Psilocybe allenii is a highly potent strain of magic mushroom growing naturally from California to British Columbia. Before it got officially described in 2012, this highly potent cubensis strain had been known for many years growing naturally around the Bay Area.
At the time, it was referred to by the mushroom community as Psilocybe cyanofriscosa. The provisional name not being grammatically correct Latin, scientist renamed it in honour or famous ethno-mycologist J.W. Allen.
Scientists said it was his enthusiasm, his persistence and his deep belief in this new specie, that motivated the detailed study and DNA sequencing that occurred. This is how the enigmatic Bay Area magic mushroom became Psilocybe allenii, in honour of John Allen.
Both the morphological and molecular features of the P. alennii indicate its close relationship to the another magic mushroom, Psilocybe cyanescens; so much that even Psilocybe expert Guzman confused them and in some case, you can even find Psilocybe allenii wrongly featured in some photographs under the name of Psilocybe cyanescens aka Wavy Caps.
To help differentiate the both, we note that P. allenii rarely has a wavy cap like P.cyanescens, and is overall more slender, sightly darker and not as common in coastal dune grasses. Like many cubensis magic mushrooms, P. allenii is cold-resistant and a relatively easy grower that fruits generously. For all theses reasons, P. allenii has become popular for indoor cultivation.
When Allen picked his first P. alennii in 1982 in Capitol Hill (Washington DC), little did he know that 30 years later, this specie would bear his name. Allen’s dedication and passion for magic mushrooms has greatly contributed to the myco-community. He documented a good variety of hallucinogenic species such as the Allen Strain, P. cambodginiensis, P. samuiensis. Today, these wild asian strains are engineering a new generation of super strains, if you’re curious, have a look at the Koh Samui Super Strain (KSSS).
PSILOCYBE ALLENII Potency