Mushrooms - P. cubensis, P. mexicana & P. zapotecorum
Citation: Azure. "Realized I Had a Predilection for Amazonian Strains: An Experience with Mushrooms - P. cubensis, P. mexicana & P. zapotecorum (exp110216)". Erowid.org. Jul 30, 2018. erowid.org/exp/110216
Experiential Notes on Psilocybe Species
As pertains to the qualitative differences between Psilocybe cubensis and the more traditional species of Psilocybe
[In] Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico I heard the term derrumbe applied to both P. caerulescens and P. zapotecorum. From what I gathered, the 'derrumbe' mushrooms were largely considered the most coveted and desirable, owing to their fuerza/force. P. zapotecorum seemed generally to be the most coveted species; they are very strong, quite vivid in the visions, my initial impression was that of friendliness, but they are very serious and powerful. The clearest vision that stands out from my initial experience with the P. zapotecorum was of seeing highly detailed psychocosmic roses pouring off the altar; it was quite striking, vivid and beautiful. It's a mexican and indigenous mushroom through and through. I think some of the difference is apparent in the respective terminologies for los derrumbes and los pajaritos; the P. mexicana has more of an ethereal character that seems to evoke interstellar and deep-space vistas. My first time eating the 'Chicon Nindo' variety of P. mexicana--which I brought back from Mexico with me, when I closed my eyes I saw the outline of a cosmic horizon cast in subtle blues. It appeared to be some manner of astral star-city with a new Jerusalem theme, the streets were quiet and there was an aura of deep calm about the scenario. The P. zapotecorum--by contrast, was more chthonic and perhaps iconically 'shamanic.'
There are reasonably solid and good strains of P. cubensis. I spontaneously and unwittingly became partial to strains of P. cubensis that were mostly sourced from the Amazon; after sourcing my preferred P. cubensis genetics, I realized I had a predilection for Amazonian strains. I suppose on a certain level P. cubensis is a 'universal' mushroom, and convenient. Once basic adjustments are made to technique, P. mexicana is just about as easy to grow though it can take a bit more in the way of patience. They require more air-flow while maintaining high humidity, and seem to benefit greatly from supplemental blue LED light in the ~452nm wavelength range. The blue-LED light has been observed to stabilize and normalize their development and morphology in the fruiting-phase. The onset and quality of the experience with P. mexicana is somehow more 'classical' to what I consider to be the psilocybin-state. One of the major differences is in onset, where P. cubensis can elicit an uncomfortable rush of patterned and somewhat forceful-viral-alienesque visions, P. mexicana elicits more of a spacious, calm and welcoming openness. I have uniformly experienced P. mexicana to be calm, spacious, open, relaxed and deep where P. cubensis can become unusually dark or forceful.
I have uniformly experienced P. mexicana to be calm, spacious, open, relaxed and deep where P. cubensis can become unusually dark or forceful.
Between the two, I'm definitely settled on P. mexicana in so far as providing a positive and beneficial experience.
I have a lot of the younger generation asking questions about the optimal approach to psilocybin mushrooms. In terms of providing guidance and direction to others, I have what I feel is an ethical responsibility to guide people towards P. mexicana, which I have consistently found does in fact provide a more beneficient, calm and peaceful experience more conducive to the sorts of mystical experience observed in the Johns Hopkins Griffiths study.
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