THAI ELEPHANT DUNG STRAIN
The Thai Elephant Dung magic mushroom strain, also known as TED, or Thai cubensis, is a Psilocybe cubensis magic mushroom found emerging naturally from Thailand’s elephant excrements. Stories around the Thai Elephant Dung Strain vary. On one hand it is suggested it could be Psilocybe Samuiensis, aka the Allen Strain, named in honour of the ethno-mycologist John Allen who found the specie growing in water buffalo dung on the island of Kho Samui back in 1991.
And on the other hand, it could be related to a variety of dung-loving psychoactive species commonly found in Thailand such as P. antillarum, Panaeolus Cyanescens aka Blue Meanies, or Pan. tropicalis. All these strains, also known as “zoo-doo”, spread through zoo compost originating from elephant and hippopotamus doo.
If some mycologists suspect that the nature of the substrate affects the quality of the potency, this psychoactive specie’s special relationship with elephant dung surely intrigues; especially in a country where Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god of beginnings, is worshipped.
Thailand, “the land of smiles” has a long history with magic mushroom tourism. In the late 60s it was normal to have restaurants proposing P. subcubensis omelettes or shakes. Traditionally called by the Thai natives as “hed keequai” translating to “mushroom which appears after water buffalo defecates”, the foreign interest made it a common practice amongst the villagers and farmers to cultivate psychoactive strains.
Today, the Thai Elephant Dung Strain has given birth to sub-strain descendants such as the powerful Koh Samui Super strain aka KSSS and the Thai Ban Huan magic mushroom.
Resistant to contamination and a fast colonizer, the meaty large golden caps of the Thai Dung Elephant strain are a sought-after delight for cultivators. Reported to have a strong “heady” psychoactivity, you must be ready to embark on a fantastic journey of self-discovery, and to simply surrender to the mystical powers of Ganesh’s dung.