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!
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