelic guru Terrence McKenna even believed that psychedelic mushrooms were responsible for the rapid cognitive evolution in Apes. More recently, psilocybin has found its way into respected medical journals and is being used in clinics for its therapeutic benefits.

As magic mushrooms transition from the shadows of subculture into the lives of everyday people, we have a responsibility to educate the newcomers in the Psilocybin community. Many aren’t aware that that there are over 200 species of magic mushrooms, all of which have different effects and benefits.

The genus Psilocybe contains 4 prominent species, separate strains of mushrooms derive from these main groups.

The 4 main species are





Each species varies in appearance and psychoactive effects. All mushrooms of the Psilocybe genus contain a cap, separated from the stem by a distinct veil, and bruise blue when damaged.

Choosing a strain that will cater to your needs takes some research, especially if you are unfamiliar with the world of psilocybin mushrooms. Whether you are looking to microdose, have an enlightening experience, or using them as treatment, be sure to familiarize yourself with each prominent species before choosing a specific magic mushroom strain.

Psilocybe Azurescens

Effects of Psilocybe Azurescens

  • Just a gram of Psilocybe azurescens can deliver an intense, unforgettable psychedelic experience.
  • Known for their intense visuals and ability to transport into unchartered realms of the consciousness, azurescens are a favorite among veteran psychonauts.

Psilocybe Azurescens

Psilocybe azurescens, also known as Flying Saucers were believed to be discovered in 1979 by a group of Boy Scouts near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. They weren’t officially classified until 1996 by mycologist and psilocybe expert Paul Stamets. Azurescens are the most potent tryptamine synthesizing Psilocybe species, containing up to 1.8% psilocybin.


The most notable feature of Psilocybe azurescens is their broad umbo or nipple-like cap. They are dark caramel in color ranging from 3 to 10 centimeters in diameter. The stem or stripe is long and skinny, growing up to 20 centimeters long. A young specimen will have a white stem but as it ages will also turn light brown.

Where Are Psilocybe Azurescens Located?

Psilocybe azurescens can be found in sandy coastal soil or fruiting on deciduous wood in the Pacific Northwest. While they are a rare species, nearly exclusive to the Northern Western US, they are very sporadic and thrive in the right habitat.

Psilocybe Cyanesens

Psilocybe cyanesens or Wavy Caps, known for their distinct wavy pileus. The species was first described by Elsie Wakefield in ‘Transactions of the British Mycological Society.’ They are known for their ability to fruit in massive quantities given the right conditions.


These prominent magic mushrooms are identified by their wavy caps and densely gilled underside. Growing cyanesens have a prominent rounded umbo, as they grow the cap expands and becomes the wavy shape, they are most recognized by. Their stem is thick, white in color, and covered in silvery hairs.

Where Are Psilocybe Cyanesens Located?

Most foragers find Psilocybe cyanesens among mulch, twigs, wood chips, and leaves. These magic mushrooms have adapted nicely to modern urban environments popping up in flower beds, parks, and maintained trails. They are found across the globe but are believed to originate in the Western US and Central Europe.

Psilocybe Cyanesens

Effects of Psilocybe Cyanesens

  • While not usually as potent as azurescens, these magic mushrooms still pack a punch.

  • You can expect to be released from your sense of self and journey closer to the natural world.

Psilocybe Cubensis

Effects of Psilocybe Cubensis

  • Easy cultivation has allowed for some incredible strains delivering incredible journeys into the unknown.

Psilocybe Cubensis

Regarded as the most common species and easiest to cultivate. This species’ psilocybin potency is generally mild when found growing naturally, but because they are so easy to produce, the strains have become much more psychoactive.

Cubensis’ journey to identification involves some of the most prominent names in the psychedelic community. They were first identified by amateur mycologist and former vice president of J.P. Morgan Chase, Gordon Wasson in a Life Magazine article titled ‘Seeking the Magic Mushroom.’ Wasson was the first westerner to be included in a shamanic ceremony by famous shaman Maria Sabina. He brought back cubensis from Mexico to Albert Hoffman, the Swiss chemist who is credited with discovering LSD.


Psilocybe Cubensis has evolved into many different strains, all with varying appearances. Most notably Penis Envy. Named after a psychologic complex first described by Sigmund Freud because of the magic mushroom’s close resemblance of well…

Where Are Psilocybe Cubensis Found?

Terrance Mckenna first discovered the strain Penis Envy in the Amazon. Psilocybe Cubensis typically grow in hot, humid climates, that receive plenty of rain.

Psilocybe Semilanceata

Semilanceata are among the oldest and most recognizable species of psychedelic mushrooms. They are easily recognized by their bell-shaped pileus and commonly referred to as Liberty Caps. Semilanceata were first categorized way back in 1838 by Elias Magnus Fries in his publication ‘Epicrisis Systematis Mycologici.’


On average, semilanceata are the smallest of the 4 main species of magic mushrooms. They are tan in color, sometimes throughout the entire mushroom. Their bell-shaped cap is suspended by a thin, lengthy stripe.

Where are Psilocybe Semilanceata Found?

Semilanceata are the magic mushrooms that can be found in grasslands that are naturally fertilized by livestock. They are considered the most widespread psilocybe mushroom.

Psilocybe Semilanceata

Effects of Psilocybe Semilanceata

  • While the first recorded psychedelic experience with Liberty Caps was back in 1799, we expect this wasn’t the first occurrence.
  • Psilocybe semilanceata has been praised as an intoxicating mushroom capable of bending space and time.

At Micro Zoomers, we want to be your source for psilocybin as well as information regarding these incredible fungi.

As we venture further into the effects of psychedelic mushrooms, more stains and applications for treatment will undoubtedly be discovered.
Finding the right strain of magic mushrooms can determine the psychedelic experience, we strive to offer a wide variety of strains delivered directly to your mailbox.