Psilocybe subaeruginascens aka P. aerugineomaculans is a species of magic mushroom closely related to hallucinogenic species Psilocybe stuntzii, P. subfimetaria, and Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata. Its epithet contains the Latin root “aeru- “ meaning “blue-green” which probably refers to its prominent bluing.
Other similar psilocybin-containing Psilocybes are Psilocybe cearulipes also commonly called Blue Foot, and in the Bay Area of California, a Psilocybe ovoideocystidiata has been reported to look very similar as well.
Because it shares similarities with the epithet of Inocybe aeruginascens, one wonders if it contains the rare compound aeruginascin. Aeruginascin is an analog to psilocybin and is closely related to the frog skin toxin bufotenine (5-HTQ), a potent 5-HT3 receptor agonist. This compound, identified by chemist and mycologist Jochen Gartz in the eighties, is believed to be the equivalent of what CBD is to THC.
Psilocybe subaeruginascens is one of these rather rare magic mushrooms growing in the wild, looking like others it is easily mistaken with. Its obscure nature makes it to us “the enigmatic bluing Psilocybe” from Japan, Java, and South Africa.
The Japanese refer to magic mushrooms in various ways: “maitake” (dancing mushroom), “waraitake” (laughing mushroom), “o-waraitake” (big laughing mushroom), “odoritake” (jumping mushroom) or “shibiretake” (numbing mushroom). Since Psilocybe subaeruginascens is known to grow in Japan, we can propose to demystify this enigmatic magic mushroom and say that most probably, it is amongst the psilocybin-producing species that cause all these wonderful effects. From jumping, to numbing, to laughing, these organisms are
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