Psilocybe caerulescens, commonly called the “landslide mushroom” or “derrumbes”, meaning “collapse” in Spanish, is a bluish bruising psychedelic fungus that has the tendency to grow on disturbed or cultivated grounds. With its silvery-blue metallic glow, this very expressive specie undergoes considerable variation in cap color and shapes and can grow to impressive sizes.
Alongside Psilocybe aztecorum, P. caerulescens is believed to be one of the probable candidates reported in the manuscripts of Spanish explorer Bernardino de Sahagún when referring to teonanacatl or the “flesh of the gods” by the Aztecs. Along with its entheogenic qualities, it is also a medicinal fungus that is said to have anti-viral properties.
Thirteen pairs of this potent specie were ingested by R. Gordon Wasson during a Velada ceremony guided by renown Mazatec healer Maria Sabina. Since the mushroom grows in that regions, it is also called Psilocybe caerulescens var. mazatecorum.
After centuries of shamanistic use by the great ancient civilizations of Mexico, this medicinal and neurotropic mushroom has yet to unravel its full potential for wellness use.
To this day, it is consumed by the Mazatec shamans to heal and travel within and is considered to be a good entry-level specie for psilocybin experiences.