PSILOCYBE AZTECORUM

Niños, Niños de las aguas, Apipltzin, Niñitos, Dormilón.

Psilocybe aztecorum Heim is an iconic mushroom of Mesoamerican biocultural heritage. It has two recognized varieties: P. aztecorum var. aztecorum and P. aztecorum var. bonetii.
As his name transpires, it shares a sacred history in relation to the Aztecs people.
Its common names, “Niños de las Aguas” in Spanish or “Apipiltzin” in Nahuatl, both translating to “Children of the water” refers to their small size and gregarious growing, frequently nearing ravines and waterfalls and undoubtably powerful potency for their size: like little kids carrying powerful souls.The species was first mentioned in 1956 by French mycologist Roger Heim based on material gathered by American ethno-mycologist R. Gordon Wasson in Paso de Cortés, on the slopes of Popocatépetl mountain in Mexico.
On these same slopes, a 16th-century statue of the Aztec “prince of flowers” Xochipilli was unearthed, and its carvings represented stylized fruit bodies of the Psilocybe aztecorum. It is believed to be amongst the probable psychoactive species reported in the manuscripts of Spanish explorer Bernardino de Sahagún when referring to “teonanacatl”, translating to “flesh of the gods” or “sacred mushroom” by the Aztecs.
Though because there were more than two dozen species of sacred mushrooms used in traditional healing and curing ceremonies in Oaxaca, it is difficult to limit the use of the word “teonanacatl” to only three species.
Nonetheless, it seems that its shamanic properties make it a desirable choice for people in seek of a spiritual journey and deep healing.It is to this day used ceremonially by the indigenous people of Oaxaca, and by the Nahua people in the Popocatépetl region.

 

Visual Description

• Cap: 1.5-3.5 cm broad bell, obtusely conic, expanding to broadly convex, plane or uplifted at full maturity. Cap can occasionally depress into the stalk. When moist, surface is slimy to the touch. Translucent striates along the margin. Coloration is dark chestnut brown fading to straw yellow in young button, and off white when drying, particularly along the margin. • Gills: broadly attached to the stem. Coloration: light purplish gray to dark purplish brown, whitish on edges. • Stem: slender, 55 to 75 mm long by 3-4mm thick. Slightly thicker at the base and apex, straight to flexuous. Base of the stem is covered with white root-forms threads also called rhizomorphs, an uncommon characteristic amongst psilocybes. Coloration whitish to grayish, easily bruising bluish. Stem is hollow and occasionally leaves an annular zone in the upper part. • Spore print: blackish violet. • Microscopic features: 10.5-14 x 7-9 micrometers • Taste and odor: starchy smell and tastes similar to freshly ground

Potency Description

Moderate to high potency. On a 2 years old specimen, analyses revealed low levels: 0.2% psilocybin and no psilocin (Heim and Hofmann 1958)

Habitat Origin

Fruiting from August to October in the high mountains of Mexico at 3,200-4,000 meters above sea level (Sierra Nevada, Nevado de Toluca, and La Malinche in the States of Mexico, Puebla, and Tlaxcala). Grows in groups of 5-20 fruit bodies, in soil with wood debris, on twigs, on decaying wood, rarely on pines cones, in open woods generous in grass. Also known to grow in Arizona, Colorado, India and Costa Rica. Probably more distributed than reported.

Strain Effects

Alongside P. caerulescens, P.aztecorum is believed to be the "shamanic specie" Sahagun reported when referring to what the Aztec called teonanacatl translating to "flesh of the gods". Often described by psychonauts upon consumption as a profound spiritual experience, with revelations and deep healing. Many seem to report a very visual experience with an overall pleasant vibrant feeling. One of the Spanish names "Dormilón meaning "night down" could have been used to describe consumers' "sleepy heads". This could entail that this strain has a tendency to be cerebral and relaxing, fostering a sleepy state.

Dose Amount

2-4 grams are said to give a strong experience.

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