MAZ cubensis, Mazatepec mushroom, Psilocybe caerulescens var. mazatecorum Heim

Mazatepec cubensis is a sacred Psilocybe from the mountainous Sierra Mazateca in Oaxaca named after the Mazatec indigenous people of Mexico and the city Mazatepec (which was part of the Valley of Oaxaca during the colonial era). Mazatepec cubensis, also known as Psilocybe caerulescens var. mazatecorum Heim, grows on landslides and is locally called “Derrumbes” (meaning collapse), teoteaquilnanacatl (divine mushroom that paints and describes), or “razon being” (mushroom of reason).

Mazatepec cubensis is amongst the shamanic fungi consumed two thousand years ago by the Aztecs and known by the name “teotlnanácatl”, from the Nahuatl language: teotl “god” and nanácatl “fungus” or “god’s flesh”. They were consumed fresh or dried, mixed in honey or served with chocolate at feasts. During the ceremonies, the mushrooms are eaten in pairs, to embody the duality in everything, and only at night, in absolute darkness. The ceremonies are called “Veladas” which means “pleasant evening”.

The Mazatec people, who can be found to the North of Oaxaca, Veracruz and Huautla, are best known for their form of ritualistic ceremonies where shamanism and Christianity meet. The Mazatec people believe in the power of visionary plants like psilocybin mushrooms and salvia divinorum. They use these sacred plants and fungi to “commune with spirits, divine information, heal ailments, and have a direct experience with the divine”. It is difficult not to mention the famous Mazatec shaman Maria Sabina who guided R. Gordon Wasson and contributed (against her will) to introduce the rite of the sacred mushroom to Western society. From these guided sessions, the banker and amateur ethno-mycologist discovered other medicinal species such as P. mexicana, Huautla cubensis and P. zapotecorum.

While the word “Mazatec” comes from Nahuatl and means the “deer people”, the Mazatec people refer to themselves as “Ha shuta Enima”, meaning “workers of the mountain, humble people of custom”. Coincidently, the Mazatepec cubensis mushroom is described as fostering soothing effects for the hardworking sore body. Where other mushrooms have the tendency to bring body temperature down and occasion teeth grinding, the Mazatepec doesn’t. For these reasons it may be a good strain to help with sleep issues, or physical aches such as menstrual cramps, headaches, soreness, or chronicle pain. Its moderate potency alongside its fascinating “thousand-years-old-history” tend to conquer our hearts in a trusting manner. We can therefore state that we think Mazatepec cubensis is good strain for beginners.

Thankfully, even if the Spaniards demonized the Aztecs’ sacred ceremonies and vehemently banned the cult of the healing mushroom, the Mazatepec mushroom still stands today. May the medicinal magic mushroom continue its healing prophesy, long live the old soul of the Mazatepec cubensis!


Visual Description

• Cap: 2-9 cm broad. Obtuse bell shaped, rarely plane with age. Often with a small umbo or a depression at the disk area. Margins often bluish. Radial translucent striates between the apex and the margin. Coloration has a characteristic silvery-blue metallic luster. Deep olive black when young, strongly hygrophanous, fading with age to dark reddish brown or chestnut brown near the disk, often darker on the margins. Surface is smooth, lubricous when moist. Flesh whitish to brown and bruising bluish. • Gills: Attachment sinuate (curvy) to adnate, close and broad. Color grayish to brown with whitish edges. • Stem: 10-120 mm long by 2-10 mm thick. Color at first fibrillose whitish then sordid brown, smooth under the fibrillose layer. Flesh stuffed and fibrous, bruising bluish. Rhizomorphs at the base of the stem also bruising bluish when disturbed. Stem doesn’t have a permanent annulus. • Spore print: dark purplish brown. • Microscopic features: 6-8 x 4-6 micrometres. • Taste and odor: said to taste very bitter while some specimens lack distinctive flavors.


MODERATE 0.25% - 0.75% HIGH > 0.75% - 2% -- Analyses from aged specimen explains low levels: 0.20% psilocybin, 0% psilocin.

Habitat Origin

Widespread throughout central regions of Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil. Rarely solitary, found in the late spring and summer on disturbed grounds, preferring muddy orangish brown soils, devoid of herbaceous plants.


Following a guided "Velada" with shaman Maria Sabina, Wasson wrote about his experience in an article entitled "Seeking the Magic Mushroom" and published in LIFE magazine. In it, he described an "out of body experience with intense visuals and vibrating bodily sensations". He also said that the next day, he felt clear-headed and changed. Velada, which means “evening” in Spanish, is a sacred ceremony mediated by healers or curanderas/curanderos. The mushrooms are consumed in pairs to symbolize the universal duality, and only at night, under the safe veil of the darkness.

Dose Amount

Please note, dosage with organic matter is always in relation to a series of complex variables.

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