PANAEOLUS CYANESCENS “BLUE MEANIE”
Panaeolus cyanescens orthe “Blue Meanie” aka or Pan Cyan, is a subtropical magic mushroom species growing on 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.
The Samoans, Indonesians and Hawaiians, who all share ancient history with the magic fungi, would refer to the Blue Meanie being the “perfect alchemist” that “transforms dung into gold, into the golden light of enlightenment”.
The 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 between the magic mushroom and those who appreciated consuming it.
Found growing naturally in the USA in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida, it is also widespread in most semitropical zones such as Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, the Philippines, eastern Australia and the Mediterranean region. This elegant, small and thin 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).