Psilocybe samuiensis is a famous magic mushroom documented by ethnomycologist John W. Allen in 1991. The hallucinogenic specie was growing in rice paddie fields near the Muslim village of Ban Hua Thanon, on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.
Psilocybe samuiensis was the first bluing Psilocybe recorded from Thailand and the first species found outside of Mexico directly related to P. mexicana.
It therefore belongs to the hallucinogenic fungi section Mexicanae. It also bears a striking resemblance to P. semilanceata aka Liberty Cap but hasn’t yet gained the name Thai Liberty Cap.
Today, this popular strain is often simply called Koh Samui or Thai. Probably because Psilocybe Samuiensis is the species indigenous to Thailand found by Allen, it is most likely to be the specie consumers refer to it as the Allen Strain.
From the Bay Area in California, another specie of magic mushroom bares Allen’s name: Psilocybe allenii, while another, Panaeolus cambodginiensis (also found by Allen), originates from the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
Fun fact, Psilocybe samuiensis, which is originally from the province of Ranong, was also found around the Angkor Wat temple where Panaeolus cambodginiensis grows.
So which magic mushroom strain do you think is the real Allen Strain?
Panaeolus Cambodginiensis, Psilocybe allenii, or Psilocybe samuensis?
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Even though Psilocybe samuiensis is considered rather rare, it is said to be easily cultivated, which is a common practice amongst the villagers and farmers of its native regions. Its growing pattern is said to be similar to that of the Floridian native P. tampanensis, in that it is resistant to contamination and a fast-colonizer. Connoisseurs refer to it as a “super strain”.
With considerable destruction of tropical habitats for use as agricultural or cattle farms, many species will likely disappear before being documented, cultivation somehow helps preserve the continuity of the endangered tropical mycoflora, and Allen surely did his part in that.
Psilocybe Samuiensis from Koh Samui today is known, consumed and cultivated worldwide and particularly amongst knowledgeable users. Its relatively strong effects doesn’t make it the ideal candidate for beginner psychonauts.
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