MARTINIQUE CUBENSIS

the "divinatory mushroom", the "genius mushroom".

The Martinique cubensis is a Psilocybe cubensis magic mushroom specie from the Caribbean Island of Martinique suspected to be none other than the naturally growing Psilocybe yungensis.
Distinguishable by its orangish color, the Martinique cubensis grows in large numbers and its cap has a penchant to remain conical at maturity, giving place to an eye-catching and pronounced nipple-like umbo (though less eye-catching as the P. mamillata.)

With a mild to moderate potency, the Martinique cubensis is a widely distributed magic mushroom that favours flourishing on decomposing wood stumps or wood debris, in coffee plantations and cloud forest in altitudes of 1000 to 2000 meters.

The creole-speaking island of Martinique has a tropical climate and a remarkably constant hot and humid weather all year around; these optimal conditions make it a perfect habitat for the Martinique cubensis to thrive in.
Known as the island of iguanas and flowers, Martinique is a fertile volcanic land with a luxuriant vegetation and tortuous relief.

Like other islands, it was conquered many times and boats brought in a variety of new living organisms. A specie named Psilocybe subyungensis share a very similar appearance to Martinique cubensis but is found only in Venezuela. Coincidently, Venezuela is the country of origin of the Kalinago, the rumoured cannibal warriors known to have massacred the original inhabitants of Martinique, the gentle Arawaks.
Martinique cubensis also shares features with Psilocybe aztecorum and the Ecuador strain.

Reported growing in various states of Mexico, Martinique cubens is consumed by the Mazatecs Indians of Oaxaca for entheogenic purposes and referred to as the “genius mushroom” or the “divinatory mushroom”.
Martinique cubensis’ undeniable transcending powers make it the ultimate sacred strain when it comes to psychedelic journeys. Its ritualistic consumption by the Mazatecs puts it amongst the many sacred teonanacatl species such as P. mexicana.

Reported to foster a dreamy state of mind with a very relaxing body high, we can only suspect this mushroom is perfect for healing journeys: to escape everyday stress or to uplift the mood, to find new creative pathways or fold in laughter, the Martinique cubensis is the magic mushroom that will make you surrender to the joys of the psilocybin. Because it is a milder strain, Martinique cubensis can be a good candidate for discovering the benefits of micro-dosing.

Visual Description

• Cap: 1-2 cm, conic to campanulate at maturity, often with a sharp umbo. Surface smooth, viscid, translucent-striate when moist. Coloration rusty brown to orangish brown to dark reddish brown. Hygrophanous, fading in drying to straw or dull yellowish brown. Flesh bruising bluish and turning black. • Gills: attachment adnate to adnexed, close to crowded. Coloration dull gray at first, soon purplish brown with spore maturity. • Stem: 30-50 mm long by 1.5-2.5 mm thick. Equal, slightly thicker at base. Surface with whitish fibrils, stem is fairly brittle and hollow. Partial veil cortinate, disappearing with maturity, leaving whitish fibrils along cap margin. Flesh bruising bluish. • Microscopic features:5-6 by 4-4 µ • Spore print: dark purplish brown.

Potency Description

MILD < 0.25% MODERATE 0.25% - 0.75%

Habitat Origin

Gregarious or in clusters, on rotting wood, sometimes at the base of stumps in coffee plantations. In subtropical forests at 1000-2000 meters. Reported from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Martinique, and Mexico. Probably more widely distributed than presently known. Reported from China in 2009!

Strain Effects

With a mild to moderate potency, Martinique cubensis is said to be a dreamy, relaxing strain. It has been suggested that Martinique cubensis aka P. yungensis is what the Jesuit missionaries of the 17th and 18th centuries called the "tree fungus". This reddish mushroom that grew on decomposing wood was apparently the source of an intoxicating beverage used by the Yurimagua Indians of Amazonian Peru. Because there is no established record of hallucinogenic mushroom use in that area, it is possible that the mushroom could instead be a psychedelic species of the wood-dwelling genus Gymnopilus. This is yet another example of how little is known of the entheogenic use of psychedelics by uncontacted tribes worldwide. Literature is limited for lack of exploration. We are most grateful for adventurous ethno-mycologists such as the American biologist Richard Evan Schultes, who lived ten years in the Amazon and gathered the botanic knowledge of its inhabitants.