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

Psilocybe azurescens, also called the Flying Saucer mushroom, is one of the most potent, naturally growing magic mushroom of the world. 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.

With psilocybin levels reaching an impressive 1.8% per dry weight, the Psilocybe azurescenspotency is one that is amongst the highest ever recorded.
Furthermore, after 6 month of storage, the levels of psilocybin azurescens had left in it were barely changed: a unique phenomenon.
Psilocybe azurescens is also known for another enigmatic phenomenon only caused by the wood-loving species: the infamous “wood lover paralysis” (WLP), where users experience temporary loss of control over their bodies.

While rumors tell the story that Psilocybe azurescens mushrooms were originally found in 1979 by a group of Boy Scouts camping in Oregon, the species was later (1995) documented and named by American mycologist and Psilocybe authority Paul Stamets and his colleagueJochen Gartz.
They found the Flying Saucer mushroom in the city of Astoria, where it grows profusely thus inspiring one of its numerous nicknames: “Astoriensis” or “Azzies”.

Because it is known to grow along the Columbia River in a quaint little town named Hammond, the azurescens mushroom can also be referred to as the “Hammond strain Flying Saucers”. Generally found along the Columbia River delta in the USA, it fancies decaying wood and dune grasses.

The powerful psilocybin azurescens mushrooms are only found growing on the West Coast, near the ocean. The Pacific Northwest coastal climate being rather extreme, the Flying Saucer mushrooms have the rare feature of being cold-resistant. Many suspect this characteristic to be related to the exceptionally high Psilocybe azurescens potency. As inoffensive as this little magic mushroom might look, it is said to be one to approach with care. Interesting factor, this fierce little mushroom is one that stays true to the wild, as a result it is rare for P. azurescens strains to fruitfully be cultivated.

Its incomparably intense bluish bruising reaction and its prolific growth made it inherit endearing names such as “Blue Runners”, “Blue Angels”, or “Indigo Psilocybes”. Its epithet“azurescens” was given in honour of Stamets’ son Azureus. The word “Azure” is the color that psilocybin mushrooms bruise when damaged. In a way, the eccentric  mushroom azurescens is the “azure essence”.

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.

Because of its high potency, the psychedelic mushrooms azurescens make favourable candidates for fruitful microdosing. Though, because it is a difficult strain to cultivate, it is rare to find Psilocybe azurescens dried specimens.

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 experience of the Psilocybe azurescens effects. 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 P. azurescens voyage is clearly one that demands the right mindset and setting and is probably not recommended to beginner psilonaut (psilocybin users).

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.

Needless to say, the inspiring Psilocybe azurescens is growing where it belongs, where psilocybin-assisted therapy is a thing. Should you choose to surrender to its azurescens powers, you may actually experience a true Flying Saucer ride.



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.


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.


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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