Types of Magic Mushrooms: Ranking Strongest to Weakest

Experimenting with different types of Psilocybe shrooms is fun, intense and insightful. People who like to consume these magical fungi are often curious to know more. From the history to the powerful mind-expanding effects that is inherent to each magic mushroom, from the region of origin to the habitat, each type of shrooms strain is unique in its own way. It is thus normal to wonder how to go about in order to choose the best shroom strains for you.

As we humans have an unrepeatable DNA signature and distinctive personalities, so does the most potent psilocybin mushrooms of this world. Therefore, even if mushrooms are from the same strain, each specimen can have drastically altering potency levels, and in some ways, a distinctive altering temperament. Before choosing your strain, ordering and getting started with a microdosing regimen, you should have a look at our different type of magic mushrooms.
Our fellow magic mushroom users seem to have recurring questions and we’ve decided to address a few.
What are the most potent psychedelic mushroom strains? Where do the strongest magic mushrooms in the world grow? Is there such a thing as a mushroom strain potency chart? Which are the best mushroom strains for visuals, focus, depression, or creativity? When it comes to mushroom strains and effects, is there a reliable way to be prepared?

This guide will help you unravel the mysteries behind the weakest and strongest strains of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms. Micro Zoomers assembled an easy to read and digest list. And should you want to share your knowledge of the strongest mushroom species you’ve experimented with, feel welcome to leave reviews in the review section.

The strongest psychedelic mushroom in the world is believed to be Psilocybe azurescens

psilocybe azurescensFor experienced users or for those looking to leave Earth for a few hours. In contrast to the smooth talking Psilocybe cubensis aa Golden Teacher, Psilocybe azurescens might be of little stature, they are STRONG! Hold onto your hats, because these “Flying Saucers” are some of the most powerful mushrooms growing in the wild!  Highly visual and hyperdimensional, powerfully synaesthetic and physical, the Psilocybe azurescens strains will leave you wondering “what happened?”. Moreover, this tiny most potent shroom of the world is known to cause the infamous Wood Lover Paralysis, a mysterious phenomenon that causes the consumer to lose their motor-control skills.

If a magic mushroom chart is such a thing, we can assure you the “Azzies” have one of the highest scores of psilocybin levels. Indigenous to the Columbia River delta in the USA, Azzies were found to contain some of the strongest psilocybin levels with results of 1.8% psilocybin by dry weight.
So, remember that one dried gram, or as little as just a few nibbles of the dried shrooms, could be a powerfully potent dose. After all, nothing less is to expect from one of the most powerful Psilocybe out there; let alone, a type of Psilocybethat looks like a flying saucer and can make you travel out of this world for real.

How to identify the Psilocybe azurescens:

Taste: the most bitter out of all of the identified magic mushroom species (please do not try as it is absolutely not safe, nor recommended to eat mushrooms you find in the wild. Remember: fungi can heal but fungi can kill!). Also, as one of the strongest strain of mushrooms, users must consume with parsimony. Best to go slow and take time to grasp the personality of the fungi.

Appearance: cap is chestnut to brown with some caramel hints but when dry it fades to light straw. Convex when young but top flattens out with age. Flesh turns purple and blue when bruised due to psilocybin content

Smell: odourless

Trip Report:

If you are curious about Psilocybe azurescens’ potency, here is an anecdotal report of a first hand experience from a Redditor. NOTE: s/he did not dose properly. But remember, it is ok to trip balls sometimes, just be aware to optimize your set and setting. It is always preferable to be in the right mindset as well, to have an intention and a trip-sitter.

For about 30-45 minutes or so I only felt the slight onset, then it hit me like a train. I was lying in my bed with my laptop and suddenly I was completely out of it. I burst into laughter almost immediately because I was astounded by how it went from 0 to 100 so quickly, and it wasn’t even close to the peak yet. I honestly think this was my most intense trip to date. In my peripherals the light in the room from my lamp was changing colours and my hands felt like they were ethereal. Looking at the computer screen, I remember the letters looking similar to the text from Hotline Miami, and then after a bit they began to drift and move around, which made it incredibly hard to read.

I had a detailed plan set up, but it sort of disappeared. I walked outside a bit and admired the fresh snowfall over the trees and thought about my plans for the future, and I was glad to say I ultimately came to the decision I wanted, and solidified my decision to do such. I felt content with that and decided to head back inside.

I kept getting drawn to the patterns showing up on my pillow, and the ones showing up all over my hands, on top of the weirdness of my fingers seemingly getting longer, shorter, fatter, and thinner. I listened to some music- my go to Breathe In The Air, and Hopes and Dreams from Undertale. The former relaxed me as it always does but listening to Hopes and Dreams felt like the most energizing thing ever. My friend has done the same and honestly “going super saiyan” is really the best way to describe it. I felt completely empowered but ended up having an impulse decision to go back and watch Space Dandy like I planned on.

It was great, honestly. The space visuals were amazing and due to my more volatile emotions, it felt hilarious. The choice of colors and character designs sucked me right in, and completely enraptured me with the coolness of it.

Here is a first hand experience from a different Redditor. NOTE: s/he did know what he was getting into.

“I did 2g over the summer and left this dimension. 3.5 might be a bit much for a beginner.”

Concluding thoughts: The azurescens strain is the strain for you if you want to embark on a “Flying Saucer ride”, leave Earth, see plants breath, and dissociate from your body. Indeed, this mushrooms strain’s effects, offer a profound visual and bodily experience. If you’re just starting out or looking for something more mellow then STAY AWAY. If you’re curious to discover more about the most potent cubensis out there, read our article on the strongest magic mushrooms.

The second strongest psilocybin mushroom in the world is believed to be Psilocybe bohemica.

Also known as P. serbica, recently known as P. arcana (2001) and P. moravica (2003), Psilocybe bohemica is a little brown magic mushroom emblematic of the rich central Europe myco-flora. The epithet bohemica stands for one of the Czech Republic’s initial names: Bohemia, where it grows profusely and is well known by locals.

With drastically varying psilocybin levels, this type of magic mushroom species was found to vary between 0.11% up to 1.34% by dry weight. This dramatic difference surely makes it more difficult to have a reliable mushroom strain chart on hand. Moral of the story: watch out for this type of Psilocybe as it is amongst the strongest mushroom strains growing in the wild.

Psilocybe bohemica, fresh in the outdoors

How to identify Psilocybe bohemica:

Taste: bitter

Appearance: it is a very variable species. Cap is brown to orange when living but pale when dried out. Convex or conical in shape. Flesh is white to cream and blue when bruised due to the psilocybin content.

Smell: raddish but never starchy

Trip Report:

We were not able to procure a firsthand Psilocybe bohemica trip report from a trustworthy Redditor. After all, it might be one of the strongest strains rare strain of psychedelic mushroom is indigenous to the Czech Republic and Southeastern Germany.

The #3 strongest Psilocybe mushroom strain is Psilocybe semilanceata AKA “Liberty Caps”

Liberty Caps in the wildNamed after its half-speared shape, in 1960, Psilocybe semilanceata became the first European specie to have confirmed presence of psilocybin, making it the oldest existing psilocybin-producing magic mushroom out there. Because it’s been around and known for so long, it is part of the European culture and is somehow considered a trustworthy strain.

With more than a dozen reports describing accidental ingestions, literature relates that in 1799, a British family picking mushrooms along the shores of the Thames River unknowingly picked some Psilocybe semilanceata and made a meal they never forgot. On the menu, dilated pupils, uncontrollable laughter, and vibrant, colourful hallucinations.

For all these reasons, Psilocybe semilanceata, the mushroom that “intoxicates with delirium” is suspected to be amongst the best mushroom strains for visuals.
Reported of an average of 1% psilocybin, with a range of 0.2 to a maxima of 2.37%, the little brown Liberty Cap has the highest psilocybin level ever reported at the time (1993). We can understand why it is renown as one of the most potent Psilocybe mushrooms

How to identify the Liberty Cap:

Taste: bitter

Appearance: cream coloured cap with striations that become more pronounced with age. Also, Liberty Caps are distinguishable due to their pimple top AKA nipple top. The stem is slender and also cream coloured with blue towards the base.

Smell: musty

Trip Report

Here is a first-hand experience from one of our own team members and a fellow Redditor. If you are curious, this anecdotal report echoes well how mushroom strains and effects vary from one strain to another, from one “psilonaut” to another.

“Thought I’d just write a bit about my first experiences with Liberty Caps. Holy smokes was it an eye and mind opener… Took about an hour to kick in then another 30 mins or so before i was absolutely ZONKED and tripping through a space that was beyond  time and space. Came out of it with new creative ideas and an appreciation for nature that I never knew existed. And by nature I mean: myself, the people I love, and my environment. Thank you Liberty Caps!”

Mushroom benefits are very real.

Within the first 30 minutes the floor started to move, and my head was a bit heavy and sloshy. Patterns emerged on the kitchen floor that reminded me of the cave painting you see in movies or history documentaries. Colours started emerging and flowering out of my sink. This was a very immersive and visual first 30 minutes.

The trip really started to hit me with things popping up in front of my face. Like that old school jet plane slalom game where trees are popping up out of nowhere and you have to dodge them. During this time my subconscious was bringing up strong feelings that featured both happy and sad memories. Almost as if the mushroom was trying to turn my past into wisdom.

Then things got a little hazy, remember thinking that if anyone saw me like this, they would think i was having a seizure or something.  Felt i was whisked away through extremely powerful feelings of joy and excitement, a lot of contemplation, questioning reality, talking to myself from multiple states of consciousness.

The trip was starting to wear off, felt all excitable and giggly, as if I had to tell someone of my experience.

Had a cigarette at the window, then came back down to reality, was as if a switch had flicked, felt almost completely back to normal.

The world’s most potent psilocybin mushroom #4 is Psilocybe cyanescens AKA Wavy Caps:

Psilocybe cyanescens fresh and in the wildernessWavy Caps are amongst the most potent psilocybin mushrooms of the world.

During the last century, it is said that this type of psilocybin-producing species has vigorously spread to an almost worldwide presence with a particularly increasing distribution in Germany and throughout Europe.

The use of bark and wood chips, which are the material it prefers to grow on, has greatly contributed to its prolific spread.Wavy Caps is that psilocybin shroom that you’ll find growing along the sidewalks, and in newly landscaped urban settings.
Also found in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, it is also well-known in British Columbia, Canada. Believed to be one of the most potent strains growing wildly in North America, in a 1985 study, Psilocybe cyanescens reported a maxima of 1.68% psilocybin, 0.28% psilocin, and 0.2% baeocystin (Stijve and Kuyper).

Elise Wakefield was the first to described the Wavy Cap. She found the specimen growing in Kew Gardens (London, UK). She had been collecting the mushroom as early as 1910 in her native England and that specie became known after her as Psilocybe cyanescens Wakefield.

How to identify the Psilocybe cyanescens

Taste: bitter

Appearance: caramel to chestnut brown in colour

Smell: musty

Trip Report from the Reddit community.

So yesterday I took 1.2g of wild Psilocybe cyanescens that I found, and it was one of the most amazing experiences ive ever had in my life. Please bare with me as I have never done a trip report before.

So i ate the mushrooms at 6.00pm, just chewed them up, no fancy stuff, then went up to my bedroom and put a chillstep mix on my bluetooth speaker, listened to some music while I waited to come up. The first thing I noticed was that my balance was way off. I felt like the ground was moving when I tried to walk, along with some slight nausea.

At around half 7 I started to experience the most euphoric body high, sort of like MDMA but nicer, like I just felt so great I couldn’t believe how great my body felt. I grabbed my guitar and put on a slow blues backing track and jammed out for like half an hour, the whole time lay on my bed marvelling in the euphoria, that was pretty dope.

About 8.30 I went downstairs and munched 3 more caps, dont know if this made a difference but I did anyway. After about another hour my trip was in full swing. I was seeing the most beautiful patterns on my walls, like neon green and purple hexagons all joined up, a little bit like what molecules look like when you draw then out. i also spent a good half hour staring at myself in the mirror, this was very interesting, i was watching my face warp and the reflection kinda turned into an everchanging piece of psychedelic artwork, after a while i was no longer looking at myself, but rather looking at the essence of what it means to be human staring back at me, if that makes sense.

I remember after this a weird sensation kept creeping up on me, like my ears would start ringing amd my head felt like it was swelling really fast, as the swelling got worse the ringing intensified and my vision began to blur, it was very creepy and kind of scary, but it didnt effect me negatively.

At around 9pm I remember saying to myself outloud “what are you?” I think this was me trying to adress the mushroom, after i said this, it was like it replied to me, i heard in my head “turn off the lights and ill show you”. So i did, I turned off the music, and all the lights and i lay down on my bed staring into the darkness, and I was met with the most intricate dancing patterns, and the return of this strange sensation i explained earlier, except a lot more intense. This time it lasted a lot longer, and it was like something was trying to escape, it felt like my soul was trying to leave my body, and at the last minute my body would stop it, through fear of what would happen if it managed to get out. I felt like if it did, then i would die, which was scary, but after a whike of battling with this sensation, i decided to try and let it take over, it was like i was staring death in the face, almost inviting it, and the funny thing is when i surrendered myself to it, it just went away completely, and I felt like I had won some kind of battle.

I lay in the dark tripping for a while until about 11pm when i turned the lights back on, putthe music back on and started walking around my room, taking note of how good it felt to tense my muscles.

At around 1pm the trip ended, i was back on earth and i just sat and watched rick and morty until i was tired enough to fall asleep. Woke up this morning feeling fantastic.

#5: Psilocybe cubensis, the most popular, trusted, user-friendly magic mushroom.

Most people are likely to be familiar with Psilocybe cubensis, the incredibly cosmopolitan species grown in cupboards and under beds all over the planet.Originally found growing in Cuba (thus its epithet “cubensis” meaning “from Cuba”), this dung loving species is the most resistant, easy to grow, and wide spread magic mushroom strain out there.

Commonly called “Golden Teachers” or “Cubes”, they may not be considered the strongest shroom strains out there but are by far the most renown. Cultivators describe a generous fruiter that will gain potency through its multiple flushes. With a mild to moderate potency, the cubensis strains can esily surprise you: It can change hats and become the strongest Psilocybe cubensis you’ve ever met so, again, be aware of the lesson of the teachers.

To learn more about the most potent cubensis growing worldwide, consider having a look at our magic mushrooms most popular strains.

Fresh Z strain mushrooms are a type of Psilocybe cubensis How to identify the Psilocybe cubensis:

Taste: This varies depending on the cubensis type.

Appearance: Comes in a variety of appearances as there are a plethora of different cubensis types. For example, the Golden Teacher mushroom or the Penis Envy.

Smell: Again, this varies depending on the cubensis type.

Trip Report:

The majority of the cubensis types are known to give one of the warmest visual and spiritual trips. Others are more intense and produce prominent body sensations and astounding visuals that contain ballet of tracers, dancing lights, and geometric shapes that increase at higher doses.

In Conclusion

As you can see there are many types of magic mushrooms. If you’re looking for recreational doses the effects vary greatly. On the other hand, if you are looking to microdose the important part is the Psilocybin vs Psilocin content AND making sure you follow the regimens properly. If you are wondering how to microdose magic mushrooms please check out the in-depth guide we created that is backed by science and studies.

And if you are wondering about the most potent magic mushrooms out there, read on and let us know your thoughts in the review section. Sharing our experiences helps build a community and unravel the mysteries of the sacred powerful medicine of psychedelic fungi.


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