Psilocybe tampanensis is a rare and rather unimpressive little brown mushroom that was first documented in 1977 by entheo-mycologist Dr. Steven Pollock, and his colleague, writer Gary Lincoff.
The initial specimen was found growing on its own, in a Tampa Florida sand dune. The pair who was taking a walk in the attempt to escape an uninteresting taxonomy conference, later that day, noticed that the fungus they had picked bruised bluish and that the gills released purple-brown spores; both of these are signs of a psilocybin-producing Psilocybe.
A little later that year, in Mississipi, P. tampanensis was reported by Mexican mycologist Guzmán. In the world of mushrooms, it is often said that mushrooms appear where mycologists go. This is yet another example that P. tampanensis is probably much more widely spread than data suggests.
Amongst being this solitary new finding that was bluing when bruised, the most particular and appreciated trait of Psilocybe tampanensis is that it produces sclerotia. Sclerotium is a dormant underground form of the mushroom which may also be consumed for its entheogenic properties; sclerotia are commonly called Philosopher’s Stones or Truffles and said to often be less active than the fruit mushroom. Though, like the mushroom, truffles can be moderately to highly psychoactive. Their hardened nature makes them a little more difficult for the liver to process, so best to help yourself to some lemon-tekking techniques. Truffles are known to offer nice buzzing feels, and soothing cerebral vibes. Other strains that produce a sclerotia are P. semilanceata, Conocybe cyanopus, P. mammillata and, P. mexicana.
If the initial specimen of this happenstance finding was not cultivated by Dr. Pollock, Psilocybe tampanensis would be yet another anonymous little brown mushroom. It is through the cultivation of these unexpected fortunate discoveries that many rare Psilocybe mushrooms survived.
Today, Psilocybe tampanensis is cultivated worldwide, mostly for its sclerotia but also because it is considered to be one of the easiest species to grow.
So let’s take a moment to be thankful to these passionate mycologists like Dr. Pollock, who are educate to sharing the “seed” and by doing so, allowed the medicine to spread worldwide.
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