PSILOCYBE AZURESCENS “FLYING SAUCER”

"Flying Saucer", "Azzies", "Astoriensis", "Blue Runners", "Blue Angels", "Indigo Psilocybe".

Psilocybe azurescens or “Flying Saucer”, is considered to be the most potent, naturally growing magic mushroom of the world.
While rumors tell the story that Psilocybe azurescens was originally found in 1979 by a group of Boy Scouts camping in Oregon, it is known the species was later documented and named by American mycologist and Psilocybe authority Paul Stamets. He found the mushroom in the city of Astoria, where it grows profusely thus inspiring one of its numerous nick-names: “Astoriensis” or “Azzies”.

Psilocybe azurescens may be inconspicuous, it is one of the enigmatic wood-loving species known to cause the infamous “wood lover paralysis” (WLP).
Its incomparably intense bluish bruising reaction and its prolific growth made it inherit endearing names such as “Blue Runners”, “Blue Angels”, or “Indigo Psilocybes”.
With its slender silky white stem and its unimposing parabolic cap resembling a space craft, this unique cold weather-tolerant psilocybin-packed Psilocybe is a particularly prolific magic mushroom along the Northern Oregon coastline. Found along the Columbia River delta in the USA, it fancies decaying wood and dune grasses.

Psilocybe azurescens’ exceptionally high potency is said to offer a powerful psychedelic experience similar to Psilocybe cyanescens, Psilocybe semilanceata or Panaeolus cyanescens aka Blue Meanie. Its powerful potency, makes it a favourable candidate for fruitful microdosing though it is said to be a difficult strain to cultivate.

Michael Pollan, author of “How to Change Your Mind” wrote a captivating article entitled What It’s Like to Trip on the Most Potent Magic Mushroom” in which he describes his journey on P. azurescens. He writes: “I felt as though I were communing directly with a plant for the first time”.
These Blue Angels are known to procure a sensation of sensorial super-power, where you can feel plants breath. The azurescens voyage is clearly one that demands the right mindset and setting, and is probably not recommended to beginner psychonaut.

Interesting fact, Oregon, home state of Astoria and where the strain was initially discovered, became the first U.S state to legitimatize possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms for medical or therapeutical use. The city of Astoria has been known as a psilocybin destination for decades, with an underground scene of psychedelic therapeutical work and guided psilocybin sessions.

Visual Description

• Cap: 3-10cm broad, conic to convex to broadly convex, flattening in age with a distinct pronounced broad umbo. Surface is smooth, viscid when wet. Cap is hygrophanous, color is chestnut to brown to caramel, often with dark blue or bluish black scars, umbo remains darker, margins remain lighter. Margin is even, sometimes irregularly eroded with age, decurves quickly and flattens when mature. Flesh strongly reacting blue when bruised, eventually turning indigo-black. • Gills: attachment ascending, sinuate toadnate. Color is brown, mottled, whiter on edges and tightly placed. Often stains indigo-black when damaged. • Stem: 90-200 mm long by 3-6 mm thick, thickening at base, often curved. Color is silky white, sometimes dingy brown towards the base. Partial veil often leaves an annular zone that is dusted with purple-brown spores. Stem is hollow with age, readily bruises indigo-black. Base has silky white rhizomorphs that tenaciously hold on to wood chips or dead grass. • Spore print: dark purplish brown to purplish black in mass. • Microscopic features: 12-13.5 x 6.5-8 micrometres. • Taste and odor: taste extremely bitter, odor none to slightly farinaceous.

PSILOCYBE AZURESCENS "FLYING SAUCER" Potency

1.78% psilocybin, 0.38% psilocin, and 0.35% baeocystin (Stamet and Gartz, 1995). Notice an unusually high level of baeocystin, usually a minor compound that shares a very similar structure to psilocybin. Analyses reveal that even after 6 months of storage, P. azurescens retained most of its original potency, we understand why this fierce one-of-a -kind powerful magic mushroom strain is appreciated worldwide and is also one to watch out for.

Habitat Origin

P. azurescens is particularly prolific along the Northern Oregon coastline, near the Columbia River delta, where he fruits from September to early January. It is one of the unique cold weather-tolerant Psilocybes. It has a special affection for dune grasses. The species has also been found in Germany and it is known to be cultivated worldwide. It can be differentiated from P. cyanescens Ossip from its overall much smaller stature.

PSILOCYBE AZURESCENS "FLYING SAUCER" Effects

Said to offer very vivid hallucinations, intense amplification of the senses and emotions, and in high doses, known to occasionally cause temporary paralysis, a phenomenon known as “wood lover paralysis”, and the ego-death. ---- It is with no surprise that Oregon, a reputed underground psilocybin destination for decades, became the first U.S state to legitimatize psychedelic therapy. Said to offer very vivid hallucinations, intense amplification of the senses and emotions, and in high doses, known to occasionally cause temporary paralysis, a phenomenon known as “wood lover paralysis”.

Dose Amount

Because of its high potency, it is known to offer a powerful psilocybin experience, and is conveniently fruitful when microdosing.

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