"Escondido", "Escondido cubensis"

Escondido Psilocybe cubensis is a magic mushroom strain growing naturally around the beautiful temperate region of the city of Puerto Escondido in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The region called Zicatela by the Nahual, is home to the indigenous cultures of the Zapotecs and the Mixtecs. It was in that same region, just outside of Huautla, that Mazatec “Curandera” Maria Sabina first introduced shamanic practices, Psilocybe Mexicana and Psilocybe Cyanescens to banker turned mycologist Gordon Wasson.

Puerto Escondido had been a small port used mainly for shipping coffee; its name translates to “hidden port” and is in echo to a legend  involving an escaped captive woman “la Escondida” (the hidden woman), who found refuge in the dense jungly forests of the Zicatela coastline.
Nearby Puerto, above the clouds, nests the small renown mountain town of San Jose del Pacifico, where mushrooms grow profusely during the rainy season.
Oaxaca is one of the most biologically diverse states of Mexico and is home to a variety of naturally growing entheogenic species such as Psilocybe huautla, Psilocyce mazatepec, and Psilocybe aztecorum.

Surely, Mexico’s tropical weather is heaven for psilocybian Psilocybes. With over 150 psychoactive strains growing naturally worldwide, to date Mexico is home to over 50 of those; with no doubt, probably many more are to be found if looked for.
The Escondido Psilocybe cubensis is clearly a magic mushroom strain that knows how to keep the attention of growers and consumers. It may have the spiritual connectedness to the land of the sacred mushroom but it also has numerous genetic qualities. It is a fast colonizer that produces multiple generations of flushes, each one as fruitful, dense, and potent as the previous, and has the reputation of being one of the easiest indoor growing species. The Escondido Psilocybe cubensis is said to have a mild to moderate potency, and a tendency to foster balanced and manageable trips, similar to the Golden Teacher or Psilocybe cubensis.

Visual Description

• Cap: 1.5-8 cm broad, convex or flat. Conic-campanulate, frequently with a pronounced central bump (umbo) that remains as cap grows, flattens and darkens when mature. Coloration vary from reddish cinnamon brown, becoming lighter with age to golden brown when mature. Margins are pale yellow or white. P. Cubensis have a hydrophanous nature, their coloration changes throughout their growth accordingly to the humidity levels. Surface viscid, flesh bruising bluish. • Gills: close, crowded, thinner on the sides and larger in the center, around the stem. Adnate to adnexed, coloration pale gray in young age, becoming deep purplish gray to nearly black in maturity, often mottled. • Stipe:40-150mm long by 5-15mm wide. Mostly thicker towards the base. Color is whitish but may discolor yellowish. Bruising bluish when injured. Surface is smooth, dry and may be striated on the upper area. Veil leaving a well-developed, persistent, white membrane ring. • Spore print: dark purplish brown.


MILD < 0.25% to MODERATE 0.25% - 0.75%

Habitat Origin

Grows solitary or in group, in the region of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca, in Mexico, and with a preference for tropical and subtropical regions.


Consumers report a very classic psychoactive mushroom effects inducing euphoria, feelings of connectiveness and unity, introspective and philosophical thoughts, synaesthesia, visual stimulation, and a less ego-influenced perspective.