Adventures Through the Mind-magic mushrooms is a species of psychedelic mushroom whose principal active compounds are psilocybin and psilocin. Commonly called shrooms, magic mushrooms, golden tops, cubes, or gold caps, it belongs to the Hymenogastraceae family of fungi and was previously known as Stropharia cubensis.
Adventures Through the Mind-magic mushrooms are mushrooms which contain the hallucinogenic substances psilocybin, psilocin, baeocystin and norbaeocystin. The mushrooms are collected and grown as an entheogen and recreational drug, despite certain quantities being illegal in many countries. Many psilocybin mushrooms are in the genus Psilocybe, but species across several other genera contain the drugs.
Personal-scale cultivation of Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms ranges from the relatively simple and small-scale PF Tek and other “cake” methods, that produce a limited amount of mushrooms, to advanced techniques utilizing methods of professional mushroom cultivators. These advanced methods require a greater investment of time, money, and knowledge, but reward the diligent cultivator with far larger and much more consistent harvests.
Terence McKenna and his brother Dennis made Psilocybe cubensis particularly famous when they published Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide in the 1970s upon their return from the Amazon rainforest, having deduced new methods (based on pre-existing techniques) for growing psilocybin mushrooms and assuring their audience that Psilocybe cubensis were amongst the easiest psilocybin-containing mushrooms to cultivate
Psilocybe Cubensis Spore Prints
LEGAL STATUS: As part of the Drugs Act (2005) the possession of any mushrooms containing the chemicals Psilocin or Psilocybin is now illegal. Previously it had only been illegal to possess such mushrooms if the mushrooms had been prepared in some way. Exception has been made for those who may unknowingly have them growing on their land.
The legislation does not apply to mushrooms which do not contain Psilocin, such as the Fly Agaric mushrooms.
Spores do not contain the drug and so are legal to possess and supply. However, possession of growing kits could result in prosecution,
OTHER INFORMATION: The use of hallucinogenic mushrooms has been a feature of the UK drug scene for many years. The popularity of mushrooms increased massively as commercially grown mushrooms were legally sold in the UK exploiting a loop-hole in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 that viewed possession of fresh mushrooms as lawful.
However, legal changes in 2005 ended this quasi-lawful sale, and the popularity of mushrooms has dropped off accordingly. However, the collection of wild-growing mushrooms in the UK, although illegal, is still reasonably popular.