Costa Rican cubensis is a moderately potent Psilocybe growing naturally around the foothills of the 7000-years-old Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, Central America. Cultivated worldwide today, it is believed to have gained in potency, and remains a rather easy growing and generous fruiter. One of Costa Rican cubensis’s best features for cultivation is that it sporulates heavily, making harvest an absolute pleasure.

Famous for the productive commerce of sacred psychoactive plants such as coffee, cacao, and tobacco (tobacco species have been found to contain traces of harmala alkaloids and myristicin, compounds with known psychedelic effects), Costa Rica, which literally translates to “Rich Coast” was supposably named like that by Columbus as he kept noticing indigenous people decorated with intricate gold ornaments. A noticeable trait that unfortunately caught the interest of the conquistadors and rushed the indigenous people to their misfortune.

Though colonial history attributed the Costa Rica exonym to the presence of gold, we can all agree the “Rich Coast” cubensis is a lucky magic mushroom, thriving in a land of lush vegetation, fertile soil, and surrounded by lavish biodiversity.
This unique jungle-heart land is bordered by pro-mushroom neighbors: Mexico to the north, Columbia to the south, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

Mexico being the country where the most psilocybin-producing Psilocybes have been reported to date, and Columbia having the dense Amazon forest endlessly unravelling new life, it seems evident that Psilocybe cubensis spores, along with those of others species, could have easily made their way to the luscious Costa Rican land. Clearly, the Costa Rican topography provides comfortable communication routes between both coasts: Caribbean and Pacific.

Like most North American cubensis species, the Costa Rican cubensis is believed to have been consumed by the indigenous locals for medicinal shamanic purposes. Though not much is known about the use of psychoactive substances in southern Central America (compared to Mesoamerica and South America), some archeological artifacts found in the Greater Nicoya Region such as antique mushroom-shaped ceramic snuff pipes, echo presence of such rituals. Other mushroom-shaped elements depicted may allude to the consumption of the fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushroom.
With all this said, it is probable that the pre-Hispanic Costa Rican tribes also had sobriquets for the Costa Rican cubensis; perhaps the “mushroom of reason” or the “divine mushroom that paints and describes”. Needless to say, it is most reassuring to see that the cult of visionary plants and fungi is widespread and universal; after all, expanding our minds and connecting to altered states of consciousness is a right and, in some way, we do it every night when we dream.

As a typical subtropical Psilocybe cubensis, Costa Rica cubensis is a sturdy, resistant, meaty looking and majestic mushroom. With a mild to moderate potency, it has the reputation of being a versatile and easy-going strain, perfect for beginner psilonauts (psilocybin consumers).
From a visual outdoor adventure to an introspective experience, the Costa Rican will take you under his wing and warmly guide you to “your place”. If you’re curious to know what strains we recommend for newbie-psychonauts, have a look at our list of best magic mushrooms for beginners.

Visual Description

• Cap: 2-7 cm broad. Shape is hemispheric expanding to plane with age. Coloration golden brown when young, maturing to a lighter brown. Flesh bruises bluish green with damaged. • Gills: attachment adnate to adnexed. Coloration is yellowish in young age, darker with maturity. Spore production is prolific. • Stem: 150-200mm long. Usually equal, sometimes slightly enlarged at the base, semi hollow. Coloration is yellowish. Flesh bruising bluish. • Microscopic features:, subellipsoid on four-spored basidia. • Spore print: dark purplish brown.


MODERATE 0.25% - 0.75% ** Please note, dosage with organic matter is always in relation to a series of complex variables. **

Habitat Origin

Grows solitary or in group, around the foothills of the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, Central America. Probably more widely distributed, with a preference for tropical and subtropical regions. Grows at 1200 meters altitude, therefore enjoys cooler temperatures Costa Rican cubensis is saprotrophic: it grows on dung or manured grounds. Often flourishing in cow fields during the wet season.


Psilonauts report a warm energy, light visual hallucination, euphoria, feelings of connectiveness and unity, introspective and philosophical thoughts, synaesthesia, visual stimulation, and a less ego-influenced perspective. Said to be a versatile strain.

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