"Copelandia cyanescens", "Pan Cyan", "Goliath", "Hawaiians", "Natal blue meanie"

Panaeolus cyanescens “Blue Meanie” also called “Goliath” or “Pan Cyan”, is a long stemmed subtropical magic mushroom species that grows from dung in pastures and fields. The Blue Meanie, inherits its name from its readily bluish bruising flesh (sign of psilocybin presence), and its powerful mind-altering properties.

Panaeolus cyanescens has made its way inside the hearts of many cultures worldwide. The Samoans, Indonesians and Hawaiians, who all share ancient history with this magic mushroom, would refer to the Blue Meanie being the “perfect alchemist” that “transforms dung into gold, into the golden light of enlightenment”.
Yes, the Blue meanie / Panaeolus cyanescens is undeniably amongst the most appreciated magic mushrooms out there. Its multiple endearing names such as Faleaitu (Samoan,“comedy house”), Pulouaitu (Samoan, “spirit hat”), Taepovi (Samoan, “cow patty”) and Ambur/Jamur (Indonesian, “golden mold”) clearly echo a special relationship with a priceless euphoria.

It’s lovely to witness the power of laughter being respected and considered a legitimate therapeutical tool. After all, laughter enhances our intake of oxygen, stimulates our heart, lungs and muscles, and overall contributes in relaxing us. A bit like magic mushrooms do: from tension to deep release, they foster healing, soothe tension and relieve us from stress.

Found growing naturally in the USA in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida, the Blue Meanie magic mushroom is also widespread in most semitropical zones such as Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, the Philippines, eastern Australia and the Mediterranean region.
Panaeolus cyanescens is an elegant psilocybian mushroom from the Bolbitiaceae family used to be named Copelandia cyanescens, and is a close relative to Panaeolus tropicalis and Pan. cambodginiensis, 

Also called Pan Cyan, the Blue Meanie can occasionally be mistaken for Psilocybe cyanescens aka Wavy Caps with which it shares the same abbreviation. Surely, the wavy cap of P. Cyan is irreplaceable, as the fact that it is a wood-loving specie whereas Pan Cyan grows on dung, a factor that has greatly expanded the distribution of the latter. Dung, in deed is the vessel for ultimate proliferation!

It is said that its sudden appearance within the European soil was established via imported Indonesian race-horse feces, and that in the early seventies, Blue Meanies were reported growing in Budapest Fairgrounds near the pavilions from Thailand and Vietnam only. Coincidence?
Meanwhile, in the early 1960s, in the South of France, a number of strange mushroom “intoxications” were reported. The faulty fungi were identified as the tropical species Panaeolus cyanescens. Perhaps these series of strange mind-altering intoxications contributed in giving the species its common name.

Today, the Blue Meanie is amongst the popular magic mushroom strains cultivated both indoor and outdoors. It is surely an ultimate favourite for psychonauts in seek of a good laugh or as the Samoans would say, in seek of a visit to the Faleaitu (Comedy House).

Visual Description

• Cap: 1.5-3.5 cm broad. At first hemispheric, to bell-shaped to convex in age. When young, margin has translucent striates and are is decurved soon to be opaque and decurved, often split and irregular in maturity. Cap with horizontal irregular cracks in age and in drying. Coloration light brown at first, becoming pallid grey, with disk remaining brownish. Quickly turning blue when bruised. • Gills: Mottled, graying black at maturity. Attachment adnexed, thin, close. • Stem: 85-115 mm long by 1.5-3mm thick. Equal, often thicker at base. Coloration pale yellowish, often grayish around apex and darker brown at base. No partial veil, readily bruising blue. • Spore print: black • Microscopic features: 12-14 by 7.5-11 micrometres. • Taste and odor: Farinaceous


MODERATE 0.25% - 0.75% HIGH > 0.75% - 2% 0.71% psilocybin, 0.04% psilocin, 0.01% Baeocystin. Rumors in the scientific world report that further studies by famous entheo-mycologist John Allen on a specimen found in Thailand showed that it may contain more psilocin than psilocybin (0.4-1.05% psilocin with trace amounts of psilocybin). This would explain previous analyses by Hofmann registering levels of only 0.2% psilocybin.

Habitat Origin

Found in Hawaii, Florida and Louisiana. Widespread in most semitropical zones such as Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, the Philippines, eastern Australia. Reported in the following regions: Europe, USA, Asia, Mexico, south and central America, Oceania, Africa, the Caribbean. Growing in small-dispersed amount to gregariously in dung in pastures and fields. Fun Fact: Psilocybe authority Stamet who reported a Pan. cyanescens when invited to identify a specie growing in a garden near Tenino, Washington, from which the yard had been fertilized with horse manure. The manure came from a local horse stable which had recently received horses form Florida. Yet another example of the expansion of fungi distribution through livestock.


Needless to say, this highly potent strain has the reputation of altering the minds of those who consume it: an accidental intoxication from a family of four who reported seeing only “in shades of greens with intense animated geometric shapes appearing from the wall”. --- Described as a quick and powerful come-up with long lasting intense visuals and an intense body trip. Very high dosages can result in loss of muscle control. In Samoa, it is said that regular use of the mushroom will produce a painful red rash around the neck. This may be due to the presence of urea (Stivje 1987, 1992). --- John Allen, famous and passionate entheo-mycologist (Psilocybe Allenii was named after him) consumed 20 Pan Cyan while on a trip in Hawaii and described the following effects: connectedness to the universe, strong visual hallucinations, vivid colours and enhanced senses. Stronger dosage can nurture a twisted sense of time and space and mind bending visuals. Said to increase creativity and energy. ---- Psilocybe authority Stamets, reported a Blue Meanie growing in a garden near Tenino, Washington. The yard had been fertilized with horse manure from a local stable which has recently welcomed horses coming from Florida. Yet another story that shows how fungi distribution expands through livestock!