Conocybe siligineoides, commonly known as “Cone Caps” is a fungus from the Bolbitiaceae family. It has the typical “little brown mushroom” morphology presenting itself with a thin, delicate stature and a conic-shaped cap. Conocybe actually translates to cone head through Greek roots.
Though not much data is found on this specie, a sufficient number of mycological studies report it to be mildly to moderately active.
Literature also leads us to Mexico, where the Mazatec people call it “nti-shi-tho” or “ta’a’ya” which translates to sacred, and to the Ivory Coast of Africa where it is called “Tamu” by the Mao people, which means “the mushroom of knowledge”.
Both cultures consumed this mushroom in sacred ceremonies for both its hallucinogenic and medicinal properties.
This is yet another example that in the tradition of every culture, throughout the ages, plants have been valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative nature. By altering the minds of those who consumed them, they were believed to enable a bridge to the sacred. Their impact on history and culture to this day is in the process.