INOCYBE COELESTIUM

the Celestial

Inocybe coelestium is a fragile looking hallucinogenic mushroom that is a rare psilocybian members of the large Inocybe genus. Because this genus of 1400 species includes edible, psychoactive and poisonous mushrooms mixed, it has the reputation of being a “mycological minefield”, it is therefore advised to would-be psychonauts to refrain from ingesting these fungi from the wild.
The epithet “coelestium” refers to the celestial inhabitants of the highest mountain of Greece: the Gods of Mount Olympus. Even though analyses show this fungi to be relatively weakly active, it probably still has enough neurotropic indoles to make one feel on top of the highest of mountains. Inocybe coelestium is found in Europe and other temperate areas.
It was first documented by mycologist Thomas Kuyper in 1985 and is believed to be much more widely distributed than reported so far. The fact that this mushroom is named in honor of the heavenly home of the Supreme Beings can only echo the belief of its transcendental psilocybian powers.

Visual Description

Cap: 1-5 cm broad. Conic at first, expanding and flattening in age with a pronounced umbo. Surface is fibrous with radial striates, fibrous. Margin is incurved when young, soon straightening. Coloration buff to ochraceous brown with greenish hues. Gills: very crowded and narrow, attachment adnate to nearly free. Color is pale grayish brown to clay brown, also with greenish hues. Flesh is bruising greenish where injured. Stem: 22-50 mm long by 3-7 mm thick. Equal, thin, solid, often thicker at base. Color is whitish to pallid when young, turning bluish green from the base up. Spore print: clay brown Microscopic features: 7.5-10 by 4-5 µ Odor: disagreeable, some say soapy smelling, others spermatic.

Potency Description

(Stijve and Kuyper 1985) 0.035% psilocybin, no psilocin, 0.025% baeocystin. Most Inocybes have not been tested for neither their edibility, psilocybin activity or toxicity. Of those tested, none have been proven to contain both psilocybin and muscarine (the toxic substance). Psilocybe authority Stamet wonders if that cohabitation of compounds within one specie is possible and if it will eventually be brought to light.

Habitat Origin

Widely distributed in Europe (Austria and Germany). Grows under deciduous trees, in calcareous soils, in August through October.

Strain Effects

Said to be relatively rare and considered a type of oddity in the wide collection of psychedelic fungi. Psilocybe authority Stamet doesn't advise its consumption by the would-be psychonaut. In the wide collection of psychedelic fungi, and the minefield that this genus represents, Psilocybe authority Stamet doesn't advise the picking and consumption of Inocybe from the wild.

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