Psilocybin, Magic mushrooms history goes back as far back as 10,000 BCE, with cave paintings in Australia. In 4,000BC you can find them in rock paintings in Spain. Many scholars believe the magic mushrooms could have played a big role in the evolution of our brain development. In central and South America they were frequently used in sacred spiritual ceremonies for healing and divination. Paintings and sculptures in the Aztec and Mayan culture show that Psilocybe was a big part of their experience.
The catholic church put an end to all psycho active rituals when they conquered the Americas, but indigenous people kept it going underground so the sacred practice was not lost.
Magic Mushrooms was first introduced to America by curendera, Maria Sabina. In 1955, the US by ethnomycologist and banker R. Gordon Wasson visited María Sabina’s hometown and participated in a velada with her. He collected spores of the fungus, which he identified as Psilocybe mexicana, and took them to Paris. The fungus was cultivated in Europe and its primary ingredient, psilocybin, was isolated in the laboratory by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in 1958.
Today, Mushrooms are making a reappearance into society even though they are still schedule 1 illegal in the United States (same as heroine) due to their recent popularity and notablity for their medicinal and healing purposes. Thanks to John Hopkins for the clinical trials and writers like Michael Pollan for making them mainstream, they can now be taken seriously.
I first re discovered the magics after my mom read the book, “How to change your mind” by Michael Pollan and she was curious about trying them in a sacred and ceremonial setting. Like so many of us, my family comes from trauma and deep wounds passed down through the lineage. My mom and I have been on a path of healing and have tried many different tools along the way.
My first session with Psilocybin was so profound and magical that I was hooked from that point on and I continued doing ceremonies and healing so much. I healed more with mushrooms than anything I have ever tried in my decade long experience of healing modalities.
I started micro-dosing shortly after and it blew my mind how amazing I felt, how much energy I had, and most importantly the actual health benefits that were taking place in my brain. Psilocybin binds the serotonin receptors so you feel happy and it connects different parts of your brain together that don’t normally communicate so your accessing more of your brain.
I wrote an easy to read guide book from what I learned for how to do Psilocybin ceremonies and micro-dosing, its called Wound Swimming, Healing with Psilocybin, Ceremonies and Micro-dosing
Strains of Psilocybe
Cubensis contains 0.63 % Psilocybe
Found in the wild and are the only species of Psilocybe that can be home grown. In the Psilocybe Cubensis family there are many different sub strains such as Golden teacher, Ecaudor, Penis Envy, Hawaiian, Amazonian. There is 180 different sub species within the Cubensis family.
Liberty Caps contain 0.98% Psilocybe.
(Liberty caps) can be found in the wild all throughout Europe, North and south America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Commonly referred to as Wavy Caps. These are one of the most potent magic mushrooms in existence. Found in the west coast of North America and also Western Europe.
Panaeolus or Copelandia cyanescens
1.80 % Psilocybe
Native to the West Coast of the USA, specifically to Oregon and Washington. They have almost the highest concentration of psilocybin out of any magic mushroom species you can find.
(image from Paul Stamets book, Psilocybin Mushrooms of the world)