Psilocybe argentipes is a psilocybin-producing mushroom indigenous to Japan where it is commonly referred to as “Hikageshibiretake”. This fairly potent magic mushroom is said to have a similar potency to P. cyanescens aka Wavy Caps, and reports of accidental ingestions describe vivid yet short-lived hallucinogenic effects with a dreamy state of consciousness.
Its epithet “argentines” refers to the patches of fibrils along the stem that give it a silvery hue.
Undeniably, P. argentipes’ most special feature is that it is amongst the rare psilocybin candidates to have been used in research on obsessive compulsive disorder OCD.
It is always interesting to see mushrooms make their way from “accidental ingestions” to “clinical research”. We can all agree, fungi have a “way” to educate and if P. argentines can help treat O.C.D, it’s a relief to know someone is on the case to figure out why.
Though it is native to Japan, Psilocybe argentipes is probably more widely spread as actual data suggests. In Japan where magic mushroom foraging and recreational use are common, Psilocybe argentipes was one of the thirteen magic mushrooms to be prohibited in 2002; amongst them were Copelandia (Panaeolus) cyanescens, Panaeolus subbalteatus, Psilocybe subaeruginascens, Psilocybe cubensis, Psilocybe subcubensis, Psilocybe tampanensis, Psilocybe fasciata, Psilocybe lonchophorus, Psilocybe venenata, Psilocybe subcaerulipes, Panaeolus papilionaceus, and Panaeolus sphinctrinus. If you ever go to Japan, that gives you a good idea of what you will find in the woods.
PSILOCYBE ARGENTIPES Potency