Psilocybe Cyanescens (sometimes referred to as wavy caps or as the potent Psilocybe) is a species of potent psychedelic mushroom whose main active compounds are psilocybin and psilocin, however more than 30 other psychoactive alkaloids have been found in the mycelium and fruiting bodies of this (and several other) Psilocybe species.
A formal description of the species was first published by Elsie Wakefield in 1946, part of her work "The Transactions of the British Mycological Society". Her description was based on a specimen she had recently collected at Kew Gardens, but she had begun collecting the species as early as 1910.
Spores Lab acquired our Psilocybe Cyanescens genetic in early 2021, and we have been hard at work for the last few months isolating and refining the genetic to prepare it for sale. Despite this extensive isolation, Psilocybe Cyanesens will still take longer to colonize, yield less, and be more difficult to grow overall than its more popular relative, Psilocybe Cubensis.
Growing P. Cyanescens is done in a similar fashion to Cubensis for the spawning stage (rye, wheat, oat, corn or other grains can be used) however Psilocybe Cyanescens require the addition of ligneous material (wood) in order to fruit. You must add hardwood chips or sawdust to the substrate, and fruiting must be done in cooler conditions (between 10-18C). Typically this species yields less than Cubensis, from the same amount of spawn, however does have greater potency.
Habitat: Northwestern United States, Northern Europe, Central Europe, Parts of Asia
Strain Origin: Unknown, found growing naturally on many continents
Cap: 50-100 mm in diameter, convex to broadly convex to plane at maturity, wavy at margins. Reddish cinnamon brown maturing to golden brown to light yellow. Surface dry with pronounced and persistent remnants of universal veil on cap (spots). Flesh white soon bruising bluish green.
Stem: 125+ mm in length, yellowish white. Flesh bruising bluish green where injured. Persistent membranous annulus (ring) from partial veil that becomes dusted with purple brown spores at maturity.
Gills: Attachment adnate to adnexed. Grayish coloration in young fruit bodies becoming nearly black in maturity.
Spores: Dark purplish brown, subellipsoid on 4-spored basidia