The microscopic wonders of Psilocybe cubensis


Psilocybe cubensis, commonly known as Gold top, or Gold cap in Australia is a fascinating species of fungi from the family of  Hymenogastraceae that has captured the attention of researchers, enthusiasts, and spiritual seekers for centuries.

These small, inconspicuous mushrooms possess a hidden world of wonders. They contain the compound psilocybin, which transforms into psilocin when ingested.  Making it responsible for their profound effects on human perception and consciousness.

In this article, we uncover the intricate details of its structure, function, and ecological impact, and give you the chance to take a look for yourself.

The structure of Psilocybe Cubensis – A tiny marvel

Psilocybe cubensis is a member of the Psilocybe genus and is widely distributed across various regions of the world. Understanding their anatomy can give us insights into their unique properties.


 White, measuring 2-6 in. It turns yellowish as it ages.


 Well-developed, forms a persistent white membranous ring. 


 When bruised, all parts of the mushroom stain blue. 


 Sub-ellipsoid, golden-brown color. 

Spore print 

 Typically dark blackish-purple color.

Taste and odor 

 No distinct odor and is described as tasting farinaceous, with an alkaline or metallic aftertaste.

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Underneath the cap of Psilocybe cubensis, is a complex network of microscopic structures, known as hyphae, forming a labyrinthine web. Hyphae are slender, thread-like filaments that intertwine and extend throughout the mushroom’s body. They serve as the fungal equivalent of roots, absorbing nutrients from the surrounding environment.

Distribution and habitat

This shroom is a real globetrotter! It loves hanging out in regions like the Gulf Coast states, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Southeast Asia, and even parts of Africa. Wild mushrooms can be found in countries like:

  • The United States
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Thailand
  • India
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

It has a real knack for showing up where there’s cow or horse dung, sugar cane mulch, or really fertile soil in pastures. Depending on where you are, you might catch a glimpse of it between February and December if you’re in the northern hemisphere, or from November to April if you’re in the southern hemisphere. 

And it made its grand entrance into Australia following cattle! Yep, people brought the cattle over, and the Psilocybe cubensis mushroom joined the party. In March 2018, Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms were discovered in Zimbabwe for the very first time. 

Ecological impact 

This magical mushroom has a big impact on the whole ecosystem. It can affect the health and well-being of other organisms living around it. Creating a chain reaction spreading its influence far and wide.


Decomposer extraordinaire

Like other fungi, this little shroom is a master of decomposition. It breaks down organic matter, such as decaying plants and wood, into simpler compounds, aiding in the recycling of nutrients. This function contributes to the balance and sustainability of ecosystems.

Symbiotic relationships – nature’s collaborators

Fungi are renowned for their ability to form symbiotic relationships with other organisms, and Psilocybe cubensis is no exception. These mushrooms engage in mutually beneficial partnerships with certain tree species, forming mycorrhizal associations. Through these relationships, Psilocybe cubensis helps trees acquire essential nutrients, while the trees provide the fungus with carbohydrates.

Similar species

It’s important to know that they have some very dangerous lookalikes. Two examples are mushrooms from the genus Galerina and a species called Pholiotina rugosa. They can be deadly, so it’s crucial to be cautious if you come across them.

Chlorophyllum molybdites also appear in pastures, just like Psilocybe cubensis. While it’s not as deadly as the others, it’s still not something you should eat. So, if you’re out exploring and you see mushrooms in the same kind of habitat as Psilocybe cubensis, make sure to double-check and be safe. 

Diving into sub-strains with Fungushead

If you want to take a closer look at some Psilocybe cubensis beauties we have just the thing for you! Magic mushroom spores are like the secret building blocks of these extraordinary fungi. Under the microscope, they reveal a microscopic world of wonder. 


With Fungushead syringes and swabs you can examine a variety of spores to uncover their chemistry, identify different species, explore spore discharge capabilities, and even track how these tiny powerhouses are distributed in ecosystems. Here are some of our sub-strains you can gaze upon.

Golden Teacher

The Golden Teacher strain is a beloved favorite among mycologists. With its stunning golden cap and pale white stem, it truly lives up to its name. It’s one of the most well-known strains in the magic mushroom community, cherished by beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike. This versatile strain is perfect for studying the biology and ecology of mushrooms, as it’s highly resistant to contamination.


The incredible B+ mushroom strain said to originate from a talented grower named Mr. G in Florida, has captured the attention of researchers and enthusiasts. These mushrooms, with their long, wide stems and yellowish-brown domed caps, stand out for their higher-than-average psychoactive compounds. Many people have reported therapeutic benefits from this strain, making it a popular choice for studying the impact of different strains on the brain.

Penis Envy

A widely sought-after mushroom spore strain known for its calming qualities and remarkable potency. The educational possibilities with this strain are limitless, though it requires expertise, making it ideal for advanced researchers. Under a microscope, the intricate microstructures of PE spores resemble those found in nature. True to its name, these mushrooms bear a striking resemblance to the male genitalia, making them easily identifiable in the wild. With its above-average psilocybin content, Penis Envy induces intense visual and psychedelic effects.

Albino Penis Envy

This strain is a special hybrid of the traditional PE, gaining popularity in the 1990s thanks to renowned psychonaut and mycologist Terence McKenna. This unique strain is particularly interesting for advanced researchers due to its distinctive characteristics. APE is famous for its high levels of psilocybin, resulting in vivid visual and auditory hallucinations. Its appearance resembles a penis, with short, stubby caps and thick, fleshy stems. The albino trait makes it easily identifiable in nature and studying its spores under a microscope is truly fascinating.

Blue Meanie

Named for its unique characteristics, it’s highly valued in the mushroom research community. With its medium-sized body and blue dome-shaped cap, it stands out in the wild. Despite the size, this little guy has a high psilocybin content. Blue Meanie spores offer valuable insights for researchers interested in the pharmacology of mushrooms and their resilience in competitive environments.


Originating in southwestern India, famous for its abundant fruiting bodies and rapid growth. It offers a warm and inviting entrance into a euphoric world, with vivid color changes and delightful sensations. Their beautifully spotted caps and thin, elegant veils make them real beauties. Malabar mushrooms are excellent for beginner researchers and offer a captivating cultural and anthropological history to explore.

Jedi Mind Fuck

The Jedi Mind Fuck strain, discovered in the wilds of Georgia by mushroom expert Myco Joe, has quickly gained popularity among researchers. Identified by their thick stems, light-brown caps, and prominent gills, JMF is considered one of the top 10 best P. Cubensis mushrooms due to their high psilocybin levels. The possibilities for discovering new benefits of psilocybin with JMF are limitless.


Combines the best qualities of Penis Envy, Ecuador, and Golden Teacher, creating a well-rounded research experience. It is a unique blend with mysterious origins. Researchers interested in exploring the effects of psilocybin mushroom strains will find Trinity particularly intriguing, offering insights into genetics, cross-breeding, and a wide range of research opportunities.


Also known as the Inca Stargazer, is an ancient and rare strain that has stood the test of time. First discovered near Inca ruins in South America’s Andes mountain range, these mushrooms have unique characteristics. They grow in large groups and their dome-shaped caps change color from reddish-brown to a beautiful golden brownish-yellow with spots. Resilient and great for beginner researchers, they offer insights into the effects of psilocybin in a competitive and contaminated environment.

Purple Mistic

Originating from a cow pasture in Florida, and known for their incredibly high psilocybin levels. With their purple ring encircling the golden brown cap, they are easily identifiable in nature. Their tall, slender stems and wide, flat caps make for an interesting physical appearance. Experienced researchers appreciate their fast growth and consider Purple Mystic a valuable addition to their collections.

We choose each of our strains from isolated genetics to bring you the absolute best in quality. We go the extra mile by constantly testing them for viability and potential contaminants. It’s all about providing you with top-notch genetics that will blow your mind!

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‼️ Owning these fantastic mushroom spores is against the law in California, Idaho, and Georgia. But worry not! They’re completely legal in 47 out of 50 states. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to fulfill any orders headed to those three restricted states. 


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