How To Identify Magic Mushrooms
Hunting for Magic Mushrooms
Right now, there are over 30 million Americans who have tried psychedelic drugs. Among these, magic mushrooms is one of the most popular choices because Psilocybin is considered as a non toxic substance is also one of the least harmful recreational drugs.
If you are interested or are out hunting Psilocybin mushrooms, here are some simple tips on how to identify magic mushrooms in the wild.
Before anything, we highly recommend bringing someone along that is knowledgeable about fungi if you are out hunting for shrooms. A mistaken identification of fungi could be very dangerous as there are many that are poisonous.
Here are some basic information about shrooms and few simple tips on how to identify magic mushrooms in the wild.
Identifying Magic Mushroom Strains
There are many different strains of shrooms and about 200 species are psychedelic.
One of the most common types of magic mushrooms which people will find are the Liberty Caps. These are found in Canada, North America, and even the United Kingdom.
They are also considered as one of the most potent strains so please exercise caution as the size of the mushroom generally do not determine how potent a Psilocybin mushroom can be. Also, both the cap and stem of most shrooms contain psilocybin.
When foraging for Psilocybin mushrooms, it is essential to know what kind of mushrooms you have found.
This is essential as there are many different types of fungi that look very similar to each other. A mistaken identification can lead to a disaster as many mushrooms are poisonous.
Keep in mind that psychedelic mushrooms are illegal, and there are consequences associated with their use, so we should learn the strategies to reduce any harm.
We can identify mushrooms through a variety of traits. Here’s a list of things to note that will help you identify what you have.
Mushroom Traits to Note
- Mushroom cap
- Texture/ markings
- Size and shape of the cap
- Gills, pores or spikes
- Gill Attachment
- Any other traits you may notice
- Size and shape
- Thickness compared to rest of stem
- Sack or volva if any
- Ring or veil on stem if any
- Does the stem have different consistency above/below ring
- Additional things to note of
- Hollow or solid
- Clustered or joined with other mushrooms at the base
- Where its grown
- Living or dead wood nearby
- What its grown on
- soil, grass, dung, wood chippings, compost, sawdust, tree (living/dead/tree stump), fallen branches/twigs, etc.
Get Help Identifying Magic Mushrooms
If you are unsure of your appraisal, do not touch them! Please exercise caution as your safety is most important.
There are many communities online that can help you identify mushrooms. Simply take a picture of the mushrooms and note down as many traits as you can.
The shroom communities online are pretty friendly and there are quite a lot of people active. Most of the time, you can probably get what you found identified within a day.
If you would like more information on this topic, we have created a section dedicated to help people identify Psilocybin mushrooms in our educational resources. You can find the complete article through the link below.
Where to find Magic Mushrooms
Finding magic mushrooms could be hard if you don’t know where to look.
It is recommended to do research on common Psilocybin strains found in your area. Knowing its general habitat will help increase your chances of finding them in the wild.
If all fails, or you are simply not confident in your appraisal–TFG will always be there for you!
Educational Resources for Psychedelics
If you are interested in learning more about Psylocybin and other psychedelics, you can find more information in our educational resources section.
TFG Shroom Recipes Section
For those interested in fun ways to take mushrooms, you can find more information through the link here: TFG's Shroom Cookbook
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